The tragedy in Flint, Michigan is drawing public attention to the serious but under-recognized risk of lead exposure from tap water. While the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention warn there is no safe level of lead for humans, older homes in older cities are particularly at risk, and newer homes could be as well as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency did not set strong rules for lead in tap water pipes and faucets until 2011.
According to the U.S. National Institutes of Health, lead continues to contaminate the blood of nearly every child tested and at current levels of exposure is linked to the loss of 23 million total IQ points among children under five. Babies and pregnant women are especially impacted by lead and other “brain drain” toxic chemicals during the first 1,000 days when a baby’s tiny brains are forming and growing rapidly.
To raise awareness about the risk that lead and other “brain drain” chemicals pose in our nation’s drinking water and to share tips for preventing exposure in the home,, please join me in a recent interview with Charlotte Brody, RN and Executive Director of the non-profit Healthy Babies Bright Futures, as she tackles those difficult lead questions we all now currently have after the Flint water crisis:
*How widespread is the problem of contaminated drinking water?
*Is it just localized in the city or rural areas affected also?
*How can we test our water?
*What are the potential dangers of lead?
*What procedures can we follow if we suspect lead in our drinking water?
Click here for the entire interview:
More about Healthy Babies Bright Futures:
Healthy Babies Bright Futures has teamed up with Dr. Marc Edwards, the scientist who helped identify and expose unsafe lead levels in Flint, Michigan, and his Virginia Tech laboratory to help identify and provide a low cost drinking water testing method for at risk families.
Healthy Babies Bright Futures is an alliance of non-profit organizations, philanthropies and scientists that designs and implements projects to reduce babies’ exposure to toxic chemicals during the most vulnerable and significant periods of development: in utero and from birth to age two.
For more information about Healthy Babies Bright Futures or to get your test kit, visit http://www.hbbf.org/media-kit .
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