Where are you getting exposed to LEAD? - Dr. Mindy Pelz
August 03, 2017


Where are you getting exposed to LEAD?

The most common question I get about heavy metals is…
 
“Where am I getting exposure to these metals from?”
 
It’s confusing. And hard to believe when I tell you.
 
But one of the primary places is your food. Even organic food.
 
I like to make health concepts simple, but this is a subject that is confusing. So bare with me as I walk you through this toxic exposure.
 
To begin with, let me tell you that in my office we have tested hundreds of people for heavy metals. There are two metals that show up consistently; lead and mercury.
 
Many of you know that mercury is in fish. In fact, I have heard a lot of you say you avoid fish because of it. Smart choice.
 
But where are you getting lead?
 
Below is a list of foods that have been tested for lead and shown up high. In fact, many of these foods are so high they should have a warning sign on the food about the lead levels. Let me remind you that the World Health Organization states that there are no safe levels of lead in the human body.
 
Here are some of the foods you need to look out for:
 
Drinks
 
The Environmental Law Foundation (ELF) recently tested drinks on the market, especially those marketed to children. The report states that a whopping 85% of the tested drinks contained enough lead to require a warning label. The results are alarming since 125 our 146 products had enough lead in a single serving to justify a warning.
 
According to the ELF, lead was found in major brands of juice including:
 
Welsh’s, Great Value, Kroger, Traders Joe’s, Walnut Acres Walgreen’s brand, Minute Maid, Gerber, Del Monte, and Dole.
 
Plus, lead was found in organic brands such as, 365 Everyday Value® Organic, Earth’s Best® Organic, and O Organics™.
 
Hot Sauces
 
A new study out of the University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) reported that they’ve found concerning levels of lead in several types of imported hot sauces that were tested.
 
The study, by Shawn Gerstenberger and Jennifer Berger Ritchie, and published in the Journal of Environmental Science and Health, is the first known investigation into lead levels in hot sauces, according to the university.
 
Protein Drinks
 
Consumer Reports revealed that several popular highly-processed protein powders like Myoplex, Muscle Milk, Designer Whey and the GNC brand – all contained unacceptable levels of arsenic, cadmium and lead.
 
According to Consumer Reports editor Andrea Rock,” Consuming these kinds of protein drinks on a regular basis can in some cases create the risk of chronic exposure, even at low levels, to heavy metals such as cadmium and lead that can pose health problems, particularly to vulnerable people.”
 
Organic Foods
 
The state attorney general has accused several large California grocery stores, including Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods, of selling lead-tainted ginger and plum candies in a case that underscores how little consumers know about the food they eat.
 
The lawsuit, filed April 30 in San Francisco Superior Court, argues that Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, 99 Ranch Market, Island Pacific Supermarket, Marina Food and other retailers have been selling candy, snacks and bulk food made with ginger or dried plums that contains dangerously high levels of lead.
 
Chocolate
 
Consumer health watchdog As You Sow tested 35 of 50 chocolate products, including chocolate bunnies and eggs..
 
Lead was found in the chocolates of the following manufactures:
 
Trader Joe’s, Hershey’s, Green and Black’s, Lindt, Whole Foods, Kroger, Godiva, See’s Candies, Mars, Theo Chocolate, Equal Exchange, Ghirardelli, Earth Circle Organics, and more, for failure to warn of lead and/or cadmium in their chocolate products.
 
For a full list of chocolates see link below:
 
Baby Food
 
The Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) analyzed 11 years of data from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and found that food, and baby food in particular, is a meaningful – and surprising - source of lead. 
 
EDF‘s data found:
  • Lead was detected in 20% of baby food samples compared to 14% for other foods.
  • Eight types of baby foods had detectable lead in more than 40% of samples.
  • Baby food versions of apple and grape juices and carrots had more samples with detectable lead than the regular versions.
 
As depressing as it might seem, there are some ways you protect yourself.
 
1.Get educated
 
Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to toxins in your foods. Keep learning. Know which foods are best to avoid.
 
2.Detox metals regularly
 
Detoxing is not for the earthy crunchy anymore. Detoxing is a powerful tool you can use to avoid many serious health problems.
 
We have four levels of detoxing we teach in my office. I will be going over those four levels at our September 23rd Beyond Your Genes Event. Email Dana at my office for more information on that event. Her email is patientcoordinator@familylifewellness.com
 
Keep learning. Empower yourself. Health is a journey.
 
Have an awesome day!
 
Dr. Mindy

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