Lead Paint/Poisoning

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Mark Clipsham
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Did you know (it is rarely mentioned) that you can get lead poisoning from growing food in soil contaminated with lead? People plant edibles next to their house or compost orimentals grown next to their house with their other compost and then put it with their edibles. Sometimes houses or buildings are demolished that had lead paint and then community gardens are made there. Be safe, have the soil tested if there is any question.

I got lead poisoning a few years back and the treatment is to take iron and calcium (ant acids) suppliments for a few weeks to bind it up and "flush it out". If you're feeling stupid give this a try and go to your doctor of course - taking the suppliments in the reccommended dosage won't hurt and will get you started sooner if you have to wait to see the doctor.

Always clean up all paint chips from remodeling on homes with lead based paint - put down drop cloths and wear a good dust mask.

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If you think you may come into contact with lead paint and/or live in a pre-1978 house, take the following simple steps to reduce your family’s exposure to hazardous lead dust: Wash floors, windowsills and children’s toys often. Wipe your shoes off before entering the house. We recommend you get a contractor to help with renovations, as lead dust can cause brain damage, among other things. Here's a link to find a local certified EPA contractor in your state: http://cfpub.epa.gov/flpp/searchrrp_firm.htm Ten States are authorized by EPA to administer their own RRP programs: Wisconsin, Iowa, North Carolina, Mississippi, Kansas, Rhode Island, Utah, Oregon, Massachusetts, Alabama, and Washington. For assistance identifying certified firms in these states contact the National Lead Information Center at 1-800-424-LEAD (5323) If you would like more information on lead-safe remodeling practices and testing for lead, we have great resources at http://www.zipwall.com/epa.php and http://bit.ly/aWLZGB.

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