Lead in the human body can have serious health effects on the nervous and immune systems. B.S. Gillis, et al, studied the action of lead on the manner in which genes work in cells. Human cells were exposed to lead in this study and then tested for abnormalities. Lead altered the activity of 31 different genes of cells even after the lead had been removed from the culture solution. The nervous system in humans is altered, including the conduction of electrical impulses by nerves.
Lead is “a major global environmental hazard”, and the risk is especially high among children. Lead enters the body through the lungs or through the stomach and intestines. It remains in the blood for about a month, and then moves to many other tissues of the body, such as brain and bones. It stays in the bones for around 30 years. Significantly, it can lower IQ levels in children and cause behavior problems. Lead may also cause iron deficiency anemia.
Previous studies have shown that cognitive dysfunction may result from blood levels below 10 micrograms/deciliter, a very low level. The authors found evidence of genetic changes at levels even below the “concern level” advised by the Communicable Disease Center of 10 mcg/dL. Such cellular changes can occur at blood levels of 5 mcg/dL.
NOTE: Homeopathic remedies can be used to remove lead and other heavy metals from the body. There is no acceptable blood level for lead in children.
ASK YOUR DOCTOR FOR: Test for blood lead and zinc protoporphyrin levels when acute lead toxicity is suspected. Hair analysis can help diagnose more chronic lead toxicity.
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