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Lead Poisoning: Medical Information

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 Lead Poisoning: Medical Information

Lead affects practically all systems within the body. Lead is most harmful to children under age six because Young boy choosing a pumpkin from a pumpkin patch.lead is easily absorbed into their growing bodies, and interferes with the developing brain and other organs and systems. Pregnant women and women of child-bearing age are also at increased risk, because lead ingested by the mother can cross the placenta and affect the unborn fetus.
 
At very high levels of lead exposure, which are now very rare in the U.S., lead poisoning can cause mental retardation, coma, convulsions, and even death.
 
More commonly in the U.S., children are poisoned through chronic, low-level exposure. Low-level lead exposure can cause reduced IQ and attention span, hyperactivity, impaired growth, reading and learning disabilities, hearing loss, insomnia, and a range of other health, intellectual, and behavioral effects. At these low, but still dangerous levels, lead poisoning may not present identifiable symptoms and a blood test is the only way to know if a child is poisoned.
 
Except for severely poisoned children, there is no medical treatment for this disease. Available treatments may only reduce the level of lead present in the body, without completely eliminating it. The only way to prevent lead poisoning is to remove the source of exposure.

 

Learn About Chelation Therapy: Chelation Therapy is but one of the therapies available for children with Autism or those who have been exposed to lead poisoning.  Chelation Therapy, as it relates to Autism, is not seen as a "cure" for Autism but as a way to remove the mercury that has been placed into the body by vaccines.  As related to lead poisoning, Chelation Therapy removes the lead from the body.
 

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[Childhood Lead Poisoning in Michigan Fact Sheet compiled by the MLSP

[General Lead Poisoning Information [Who Is At Risk? [Law & Regulations

[Find the Lead Poisoning Information Coordinator in Your Michigan County]

[National Resources & Websites]  [Lead Poisoning in the News]  [Medical Information]

 

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