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Old 03-02-2010, 04:02 PM
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Has anyone ever experienced heavy metal poisoning?

As I get older and are more thoughtful about my health, I think about how much burning galvanized smoke I have ingested. I have experienced metal fume fever to the point that I was as sick, very sick in some cases.

I am now wondering about the long term effects of what I am ingesting and or absorbing from working with and burning galvanized steel. I have been reading about Celation Therapy. It is a process that involves taking medicine that will attach itself to the metal in your body and remove it as waste.

The dangers I have read about say that it also removes all the trace metals from you body on a cellular level that you need to live. It has been suggested that one would need to be hospitalized in order to get the treatments.

Just wondering if anyone has had any experience with this.

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Old 03-02-2010, 04:42 PM
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I haven't worried about that, but I do worry about the earlry years of my being in the trade and the gravity furnaces, boilers and pipes we cut out not really understanding the grave effects of the work being done - lung desease...asbestos exposure and mesothelioma

Now we try to keep safe, hopefully not too late. Hope all works out for you.

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Old 03-02-2010, 05:57 PM
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Yes, for the past 5 years I have used different safety equipment for breathing. I was just wondering if anyone has had any issues with it. I was wondering if it was accumulative, ingesting metal in the form of vapor from welding galvanized steel.

This thread is more about prevention and awareness. I hope others respond so we can learn more on how to protect ourselfves.

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Old 03-02-2010, 06:38 PM
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Oh boy.
You could call this the 'prevention and awareness' thread, or you could call it the 'if only I knew then what I know now' thread.
I'm sure there are many members here that would like to turn the clock back.
Noxious fumes, heavy lifting, etc.
This is the best thread idea I've seen yet.
A warning to younger tradespeople.
I learned the hard way that I'm not invincible.
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Old 03-02-2010, 10:14 PM
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Dad,

I watched and listened to my "Dad" for years and I bet it will add many more quality years to my life because I listened. I hope that many other join in on this topic so we can all learn together.
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The most important thing, I think, and the hardest to get across, is the necessity to think an operation through before doing it. It's good to be a self-starter type but not always good or smart to just jump on a job; I have some permanent hand damage from having to participate in vertical lifting that should have been done differently. Listen to the older guys and stay focused. I have a peeve in a related area: I've been in situations where safety regs are so restrictive that they compromise your ability to work and can even contribute to getting you hurt.
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