LEAD - TOXIC HEAVY METALS FACTSHEET 82
Number 82 on the â€œperiodic tableâ€? of elements
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SOURCES Lead exposures are higher in North America than any-
where else in the world. In US alone, it is estimated that approximately 1.3 million tons of lead are used yearly in batteries, solder, pottery, pigments, gasoline, paint, and many other substances. Somewhere between 400,000 and 600,000 tons per year go into our atmosphere, into the earth earth, our food, and our body and tissues. So there is a lot of lead around. The following are some of the common contaminants: Leaded gasoline, Paint, Food, Water, Pottery, Cans, Cosmetics, Cigarettes, and Pesticides.
Lead in the body interferes with many functions of TOXICITY SYMPTOMS the body. Lead accumulation interferes with absorp-
tion of important body minerals, such as zinc, calcium, and manganese.Early signs of lead toxicity are fairly vague, such as headache, fatigue, muscle pains, anorexia, constipation, vomiting, pallor, anemia. They can be followed by agitation, irritability, restlessness, memory loss, poor coordination and vertigo, and depression. Acute lead toxicity symptoms include abdominal pain similar to colic, nausea and vomiting, anemia, muscle weakness, and encephalopathy.
Comparisons with bone analysis of very old skeletons have shown that the lead levels in our bodies today are 500 - 1,000 times higher. The total lead content in our body today is estimated at 125-200 mg. Lead is a neurotoxin and commonly generates abnormal brain and nerve function.
TOXICITY Even low levels of lead intoxication can affect brain
functions and activity influencing intelligence, attention span, language, and memory. In children, lead is a special cause for concern. Hyperactivity and learning disorders have been correlated with lead intoxication. The average daily absorption of lead is 20-40 mcg. and which can be eliminated from the body easily. The acceptable range of lead in the body is between 20-40 ppm. Concentrations less than 20 ppm and 10 ppm for children may be acceptable but lead is a toxic metal and ideally it should be 0 for both organic and inorganic lead.
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