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Trace Elements in Medicine
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Ranjit Rajesh 1, A.V. Galchenko2

1 Department of Oncology, Radiology and Nuclear Medicine in Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia, Miklukho-Maklay Street 6, Moscow, Russian Federation, 117198

2 ФDepartment of rehabilitative diet therapy, Federal Research Centre of Nutrition, Biotechnology and Food Safety, Ustinsky proezd, 2/14, Moscow, Russian Federation, 109204

ABSTRACT. It is a well-known fact that human beings are in the process of rapidly modernizing the world by utilizing various natural resources at an unprecedented speed. The accomplishment can initially be mistaken as human’s great achievement, but during the course of this swift development, we have been adding extra pressure on the environment, especially by disposing the harmful chemicals of industry. Secondly, we humans are also overly using the limited sources of nature, which is resulting in its depletion, eventually interrupting the natural cycle. Metals are the indispensable raw material for constructing infrastructures and for producing electronic products. However, extracting these metals from their corresponding ores can inflict serious consequences if no precautions are taken. Similarly, the everchanging fashion industry has exponentially raised the demand for cotton, which has eventually encouraged people to exploit the natural resources like water even more, resulting in climate change and even drying up of the whole sea in some cases. These activities also impose a formidable threat to the environment we live in and even can lead to the end of human existence. Due to human’s carelessness, the concentration of harmful chemicals in water, soil, and the air is already far higher than the permissible upper limit in many regions. These unacceptable higher levels of these harmful chemicals directly affect the health of not only human beings but all the living organisms living on the Earth. If the process is not curbed on time, we humans, with other wildlife and innocent organisms are bound to pay a hefty price.

KEYWORDS: pollution, cotton, dye, thallium, aluminium, arsenic, mercury, tin, lead.