Lead Poisoning Will Make You Go Crazy – What Are The Chances You Are Being Poisoned Right Now?

Lead Poisoning Will Make You Go Crazy – What Are The Chances You Are Being Poisoned Right Now?


Why is everyone so worried about lead? You’re told to think twice about homes built
before 1978 because they could have lead-based paint. You hear lead is a potential workplace hazard. And you know that somehow it can end up in
your blood, even though people mostly seem concerned about inhaling it. What exactly will lead do to your body, and
how can you avoid it? We break it all down in this episode of The
Infographics Show, How Scared Should We be of Lead? Don’t forget to subscribe and click the
bell button so that you can be part of our Notification Squad. First, why it’s scary. Lead is worrisome because it’s invisible and
odorless. There’s no way to know if you’re inhaling
it. You may also ingest it from dust, water delivered
through lead-contaminated pipes, or through food cooked or stored on lead-containing surfaces. Its effects take time to accumulate. By the time you have symptoms that prompt
testing, you’ve likely already amassed dangerous levels of lead in your bones and teeth, where
lead is stored. Sadly, it can damage every organ in your body,
including your brain. It is especially harmful to young children
not only because they are in critical growth and developmental phases throughout childhood,
but because their systems absorb more than an adult’s body would, allowing formative
damage to their brains and nervous systems, producing learning differences, emotional
challenges, and compromised motor skills. And lead has a long history of damaging human
bodies, but the U.S. government only recently got on the ball in banning it. Lead-based paint was only outlawed in 1978. Then it took another 14 years for Congress
to pass a law forcing home sellers and landlords to disclose potential lead toxicity to buyers
and renters. In April 2017, the medical journal Pediatrics
published an article on insufficient testing on children, with CNN sharing the warning. Last year in Flint, Michigan’s governor
declared a state of emergency and sent in the National Guard when high levels of lead
were discovered in water. How did lead get to be everywhere and why
does it seem to have saturated our environment? Lead first appeared to humankind as early
as 4,000 B.C. It was prevalent during the Roman Empire,
from about 100 B.C. to 400 A.D. You know that expression “Do as the Romans
do.”? Actually, don’t. Like, ever. Do not ever do that at all. At least not when it comes to assigning status
to precious metals, like silver for jewelry or trading commodity. And don’t use it to make a syrup to add to
your wine. Because with your sweet bling and booze, you’ll
get lead deposits that will damage your otherwise advanced and glorious civilization, affecting
mental and emotional intelligence, physical health, and fertility. Historians have even debated whether lead
was responsible for the fall of the Roman Empire. But how did lead get into modern life? It was the advent of the gasoline car. Fun fact: Long before the battle featured
in the documentary Who Killed the Electric Car?, the lore of Tesla, and the big EV debate,
electric vehicles were the norm. It was loud, greasy gasoline cars that weren’t
entirely palatable. But range anxiety – how long you can go on
a charge – existed even back then, and modern infrastructure allowed driving longer distances. Chemists learned you could boost auto fuel
with something called tetraethyllead, or more simply, lead. Gas-powered cars would perform better while
going longer distances, leaving behind a veil of potential toxicity wherever they traveled
when they exploded in popularity in the 1920s. Emissions tests came years later and a ban
on leaded fuel yet years after that, in the early 1990s in North America, at about the
same time Congress required disclosure of lead hazard in homes. If you’re older than 30, you probably remember
being at the gas station with your parents and seeing the prices for leaded and unleaded
fuel. Today, leaded fuel is outlawed in U.S. and
Europe. It is still legal in Afghanistan, Algeria,
Bosnia and Herzegovina, Iraq, Myanmar, North Korea, Serbia, and Yemen. A form of lead is also used in some jet fuels. But like many modern-day public health fears,
there’s a section of the population that calls lead fear an unfounded panic. Among the skeptics are those who say that
lead is not as much of a danger to physical health, and those that take issue with the
attempt to link childhood exposure to adult behavior problems including violent crime. Part of the reason for the doubt is the time
between cause and effect: lead accumulates over time, with many environmental factors
present in the meantime. And for all of the lead in our atmosphere,
in our towns, in our homes, and in our workplaces, with the U.S. producing ranking third for
secondary lead production – that’s the potentially hazardous kind – in the world behind China
and Australia, not everyone suffers neurological effects or damaged organs. So, what can you do to assess your exposure? Geographically, your children could be at
most risk if you live in the United States’ South. A blood test will reveal lead levels in your
child’s body. Learn when your home was built, and if it
was before 1978, then you should test for lead. If you plan on doing renovations in an older
home, ensure that your contractor is approved through the U.S. Environmental Protection
Agency, or EPA. The company should have a designation as a
Lead Safe Certified Firm. You should also check with your local water
agency for lead disclosures. At the workplace, you’re likely to be exposed
if you’re employed in general industry, shipyards, or construction. For that reason, the federal Occupational
Safety and Health Administration requires U.S. employers to provide protective gear
to employees in those fields. Even with protective equipment, you should
take precaution and get tested. Eyebrow-raising symptoms for lead-exposed
workers include mood changes, headache, decreased motor skills and reaction time, dizziness,
fatigue, and cognitive impairment/forgetfulness. So how exactly should you live? Without panicking about what’s lurking in
your environment, simply be more mindful. While you’re at it, watch out for other
environmental health and other toxins in your food. That includes radon – a naturally occurring
chemical that is not harmful at low levels but can be concentrated in some soils under
homes – and BPA. BPA is bisphenol A, an industrial chemical
in some plastic containers, like soda bottles and those clear plastic tubs and boxes for
prepared foods at the grocery store. BPA can get into your food, and damage the
brain. Look for labels that state a container is
BPA-free to avoid ingesting any amount of this chemical. In closing, look out, but not too much. Don’t wring your hands over hidden danger
all day. If in doubt, seek testing. Many local public agencies in the United States
provide environmental health information and testing at no cost. Fortunately, many people live healthy lives
in an industrialized world. Do you think there’s a chance you’re being
poisoned by lead right now? Let us know in the comments. If you’re interested in other health videos,
check out Vegans vs Meat Eaters by tapping here. Thanks for watching, and, as always, don’t
forget to like, share, and subscribe. Also, please consider heading over to our
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100 thoughts on “Lead Poisoning Will Make You Go Crazy – What Are The Chances You Are Being Poisoned Right Now?”

