ANTIMONY

By Dr. Lawrence Wilson

© November 2016, L.D. Wilson Consultants, Inc.

 

            Antimony is a toxic metal that is widespread in the environment.  Its main sources today are the drug Flonase, new polyester clothing, and occupational exposure in certain industries is also possible.

 

TOXICITY SYMPTOMS

 

            Antimony toxicity causes aches and pains, stiffness in the joints and ligaments, fatigue and mental depression.  The symptoms are similar to those of lupus, and some people diagnosed with lupus just have antimony toxicity.

 

SOURCES

 

            Flonase.  A very common cause is the drug Flonase.  It is quite high in antimony, and slowly poisons the body with this toxic metal.  The drug should be removed from the marketplace.

              Other medical therapy.  Antimony is used as a therapy for schistosomiasis and leishmaniasis.

            Flame retardants.  Another source is any material that contains flame retardant.  These range from childrenÕs clothing to engine covers and automobile seat covers.

              Occupational exposure.  Antimony is used in brake linings of heavy vehicles, some metal alloys, battery manufacture, and a few other industries.  Dockworkers have some of the highest antimony levels due to inhalation of antimony dust from the brake linings of port loading vehicles.

 

CORRECTION

 

            Antimony can be removed with a nutritional balancing program.  This is the best way to remove it that I am aware of.

 

References

 

1                            United States Environmental Protection Agency. Basic information about Antimony in drinking water. Water. 2012 March 06.

2                            Edwaed Weil. Sergei Levchik. Flame retardants for plastics and textiles: practical applications. Hanser. 2009 June 1. ISBN-10: 1569904545. Print.

3                            Quiroz W, De Gregori I, Basilio P, Bravo M, Pinto M, Lobos MG. Heavy weight vehicle traffic and its relationship with antimony content in human blood

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5                            Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Pseudo-outbreak of antimony toxicity in firefighters – Florida, 2009. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2009 Nov 27;58(46):1300-2.

6                            Sundar S, Chakravarty J. Antimony toxicity. Int J Environ Res Public Health. 2010 Dec;7(12):4267-77. doi: 10.3390/ijerph7124267. Epub 2010 Dec 20. Review.

7                            Sophie Borland. Fruit juice cancer warning as scientists find harmful chemical in 16 drinks. Mail Online. 2010 March 1.

8                            Hansen C, Tsirigotaki A, Bak SA, Pergantis SA, StŸrup S, Gammelgaard B, Hansen HR. Elevated antimony concentrations in commercial juices. J Environ Monit. 2010 Apr;12(4):822-4. doi: 10.1039/b926551a. Epub 2010 Feb 17.

9                            Sullivan MJ, Leavey S. Heavy metals in bottled natural spring water. J Environ Health. 2011 Jun;73(10):8-13.

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