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Toxic Lead

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

In the 1970’s lead was everywhere, from gasoline and paint to toothpaste tubes and toys. In her book Toxic TruthLydia Denworth tells the story of two men- Clair Patterson and Herbert Neddleman- who fought a bitter, three decade long struggle to protect children from lead exposure.

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Comments [12]

Liz Smith from United States

Mr. Lopate: Please tell Ms. Denworth to investigate the issue of lead in medical supplements provided by doctors and others. My friend, from a rural area in the midwest, got both lead and mercury poisioning from supplements prescribed by a NYC doctor. Everything around her home was tested and was negative. The supplements were filled with lead and mercury. The ingredients were from China but assembled either in the US or Mexico so the label didn't show China. I am convinced poor Jeremy Piven has been poisoned by his supplemnets, and not from Sushi. The worst part is that doctors then charge their patients for chelation when it was the supplemnts they prescribed giving them the metals poisioning.

I am sure a lot of people taking supplements to stay healthy are getting filled with lead and mercury! The press should get onto this story.

Apr. 08 2009 01:47 PM
j from nyc

lead gives water a slightly sweetened taste, from what i've heard.

Apr. 08 2009 01:34 PM
joe e from brooklyn

I spent two days scraping paint off a large brick wall in a brooklyn loft. The building is very old and the paint was ancient. I performed three lead tests ad the result was negative. How can this be?

Apr. 08 2009 01:34 PM
Madelie Camporeale from New York City, NY

I do appreciate what Ms. Denworth has spoken about, but my comment has nothing to do with the subject. I want to thank her and let her know she is, so far, the one and only person who has been interviewed, and answered questions without starting the reply; "WELL", etc etc etc. I can't believe so many people out there, intelligents, beyond my knowledge in too many subjects, all have to reply with a "WELL",.......Ms. Densworth did reply to one question with a "WELL", (don't know why) but the rest of her interview was dirct, and thought out, not requiring that "WELL".. It really bothers me and I felt the need to speak about it now, if for no other reason, but to Thank Ms. Densworth. Is "WELL" some kind of crutch or what? I can't recall that when learning English this was a part of it..Please forgive me for wasting your time but I just felt the need to say something here, today..
M.Camporeale

Apr. 08 2009 01:34 PM
MichaelB from Morningside Heights

Lead was put into gasoline to lubricate cylinder valves -- to keep them from "burning" (failing.)

Apr. 08 2009 01:26 PM
bernardo issel from brooklyn ny

What's the current status of lead internationally?

Apr. 08 2009 01:20 PM
John Weber from Jersey Shore

To answer the first comment, it is really housing groups working on lead poisoning, not environmental groups.

Apr. 08 2009 01:18 PM
Sam Tilden Godfrey from Airmont, NY

Not mentioned is the fact that lead was the second choice for a gasoline additive. Ethanol (alcohol) was better at preventing engine knock (pre-ignition) but a political intervention got in the way. Prohibition.

Today, we could use hemp as a very efficient crop to create bio-fuels. I wonder why we don't grow it here in the 'progressive' United States?

Sam T.

Apr. 08 2009 01:18 PM
Henry from Katonah

Ben Franklin wrote about lead in his autobiography, published posthumously in the 1790s. When he heated his lead type, since his shop was cold in the morning, he observed that it hurt his hands. So he stopped heating the type ; he continued using them, though.
Nobody else, maybe in the 19th century suspected lead might not be healthy?

Apr. 08 2009 01:17 PM
Dan Kulkosky from New York

I hear a wheezing sound. Does someone have a cold?

Apr. 08 2009 01:17 PM
John Weber from Jersey Shore

There was paint advertised in the 1890's as NOT having lead which was their marketing niche. But unfortunately National Lead through their Dutch Boy advertising convinced Americans that having lead was good in paint by the 1920's.
So it was known that lead was dangerous before it became popular in paint.

Apr. 08 2009 01:14 PM
bernardo issel from Brooklyn, NY


Where the environmental groups on this? At that time there were the new wave of groups like NRDC & EDF - did they get involved in this matter?

And the oldline conservation groups like Sierra Club and Nature Conservancy, etc. Any work from this on the matter?

Looks like an interesting book to ponder in terms of how change comes about.

Apr. 08 2009 11:47 AM

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