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Thread: How to lower lead levels in blood?

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    I pour once a year jan-march for everything I cast for which is about 8-10k bullets per year..Its also the coolest time in the shop. I have 9 months for it to get out of my system.never had elevated levels

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    Respectfully, Tripplebeards, the color you saw was probably the compound you drank or something else you ate, not lead being kept out of your body.

    The amounts of lead we can ingest or inhale while casting are microscopic. An oral agent could maybe keep the ingested lead from being absorbed, and would pass it out in the stool, but unless you are eating the boolits you cast, I don't think you'll be able to see metallic lead or lead compounds in the toilet.

    Not saying that what you do is not effective, just that the amounts of lead involved are small enough to not be visible.
    Last edited by kevin c; Yesterday at 03:02 PM.

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    Lead poisoning symptoms in adults
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...s/syc-20354717
    Although children are primarily at risk, lead poisoning is also dangerous for adults. Signs and symptoms in adults might include:

    High blood pressure
    Joint and muscle pain
    Difficulties with memory or concentration
    Headache
    Abdominal pain
    Mood disorders
    Reduced sperm count and abnormal sperm
    Miscarriage, stillbirth or premature birth in pregnant women

    Causes of lead poisoning many may overlook:
    decapping, dry tumbling, shooting at indoor ranges [dust], getting the lead too hot while smelting.


    Treatment
    https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-...t/drc-20354723
    The first step in treating lead poisoning is to remove the source of the contamination. If you can't remove lead from your environment, you might be able to reduce the likelihood that it will cause problems.

    For instance, sometimes it's better to seal in rather than remove old lead paint. Your local health department can recommend ways to identify and reduce lead in your home and community.

    For children and adults with relatively low lead levels, simply avoiding exposure to lead might be enough to reduce blood lead levels.

    Treating higher levels
    For more severe cases, your doctor might recommend:

    Chelation therapy. In this treatment, a medication given by mouth binds with the lead so that it's excreted in the urine. Chelation therapy might be recommended for children with a blood level of 45 mcg/dL or greater and adults with high blood levels of lead or symptoms of lead poisoning.

    EDTA chelation therapy. Doctors treat adults with lead levels greater than 45 mcg/dL of blood and children who can't tolerate the drug used in conventional chelation therapy most commonly with a chemical called calcium disodium ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA). EDTA is given by injection.

    https://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/Public...nicalBrief.pdf

    The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    https://www.cdc.gov/niosh/topics/ables/description.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by kevin c View Post
    Respectfully, Tripplebeards, the color you saw was probably the compound you drank or something else you ate, not lead being kept out of your body.

    The amounts of lead we can ingest or inhale while casting are microscopic. An oral agent could maybe keep the ingested lead from being absorbed, and would pass it out in the stool, but unless you are eating the boolits you cast, I don't think you'll be able to see metallic lead or lead compounds in the toilet.

    Not saying that what you do is not effective, just that the amounts of lead involved are small enough to not be visible.
    That’s the best thing I’ve heard all day!!! I’d rather hear that then it was lead dust.

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    I cringe every time I see a pic of somebody here casting indoors..... That's 100% guaranteed to lead up your whole house from end to end....

    Hygiene!

    The FIRST step is quit putting lead in you!

    The main reason it won't come down quickly is that you probably contaminated your body, work area, clothing, and boots with lead..... You didn't go crazy cleaning all that stuff squeaky clean - so you then tromp it all over your house, carpeting, etc.... Every time you go out to your work area - you get it back all over yourself again....

    Get a 2-part lead test kit like this one....

    https://www.ebay.com/i/220693990895

    And test around your work area and house.... then YOU will cringe...

    Your #1 thing is clean clean clean. Use some oily sawdust and get all the dust out of your work area. Clean it up including mopping hard surfaces and throwing out old nasty rugs....

    Next.... Drink water.... LOTS of water.... Eyeballs floating amounts of water... Enough water where your doctor won't complain about "You aren't drinking enough water" and it will start to flush out.... It will come out...

    But you HAVE TO stop putting it in you or you won't get anywhere...

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