Packaged and priced for resale. This kit will allow you to test for the presance of heavy metals in your customers water within 15 minutes. Come with 10 kits.
This simple kit tests for the presence of eight heavy metals in your water.
- Lead, Cadmium, Cobalt, Copper, Manganese, Mercury, Nickel, Zinc
The results have been independently validated by the Kemetco Research Lab. This test should be used as a preliminary test for the presence of heavy metals in your drinking water. Once the presence of any heavy metals has been found then a more extensive lab test should be conducted.
The heavy metals effects on human health have been studied in detail by the World Health Organization and other institutions. You can find this online by searching for "Health effects of 'heavy metal' in drinking water". The following is a partial list of the effects of heavy metals on humans:
- Manganese in large doses causes headaches, apathy, irritability, insomnia, and weakness of the legs. Long-term heavy exposure may result in a nervous system disorder.
- Copper in large doses is dangerous to infants and people with certain metabolic disorders. On the other hand, lack of copper intake causes anemia, growth inhibition, and blood circulation problems.
- Mercury poisoning results in weakness, loss of appetite, insomnia, indigestion, diarrhea, gum inflammation, loosening of the teeth, irritability, memory loss, muscle tremors, and brain damage following large doses.
- Cadmium poisoning has been associated with kidney disease, hypertension, and possibly genetic mutation.
- Lead is a cumulative poison, meaning that it remains in the body following exposure. Children under age three are most susceptible to lead poisoning. Minor symptoms include abdominal pains, decreased appetite, constipation, fatigue, and decreased physical fitness. Long-term exposure may cause kidney damage, anemia, nerve and brain damage, and death.
Children: Even low levels of lead in the blood can cause seizures, coma, and even death
- Behavior and learning problems
- Lower IQ and hyperactivity
- Slowed growth
- Hearing problems
Lead can accumulate in our bodies over time, where it is stored in bones along with calcium. During pregnancy, lead is released from bones as maternal calcium and is used to help form the bones of the fetus. This is particularly true if a woman does not have enough dietary calcium. Lead can also cross the placental barrier exposing the fetus to lead. This can result in serious effects to the mother and her developing fetus, including:
- Reduced growth of the fetus
- Premature birth
Find out more about lead's effects on pregnancy:
Lead can also be transmitted through breast milk. Read more on lead exposure in pregnancy and lactating women (PDF) (302 pp, yy K, About PDF) .
Lead is also harmful to adults. Adults exposed to lead can suffer from:
- Cardiovascular effects, increased blood pressure and incidence of hypertension
- Decreased kidney function
Reproductive problems (in both men and women)
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