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Here is what I found after some web search:
Arsenic in the forms in which it
normally can be found in foods, like the
organically bound arsenic of shrimp, is easily
absorbed and rapidly eliminated in the urine. The
more toxic compounds, like arsenic
trioxide, is well absorbed and excreted rather
slowly. The symptoms of acute arsenic poisoning
are nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, burning of the
mouth and throat, and severe abdominal pain.
Chronic exposure to smaller, perhaps continued
doses, results in weakness, muscular aching, skin
abnormalities, and pigmentation within the
On the cellular level, scientists believe
that arsenic affects the mitochondrial enzymes and
messes up respiration. The mitochondria
accumulate arsenic which in turn stops a critical
reaction necessary for continued cellular
oxidation. It is important to remember that
arsenic is both an acute and chronic systemic
toxin and a carcinogen. Some arsenic is, however,
thought to be needed by our body. So,as with all
substances is that it is "the dose makes the
Retained arsenic (as from arsenic trioxide)
is concentrated in hair and fingernails. Hair
samples can be analyzed for arsenic and the
arsenic can be easily detected even some time
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