Lead Poisoning

Quotes about Lead Poisoning from the world's top natural health / natural living authors

"The effectiveness and safety of the method prompted the FDA to approve of EDTA chelation for lead poisoning. Doctors soon began reporting improvement in the circulatory status of EDTA-treated patients with chronic lead poisoning who also had arterial plaque deposits. The reports spawned an interest in chelation therapy among many physicians to help patients with CVD. Today, more than a thousand doctors worldwide use chelation therapy for a variety of CVD-related conditions."
- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

"You can push for your city or municipality to act on lead poisoning. So take the initiative: Write a letter to the mayor; attend a city hall meeting; search the Internet to learn more about what lead poisoning is and what it does to our brains. If the source of lead in your home is peeling, chipping, or flaking paint, steps need to be taken to reduce this hazardous condition. The removal process itself can be dangerous, contributing dust with high lead levels. Seek professional help through a lead clinic or government agency."
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

"One of them was a synthetic compound called EDTA (ethy-lenediaminetetraacetic acid), which proved effective as an antidote to heavy metal toxicity such as lead poisoning. When infused into the bloodstream, this substance chelated?that is, grabbed onto minute particles of lead and escorted them out of the body through the urine. EDTA treatment gained importance during the 1950s for lead poisoning among workers in battery factories and sailors in the U.S. Navy who painted ships with lead-based paint."
- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

"People tend to think of lead poisoning as a disease of poor children," said Dr. Landrigan. "And that is true in 85 percent of kids; it's kids who live in old, dilapidated, mostly urban housing. But that still leaves 15 percent of the cases that occur in middle- or upper-class families, usually associated with home renovations. People are sanding paint, removing banisters, cleaning up windowsills, and they don't realize that they're spewing lead dust around in the house. And then the kids get it."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"People who smoke or who are exposed to secondhand smoke are prime candidates for lead poisoning. Lead poisoning can occur from inhaling or ingesting the toxic metal. Around 90% of lead inhaled into the lungs is absorbed directly into the bloodstream. Most of it is absorbed into the bones, but some lead makes its way to soft tissues and organs. Ingested lead is first broken down in the stomach and then absorbed into the blood through the intestinal lin- 243 n > -c H o ing. From this point, ingested lead travels to organs and organ systems."
- Dr. Edward F. Group III, DC, ND, DACBN, Health Begins in the Colon (Get the book.)

"Doctors soon began reporting improvement in the circulatory status of EDTA-treated patients with chronic lead poisoning who also had arterial plaque deposits. The reports spawned an interest in chelation therapy among many physicians to help patients with CVD. Today, more than a thousand doctors worldwide use chelation therapy for a variety of CVD-related conditions. The method not only clears lead from the system but also excess iron, cadmium, aluminum, and other harmful metals that can poison enzyme systems in the body."
- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

"However, this status may change in the future, as more studies are performed that support the efficacy of chelation for conditions other than lead poisoning. For example, I am currently participating in a $32-million, five-year, multicenter study on using chelation therapy in the treatment of cardiovascular disease, sponsored by the National Institutes of Health. Positive outcomes from this study and others may widen the FDA approval of chelation as a treatment for a variety of disorders."
- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"If it had not been accepted, chelation would not have been approved as a treatment for lead poisoning, nor would it have been approved for the NIH study on chelation therapy and cardiovascular disease. However, even though chelation has been scientifically proven to be safe, there are still rumors about possible dangers of chelation that sometimes circulate among the general public. These rumors are medically unfounded, because chelation, when performed properly, has a compelling clinical record of safety. It must be performed properly, though, with sensitivity to safety issues."

- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"DMSA is FDA approved for lead poisoning, but its off-label use to help excrete other heavy metals is extremely common among integrative physicians. Although DMSA is generally quite safe when used appropriately, it is a powerful medication that can create side effects and metabolic disruptions, especially in 4-A kids with delicate systems and high loads of metals. Therefore, DMSA needs to be administered and monitored by a physician who is trained and knowledgeable in chelation therapy."

- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"The side effects of DMSA, as compiled by The Physicians Desk Reference, are based upon patients taking it for nineteen consecutive days, which is the length of a course of treatment for classic lead poisoning. This nineteen-day period, however, is approximately six times longer than the more conservative three-day periods that my colleagues and I recommend. These side effects include the following: ? GI upset, in 12 percent of patients. Body aches, in 5 percent. Increase in serum transaminases, in 4 percent. Sore throat or cough, in 4 percent. Rashes, in 3 percent."

- Kenneth Bock, Healing the New Childhood Epidemics: Autism, ADHD, Asthma, and Allergies: The Groundbreaking Program for the 4-A Disorders (Get the book.)

