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Lead Poisoning Symptoms

Lead poisoning symptoms are pervasive, and encompass virtually every body system.

To a greater or lesser extent, at some time in our lives, ALL of us experience lead poisoning symptoms.

WHY? Because we are born with a good amount of it in our bones!

You may even have some personal familiarity with one or more of those listed below. 

My first encounter with lead poisoning symptoms happened many years ago when I met the daughter of a Rolfing client. A young woman in her early 20's, she had lived in the city of Boston, Massachusetts for several years, in an apartment with old lead-pipe plumbing. When I met her, she had significant emotional symptoms. For such a young woman, she looked old and haggard. Her skin had a ghastly pallor, her eyes dull and her body had a sunken, collapsed look. She also was chronically fatigued and had little desire to do anything constructive, barely able to take care of herself and her four out-of-wedlock children. Her mother took on a lot of the work of caring for them.

Moody, sullen, prone to outbursts of temper and showing very poor judgement in human interactions, the young woman's ability to think, reason and feel were severely compromised. She tended to take up with boyfriends with serious drug problems.

Despite the mother taking her and the children into her home, feeding them a healthy diet, and trying to protect them from unsavory influences, to my knowledge, the young woman never recovered.

That was my introduction to how heavy metal toxicity can destroy a person's life.

Lead Poisoning Symptoms List

This is only a partial lead poisoning symptoms list.

Because of the synergistic relationship of all organs and functions of the body, there may be deleterious effects of this toxic metal we do not yet know about. 

    irritability or behavioral problems

          difficulty concentrating

    weight loss
    sluggishness or fatigue
    abdominal pain
    loss of appetite
    stomach ache
    cramping in gut
    vomiting or nausea
    pallor (pale skin) from anemia
    metallic taste in mouth
    muscle and joint weakness or pain
    decreased bone and muscle growth
    poor muscle coordination
    speech and language problems
    seizures and unconsciousness (in cases of extremely high lead levels)
    damage to nervous system
    kidney damage
    hearing loss

Lead Poisoning Symptoms of Eyes

A friend of mine in her 60's recently had cataract surgery. While it can get to the point where such a procedure is warranted, why risk it? Cataract surgery can indeed improve quality of life, but… It is an invasive procedure to insert a piece of plastic into a delicate body organ. That is NOT without its potential problems. My friend tells me that now she does not drive at night because of increased glare...

Did you know that cataracts are one of many lead poisoning symptoms? Would it not be better to PREVENT them?

I found some interesting research implicating accumulation of this toxic element with increasing risk of cataract. Dr. Gary Gordon stated that incidence of cataracts is closely associated with lead poisoning symptoms:


The research below indicates that decline in GSH levels of eye lenses due to oxidative stress following Pb (lead) exposure. Disturbance of this kind is known to precede cataract development.


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