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  2. If course I'm being poisoned by lead. I live in Bangladesh. My teacher said the capital has the highest concentration of lead in the air compared to other cities.

  3. All these people bent out of shape over lead paint, have no clue that most cities in the US (older cities, 90+yrs) have lead pipes for service lines for water.

  4. Once an assassin tried to kill George Washington with a tomato. How is this related to lead?:
    In the Victorian-era I believe, people ate food on lead plates. All the other food was safe to eat it on but tomatoes absorbed the poisonous chemicals in lead. Thus, it poisoned and killed many people, leading to the thought tomatoes were poisonous. Years later, when making a soup, the assassin (who was a chef if you haven't figured that out) put a tomato in the soup and tried to kill George. However, lead plates weren't used at that time and George didn't die. He simply had a good soup.

  5. "With the US producing ranking third for secondary lead production in the world behind China and Australia"
    Huh good thing I don't live in the US! Wait. Shit, I live in Australia.

  6. well actually lead is ded because it the lead paint has probably been gone from houses since the 80s so yep lead is ded.

  7. Could this be the reason the average IQ of an American is only 98, as with such a great population it cannot just be genetic (other countries can have lower IQs, but they are generally 3rd world countries with lack of nutrition etc)

  8. I'm more scared of asbestos because my school is made of asbestos, and some kid punched a hole in the wall, releasing asbestos

  9. My house was made in 2015 – 2016, and my house is mostly dirty sometimes, and i drink water from a large gallon. Have I been exposed to it!? Please tell me!!!!!!!!!!!!!😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😭😖😖😖😖😖

  10. Just an hour ago a pencil stabbed into my foot and my mum said that if we don’t take care of it I could get lead poisoning

  11. Don't you hate when people say "OMG YOU'RE GOING TO GET LEAD POISONING FROM THAT PENCIL" when the graphite gets on your finger?

  12. The house I grew up in was built in 1895 I had severe lead poisoning as a kid and I can tell you right now it does mess up your learning capabilities.

  13. Thank you for the "live fear free" message at the end. As someone with generalised anxiety and health anxiety I really needed that 🙂

  14. I huffed leaded petrol as a kid, up to six hours daily for six months, 20 years later I'm 100% bat shit, finally discovered there's a drug that can remove lead from the brain and I'm starting it tomorrow.

  15. Will I get lead poisoning if I was reloading a gun and the gun cut me and left black residue all over the wound and an open wound (small) and it was the barrel that cut me and the bullets have lead in it and there could have been lead in the residue, should I be worried?

  16. Lead is fuckin bad for you…When you’re around a lot of industrial lead you can feel it in the air…I used to work around irradiated lead…you could feel it in the air it gives you this pins and needles feeling like your skin is crawling. No wonder I’m not good at math.

  17. Can someone slowly poison you with lead? Like mixing it in water,food and how long does it take to show symptoms?

  18. so, i got stabbed with a pencil. it was sharp, it pierced my skin, there’s a hole in my hand now, and i’ve been in pain since i got stabbed. the whole is black though. am i ok orr?

  19. I remember leaded petrol. I remember being a small child and going to the petrol station, and there would be a red pump with four stars on it which was leaded, green for unleaded, and black for diesel.

  20. I’m sorry but if you have an IPhone or Samsung, you are pretty much holding lead in your hand. this also includes a computer and gaming consoles

  21. What about lead in gasoline? Until the 1970s, lead was used in gasoline, which ended up in the clouds, then fell back to Earth in the form of precipitation, where it ended up in rivers and streams, which fed into lakes and reservoirs that we drank water out of every day.

    After I signed the lease for the first apartment I moved into as an adult, I was given a pamphlet addressing the dangers, concerns and warnings about lead paint because the apartment was built in 1973, five years before the 1978 ban on lead paint in homes.

    And this year when I purchased a new furnace for my condo, when I filled out the paperwork, I was required to disclose the year my condo was built due to issues about lead paint. This time, there were no concerns because my condo was built in 1984.

  22. I’m working with a contractor and we’re doing lots of paint scraping on an old house, I wear a lead safe mask most of the time but not always. How high would someone say my lead poisoning risk is?

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