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Ask Tamara: What do you say when…

1/16/2015 – Facebook

“A.” asked:

What do you say to people who say, “Oh, they’ll be fine! I ate lead paint all the time as a kid.” Or caretakers who don’t remove the antique toys you requested them to put away?

TScreen Shot 2015-01-16 at 7.05.39 PMamara’s Answer:

Hi A! What I  say (if I am feeling polite)…

Do you realize how much our collective health as a species has declined in the past 150 years since the industrial revolution?

We have unprecedented rates of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other epidemics… it has never before been like this for humans. [Also unprecedented levels of senseless violence as well as full prisons and special ed costs at an all-time high.]

What single most profound health-impacting event has happened over the last 150 years?

The large-scale industrialized mining and manufacturing of lead —ushering in an era of the global proliferation of products containing this heavy metal, that is one of the most potent neurotoxins known to man.  

 All of the health impairments we have today – from heart disease and cancer to immune system disorders, learning, cognitive and behavioral disorders,  and a host of other health issues are now known to have significant links to lead / heavy metal toxicity, etc.

A study by Leonardo Trasande that estimated the total cost of Lead Poisoning in America today came up with (in 2011) a figure of $50.9 BILLION ANNUALLY.  [The total cost of ALL environmental illnesses assesed in that study was $76.6 BILLION ANNUALLY, and lead accounted for more than two thirds of that total cost.

[And this $50.9 BILLION annual cost is actually a conservative amount by all estimations.]

So has lead impacted you? Probably. Arthritis? Kidney Disease? Heart Disease? Memory Issues? Infertility? Sexual Dysfunction? Headaches? Seizures?* – what ailments do you have today?]

*all of these have been linked to lead exposure

Can we prevent it from impacting our children?

Most definitely.

It’s the single most expensive yet single most preventable environmental illness in the world today.

Prevention starts with awareness. If you don’t know it’s a problem or don’t think it’s a problem – you can’t do anything to fix the problem – so please, for the sake of YOUR child (your grandchild? niece? nephew?) start learning about this.

Thank you.

& P.S. “We cannot visit your home if you continue to have toxic toys and decorations out within reach of my child. I’m sorry about that. It’s just too important and not a compromise that I am willing to make.”

One Response to Ask Tamara: What do you say when…

  1. Susan Urban December 30, 2015 at 11:29 pm #

    Just wondering, so many people think lead poisoning just comes from kids eating lead paint chips. How do you explain how lead transfers to all of us & not just by ingestion?

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