"Gastrointestinal symptoms of lead poisoning include constipation, diarrhea, vomiting, metallic taste, and weight loss." (12 ) Unfortunately, even after you find a brand of lipstick that has been tested for lead content and found safe, there is yet another safety hurdle to overcome. Laboratory tests done in 2004 by the National Environmental Trust discovered unlabeled hormone-disruptive phthalates in Revlon Moondrops Lipstick, as well as in other well-known brands. (13) [BEGIN BOX] Unsafe Lipsticks Versus Safer Lipsticks Out of 393 brands of lipsticks rated on the "Skin Deep" Web site (www."
- Samuel S. Epstein, Randall Fitzgerald, Toxic Beauty: How Cosmetics and Personal Care Products Endanger Your Health . . . And What You Can Do about It (Get the book.)

"If a child does have lead poisoning, it's necessary to chelate, or undergo an elaborate treatment that uses chemicals to pull certain toxic metals out of the body. The sooner doctors discover the elevated lead levels, the better their chances of minimizing the damage. The CDC now estimates that three hundred thousand children between the ages of one and five in the United States have "unsafe" levels of lead in their blood. The CDC defines the threshold of "safe" blood-lead levels at 10 micrograms per deciliter."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Every year, we have new cases of lead poisoning." Nurse Barbara McGoey agreed. "Lead levels are still atrocious with children in our country," she said. 'And it's not because they're sitting around eating paint chips, but because of the environment they're living in. Lead's in their water, their toys, the dust in the air from the buses. It's just everywhere. We've had kids with bad, bad lead levels." If lead is such a problem, why don't we test our kids' levels more thoroughly?"

- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"This issue is discussed in considerable detail later, in the chapter on Bipolar Disorder. S lead poisoning / The Fluoride Connection. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control states that lead poisoning can cause learning disabilities, behavioral problems and at high levels, seizures and even death, and is a highly significant risk factor in predicting higher rates of ADD, ADHD, and learning disabilities. In fact, "research shows that children with even mildly elevated lead levels can suffer from reduced IQs, attention deficits, and poor school performance" (http://incrediblehorizons."
- Dr David W Tanton, Ph.D., Antidepressants, Antipsychotics, And Stimulants - Dangerous Drugs on Trial (Get the book.)

"Historians speculate that infertility and mental infirmity due to lead poisoning from excessive wine consumption figured in the decline of Roman civilization. Perhaps an explanation for Nero's behavior. Today, we extract a billion tons of lead a year from the earth's crust, and it is poisoning us. Lead exposure comes from paints, batteries, and drinking water flowing through lead-lined pipes. Lead emissions from industry pollute our food and water. Bone lead content in a healthy individual is a hundred times greater than that of a healthy person a hundred years ago."
- Stephen Sinatra, M.D. and James C., M.D. Roberts, Reverse Heart Disease Now: Stop Deadly Cardiovascular Plaque Before It's Too Late (Get the book.)

"Research demonstrates that lead poisoning early in life can reduce the birth and survival of new neurons (especially in the hippocampus), shorten the length of dendrites (compromising communication between neurons), and perhaps even alter the expression of genes related to amyloid production.34 Thus, acute poisoning can cause persisting developmental, learning, and attention problems, as well as hyperactivity, slowed motor coordination, hearing loss, headaches, heightened aggression, impaired memory and language skills, and a lower IQ."
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

"All three died of lead poisoning; their autopsies showed elevated levels of lead in their blood, liver, and bone.24 Kehoe's dozens of autopsies of dead babies are the work of a very meticulous man, showing precise amounts of lead measured in the brains, livers, hearts and kidneys of poor black and white infants. For toddlers with lead poisoning, it's always been assumed that their exposure comes from the habit of putting things into their mouths."
- Devra Davis, The Secret History of the War on Cancer (Get the book.)

"So take the initiative: Write a letter to the mayor; attend a city hall meeting; search the Internet to learn more about what lead poisoning is and what it does to our brains. If the source of lead in your home is peeling, chipping, or flaking paint, steps need to be taken to reduce this hazardous condition. The removal process itself can be dangerous, contributing dust with high lead levels. Seek professional help through a lead clinic or government agency."
- Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel George, The Myth of Alzheimer's: What You Aren't Being Told About Today's Most Dreaded Diagnosis (Get the book.)

"The exact causes of ADHD are not known, but contributing factors include oxygen deprivation at birth, prenatal trauma, heredity, food allergies and artificial additives in food (particularly foods containing salicylates), smoking during pregnancy, lead poisoning, a low-protein diet, a protease deficiency, and environmental pollutants."
- Tom Bohager, Everything You Need to Know About Enzymes to Treat Everything from Digestive Problems and Allergies to Migraines and Arthritis (Get the book.)

"So at the tip of the iceberg you have the very obvious lead poisoning in children who are exposed to high doses, that results in kids who come into the emergency room with pulmonary convulsions. But we also learned that at lower levels lead is also toxic, that it can cause brain damage, that it can reduce children's IQ, that it can mess up their behavior, that it can shorten their attention span, can increase the risk that they're going to drop out of high school, increase the risk that they're going to end up in prison."
- Deirdre Imus, Growing Up Green: Baby and Child Care: Volume 2 in the Bestselling Green This! Series (Green This!) (Get the book.)

