Autism, ADHD, behavior disorders, lowered IQ and learning disabilities are an epidemic in North America and throughout the world. We have known of the serious health problems caused by lead for years, but in utero lead transfer from mother to baby is critical new information that will impact every demographic in every country of the world. At the time when the developing baby is most vulnerable to toxic materials, lead from a multitude of apparently harmless sources passes from the mother to the brain and other organs of her unborn child. The exterior paint on houses, the water in the taps, the toys in the playroom, the food in the refrigerator, the furnishings in the home: all of these can be sources of toxic lead that can harm unborn babies and adults alike. Lead Babies gives detailed information to help readers lead-proof their homes and protect their children from the beginning of pregnancy through rearing.
Sandra gives an overview of the book:
A generation of children struggles to sit still, concentrate, read, and understand social cues. Their school programs are modified as they fall behind in school. The impulsiveness that makes them difficult to manage in the classroom becomes a liability in the workplace. These are LEAD Babies, statistics in an epidemic of learning and behaviorally challenged children and young people. Their brains, at key stages of development – primarily in the days, weeks and months following their conception, were permanently damaged by exposure to the dangerous neurotoxin, lead.
There are few toxic substances that have been more studied and more warned about than lead, yet it seems that the information has bypassed most of us.
The next time you sit down for tea, scoop three individual granules of sugar into the palm of your hand. If this were lead, it would be more than enough to permanently damage an infant’s brain – whether born or a fetus still growing and forming in the womb. In-utero lead exposure in proportions as seemingly insignificant as what you have in your hand develops the inability to read, learn, concentrate and behave. Accumulated exposure well into adulthood has implications for diminishing IQ and disease that is equally devastating to individuals, families and society. The ripple effect that lead exposure sets into motion has profoundly far reaching implications.
Sandra Cottingham, Ph.D. has twenty years ofclassroom experience with regular students and with students with specialneeds. As a consultant in a large British Columbia school district, Dr. Cottingham works with teachers and administrators supporting children withsignificant...