Friday, June 26, 2009

Facts Everyone Should Know About Lead

Why Lead Free?

Lead is a naturally occurring bluish-gray metal. Much of it comes from human activities including burning fossil fuels, mining, and manufacturing. Lead is dangerous because it disrupts the functioning of almost every brain neurotransmitter. Since the body mistakes lead for calcium, it interferes with nerve impulse transmission, heart activity and blood clotting. It has therefore been associated with diseases that affect the cardiovascular, respiratory, reproductive, and nervous systems. A person may experience the following effects depending on the amount of exposure:

Acute Exposure: Headache, nausea, vomiting, abdominal spasms, fatigue, sleep disturbances, weight loss, anemia, kidney damage, and pain in arms, legs, and joints

Chronic Exposure: Impaired functions of the nervous system, kidney and brain damage, and slow mental development in children
You can protect yourself, your family, your home, and your world from the toxic effects of lead. Use only Lead-Free products.

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