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Tuesday, 30 May 2017 10:47

Toxic Metals

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Ever increasing pollution has led to the accumulation of toxins in the air we breathe in, the food we eat, and the water we drink. Notable examples are the scandal of lead in potable water in Hong Kong in 2015 and USA (Flint in Michigan and Sebring in Ohio) in 2016. Environmental pollution has also led to the bioaccumulation of mercury in seafood. Pregnant women are advised to consume fish (for Omega 3) for the health of their babies, and mothers are encouraged to breast feed, while mercury is unwittingly passed from the mother to the baby.

Both lead and mercury are neurotoxins, affecting the development and behaviour of children who are particularly vulnerable. Even at very low levels, these toxins can cause developmental disorders, with mental retardation, hearing loss, retarded growth, learning disabilities, and behavioural and emotional disorders.The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention estimated that in 2014, 1 in 68 children in the US had been identified with autism spectrum disorder. This figure was on the rise, as it was up by 30% since 2012.

Lead was found in potable water at high levels in

* Flint, Michigan, USA


* Sebring, Ohio, USA


* Certain housing estates and schools in Hong Kong 



But this is just the tip of the iceberg

  • Home old paint, toys, food, gasoline, plumbing solder
  • Personal care products - cosmetics
  • Vegetables – lead, cadmium, chromium
  • Fish – especially big ocean fish – methyl mercury

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