4 August 2011

Lead A Cumulative Poison Post 1

Posted by Jody under: Children's Health .

Lead poisoning is a condition that continues to harm children and adults alike. Attention to lead poison was peaked and became well known by the public when inner city children ingested lead chips that came off apartment walls.

These children were found to have high levels of lead in their systems. The lead chips poisoned many of the children. Lead was found in dirt as well, and children who played in the soil and placed lead-contaminated, soiled hands into their mouths showed high levels of lead in their bodies. Low levels found in the bodies of children can impair them intellectually, developmentally and behavior problems may be present consequently. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 16 percent of all American children have blood levels of lead that exceed the normal values acceptable, and about 200 children will die each year.

Toxic Metal

Lead is a toxic metal that is gathered and held in the body. Even small amounts that are not passed through the digestive system will be absorbed into the blood and other tissues. Lead stored in the blood exits into the bones and is stored there. The lead increases with time and subsequent exposure. It rests there and waits for any sickness or stress such as pregnancy, menopause or any prolonged illness and will, consequently, re-enter the blood stream. Lead is poisonous and has little value for humans. It hinders some fundamental enzyme purposes and will incapacitate the protection ability of these cells. If the amounts are lethal, the kidney, heart, liver and central nervous system will be injured. Once lead accumulation is in the body, it remains for life. Prevention is very important.

Young children and pregnant women tend to assimilate calcium easily because of the increased need. Lead may be absorbed readily also, because the body does not recognize the difference between calcium and lead once inside. Children can absorb more lead per pound of weight than adults can. Those who are calcium depleted will be more prone to absorb lead into their system.

Symptoms of Lead Poisoning

The symptoms of lead poisoning will show up after several weeks in adults and as little as several days in children. Relentless gastrointestinal colic is the most common symptom of lead poisoning. Children’s reactions will tend to be more intense. Symptoms include:
Muscle weakness
Gums that often turn blue
Diarrhea
Anxiety
Loss of appetite
Tremors
Seizures
Fatigue
Vertigo (dizziness)
Insomnia
Confusion
Metallic taste in mouth
Arthritis
Learning disabilities

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