Thursday, October 27, 2016

Lead Poisoning in Children

Lead can be ingested by eating old paint chips and by drinking contaminated water.  The crisis in Flint, Michigan has brought awareness for the need to test municipal water supplies and several new problem areas have been identified.  A more common source that is often missed lies in the fields where food is raised.  Years of plowing with tractors run by leaded fuel have contaminated our food supply still to this day.  A safe blood level was listed as 60 mcg/dl in 1970.  Now that level is down to 5 mcg/dl.  The truth is that no level is safe.  Further, a challenge test is more accurate than blood screening, but it is rarely performed.

See Family Practice News, March 1, 2016, p. 30-32 for more details.


American College forAdvancement in Medicine

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