Sunday, March 06, 2011

Lead in Kid's Juice Drinks

According to the Environmental Law Foundation, a San Francisco-based environmental nonprofit, which enlisted the aid of a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency-certified lab in Berkeley, nearly 400 samples from 150 branded products marketed to children, including apple juice, grape juice, packaged pears and peaches (including baby food), and fruit cocktail mixes contained an alarming amount of lead: 125 out of 146 products—or more than 85%—contained enough lead in a single serving to warrant a warning label under California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, better known as Prop. 65.

Exposure to lead is a serious health problem, especially for children's developing nervous systems.  Most known is the exposure to paint chips and from diesel exhaust.  Now we see that lead poisoning is ubiquitous in the environment.

What to do?  Get tested.  Test your home.  Once you know lead levels in your body and home you can chart out an action course.  First is to reduce and eliminate your exposure as much as possible.  Next is to get the poison out of your body.  A good detox program is in order.  I suggest a diet  built upon high protein, minerals, fatty acids and high water intake.  Core nutrients such as a cilantro, chlorella and chlorella growth factor, garlic, fish oil, and a balanced electrolyte drink.  Glutathione may also be very helpful.

A bentonite clay bath for adults and children is also a useful tool. Bentonite clay can be taken internally as well.

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