Lead Babies: Breaking the Cycle of Learning Disabilities, Declining IQ, ADHD, Behavior Problems, and Autism

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This groundbreaking study reveals the continuing danger that lead contamination presents to health—particularly in the earliest stages of life. Disclosure about the lead content in house paint, gasoline, canned food, and tap water revolutionized the manufacturing of those products a generation ago, but lead-based products are still produced and pose a health hazard as lead remains in the environment years after its initial use. The deleterious effects of lead on early cognitive development are well documented, ...

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Overview

This groundbreaking study reveals the continuing danger that lead contamination presents to health—particularly in the earliest stages of life. Disclosure about the lead content in house paint, gasoline, canned food, and tap water revolutionized the manufacturing of those products a generation ago, but lead-based products are still produced and pose a health hazard as lead remains in the environment years after its initial use. The deleterious effects of lead on early cognitive development are well documented, but the data in this reference regarding in utero lead transfer contains critical new information that shows the effects on infants and families. Week-by-week brain development in unborn and newborn children is demonstrated, explaining lead’s damage potential at each stage and how that household sources and surroundings—including soil, plumbing, imported canned goods, and house dust—are outlined and simple precautions that can reduce or minimize exposure are discussed. With an awareness that has allowed a generation of injured children to be born, and empowers the reader to break this destructive cycle.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781601641922
  • Publisher: Kunati Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/1/2009
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Joanna Cerazy, MEd, is a special education consultant and has taught both regular and special education classes in primary, elementary, and secondary schools. Sandra Cottingham, PhD, is a special education consultant with 20 years of classroom experience. She is an instructor in the department of counseling psychology and special education at the University of British Columbia and an associate of the Taos Institute. They both live in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors 6

Foreword 8

Introduction 10

1 Lead Babies: In Utero Damage to the Developing Brain 12

2 Bringing it Home-Literally 27

3 Lead and Toddlers: The Blood-Brain Barrier 56

4 Lead and Children: Negative Effects on Learning and Potential 65

5 Lead and Teens: Impact on IQ and Behavior 76

6 Potentiation: The Missing Piece of the Autism Puzzle? 93

7 Lead and Fertility: Women and Men 111

8 Lead and Other Toxins: Partners in Harm 117

9 Breaking the Cycle: Avoiding and Removing Lead 135

10 A Personal Lead Inventory 145

11 Body Burden: Getting the Lead Out 159

Appendices

Appendix 1 Lead, a Chronology 165

Appendix 2 Possible Sources of Lead 179

Appendix 3 Traditional Remedies and Cosmetics Reported to Contain Lead 191

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