Tag: lead

Lead Exposure Linked to Obesity

Lead is a heavy metal that has been linked to a number of health problems, most notably, neurological conditions. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), in at least four million households, children are being exposed to high levels of lead. And yet, no safe blood level in children has been identified, which means that even at low exposure…

Lead Exposure Linked to Early Menopause

Women exposed to low levels of lead are more likely to enter menopause early, according to a recent study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. The study involved 401 women from Boston and the surrounding area. Those women with the highest level of lead in their shinbone (lead is known to accumulate in bone) were five times more likely…

Chocolate May Be a Source of Excess Lead for Children

Children may be exposed to lead in excess of the daily limit when consuming large amounts of chocolate, according to researchers from Israel. They analyzed lead levels in a variety of chocolate brands available globally and, although lead concentrations were below the US Pharmacopeia limit, the levels still posed a concern. “Children, who are big consumers of chocolates, may be…

Heavy Metals in Your Lipstick

Here we go again. Not only does lipstick contain lead, which I have reported on a couple times, but a new study by researchers at the University of California-Berkeley’s School of Public Health tested 32 commonly sold lipsticks and lip glosses and found they contain lead, cadmium, chromium, aluminum, and five other metals. Not all the metals were at levels…

Toxins in Women of Childbearing Age

A recent study published in the journal Environmental Perspectives found that over half the women of childbearing age have higher levels of two out of three major pollutants: lead, mercury, and PCBs. Almost 23 percent of the women met or exceeded median levels of these three common toxins, known to potentially harm fetal and infant brain development. These toxins are…

High Mercury Content Found in Canned Tuna—Children’s #1 Favorite Fish

The largest source of methylmercury—the most toxic form of the heavy metal mercury—obtained through the diet comes from canned tuna. Thirty-two percent of dietary methylmercury, a known neurotoxin, comes from canned tuna. There are two main types of tuna—albacore and light tuna. Albacore is known to be higher in mercury than light tuna, and so the current federal advisory issued…

Top Ten Toxins Linked to Autism and Learning Disabilities

  The journal Environmental Health Perspectives recently published an editorial that calls for increased research into the environmental causes of autism and neurodevelopmental disorders. With three percent of all neurobehavioral disorders in children caused by toxic environmental exposures, and another 25 percent caused by interactions between environmental factors and genetics, as reported by the National Academy of Sciences, the lack…

Mineral Toxins and Autoimmunity—What Can We Do?

A recent article from the Journal of Environment International showed a significant connection between elevated blood mercury levels and autoimmune antibodies to parts of the thyroid gland, specifically thyroglobulin.1 Thyroglobulin is a protein made in the thyroid gland that is essential for the production of thyroid hormones. With mercury in the thyroid gland, antibodies develop and attach to thyroglobulin, producing…

Toxin Exposure and Loss of IQ in Children

Three toxins that have been found to affect children’s developing brains and nervous systems—lead, organophosphate pesticides, and mercury—have been found to impact children’s IQ in the overall population, according to a recent study published online in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives. Most studies evaluating the effects of toxins look at one toxin in a relatively small group of people. This…