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Lead Is Far Worse Than We Know

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  • Nearly 535,000 children have blood lead levels high enough to damage their health; 24 million homes still have lead-based paint and contaminated house dust; and nearly 5,300 water systems in the U.S. are in violation of lead and copper rules
  • Researchers analyzed 20 years of data from a nationally representative sample of over 14,000 people, finding a strong correlation between blood lead levels and cardiovascular disease and premature death
  • Adults and children experience negative health effects from lead exposure leading to neurological damage, endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular disease
  • Reduce your exposure and monitor your health by having lead-based paint professionally eliminated, having your home water tested and your and your children’s blood lead levels measured

By Dr. Mercola

According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) nearly 535,000 children between 1 and 5 years of age, have blood lead levels high enough to damage their health; 24 million homes contain lead-based paint and elevated levels of contaminated house dust. Costs to the community for lead poisoning in children include up to $53 billion in additional health care costs, tax revenue losses up to $35 billion, special education costs up to $146 million and the direct cost of crime, estimated at $1.7 billion.


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