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Lead
Lead is a highly toxic substance, especially to children. Lead comes from various sources including lead industries, mining, smelting, leaded petrol, paint, piping, and soldered joints in copper and lead containing brass fixtures and faucets.1

Lead is the number one environmental health threat to young children. It is very toxic, especially to children under age 6.2 Even small amounts can affect their growth and development. High levels in the blood has a direct correlation to reduced IQ, learning disabilities, behavioral and attention disorders. Lead poisoning is preventable and treatable. Talk to your doctor about lead testing, dietary interventions to both prevent and treat this condition, and any other questions you may have.

FACT: The burden of lead poisoning is not equally distributed among children in the U.S. The prevalence of elevated blood lead levels (BLL) in African American children living in large inner cities is around 36 percent, and the prevalence among white, suburban children who are not poor is around 4 percent.3

FACT: The CDC estimates that 300,000 children between the ages of 1 and 5 in the United States have "unsafe" levels of lead in their blood, according to a January 9 report by the Detroit Free Press about the CDC's 1999-2000 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). The CDC defines the threshold of "safe" blood-lead levels at 10 micrograms per deciliter.

Click on the source links below for additional information.


 
High Lead Exposure Linked To Hearing Loss In Youth

(Reuters Health) - Teens exposed to higher-than-normal levels of lead are more likely to have trouble hearing, suggests a new study that links the hearing problems to lead levels well below those considered "safe" by current standards. Read more...

400 Lipsticks Found To Contain Lead


High Lead Levels Found In Children's Jewelry

Interpreting and Managing Blood Lead Levels <10 µg/dL in Children and Reducing Childhood Exposures to Lead: Recommendations of CDC's Advisory Committee on Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

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Eagles Fall Prey to Lead From Hunters Bullets

Christmas Eve anglers on the Mississippi River were stunned as Bill Doms paddled past them with a bald eagle perched on his kayak. But the bird's odd placement wasn't a stunt. It was sign that something was very wrong. Read more...



Sources:

1 EPA -
http://www.epa.nsw.gov.au/leadsafe/leadinf6.htm

2 NRDC: Our Children At Risk:
The 5 Worst Environmental Threats To Their Health -
www.nrdc.org/health/kids/ocar/ocarinx.asp

3 http://www.cdc.gov/od/perfplan/2000/2000xiilead.htm