Lead exposure and its ongoing issues

IAS News 28 February 2013 | 2 Comments

It would have been safe to think that lead levels have been decreasing over the last 40 odd years due to the removal of it from gasoline and the banning of lead paint in the 70’s. However tests that have been going on since this time have shown that even with the levels dropping by a factor of 10 since these changes, they are still higher than natural human levels. These have been found from studying skeletal remains from Native Americans from before the industrial revolution.
To add to this, levels that were seen as ‘safe’ have in actual fact been proven to be too high. The latest set of test results have shown that many health complications can arise from even low level exposure. Impaired cognition, ADHD, psychiatric problems, increases in blood pressure, hypertension and arrhythmia can all arise from excessive lead exposure. It isn’t only health that high levels of exposure can have an effect on, but also schooling, and incarcerations for violent crime – which has been proven to be linked to the levels of lead exposure. All of these have a profound impact on spending.
Lead is one substance that doesn’t degrade so levels in the soil from previous high levels of use have accumulated. Weather such as heavy winds and rain kick up dust particles, and the increasing number of forest fires have lead to an increasing level of lead being released back into the air. Aviation fuel also still contains lead even if car fuel doesn’t. Daily tasks such as drinking water through the lead pipes in homes, or from brass or solder that is used in plumbing all bring lead into the body. Don’t forget about all the additional levels from hunting and shooting range ammunition, fishing line weights, discarded batteries and electronic waste. Then you have the deposits from coal-burning power plants – and the fact that in China there are slacker regulations in coal power. Lead particles from China have been found in Santa Cruz, California!
A good detoxing product can help with removing any excess lead from the body and is considered vitally important in ensuring any heavy metals are removed from the body without causing too much harm.

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