(NaturalHealth365) The Center for Environment Health (CEH) found deadly levels of lead in handbags being sold at one in every four retail stores visited. The most likely culprits, according to CEH, were brightly colored purses made of plastic, vinyl or any faux leather.
Lead toxicity can cause heart disease, cancer and brain damage
The CEH found lead in the sides of 43 of 300 purses it had tested in a lab. This was after hundreds of handbag manufacturers signed a court settlement to limit the lead in their products. So much for ‘corporate responsibility’.
According to the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA), adults absorb 11% of the lead that reaches their digestive tract, and children absorb between 30 to 75%. When lead is inhaled – up to 50% is absorbed. And, by the way, the half–life for lead is about 20 years.
A study published in the journal Environmental Health found that women between the ages of 65 and 87 – with high levels of lead – were almost 60% more likely to succumb to heart disease, during the 12 year study, than the women with lower levels.
It is thought that the high lead levels were accumulated over a lifetime of exposure, said author Nadia Khalil, MD, PhD. MPH, postdoctoral research associate at Wright State University in Ohio. As people age, the stored lead leaches out and can lead to heart disease, high blood pressure and stroke.
Get the lead out of your immediate environment
Naturally, a major health risk, these highly-toxic handbags can transfer lead onto a woman’s hand (and body) or directly into a child by touching it or putting the bag in the mouth. Lead has been implicated in a laundry list of health concerns, mostly for children, pregnant women and women of child-bearing age.
Major handbag manufacturers are promoting cancer
Lead is listed, by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other federal/state agencies as a cancer-causing chemical, and lead exposure has been linked to higher rates of infertility in women, an increased risk of heart attacks, strokes, and high blood pressure plus many other health issues.
We can’t ignore such shocking statistics about lead toxicity
Based on the 2010 census numbers and using data from the March 2009 study released by Pediatrics, the Official Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics, it’s easy to calculate that more than 22,000,000 (yes, 22 million!) American children (under the age of 18) have or have had a BLL (blood lead level) of 2.5 ug/dL (micrograms per deciliter) or higher (approximately 31% of all American children) in their life-time. These numbers are catastrophic – keep reading…
Of course, this comes as no surprise, the current Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) ‘official’ statement about lead goes like this:
’Approximately 250,000 U.S. children aged 1-5 years have blood lead levels greater than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, the level at which CDC recommends public health actions be initiated.’
In other words, according to the CDC – we can all relax and go back to sleep – they find nothing alarming – yet.
But, many recent studies have concluded that permanent brain damage can be caused to a child with a BLL as low as 2.0.ug/dL. If you ask me – it looks like the CDC is looking the other way in order to keep chemical-producing corporations happy and to avoid public panic or lawsuits. So much for relying on government ‘health’ agencies to do their job in protecting the public.
A warning to every woman with a handbag
”Lead is stunningly toxic.” – Michael Green, CEH executive director
“All day long you’re carrying your purse, opening it, closing it. Every time you touch it, a small amount of lead gets on your fingers. Imagine yourself eating a potato chip or putting on lip balm, that lead is going into you.” – Caroline Cox, CEH research director
Lab results reveal a deadly picture
Lab results have shown some purses to have the highest levels of lead ever found on a consumer product. In some of the bags they tested, they found levels 30 to 100 times higher than the federal limit for lead in children’s items. The problem, for women buying bags, is there is no federal limit for lead content in handbags – only children’s products and paint. See how much the government cares about women?
In its most recent study, CEH examined nearly 300 accessories and found that 10 had lead levels greater than 10,000 parts per million. In fact, a $200 wallet from Neiman Marcus had 58,700 parts per million of lead – more than 195 times higher than the standard.
A purse that contains 54,000 parts per million (ppm) of lead has a level 90 times higher than the the federal limit of lead in paint (600 ppm).
How do I know if my bag is toxic?
The Center for Environmental Health recommends avoiding brightly colored purses made of plastic, vinyl or any faux leather. Testing has shown that handbags and wallets that are yellow or have a yellow-tint seem to have the highest levels of lead.
The other offending colors are red, orange or green hued purses. The lead is most often found in the dye or pigment. Designer pocketbooks were as big a problem as the ones found in a bargain bins.
Most educated consumers will not be surprised to discover that the toxic handbags were (mostly) produced in China. There are many different materials that are safe such as hemp, cloth, cotton or nylon – the main thing is to look for polyvinyl (PVC) free bags with a ‘Made in America’ label. Shop smart and protect your health.
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