July 2007
Volume 1, Issue 6

Role of Environmental Factors in Parkinson's Disease Highlights need for Early Diagnostic Test

New Class of Chemicals Accumulating in People, Land Animals

Study: Unsafe Toxin Level in D.C. Water

Health Focus: Toxic Lead Exposure

Toxins In the News
Role of environmental factors in Parkinson's disease highlights need for early diagnostic test
Environmental factors cause 95% of cases of Parkinson's disease (PD)and its onset can be delayed by antioxidants. This means early identification and treatment with antioxidants could greatly help sufferers by preventing or reducing the damage caused by the disease. (View Full Article)
New Class of Chemicals Accumulating in People, Land Animals
Pesticides and fragrances are accumulating in people and Arctic land animals, part of a class of thousands of chemicals that need to be assessed for the potential to collect in the food chain, a study said. (View Full Article)
Study: Unsafe Toxin Level in D.C. Water
Unsafe levels of toxic chlorine pollutants were found in 40 percent of the District of Columbia tap water samples tested during a spring chlorine surge, according to a study released Thursday. (View Full Article)

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Health Focus: Toxic Lead Exposure

Did you know that lead is one of the most common environmental toxins? Even more importantly, did you know that exposure to high levels of lead can cause serious health effects?

Well its true. Lead is found almost everywhere and it is extremely toxic to humans, especially children.

Each year, there are an estimated 500,000 children in the United States that have toxic levels of lead in their bodies. Because of this, governments around the world have developed programs to help prevent unnecessary exposure to this environmental toxin.

We have outlined important information below that explores the facts surrounding lead, where it can be found, what health effects it has on the body and how high levels of exposure can be prevented.

Found in:
  • Houses built before 1970
  • Yards
  • Near Train Tracks
  • Costume jewelry
  • Antique jewelry
  • Antique toys
  • Metal alloys such as brass and pewter
  • Keys

Health Effects:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Nervous system disorders
  • High blood pressure
  • Death


  • The best way to prevent exposure to lead is to start in the home by conducting a paint inspection and having a professional remove any lead based paints.
  • Keeping a healthy low-fat diet high in iron and calcium can help the body absorb less lead.
  • Clean or remove shoes before entering the house. This will help prevent you from tracking in lead from the yard.
  • Keep your house clean to prevent dust with lead from accumulating on counters and window sills.
To learn more about preventing your exposure to toxic levels of lead, visit http://www.cdc.gov/lead/
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