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Lead:  Lead is a metal used in many items although it has been reduced in the environment, by legislation, it persists in causing medical issues. Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Even very small amounts of lead can cause serious health problems.  Children under the age of 6  and your fetus are especially vulnerable to lead poisoning. Even low levels can severely affect neurological and physical development.

A fetus developing in the womb of a woman who has elevated blood lead level is also susceptible to lead poisoning by intrauterine exposure, and is at greater risk of being born prematurely or with a low birth weight.

Children are more at risk for lead poisoning because their smaller bodies are in a continuous state of growth and development. Lead is absorbed at a faster rate compared to adults, which causes more physical harm than to older people. Furthermore, children, especially as they are learning to crawl and walk, are constantly on the floor and therefore more prone to ingesting and inhaling dust that is contaminated with lead.

The classic signs and symptoms in children are loss of appetite, abdominal pain, vomiting, weight loss, constipation, anemia, kidney failure, irritability, lethargy, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems

Everyone is exposed to different levels of contaminated air, water and soil. Adults who work with batteries, do home renovations, participate in shooting sports, some crafts or work in auto repair shops also may be exposed to lead.

The acknowledged level of “acceptable” lead in our blood has dropped from 60 µg/dl in the 1960’s  to 5 µg/dl  (2012) with many scientists stating that this level continues to decrease IQ and cause medical problems.  EWG Rating:  F