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Heated Manganese can release fumes causing a flu-like illness with chills, fever and aching.

Exposure to metal fumes from welding, cutting and brazing-especially in confined spaces-can cause brain damage. A major culprit is manganese, a component of all steel and major welding materials. Manganese has been known to cause the degenerative brain disorder known as Parkinsonism since 1837. A recent study found 40 percent of welders showed signs of the disorder. Many physicians are unaware of manganese poisoning or the risks of exposures in steel making and welding as stated on Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS).

  • Slowed movement
  • Tremors and shaking
  • Loss of coordination or balance
  • Stiffness in body and limbs
  • Night time Leg Cramps
  • Slowed or slurred speech
  • Tightening of facial muscles
  • Handwriting worsening
  • Difficulty walking
  • Difficulty turning
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Impotency
  • Depression
  • Mood changes
  • Short term memory loss
  • Inability to perform normal tasks

Because Manganese symptoms are similar, welders may be mistakenly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease) or MS (multiple sclerosis).

If you have any of these Manganese symptoms, go to your doctor as soon as possible. Bring a copy of the MSDS for welding rods and other related materials you commonly use.

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