Is There Lead in YOUR Garden?
People have been alerted recently to the fact that there is a high lead contamination in the soil of the gardens of houses lining major roadways in major cities in Australia.
People at Risk of Lead Poisoning
Everybody has the potential to be poisoned however some people are more at risk. Mothers of unborn children must be especially careful if they are around any known contamination points of lead as their unborn baby is also at risk.
Young children are especially at risk as lead can have a major effect on them.
Symptoms of Acute Lead Poisoning
The symptoms of acute lead poisoning (a high level at one time) include:
Symptoms of chronic lead poisoning
Chronic (long-term or ongoing) exposure to lower levels of lead may produce symptoms such as:
Many of these symptoms could be caused by other conditions, so it is important to see a doctor if you are concerned.
Where Does the Lead Contamination come from?
Lead can come from the workplace or hobbies. It can be freed during renovations of alo houses.
Lead was recently found in the soil of the natures strips of major arterial roadways of major cities in Australia. Walking along these paths or especially on the nature stips may contaminate the soles of your shoes. It is safest to remove your shoes before entering your own home. Your pets could also pick up contamination around this soil.
Early car fuel contained lead. It is interesting that the contamination of the
soil is along motorways.
Young children living in houses along main arterial roads in major cities are at risk of lead poisoning if they play in the soil in their backyards. Lead can stunt a childs mental growth.
Dust inside a house in these areas may also contain lead. Be extra careful of young children when living in these areas.
Lead affects the functioning of the brain. This makes learning difficult for affected children.
Dairy Milk Can Help
In Western society cow's milk is the usual source of milk. It has become big business and we are always being bombarded with advertisements on the television telling us to 'Drink More Milk'. It is interesting to note that the Chinese people do not include milk in any form in their diet.
Personally I do not think grown up people need to drink milk. Milk is for babies before they can eat solid food. Cow's milk is for calves, baby cows. Milk for humans comes from humans - we call it Breast Milk. However Science tells us that there are some benefits to drinking milk.
Benefits of Milk
Milk is a food that is easily assimilated into our body. It needs to be this way so that a baby can digest it quickly and easily.
Different Forms of Milk
Humans have experimented with milk through the ages and today we use it as yoghurt, kefir, cheese, butter, whey, buttermilk and all sorts of flavoured and fat strength milk.
Milk comes from different animals, not just cows. Goat's milk is popular and sometimes you can get sheep milk, though this is often made into cheese because of the highter fat content.
Through the decades goats were popular, especially during the war years. Goats are smaller than cows, take less food and are easier to handle and house. They can become great pets.
People with Allergies
When children had allergies to cow's milk their parents would often seek out some goat's milk to supplement their diet with great benefits to the child. Now here's why.
That great beast - SCIENCE - now tells us that sheep and goat milk is high in alpha-lactalbumin, a major immune boosting component also found in human breast milk. There is less of this immune booster found in cow's milk. So our grandparents knew what they were doing when they fed their sickly children goat's milk.
Adding whey to yoghurt or milk is an excellent protein drink. Whey protein is generally low in lactose so may be tolerated better than cow's milk.
I am a trained Natural Therapist, Teacher, published Author and Artist who lives on the south eastern coast of Australia.
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