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Aims and objectives: To study the views of Doctors on heavy metal poisoning in Mumbai Material and methods: Heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, mercury, and others, are all around us. Theyâ€™re in the ground we walk on, in the water we drink, and in the products we use every day. But high levels of most heavy metals can make you sick. While our bodies need small amounts of some heavy metals â€” such as zinc, copper, chromium, iron, and manganese â€” toxic amounts are harmful. If our body's soft tissues accumulate too much of heavy metals, the resulting poisoning can cause serious damage. Though there are variety of medical uses of heavy metals, still each metal has its own side effects which disturb human health. We have to use solid evidence that demonstrates the safety, efficacy, and effectiveness of specific alternative medicine . Also We have to study General biocompatibility (how metals react with human tissue) and Immunological biocompatibility (The adverse reaction due to an immunological or allergic type response from metals). For the better study of heavy metal toxicity, we have carried out survey taking opinions of Doctors in Mumbai and Thane region.
Observations: Commonly found views are : In most of the medicines Doctors identify Lead as poisonous, Most of the metal poisoning cases occur accidentally, Ayurvedic medicines should be standardized by Ayurvedic parameters so that metals will not be in free form & never cause toxicity, use of herbal preparations is the alternative to medicines containing metals. Conclusion: From the survey of heavy metal poisoning we conclude that there are herbal drugs which function as the alternative solutions for the use of heavy metals , Other medicines can be used after the proper detoxification of heavy metals.
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