SOURCE: UltraWellness

May 09, 2008 13:01 ET

High Levels of Lead Toxicity Lead to Increased Health Risks

UltraWellness Lists Common Symptoms of Lead Poisoning and the Surprising Health Risks Related to Lead Toxicity

LENOX, MA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2008) - Nearly 40 percent of Americans have toxic levels of lead in their bodies, and most don't even know it. The symptoms of lead poisoning -- headaches, insomnia, irritability, nausea, depression, and memory difficulties -- are often attributed to other conditions, leaving Americans with increased health risks due to lead poisoning.

In a recent study of 13,946 adults who were part of the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, researchers found that a lead toxicity level over 2 micrograms/deciliter (not 10 or 40 as was thought to be safe in the past) caused dramatic increases in heart attacks, strokes, and death.(1)

After controlling for all other risk factors, including cholesterol, high blood pressure, smoking, and inflammation, the researchers found that the risk of death from all causes in people with a lead level that high increased by 25 percent, deaths from heart disease increased by 55 percent, risk of heart attacks increased by 151 percent, and risk of stroke increased by 89 percent.

"Although I have been treating toxicity from heavy metals for more than a decade (including in myself) I was surprised to hear this new research has been completely ignored by the media," said Mark Hyman, M.D. of UltraWellness.

"Since lead was removed from gasoline and house paint several decades ago, the average person's blood lead level has dropped dramatically, but our levels of lead are still a great deal higher than those of people who lived before the industrial age because we continue to be exposed to lead in our soil and water," said Hyman. "Lead poisoning is very common, but highly untreated because most doctors don't know how to deal with environmental toxins."

Even though many Americans have toxic levels of lead in their bodies, it can be prevented and treated. For more information on finding out if you are lead-toxic, and preventing and treating toxic levels of lead in your body, visit The UltraWellness Blog (www.ultrawellness.com/blog).

References:

(1) Menke A, Muntner P, Batuman V, Silbergeld EK, Guallar E. Blood lead below 0.48 micromol/L (10 microg/dL) and mortality among US adults. Circulation. 2006 Sep 26;114(13):1388-94.

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UltraWellness -- lifelong health and vitality -- is based on the emerging field of functional medicine, which addresses health problems not by treating the symptoms, but by balancing the 7 core underlying biological processes that govern health. This is done by finding imbalances, getting rid of the things that cause those imbalances, and providing the necessary things to restore balance, which then allows the body's natural intelligence to facilitate healing and take care of the rest. Co-founder of UltraWellness, Mark Hyman, M.D., is a respected medical consultant, New York Times bestselling author, lecturer, practicing physician and leader in the emerging field of functional medicine.

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