Lead - Dangers
How many of you remember the good ol' days of leaded gasoline and leaded paint?
Well, I sure do. I can remember siphoning gas and getting a mouthful. Oy
Well, we had the good sense to get rid of the leaded gas and paint and yet lead
abounds in copious quantities in any modern, industrialized lifestyle. Lead
is used in many, many commercial and manufacturing systems and
world production has grown to over 8 million tons annually! That's a lot of lead, especially
considering it only takes minute amounts to do us and our children a lot of
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Lead can damage just about every kind of tissue in the body. Here are just
a few of the nasty effects of lead that researchers have uncovered:
1. Brain Cancer. A 2006 study linked occupational
exposure to lead to a 50% increase in brain cancer. 
Brain cancer is nasty and often hard to treat because of trying to get proper
drugs across the blood-brain barrier.
2. Osteoporosis. Elevated lead levels in the bones is correlated
with osteoporosis later in life. 
3. Cognition. Several studies have shown that too much lead results
in cognitive issues later in life.  The reason for this is that it
actually destroys nerve endings and connections, i.e. it's a neurotoxin.
It is especially toxic to children, where some research has found even the most
minute levels have been found to lower IQ. For example, one 2005 study
found that blood lead levels could mean as much as a 7 point difference in IQ on
average.  This echoed the findings of an earlier study where lead
exposure was associated with a small, but significant drop in IQ of 1-2 points.
4. Kidney Decline. Lead exposure is assocated with gradual kidney decline that
can potentially cause issues later in life.  (So is
Aspartame/Nutrasweet/Equal as I document in this link on Artificial
5. Low Testosterone. If you get enough lead, there is evidence that it
can lead to low testosterone and possibly hypogonadism. One study showed that it
negatively impacted many other hormones as well, including estradiol, LH, FSH
and prolactin. 
So how can you protect yourself from lead? Well, this is very difficult,
especially since China makes almost everything and many products coming out of
China have been found to have unhealthy levels of lead. However, there are two
practical keys which will help considerably:
1. Lead Test Kits. You can now buy very reasonably priced test kits
that usually involve swabbing a suspected surface for potential lead
contamination. This is particularly important if you have kids.
Again, many painted products from China have been tainted and, if you can afford
it, testing could save a lot of neurons. Consumer Reports ran a
study and had
certain lead test kits that they recommended. Some of these are even
available on Amazon for under $10: First Alert LT1 Premium Lead Test Kit
Homax 5250 Household Lead Test Kit.
2. Raising Glutathione. Glutathione is the body's natural
detoxifier. This is such an important topic that I have devoted a separate
link on How to Raise Glutathione.
2) Environmental Health Perspectives, 2007, 115(7):1018-1022, "The Association
between Blood Lead Levels and Osteoporosis among Adults-Results from the Third
National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III)"
3) American Journal of Epidemiology, 2004, 160(12):1184-1193; "Cumulative
Lead Exposure and Prospective Change in Cognition among Elderly Men"
4) Environ Health Perspect, 2005 Jul, 113(7):894-9, "Low-level environmental
lead exposure and children's intellectual function: an international pooled
5) BMJ, Nov 1994, 309(6963): 1189–1197. "Environmental lead and children's
intelligence: a systematic review of the epidemiological evidence"
6) J Am Soc Nephrol, 2004, 15:1016-1022, "Environmental Exposure to Lead and
Progression of Chronic Renal Diseases: A Four-Year Prospective Longitudinal
7) Infertility, 1978, 1(1):33-51, "Hypogonadism in chronically lead-poisoned men"
8) Hum Exp Toxicol, Mar 1988, 7(2):2 125-128, "Lead Toxicity on Endocrine
Testicular Function in an Occupationally Exposed Population"