the Hidden Dangers
by Kristi Anderson
Lead Poisoning isn't one of those causes with a bumper sticker or a cute little ribbon. Despite decades of research showing that no amount of lead exposure is safe, and that irreversible damage occurs at very low blood lead levels, the dangers of lead exposure remain largely ignored.
We’re exposed to lead every day. You can’t smell it, taste it, or see it, but it can be found in many common items including apple juice, lipstick, mini blinds, toys, and dishware. Even low level lead exposure has been linked to lower IQ, anemia, behavior problems, cardiovascular disease, learning difficulties, and aggression.
The estimated cost benefit ratio of investing in lead prevention programs is better than that of standard vaccination programs with every dollar spent equaling $17 - $220 saved. Mounting pressure from scientists, researchers, and advocacy groups to lower the blood level of concern has been largely ignored by the Center for Disease Control, and this year the budget for the CDC’s Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention program was cut by 94%.
Lead poisoning is not reversible, but it is preventable. Having adequate calcium, iron, and vitamin C in your diet has been shown to reduce the amount of lead your body absorbs. The best thing you can do to protect yourself and your family is to become educated on this subject and do your best to minimize your exposure to lead.