The effects of lead are cumulative, and build up in the body over the course of a lifetime. It is vital to do everything possible to reduce or eliminate exposure to this toxic metal, as it is believed to be a main contributor to Alzheimer’s disease, fertility issues in both men and women, and ADD/ADHD.
Common Products Containing Lead
Approximately 40% of American households contain lead in some form or another – from lead paint, to lead pipes, to the water that travels through those lead pipes. In addition to household exposure to lead, there are literally millions of ways the average person is exposed to lead during his/her lifetime: Some products that may carry toxic levels of lead are:
- coffee machines
- the colored ink on plastic grocery bags
- newspapers, books, and magazines
- vinyl baby bibs
- Christmas lights
- hair dye
- wrapping paper
Lead Content in Imported Products
While products made in America must adhere to strict regulations regarding lead content, it is important to remember that the average American may use very few products that are actually produced under those guidelines. Our supermarket aisles are flooded with inexpensive products made overseas, and some of these products are literally poisonous. When in doubt, steer clear of cheaply made products manufactured in countries that have less stringent lead laws.
Lead in the Home
The US Consumer Product Safety Commission has stated, unequivocally, that there is simply no safe way for home owners to sand, scrape, or otherwise remove lead paint from their homes. If lead paint is suspected in the home, it is important to hire a professional when doing anything that may release lead into the environment. A professional will know how to seal the work area and dispose of all lead debris in a way that minimizes potential harm. In this age of do-it-yourself projects it may seem like a silly precaution to hire a professional to scrape old paint off the walls, but lead is one are where it simply does to pay to cut corners.
Natural Lead Detox
Fortunately there are some natural ways to remove lead from the body. Here are some great detoxifying agents that will provide great results in only a matter of weeks:
- fresh cilantro
- chlorella – a type of green algae
- soaking feet in a clay bath
- infrared saunas
When performing a lead detox, it is important to do so slowly, and over time. First and foremost, lead is a poison, and while it may be tempting to try and rid the body of this poison as quickly as possible, it is important not to overload the system by doing too much too soon.
Avoiding lead entirely may be all but impossible, but learning to recognize and sidestep the types of products that tend to be the most toxic is the first step in protecting ourselves from this deadly metal.