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What are the effects of lead on the body?
How am I exposed?
Lead is a heavy metal, like mercury. The effects of having these metals enter the body are similar. They go directly to the central nervous system, and from there to the brain. They also tend to collect at the bone joints. The inclusion of a heavy metal into the nervous system disrupts the neural pathways. The type of entry can have a dramatic difference on the severity and speed with which these effects become evident.
The effects of lead poisoning on the body are PERMANENT.
You could use chelation therapy to remove lead in the body (a long, painful and expensive treatment), but you can not reverse the damage that the lead causes in the body.
Lead is most dangerous in infants and toddlers. A lead intrusion tends to gather
in the growing end of their bones and their brains -
Lead poisoning causes permanent cognitive damage.
Autopsys of people effected by lead poisoning show the same physical damage to the brain as a person with Alzheimer’s.
In an adult, lead will also go to the joints as well as the brain (though not as
aggressively) and can result in a condition know as “drop wrist” or “drop foot”.
An individual exhibiting these conditions will not be able to raise their hand at
the wrist or their foot at the ankle. This was a common condition of long-
People with lead poisoning
can exhibit a blue line on the gums, joint pain, an inability to concentrate, hyperactivity,
weakness at joints, and
How are we exposed to lead poisoning? Mostly through ingestion. It can come from lead dust (from old lead paints) or from vaporized lead (from heating and melting lead). Lead dusts can be present outside in soils as well, from lead paints or industrial pollution. Of these two types of exposure, ingestion is the slowest acting and sometimes the hardest to recognize before the effects become irreversible. It can take years of exposure in minor amounts before this type of exposure becomes noticeable, but in much less time in children.
Lead exposures can also come from cultural sources. In South and Central America
it is common to treat a fever with natural clay products called Azaron and Greta
These are almost 100% lead!
In Asian communities Pay-
Additionally, many low fired ceramics have lead added to their glazes or even to
the clay it self. Eating from these vessels, or cooking in them, will -
The most common source of lead vapor inhalation is melting lead to mold it for some purpose or to remove it.
People that re-
Lead poisoning is avoidable!
Its damage is IRREVERSIBLE!
The best way to protect yourself, and your family, from lead exposure is to know the sources of lead poisoning and eliminate them.