"Know and be able to detect lead poisoning symptoms: 1. Common symptoms of severe lead poisoning include: fatigue, memory loss, balance problems, weakness in the fingers, chronic bowel troubles and visual difficulties; less visible symptoms may include: tantrums, short attention span, learning disabilities, or irritability. 2. A simple blood test can detect high lead levels. 3. If you suspect lead poisoning, take action immediately."
- D. Lindsey Berkson, Hormone Deception (Get the book.)

"Chelation Therapy In the 1950s, a drug given intravenously to treat lead poisoning was serendipitously discovered to relieve the symptoms of angina. This compound, known as ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA), has been the subject of considerable controversy ever since. More than half a million Americans have received chelation therapy with EDTA for cardiovascular disease. The term "chelation" is derived from the Greek word for "claw." EDTA binds to lead and other metals in a way that resembles a claw."
- Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. and Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Natural Medicine, Optimal Wellness: The Patient's Guide to Health and Healing (Get the book.)

"The chronic lead poisoning that resulted apparently rendered most of the upper class infertile, "leaving the inheritance of the world to the less capable."4 Although cleaning up the planet will be a massive undertaking, you can take steps now to reduce your own exposure to hormone-disrupting pollutants. For example, you can purchase organically grown food and avoid drinking beverages that have been stored in soft-plastic bottles. Dietary Considerations Dietary factors may affect the health of the reproductive system."

- Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. and Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Natural Medicine, Optimal Wellness: The Patient's Guide to Health and Healing (Get the book.)

"One doctor who was administering EDTA to a patient with both lead poisoning and atherosclerosis noticed that the patient's circulation improved markedly. This observation enticed that physician and several others to try EDTA therapy on patients with atherosclerosis who did not have lead toxicity. Some of these doctors reported that EDTA therapy was of great benefit for a large proportion of their patients, although they were not sure how the treatment worked." 12 Since that time, chelation therapy has been a popular (but extremely controversial) therapy."

- Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. and Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Natural Medicine, Optimal Wellness: The Patient's Guide to Health and Healing (Get the book.)

"Low-level lead poisoning can cause muscle aches, fatigue, irritability, lethargy, joint pains, trouble concentrating, headaches, and weight loss. Lead may also contribute to heart disease, stroke, hypertension, and osteoporosis. As mentioned previously, some municipal water supplies contain excessive amounts of lead. In addition, approximately 200,000 tons of industrial lead aerosols are emitted annually into the atmosphere of the northern hemisphere. Some of this lead finds its way into our bodies through the lungs or by falling to the ground and entering the food chain through the soil."

- Jonathan V. Wright, M.D. and Alan R. Gaby, M.D., Natural Medicine, Optimal Wellness: The Patient's Guide to Health and Healing (Get the book.)

"If in the meantime the brains of children became permanently damaged by lead poisoning or the country's beaches were lost to erosion, these were seen as problems that could be somehow fixed later on, when more money was available. Some engineers and architects are forcing us all to think beyond the traditional concept of buildings to understand their fit with the human ecosystem. Jack Spengler is no ordinary engineer. As director of Harvard's Environmental Engineering Program, Spengler proposed that the institution spend money to save money by creating a green fund."
- Devra Davis, The Secret History of the War on Cancer (Get the book.)

"See also aluminum toxicity; arsenic poisoning; cadmium toxicity; chemical poisoning; copper toxicity; foodborne/waterborne disease; lead poisoning; mercury toxicity; and nickel toxicity, all in Part Two. EPILEPSY More than 2 million people in America have epilepsy, a disorder characterized by recurring seizures. Seizures are a symptom of epilepsy, but not all people who have seizures have epilepsy. Even those who do may also have seizures that are not epileptic in nature."
- Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements (Get the book.)

"Chronic lead poisoning can also cause impotence, infertility and other reproductive disorders, and liver failure. Lead is one of the most widely used metals in the United States today, and it is estimated that a large number of people have high levels of lead in their bodies."

- Phyllis A. Balch, CNC, Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition: A Practical A-to-Z Reference to Drug-Free Remedies Using Vitamins, Minerals, Herbs & Food Supplements (Get the book.)

"This is akin to giving a person a single toxic dose of lead, but the osteoporosis patient and her doctor would not even begin to suspect complications caused by lead poisoning. In cases such as this one, physicians usually ask about recent exposure to hazardous materials and, if none is suspected, do not order a heavy metal screen for lead, mercury, aluminum, and cadmium. The faster bones degenerate, the greater amounts of lead are released, and the higher the blood levels will be."
- Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., Health and Nutrition Secrets (Get the book.)

"Remember, fluoridated water leaches even more lead from the pipes and faucets, greatly increasing your risk of lead poisoning from this source. Recall that one of the studies I mentioned in chapter four found that fluoridated cities have water lead levels twice as high as unfluoridated communities. Our average lead intake ranges from 0.1 to greater than 2 mg a day. It is known that elevated levels of blood lead are associated with a high risk of stillbirth and miscarriage. When blood levels are greater than 30 ug/L/day, there is a greater risk to the health of the mother as well."

- Russell L. Blaylock, M.D., Health and Nutrition Secrets (Get the book.)