Ask Tamara: My parents said they used these vintage items their whole life & I shouldn’t worry. ‘Your kids will be fine…”

AJ in 2006, Jackson Hole, BLL 4.0

1/16/2015 – Facebook

“A.” asked:

What do you say to people who say, “Oh, they’ll be fine! I ate lead paint all the time as a kid.” Or what do you say to caretakers who don’t remove the antique toys you requested them to put away?

Tamara’s Answer:

Hi A! What I  say (if I am feeling polite)…

Do you realize how much our collective health as a species has declined in the past 150 years since the industrial revolution?

We have unprecedented rates of cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s and other epidemics… it has never before been like this for humans. [Also unprecedented levels of senseless violence as well as full prisons and special ed costs at an all-time high.]

What single most profound health-impacting event has happened over the last 150 years?

The large-scale industrialized mining and manufacturing of lead —ushering in an era of the global proliferation of products containing this heavy metal, that is one of the most potent neurotoxins known to man.  

All of the health impairments we have today – from heart disease and cancer to immune system disorders, learning, cognitive and behavioral disorders,  and a host of other health issues are now known to have significant links to lead / heavy metal toxicity, etc.

A study by Leonardo Trasande that estimated the total cost of Lead Poisoning in America today came up with (in 2011) a figure of $50.9 BILLION ANNUALLY.  [The total cost of ALL environmental illnesses assesed in that study was $76.6 BILLION ANNUALLY, and lead accounted for more than two thirds of that total cost.

[And this $50.9 BILLION annual cost is actually a conservative amount by all estimations.]

So has lead impacted you? Probably. Arthritis? Kidney Disease? Heart Disease? Memory Issues? Infertility? Sexual Dysfunction? Headaches? Seizures?* – what ailments do you have today?]

*all of these have been linked to lead exposure

Can we prevent it from impacting our children?

Most definitely.

It’s the single most expensive yet single most preventable environmental illness in the world today.

Prevention starts with awareness. If you don’t know it’s a problem or don’t think it’s a problem – you can’t do anything to fix the problem – so please, for the sake of YOUR child (your grandchild? niece? nephew?) start learning about this.

Thank you.

& P.S. “We cannot visit your home if you continue to have toxic toys and decorations out within reach of my child. I’m sorry about that. It’s just too important and not a compromise that I am willing to make.”

4 Responses to Ask Tamara: My parents said they used these vintage items their whole life & I shouldn’t worry. ‘Your kids will be fine…”

  1. Jeri March 12, 2019 at 10:12 am #

    For the couple seconds most dry goods are in the measuring cup can the exposure be that much of a concern? I would think the greater concern would be the Tupperware containers used to store food. Have you tested those?
    I do appreciate your warning

  2. Tamara D. March 19, 2019 at 1:13 pm #

    Well said! THANK YOU for the work you do.

  3. Peggie March 19, 2019 at 3:49 pm #

    What year of manufacture were the Vintage measuring cups? I have a set from my Mother in Law from the 70s and I have a set from the mid 80s.

    • Tamara March 19, 2019 at 3:51 pm #

      Hi Peggie!

      I am still trying to figure that out. It’s difficult because none of them are marked with the year of manufacture or other specific mark that would help to figure that out.

      So far all of the folks that have chimed in have said the ones that have been positive for toxicants are most likely from the early 1970s.


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