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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

The Lead Content Scam

The toxicity of lead is well known, as are the ways of ameliorating its effects in the human body. Lead is everywhere in the environment. Over 300 million tons were mined and used to contaminate our planet in the last century. Healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, etc. are high in lead, while the junk foods which one should not be consuming are low in lead. Infamous scam artists use people’s fear of the toxic effects of lead and their lack of knowledge of how lead is processed by the human body in various scams.

It is not the lead content of your food that is paramount. It is the amount that absorbed and used in toxic ways by the body. Listen to the advice on cleaning up the environment and proper nutrition from the researchers. Complain to the authorities about the convicted felons running the scams to defraud the public.

The rate at which the human body absorbs and removes lead depends on the state of nutrition. Adequate calcium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin C, D and various trace minerals are needed by the body to minimize the adsorption of lead and to remove it from the body. The body has numerous mechanisms for removing lead. These range from the various forms of excrement and the normal replacement of cells to the not so obvious ones like the breakdown of hemoglobin by the gall bladder and natural chelating processes. The important thing to remember is the body can deal with most environmental factors providing it has an adequate supply of the critical nutrients. The best defense is to help clean up or neutralize the contamination and to make sure each meal is balanced in the proper manner for human nutrition.