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Are You Being Poisoned by Lead in Your Drinking Water?

Are You Being Poisoned by Lead in Your Drinking Water?
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By    |   Thursday, 14 April 2016 02:48 PM


Chances are, you have too much lead in your body, and odds are good a lot of it — even most of it — came from your drinking water. Lead poisoning has been in the spotlight since news broke that thousands of residents of Flint, Mich., have high levels of lead in their bodies caused by lead in old pipes that brought drinking water into their homes.

The problem is widespread, according to USA Today whose investigation found high levels of lead in almost 2,000 water systems across the U.S. that included all 50 states.

"Lead is a poison and no amount is safe," says nationally known holistic doctor David Brownstein, author of Dr. David Brownstein's Natural Way to Health.

"Lead in our drinking water is a huge problem," Dr. Brownstein tells Newsmax Health. "All Americans have to worry about their water supply.

"We're using antiquated pipes and the government can't even tell us what the pipes are made of they're so old," he says.

"I've been testing people for heavy metals for over 20 years and over 80 percent of them test high for lead and mercury. It's a huge problem.

Lead is a poison that accumulates in the body over a period of time. The Environmental Protection Agency says that lead levels above 20 parts per billion (ppb) are excessive, but the USA Today report found lead levels as high as 5,000 ppb, a level the EPA calls as "hazardous waste."

In addition, USA Today found many people drinking contaminated water don't realize they are at risk, since at least half of the systems ignored federal regulations that they notify their customers.

What can you do to protect yourself. "I recommend people put a water filter on their drinking water," says Dr. Brownstein.

The choice is simple, he says: "You can either let the water filter or your body do the job of filtering out the bad stuff."

Simple filters attacked to faucets or built into pitchers and bottles won't do the job. "Inexpensive filters will not do an adequate job," he says. "Some carbon filters will do it if they're strong enough. Reverse osmosis does a good job."

There are no symptoms for high lead levels, and every American should have a blood test to determine their lead levels, he says.

"This is a national health crisis that our government is not addressing," said Dr. Brownstein. "People are going to have to take matters into their own hands making sure the water they're drinking is clean and finding a doctor who can test them for lead, and is knowledgeable in treating them.

Chelation can remove lead and other heavy metals from the body, but it's best to work with a physician knowledgeable in chelating heavy metals.

Chelation therapy uses intravenous injections (also called infusions) of a chelating factor called EDTA (ethylene diamine tetraacetic acid), which binds to toxic metals and minerals in the bloodstream and are then excreted in urine.

Oral EDTA is also available without a prescription. "When combined with lipoic acid, a synergetic effect is created, and it pulls even more lead and heavy metals out," says Dr. Brownstein.

"It's not asking that much from our government to give us clean water," he says. "But until they do, we're on our own.'




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