Is Lead Really That Dangerous for you
First, let’s open this subject with big news – lead is bad for you! Lately there have been rumors going around that there is a lead contamination.
Today we are going to deepen that subject, explain what lead is and how it can get in our bodies, how to track it down and of course, how to prevent yourself from getting contaminated.
This is a dangerous metal and yet it is everywhere around us, in plenty of the products, and children seem to be the ones who are the most exposed to it.
It is mostly used in batteries, roofing materials, cosmetics, pottery, ammunition and plumbing.
It is particularly easy for this metal to enter the body because it mimics the calcium, and the way it is absorbed in the body.
So, basically, we have all probably absorbed some lead, and it sticks to the soft tissues of the organs, bones and teeth, and can stay there for a very long time.
But recently, it has been found out that the lead does some serious damage, like lowering the IQ of children, increasing the crime rate on a worldwide level, and many more accusations.
Does This Mean That Lead is Dangerous?
Experts claim that any sign of lead in the blood should be a cause for some serious concerns.
Only in the USA, more than half a million children have been discovered to have blood lead level higher than five micrograms, raising concerns about possible lead contamination. 2.6 percent of the children in America are probably already contaminated.
To make things worse, the federal budget is too tight to find the money to fund a research in order to discover the lead leak.
This does not make much sense to experts and economists, because finding out a child is lead contaminated, the costs for recovery would be enormous.
Thi especially hits the children who live below the poverty line and children from minorities. But it is something that can affect us all. A high concentration of lead in the blood can lead to poisoning.
How can Children Get Contaminated?
Well, they have plenty of contact with the ground, their nervous system being still developed, they cannot fight off the dangerous effects of the lead.
Some of the common symptoms in young children are: learning difficulties, headaches, weight loss, reduced cognitive abilities, slowed growth, insomnia, fatigue, lethargy, constipation, poor appetite, metallic taste in mouth.
Eventually, the lead causes much bigger problems, such as: slowed growth, damage to the nervous and brain system, anemia, seizures, behavior and learning problems, coma and death.
But in adults, the level of danger is equal, especially to those working on construction sites. It can affect the fertility, the function of the kidney, and even act as a carcinogen.
The effects are horrible: fatigue and irritability, poor concentration, peripheral neuropathy, seizures, hearing loss, nausea, dyspepsia, encephalopathy, colic, constipation, reduced sperm count, miscarriages, stillbirths, abnormal sperm, anemia, hypertension and myalgia.
IF YOU HAVE BEEN EXPOSED TO LEAD the first thing you must do is get away from it as far as possible.If you have been exposed only a little, then stepping aside from it may decrease the negative effects.
But if you have been more exposed to it, then what you will need to do is undergo chelation therapy. This is a kind of therapy that removes the heavy metals from the bloodstream.
How to Prevent our Children and Ourselves From Being Exposed to Lead?
Test the paint and dust from your property, create barriers between the playing areas and the sources of lead, keep your children away from all peeled or chewable surfaces, don’t let your children play in soil.
Furthermore, take off your shoes when entering your home, wash your children’s hands and toys all the time, regularly clean floors and components, avoid eating candies that were imported from Mexico.
Afterwards, check every pottery, cosmetic and appliance whether it is lead free or not, shower and change clothes regularly after working outside.
Also, there are foods that can limit the lead absorption in the body, and they are: milk, cheese, yogurt and leafy greens.
You can also consume foods rich in iron (beans, red meat, peanut butter) and Vitamin C (oranges, red peppers, juice).
Now that you have been properly introduced to this subject, we hope that you will take the proper measurements to prepare yourself and protect yourself from being lead contaminated.
All we can do for now is hope that our society will work harder on the process of eliminating the lead from our living environment once and for all.