To date, every police officer I have tested for lead (Pb) has produced a positive result. What is going on here?
|Example of elevated lead levels|
How is it that there appears to be widespread lead contamination within the New Zealand Police Force? I think I know the answer, but, first, some of the symptoms of subclinical lead poisoning:
- Difficulty handling stress
- Poor concentration
- Lowered intelligence
- Joint and cartilage problems, particularly affecting the spine, hips and knees
- Cardiovascular disease
- Digestion disorders
- Dupuytren's contractures and carpal tunnel syndrome
- Fungal and yeast infections
- Skin conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis
The worst case of Dupuytren's contractures that I have ever seen involved a police officer.
The worst case of lead poisoning that I have on record is a duck shooter who ate the duck with a lead pellet still in it!
The cause, without doubt, is the firing and cleaning of firearms. Their hair tissue mineral analyses are remarkably similar to those of pistol range shooters who are not police officers. It may be that police officers are more at risk than most other shooters because most of their practicing is in confined spaces, such as basement ranges, where the lead residue contaminates the air and every surface. Cleaning the firearm, sometimes on the kitchen table, risks the lead residue getting onto the hands where it is absorbed through the skin or ingested via food.
When we are talking about lead contamination, we are not talking about much at all - just parts per million - that's all it takes!
Lead contamination may never show with a blood test, or only show the tiniest of amounts. This is why polluting industries love the blood test while doing all they can to discredit the hair tissue analysis. A blood test will only show what is circulating in the blood at that very moment when the blood sample is taken, whereas the hair is a record of what has been in the circulation at any time during the months that the length of hair being tested took to grow. If a person has lead in their blood test and the exposure was longer than a week ago, this probably indicates that they have a serious problem! I would immediately recommend a hair tissue mineral analysis and nutrient support to mitigate its damage.
Excreting lead that has accumulated in the body is never a continuous, steady process but more a series of bursts of excretion whenever the liver is sufficiently healthy, rested and energised enough to undertake the difficult process of excreting a deadly toxin like lead. Most times the lead is relatively safely sequestered in the bones and the fat where it quietly rusts away one's health. It can not be left to circulate where it will cause rapid and possibly irreparable harm.
A trained and experienced health practitioner can help a person to safely and gently chelate lead from their body through the use of a combination of vitamins, minerals and herbs that help the body do its job of cleansing itself. There is no need for harsh chemical chelation which can do more harm than good.
As a matter of interest, lead contamination is linked to criminal behaviour. It would appear that our police force and their clients, have more than one thing in common!
“Stunning” links have been found between crime rates and levels of lead in the body, and the long-banned poison is still “a massive problem”.