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Scary HEALTH EFFECTS of LEAD in Your Family’s Drinking Water

Dr. Marcie Billings is a pediatrician at the Mayo Clinic’s Children’s Center. She says, “Lead is a toxin to the human body and especially harmful to children due to their developing brain and nervous system. Lead can affect almost any system in the body but in children can have the most serious effects on the neurological system including poor concentration, behavioral issues, effect on IQ, effect on academic achievement, developmental delay, and in most severe cases, encephalopathy. The effects of lead are also not reversible.” Dr. Billings says awareness with regard to lead poisoning is the key to prevention. World Health Organization says… Lead exposure can have serious consequences for the health of children. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and even death. Children who survive severe lead poisoning may be left with mental retardation and behavioural disorders. At lower levels of exposure that cause no obvious symptoms lead is now known to produce a spectrum of injury across multiple body systems. In particular lead can affect children’s brain development resulting in a reduced intelligence quotient (IQ), behavioural changes including reduced attention span and increased antisocial behavior and reduced educational attainment. Lead exposure also causes anaemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs. The neurological and behavioural effects of lead are believed to be irreversible.  Reverse Osmosis drinking water systems are the most effective way of removing lead from your family’s drinking water.