Lead is one of many heavy metals which has been identified as an extremely dangerous metal for the human body. It is used in various
industries for manufacturing products such as batteries, printing materials, paints, plastics and ceramics and unfortunately lead still
remains in the environment from wide spread use in leaded petrol and paints.
Although death from poisoning from high levels of lead is rare in Australia, sickness and subtle health symptoms are more common and
often overlooked. Severe poisoning from lead will usually result with a patient in the emergency department seeking investigation for
life-threatening symptoms but sub-lethal toxicity resulting in symptoms such as headaches, hair loss or general fatigue will often be
missed as health practitioners will often look for other more common causes.
Community Lead Exposure in Australia
Not all lead contamination is identified and patients often move houses or change employment before testing or investigating the source.
Within Western Australia there have been several significant lead exposure events and all over Australia there are many more examples.
Perth's new Children's Hospital was found to have high lead levels in the building's water supply - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-09-05/high-levels-of-lead-in-water-at-perth-childrens-hospital/7813550
Thousands of birds died in Esperance due to lead dust blowing across the WA town from the port - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2007-03-15/lead-poisoning-fears-grow-in-esperance-with/2217848
Western Australian kindergartens and primary schools found to have high lead levels in water fountains - https://thewest.com.au/news/education/wa-kids-warned-to-flush-before-drinking-as-lead-toxic-safeguard-ng-b881160632z
South Australian town has high levels of lead due to smelter - https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/health/health-problems/port-pirie-smelter-sa-city-so-badly-polluted-with-lead-kids-cant-go-out-to-play-on-windy-days/news-story/584fe0dede3e8efc18bd279c290f6585
Drinking fountains and faucets in Australia found to have lead - https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-07-06/lead-leached-by-brass-shuts-fountains-but-what-about-homes/9886518
Common Lead Poisoning Symptoms
Symptoms can be subtle and often overlooked by health practitioners. Ideally functional medicine testing should be done to confirm
levels and how severe it is.
- Stomach pain
- Unexplained anaemia
- Poor blood circulation such as cold extremities
- Weakness in muscles
- Brain fog and memory problems
- Lower IQ
- Increased anger and violence
- Learning difficulties
- Poor immunity
Natural Chelation from Lead
When a patient has higher than normal lead levels in blood, hair, urine or stool test results, it is important to start removing the
excessive lead safely.
Orthodox medical treatment in emergency settings or hospital settings use binding pharmaceuticals such as dimercaprol and CaNa (2) EDTA
and two oral chelators called succimer and D-penicillamine. These agents are used in acute poisoning and have significant side effects,
only used to save severely sick patients from dying.
More commonly patients have mild lead toxicity symptoms and are considered as not poisoning by the general medical community. Functional
medicine considers even the smallest amount of lead unhealthy and no conducive to health. Therefore removing the lead helps the body
function more optimally and symptoms are dramatically reduced.
Naturopathic medicine uses a holistic approach to chelation of heavy metals and focuses on optimising organ function, cofactor and
antagonising minerals, antioxidant protecting vitamins as well as herbal chelating compounds such as coriander, modified citrus pectin
and Clinoptilolite Zeolite.
Every patient is different and almost always symptoms can be aggravated if the chelation is rushed. Slow and steady is better than
attempting to rush a heavy metal detox without the correct holistic support.
If you believe you have lead toxicity or are curious to test your lead levels, make an appointment and get professional guidance.