Did you know that lead is one of the most common
environmental toxins? Even more importantly, did
you know that exposure to high levels of lead
can cause serious health effects?
Well its true. Lead is found almost everywhere
and it is extremely toxic to humans, especially
Each year, there are an estimated 500,000 children
in the United States that have toxic levels of
lead in their bodies. Because of this, governments
around the world have developed programs to help
prevent unnecessary exposure to this environmental
We have outlined important information below
that explores the facts surrounding lead, where
it can be found, what health effects it has on
the body and how high levels of exposure can be
- Houses built before 1970
- Near Train Tracks
- Costume jewelry
- Antique jewelry
- Antique toys
- Metal alloys such as brass and pewter
- Abdominal pain
- Nervous system disorders
- High blood pressure
- The best way to prevent exposure to
lead is to start in the home by conducting
a paint inspection and having a professional
remove any lead based paints.
- Keeping a healthy low-fat diet high
in iron and calcium can help the body
absorb less lead.
- Clean or remove shoes before entering
the house. This will help prevent you
from tracking in lead from the yard.
- Keep your house clean to prevent dust
with lead from accumulating on counters
and window sills.
To learn more about preventing your exposure
to toxic levels of lead, visit http://www.cdc.gov/lead/