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Wednesday, October 08, 2014

Unusual sources of lead poisoning identified (updated 08/10/14)

Despite lead having been taken out of automobile fuel, health problems caused by lead contamination remain frighteningly common:
  • Connective tissue disorders like tendonitis.
  • Arthritis affecting hips and knees in particular.
  • Back pain, including disk prolapse.
  • Osteoporosis.
  • Depression.
  • Anger and emotional volatility.
  • Unexplained fatigue.
  • Brain fog, difficulty with maths.
  • Hyperactivity.
  • Growing pains.
  • Adrenal and thyroid problems.
  • Dry, thin skin and poor hair and nails.
  • Skin infections.
  • Constant sore throats.
  • Fungal infections of the toenails.
  • Spider veins on legs and ankles.
  • Autoimmune diseases especially those affecting the nervous system.
  • Most cancers.
    Hair Tissue test indicating lead toxicity in a patient with lumbar disk prolapse

Sources of lead

When I do a hair tissue mineral analysis and the results indicate the presence of a toxic element, like lead, we need to do some searching.  This may involve delving deep into one's past.  Some of the sources that have been identified to date:
  • Pistol shooting in enclosed rifle ranges, such as basement areas- most police officers may have lead contamination.
  • Professional and recreational hunters.
  • Children with slug guns - holding the pellets in their mouth while loading.
  • Blowing smoke rings on the smoke sucked from the barrel of a shot gun.
  • Cleaning firearms and getting the lead residue on one's hands.
  • Stripping old paint off a house without adequate protection from dust and fumes.
  • Old lead paint getting into the soil of the vegetable garden.
  • Living adjacent to a lead battery recycling plant.
  • Old mining tailings leaching into the municipal water supply (Tasmania).
  • Eating a duck that was shot and not getting all the lead shot out of the carcase before cooking.
  • Working in an oil refinery.
  • Sheet metal and light engineering by occupation.
  • Working or living adjacent to aircraft (aviation gas still has lead additives).
  • Plumber-gas fitter or electrician.
  • Lead leaching from a cast iron bath tub.

Lead in children's face paint!

"Tests of a children’s face paint kit have found it contains extremely high levels of lead.

Consumer NZ has found a Carnival Colors-branded paint contained 15,200mg/kg of lead. Lead is prohibited from use in face paints under the Cosmetic Products Group Standard. Young children are particularly at risk from exposure to lead, which can cause developmental and other problems.

“This face paint kit claimed it had ‘passed authentication’ to European toy safety standards but the high levels of lead detected meant it should never have been sold,”
said Consumer NZ chief executive Sue Chetwin.

Some of these cases may not be identified for decades, as may be the case with a teenage boy with a slug gun.  Initial symptoms may be growing pains, difficulty with schooling and acne.  His life may be dogged with fatigue, depression and constant infections.

Lead hangs around in the body and may be undetectable by blood testing because it is buried deep in the bones and fatty tissue (including the brain).  It quietly wreaks havoc on health and thinking.  I think of it like rust in the chassis of your car: You can't see it; but its there quietly doing damage that may be irreparable by the time it is found.

The presence of a toxin like lead, can be detected with a hair tissue mineral analysis.    Once known and the make up of inter-related minerals are known, then measures can be taken to carefully and safely remove it from the body.

Here is an interesting article about one of the hidden sources of lead in your environment (I have had one case where an entire family, including the children, had lead contamination as identified by the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.  The source was finally identified as the cast iron and porcelain bathtub!):

Lead Leaching Bathtubs? The Dirtiest Secret in Your Bathroom

Rub-a-Dub-Dub, Is There Lead In Your Tub?

Confession: I vetted my rubber ducky’s lifeguard certification before I put him in the tub with my kiddos. Okay, not really, but as a mama I have tried to make bathtime safe. Skid-proof tub? Check! Filter to remove nasties like chlorine and heavy metals? Check! Homemade non-toxic shampoo and soap? Yep, that too. 
But could my tub have a dirty little secret that pretty much knocks all that stuff out of the water? According to, Laura Rudeseal, the answer is YES.
Over the weekend a Dallas Morning News article popped up on my Facebook feed about Laura’s family. I immediately recognized her as one of the amazing mama’s I’ve gotten to know through this blog and contacted her to clarify some things that weren’t covered in the DMN article. She graciously made time to share some incredibly important info with us – thank you Laura! Here’s her story:
Earlier this year, blood tests revealed that Laura’s two small children – two-year old Trevor and six-year old Kassidy – had elevated levels of lead in their system. She searched for the source with no luck, so she hired an expert to come do a little detective work. After eliminating the usual suspects – door frames, windowsills, walls, etc. – he headed straight for the . . . BATHROOM?
Yep. Though few parents know about it, experts estimate that 62 percent of the porcelain tubs in American households have lead leaching into the bath water, placing millions of children at risk. (source)
Okay, that can’t be GOOD, but how serious is it really?

Lead Poisoning Leads To Lowered IQ, Learning Disabilities, & Impaired Growth

Rest of this article about lead in the bathtub here:

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