Antimony Trioxide Hazards

Antimony Trioxide Hazards hold many health risks. You may not have heard of this Chemical of Concern, but you really need to know.

Once you know about Antimony Trioxide Hazards, you will be able to get AWAY from all known exposures.  

Here’s a quick story – my dear friend recently went to her naturopath.  The naturopath diagnosed my friend as having been exposed to Antimony.  The friend asked, “What is THAT? How did I get exposed?” The follow up remedy involved a chemical detox.  My friend never got her direct answer as to the source of her exposure.  Her only guess is that she recently got a new exercise bra that smelled kinda “fabric-y strong”.  She wore it before washing out the smell.

Has this happened to you? Did you ever get ready for a special night,  pull out the new blouse from Amazon, and then realize it really feels or smells bad? Or maybe you get itchy while wearing this new blouse, especially in the armpits? Perhaps you notice that you started coughing, your throat and eyes burn, or you get a headache. 

Maybe it wasn’t you, but instead it was your child. One morning your child awakens with red eyes, a cough, or a rash. But he/she doesn’t seem to be sick with a cold or flu.  You wonder what happened? Maybe it’s the new PJs he/she wore to bed that night. 

It could very well be the clothing and what is IN the fabric. There may be dyes and heavy metals that are bad for your body. Antimony is one of those heavy metals.

What Is  Antimony Trioxide – A Basic Description

Antimony is a silvery-white metal that is found in the earth’s crust. It isn’t used alone because it breaks easily. Antimony ores are mined and then mixed with other metals to form antimony alloys or combined with oxygen to form antimony oxide. 

This naturally occurring metal is combined with lead, zinc, tin, and other metals to make metal alloys. Antimony is used for lead production.

Antimony Trioxide is a Chemical of Concern which is a toxin to our bodies. Why Should I Even Care About Reducing Toxins? Here’s Why.

Where is Antimony Trioxide Found?

Antimony plates on batteries, soldering metal, bullets, and bearings. This Chemical of Concern is often used as an additive in fire retardants included in fabrics, such as polyester.  Other uses include ceramics, cigarette smoke, gunpowder, fireworks, disposable water bottles, flame retardant, lead storage batteries, solder, sheet and pipe metal, bearings, castings, and pewter, paints, and enamels for plastics, sheepskin bedding

So Antimony  or Antimony Trioxide is basically everywhere in our world.  ‘Never heard of it until a few months ago! But it has become clear to me that reducing exposure of this toxin is important for a healthy lifestyle.

Who Risks The Greatest Exposure?

This Chemical of Concern is used in many workplaces. Exposure can occur where workers handle or manufacture paint, glass, batteries. People who work in these jobs are at greatest risk:

  • Employees involved in metal soldering and brazing work
  • Workers in the glass working industries
  • Employees involved in antimony mining and extraction processes
  • Workers who work around antimony compounds and alloys

My friend doesn’t work in any of those environments. Yet she was exposed to Antimony.  So go figure. 

Are There Any Health Risks To Worry About?

There are short term and long term health risks. 

Short-term risks:

  • Irritation to the eyes and skin 
  • Itchy skin rash. 
  • Cough, wheezing and/or shortness of breath
  • Metallic taste may be sensed in the mouth
  • Headache
  • Poor appetite, nausea, vomiting
  • Loss of sleep
  • Diarrhea

Long-term effects:

  • Cancer hazard/carcinogen, lung cancer
  • Reproductive Hazard 
  • Damage the developing fetus
  • Miscarriages
  •  Damage the male reproductive system and decrease the sperm count 
  • Ulcers or sores in the nose
  • Lung damage
  • Kidney damage
  • Liver damage
  • Heart damage

Antimony Trioxide Hazards Can Be In Unexpected Places

In the same way my friend discovered this heavy metal in her new workout shirt, Antimony Trioxide has been found in some big name mattresses. Think how scary it is to have our faces so close to this source, inhaling the toxins deeply for several hours per night?!

Be aware of Antimony Trioxide Hazards and the subtle ways it might show up in your everyday life. Allowing ourselves to undergo continued exposure will negatively impact our health.

Look for my future article about ways to reduce toxins and limit exposure to this Chemical of Concern.

Here is Why I Care About Reducing Toxins

God gave me a precious gift in the form of my precious body. It may not LOOK stunning or perfect, yet it works in a miraculous way.

And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:17 ESV

So I am honoring God by taking care of this gift. I strive to eat in a way that supports body functions. And I try to limit exposure to toxins that will hinder my body from living in a happy, healthy way.

I hope today’s article helps you to Enjoy Your Healthy Life!

Pam Schmidt

Chemical Minimalist

Mindfulness Mentor

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