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If you have ever done a search for “Lead Poisoning” online, you may have been as frustrated as I was when I first started searching. The word lead [noun – the toxic metal, pronounced “led”] of course is also lead [verb – “to go before, show the way; conduct or escort”, etc., pronounced “leed”], so it is very impractical to use as a search term (even in conjunction with the word “poisoned”—with or without a hyphen separating the two—you end up with links about “leaders in business poisoning the data pool” and other random results not one tiny bit related to “lead poisoning”: “a toxic condition produced by ingestion, inhalation, or skin absorption of lead or lead compounds…”!)

It is for this reason – early on – we adopted using “#LeadPoisoning” as often as possible and whenever appropriate when writing online about this issue (Twitter, Facebook, Blog-Posts, etc.)  As this hashtag catches on, parents looking for resources will have a lot easier time finding them.

So – thank you for incorporating “#LeadPoisoning” into any online writing you may be doing about the subject!

Tamara Rubin
Executive Director
Lead Safe America Foundation

One Response to #LeadPoisoning

  1. Lisa November 12, 2015 at 12:34 pm #

    Thank-you for clarifying in this post that toxicity can occur from skin absorption which I suspect is what happened to me. I had a Doctor’s Data 8 hour urine element test provoked with 300 mg DMPS & 500MG DMSA and the result was 38 and should be less than 2. A hair element test in 2006 showed I was very toxic with various metals including lead but in 2013 showed I was clear. I have genetic issues such as my BHMT (shortcut through the methylation cycle) is +/+ for all and other similarities to Amy Yasko’s patient analysis – see and I understand the health challenges this can cause so do the best I can to be healthy

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