This is something you need to know. I realize that they say it’s not dangerous, that the levels in each vitamin is small, but lead builds up in your system over time. Your body does not dispose of it and it ends up in your brain and other muscle tissues. We freak out when it’s in paint or children’s toys, but can you imagine you and your kids taking it in small doses every single day.. and thinking your doing your body right at the same time? This is the ultimate betrayal.

I’m a little behind the eight ball on this one, it seems they made this discovery about a year ago and somehow I missed it. But in survey data released by the FDA in August 2008, of the 324 multivitamin-mineral products available over the internet tested, only FOUR vitamins failed to show the presence of lead. All others contained trace amounts which, as I already said, the FDA does not consider dangerous. I must repeat, however, that lead is a heavy metal that builds up in our systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) urges parents to prevent lead exposure to children by identifying, controlling and removing hazards safely.

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Depressing news for those you who love old bathtubs. In fact, I don’t know anybody who doesn’t love a deep, solid porcelain tub, especially the ones with little feet or fancy faucets. But guess what! They are full of lead! I’m not kidding. We’ve been soaking ourselves in these gorgeous tubs and getting a max whop of lead exposure in the process.

Studies have found high levels of lead that trace back to bathtubs and this is not a fluke, it appeared in a number of cases. There was even one where a middle aged man underwent personality changes, becoming irritable, aggressive and paranoid. The doctors discovered that he also had short term memory loss, abdominal pain and constipation. All of these are classic symptoms of serious lead poisoning. It turns out he was drinking wine made from grapes that had soaked in a bathtub with a lead enamel glaze.

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