Lead exposure linked to higher suspension rates in kids

Exposure to lead in paint may affect your aging longevity.

As diligent as you may be about buying organic produce and household products that are free of harmful toxins, it is almost impossible to shield yourself entirely from harsh chemicals. Awareness of the dangers of lead and asbestos has definitely increased in the last few decades, but these compounds can still be found in various homes and buildings – and their impact on your overall health and aging longevity could be substantial.

Recently, researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison have unveiled an alarming correlation between lead exposure and childhood behavior. According to a press release, kids who routinely come into contact with this hazardous substance – which is present in some forms of paint – face a statistically greater risk of getting suspended from school for disruptive activities. In fact, children as young as 8 and 9 years old were approximately twice as likely to be removed.

"We knew that lead exposure decreases children's abilities to control their attention and behavior, but we were still surprised that exposed children were so much more likely to be suspended," explained public health researcher Sheryl Magzamen, who is affiliated with the study.

The Environmental Protection Agency notes that people in Houston who live in homes that were constructed before 1978 may be exposed to lead-based paint or even dust that has been contaminated with this metal. Backyards and playgrounds could also carry traces of this material. 

If you or your loved ones routinely come into contact with heavy metals, these compounds can accumulate in your system and wreak havoc on your overall health. Contact Longevity Centres of America today to learn about IV chelation, infusion therapy and other possible treatments that can help.