The inescapable reality is that in today’s world, it is impossible to avoid being exposed to heavy metals. It is more a matter of how much exposure, and how often.

Lead poisoning has been an issue for years, but was brought to the forefront of public awareness when the issue of lead paint in older structures received high publicity. However, lead paint is just the tip of the iceberg. Following is a list of many other lead sources – some familiar, and some perhaps surprising:

ash, auto exhaust, battery manufacturing, bone meal, canned fruit and juice, car batteries, cigarette smoke, coal combustion, colored inks, congenital intoxication, cosmetics, eating utensils, electroplating, household dust, glass production, hair dyes, industrial emissions, lead pipes, lead-glazed earthenware pottery, liver, mascara, metal polish, milk, newsprint, organ meats, paint, pencils, pesticides, produce near roads, putty, rain water, PVC containers, refineries, smelters, snow, tin cans with lead solder sealing (such as juices, vegetables), tobacco, toothpaste, toys, water (city/well), wine

When such exposure begins to reach toxic levels in the human body, one or more of the following symptoms of lead poisoning and their effects are often seen:

abdominal pain, adrenal insufficiency, allergies, anemia, anorexia, anxiety, arthritis (rheumatoid and osteo), attention deficit disorder (ADD), autism, back pain, behavioral disorders, blindness, cardiovascular disease, cartilage destruction, coordination loss, concentration loss, constipation, convulsions, deafness, depression, dyslexia, emotional instability, encephalitis, epilepsy, fatigue, gout, hallucinations, headaches, hostility, hyperactivity, hypertension, hypothyroid, impotence, immune suppression, decreased IQ, indigestion, infertility, insomnia, irritability, joint pain, kidney disorders, learning disability, liver dysfunction, loss of will, memory loss (long term), menstrual problems, mood swings, muscle aches, muscle weakness, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, mylopathy (spinal cord pathology), nausea, nephritis, nightmares, numbness, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathies, psychosis, psychomotor dysfunction, pyorrhea, renal dysfunction, restlessness, retardation, schizophrenia, seizures, sterility, stillbirths, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), tingling, tooth decay, vertigo, unintentional weight loss

Many of the above symptoms of lead poisoning are often misdiagnosed and treated with medication that never really addresses the core issue causing the problem. Hence, one never gets better. With such an all-encompassing list of symptoms and effects, it can be tempting to blame just about every feeling of ill health on lead poisoning. However, it is not the intent of this article to give you a “lead poisoning phobia,” but rather to raise your awareness of the possibility that metal toxicity could be the root cause of a health issue you are dealing with.

Today, there are products available without prescription or medical affiliation that the public can purchase to, 1) test for metal toxins, either in the body or in water/foods; and, 2) help remove heavy metals from the body.

This website carries the supplement Heavy Metal Detox, a complex organic mineral carrier/detoxifier that acts as a detoxifier of heavy metals such as lead, cadmium and mercury. Essentially, it helps to remove heavy metals from the body, and helps to prevent the absorption of toxic substances, such as heavy metals and dangerous chemicals. 

The bottom line is that we cannot live in an insulated bubble, shielded from the environment and the toxins that the modern world has put into it. The best defense is awareness of the issue and the effects it could have, and then know how to identify and address the problem.