Lead Toxicity

Lead Toxicity

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Lead toxicity in the body can alter a calcium to magnesium ratio. Lead displaces calcium from the bones. Lead toxicity may not be fully revealed because they are often sequestered deep in body tissues. If not revealed on the first test, they will often show up on future tests as body chemistry improves and the lead begins to excrete.

Lead Toxicity  Exposures:
Environmental exposures of toxic amounts of lead comes from  gasoline additives. Lead is contained in gasoline as an octane booster, lead based paint, lead soldered cans and ceramic glazes. Occupational exposures are to the workers in the primary manufacture of lead, the lead production from auto batteries and scrap metal. Lead is used in the production of batteries and welding and cutting of lead alloys.

Disorders Associated With Inorganic Lead Toxicity Include

  • Encephalopathy
  • Seizures
  • Decreased intellectual performance of children
  • Anemia
  • Lead palsy in adults which is a localized paralysis caused by lead poisoning especially of the extensor muscles of the forearm resulting in wrist-drop.

Acute effects of lead toxicity include:

    • nephro toxicity
    • gastrointestinal upset
    • anorexia
    • dysphagia- difficulty in swallowing
    • constipation
    • renal dysfunction
    • dental caries, periodontitis and  tooth loss

Organic Lead Toxicity Can Cause

    • sleepiness
    • dizziness
    • fatigue
    • insomnia
    • psychosis