Barium Toxicity: Exposure has been associated with high blood
pressure, brain swelling, heart damage, and breathing problems.
Barium is a naturally occurring metal found in many types of rocks. In stream water and
most groundwater, only traces of barium are present. It is also used in oil and gas drilling muds, automotive
paints, bricks, tiles and jet fuels.
How to test water for Barium Toxicity: WaterCheck
Recommended Barium Toxicity Water Treatment: Distillation or Reverse Osmosis
Barium Toxicity Sources:
- Contaminated water, air or soil.
- Fish and aquatic organisms.
- Rat poisons and insecticides.
- Medical tests (barium enemas), barium salts.
- Drilling equipment used by oil and gas industries.
- Mining and refining, coal and oil burning emissions, processing plants (e.g.
paint, brick, tile, glass, and rubber).
- Arc-welding, metal fabrication work, fireworks, pigments, and cathode ray
Synergistic for Barium Toxicity Uptake/Retention: 
- Potassium or sulfate deficiency will increase
Antagonistic for Barium Toxicity Uptake/Retention: The following will help the body to decrease absorption and increase elimination of Barium
Interactions of Barium Toxicity in
the Body: 
· Displaces potassium and increases stress hormone (catecholamines).
· High levels may trigger ventricular fibrillation, bronchoconstriction, and brain
Symptoms of Excessive Barium Exposure: 
· Difficulties in breathing
· Increased blood pressure
· Changes in heart rhythm
· Stomach irritation
· Brain swelling
· Muscle tingling/weakness
· May damage heart, liver, kidneys and spleen.
This is not an all-encompassing metal toxicity list.
There are other sources of metal exposure not listed herein.
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