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Study Suggests Childhood Exposure to Lead Can Blunt IQ for Decades

Lead in community water pipes and homes has made headlines for the past couple years, with dire warnings of all the health issues that come with lead exposure. Now, as reported by Fox News, new indications show that adults exposed to high levels of lead decades ago may have lower IQs and earning potential today.

The dangers of lead-contaminated water are becoming increasingly prevalent, with a reported 350 schools and day care centers across the U.S. testing above the EPA’s action level for lead content in water. We all know about Flint, Michigan’s problems, where Virginia Tech scientists found tap water contaminated with astronomically high levels of lead.

But did you know they also found a number of other toxins, including high levels of trihalomethanes — carcinogenic byproducts from water treatment — and dangerous bacteria such as E.coli and Legionella, the latter of which is suspected of causing an outbreak of Legionnaires' disease? Tragically, Flint is not alone in this water pollution scandal. Around the world, a global water crisis is looming as freshwater supplies are exposed to toxic contamination from a variety of sources.

If you’re wondering if your household is a source of lead contamination, get yourself and children tested for lead now, especially if your home was built before 1978. If you have lead paint in your home, be sure to have it removed by a certified professional. Get your water tested, too, and seriously consider getting a good water filtration system installed.

In general, most water supplies contain a number of potentially hazardous contaminants, from fluoride, to drugs and disinfection byproducts (DBPs), so filtration in my opinion is no longer an option. To be certain you’re getting the purest water you can, filter the water both at the point of entry and at the point of use. This means filtering all the water that comes into the house, and then filtering again at the kitchen sink and shower.
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