While we should all be aware of the dangers of lead poisoning; Let's recap:
- Lead affects every organ and system in the body causing permanent brain, kidney, liver, spleen, and nervous system damage.
- Children and infants are at a significantly higher risk to lead poisoning at smaller doses.
- High lead levels damages the male reproductive system and can cause a blood disorder called Anemia.
- Even at relatively low exposures, decreased intelligence, short-term memory loss, reading under-achievement, impairment of visual-motor function, loss of auditory memory, poor perceptual integration, and impaired reaction time occurs.
Beyond lead paint, one of our primary exposures to lead poisoning comes from our drinking water. Lead pipes and/or lead soldering is still prevalent in many older homes, bldgs, and distribution systems. Water filters are required for protection in such circumstances. Dr. Marc Edwards of Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech spoke this past summer at the Yale University Drinking Water Symposium. Following up on Dr. Oz's water filter segment, this is a great clip of Dr. Edward's presentation on the dangers of lead in our municipal water and school buildings.