Green business, green careers and job training
Solutions that build smart communities with green careers and sustainable businesses!

Save on Career Education through Lorman Education

Our readers are offered a discount on Lorman seminars and courses. Check out their business, management and legal offers at this link to qualify for our discounts. They also offer green business training opportunities. Please visit for a complete listing of courses. Register online or call Lorman at 866-352-9539.
Home > Feature Articles > Health and Well Being Strategies > Health Care Industry Sectors and Strategies

Lead - Our Children's Invisible Boogiemen

Children are more sensitive to environmental toxins and pollutants than adults. Not only because they put more stuff in their mouths, but because their energy level heightens their ingestion of air, which absorbs more of the nasty stuff they touch, taste and breathe.

Find green business solutions
Children absorb lead at a much higher rate than adults and toddlers put EVERYTHING in their mouths... so lead in the soil and wall paint, and even their toys becomes a danger to their health that lasts up to 30 years.

To reduce lead content in the environment, old pipes should be replaced as should old, flaky paint. "Any toys used in the garden, such as buggies and bikes that come into contact with soil should be washed regularly.

The campaign for car drivers to make the switch from leaded to unleaded gasoline has been hailed as a major environmental success story in recent years. But despite the dramatic change in our driving habits lead pollution in the environment remains a health hazard and, according to the latest research from Children of the 90s, one to which children are particularly vulnerable.

The research published this week in the online edition of the Archives of Diseases in Childhood, reveals that raised levels of lead in blood – at even quite modest levels – adversely affect behavior and educational attainment.

Children of the 90s measured the levels of lead in the blood samples of nearly 500 youngsters at age two years eight months and linked these levels to the SATS results of the children at age seven years. After adjusting for the many factors, which can affect educational attainment, the analysis showed a clear link between levels of lead in the blood and exam results.

Lead researcher, Professor Alan Emond, Head of the Centre for Child and Adolescent Health at the University of Bristol, said his results demonstrated that those children with lower levels of lead in their blood (between two – five microg/dl) were found to perform significantly better in their SATS that those with blood lead above five microg/dl.

Currently, the World Health Organisation has set the international acceptable level of lead in blood – known as the ‘threshold of concern’ - at ten microg/dl, but Professor Emond is now calling for this figure to be halved to just five microg/dl based on these results.

"Exposure to lead early in childhood has effects on subsequent educational attainment, even at low blood levels (five-ten microg/dl). Our results suggest that the threshold for clinical concern should be reduced to five microg/dl."

He adds, "We also talked to teachers as part of this research and found that children with lead levels above ten microg/dl were nearly three times as likely to show hyperactivity and anti-social behaviour."

Children are at the greatest risk because lead is more easily absorbed by their growing bodies and because their tissues are especially sensitive to damage. The main sources of environmental lead include water supplies (lead pipes), old lead paint and soil. Blood lead levels appear to peak between the ages of two and three years – the ages when toddlers tend to put most items (including toys) in their mouths.

"While adults absorb around 10-15 per cent of an ingested quantity of lead, this amount can increase to 50 per cent in infants and young children. This lead is then absorbed into the bone where it can remain for up to 30 years," he said.

"Lead gets incorporated into the bones and is gradually released into the blood and circulates throughout the body. It interferes with enzymes and affects many systems – including the central nervous system."

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
Green Solution Providers
Green companies directory
your green solutions - business, nonprofit, government program.
It's free.
| health care | toxins | lead | children |

Share in Social Media

Sign Up For News & Information
Subscribe to our free solutions newsletter
"Ten+ Tips for Greening Your Office"

Read prior issues: California GreenLines

Search For Green Solutions

Custom Search
Green Career Center
Green Job Wizard
Career Certifications Directory

green job training certifications
Green Biz Center
Solutions For Green
Directory of Green Companies

Solutions for Alternative Energy

rose in natural systems
Green Living Center
Solutions for Green: Consumers

Solutions for Remodeling

Backyard Nature Center


"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." Goethe

Related Articles

Secure Medicine Return Law to reduce overdose deaths and environmental impact

Good News! Cancer and Obesity Prevention & Cure!

Healthy Workers universal health care coverage program in Santa Clara County for small business

Related Green Resources

Marcom Tips
Interactive & Video Tips

Career Resources

We encourage lifelong learning to support sustainable communities and provide these select resources to help you pursue green and sustainable self-development:

Lorman Business Training Directory of On-line Business and Compliance Classes

Green Job Wizard Job and Career Certifications Directory

Job & Career Resources

Sales & Marketing
Human Resources

Green Economy

Business Sectors
Natural Resources

Solutions For Green

About Us ~ Privacy Policy
Contact Us ~ Home

Text Link Ads

AD: Place your link here


We help you green your career, workplace and community by connecting you to quality green, sustainable and high performance resources. California Green Solutions focuses attention on effective solutions that sustain our natural systems. You can support our editorial work by supporting our advertisers and spreading the word about best practices and green solutions.
California Green Solutions is a publication of Carolyn Allen ~ Copyright ©2006-2030 Carolyn Allen

B2B | Job Certifications | Alternative Energy | Events | Green Directory | LED Lights | Remodeling |
CONSUMERS | Backyard Nature | Senior Health | MultiMedia Marketing | Marketing | Networking Events | Japan |