Today’s topic is how to detect lead poisoning. I thought I’d share this information with you, because I’ve been poisoned a second time in my life (the first time was 2008 in Napa, CA). Both times have been from construction conducted illegally, in violation of EPA standard, and federal law. But this time, it was on a jobsite when I was working as a lighting designer, whereas before it had been at my home, on a historic former US Post Office that was completed in 1932 – right on S. Virginia street in downtown in Reno, NV next to the courthouse. The concept artist and lead designer, general contractors, and owners of the building have violated the law and endangered the public health and welfare. BIG MISTAKE!!

They failed to abate. Lead abatement procedure is outlined in the Lead Safety Renovation Guidelines produced by the EPA. Lead has been known to poison people for thousands of years, and lead based paint has been outlawed in this country since 1979. So only if you intend to practice illegally and harm people, can you keep from doing it in accordance with legal best practices.

One little internet search is all it takes. So unless you are a complete moron, too stupid to google…or just ruthless and cruel…

So how can you tell that you’re being poisoned/have been poisoned with lead? There are some things you need to know: Lead poisoning is systemic, and things can vary from person to person. But once you begin to experience symptoms, you know the body has likely absorbed enough that its going to take some time to get things back right again.

  • Extreme Sensitivity to Chemicals and Smells – I now have what they call MCS (Multiple Chemical Sensitivities). I cannot drive over fresh asphalt, be around people much due to all the perfume in their clothes, skin products, and perfumes. I can’t take household cleaning products which have perfumes, people sanding paint, making dust, etc… Public restrooms with all the “air freshener” are torture. Hairspray!! Once you realize how unconscious most of the world is, as in how much poison they are putting on themselves and each other, you’ll find relief in things like the natural world. I’m usually sick for about a day after I visit the grocery store from all the scents, but I can pet my dog, horse and pick up my chickens with no problem. My essential oils are usually fine, but chemically based things are a no fly zone. I feel like a bug that’s been sprayed with Raid, my knees get weak, I can taste the scent in my mouth, I feel like I’m going to pass out, nauseated, migraines, etc…

If this is happening to you, you’ll need to see a doctor, and I’d recommend Dr. Robin Bernhoft, MD in Ojai, CA. He’s been so good. Most doc’s have no idea about how to treat these types of illnesses. Even though lead poisoning has been around for thousands of years, our conventional medical establishment has no idea how to treat. My personal opinion for why this is – because we’ve allowed to the drug companies to take over – they want to treat with chemicals, so if you’re allergic to them, then there’s nothing they can do. They are also polluting the environment with their drugs, and causing the chemical sensitivities (I cannot take drugs any longer) so they have zero incentive to stop polluting, or to use their billions to fund the research to stop it. They’d be arming you with the ammunition you’d require to sue them. Plus, as long as you are sick you can be treated in their system, which makes them money.

Its very annoying when you’re too weak to stand, and have a bloody peeling rash all over your mouth, but they tell you that they don’t think anything is wrong, and probably you’ll just have to see the dermatologist for the rash.

Dr. Bernhoft was poisoned himself, and had to learn how to fix it. He specializes in environmental integrative medicine. To date, no insurance will cover my treatments. Our conventional medical system has been essentially useless to me, and in my opinion – murderous and corrupt.

  • Lethargy and Difficulty Staying Awake – This can manifest as sleeping very deeply, which can be nice in the beginning, but then I was so relaxed with so little energy that I’d find myself reaching for coffee just to get through my day – like a wet noodle. After awhile, it feels like you’re dragging your body around – like dead weight. You have no energy, your eyes want to roll into the back of your head with sleep forthcoming. You feel like you need a stand to hold up your head.
  • Anxiety in the Midst of Feeling Very Relaxed – For me, its like having the engine rev’d at 8,000rpm, while the transmission’s in reverse. It begins to effect sleep, where you sleep like a dead person, but then wake up agitated in the middle of the night, unable to get back to sleep until you’ve finally exhausted yourself, and then pass out again.
  • Difficult Concentrating and Retaining Information – Its very difficult to focus and remain alert when you’re too tired to get out of bed and do much. Back in 2008, I was so sick, that come 2009 once the metals had soaked in, I couldn’t even read my code book and understand what it said. Yet it was mine, I knew that – I’d read it before (I’d passed tests and done projects off what it said), but you might as well have held it upside down. That used to make me really mad. I did get my comprehension back, but it took awhile. I have to make sure I’m giving people my undivided attention, because things can just go by.
  • Getting Sick Frequently – Heavy metals suppress the uptake of nutrient into your system. It’s a neurotoxin, and it suppresses immune function, so you’re at a higher risk for developing disease. This fact, plus the MCS keeps me away from people. I have a PhD in hermit.
  • Slurred Speech – You’ll notice that you can’t do multiple syllables that sound the same, or like you’re having a wrestling match with your tongue. Rubber baby buggy bumpers, and all that.
  • Uncoordinated Movements and Lack of Strong Grip/Strength – You’ll trip, knock over your glass or drop it, my personal non-favorite – dropping your phone. I play the cello, and its difficult to get the fingers to fire in rhythm. Some days will be worse than others. I’ve almost fallen trying to take stairs too fast – sometimes your legs and hands give out unexpectedly.
  • Frequent Urination/Elimination – All the time on that first one. Don’t stop drinking plenty of water in order to stop peeing constantly (and I mean every 15 minutes or half hour). Heavy metal poisoning is really hard on the internal organs, and your body is attempting to get rid of it, so please, pee pee!! You won’t be able to stop it anyway.
  • Unusual Menstruation Cycle – Your periods can become shorter with reduced flow, or you can have one in the middle of your normal cycle. I saw it normalized after detox from the 2008 episode, but this newest episode is effecting my cycle again. I’d also like to communicate that the MCS seems more intense right before my period, and then subdues afterwards.
  • Nausea, Heaving and Vomiting – Oh this can be such loads of fun, especially when you combine it with the MCS. My teeth are suffering as a result of all this (I’d pass out in the middle of eating and wake up with food still in my mouth), and so I’d decided to get on the ACT fluoride. BIG MISTAKE! One rinse resulted in about 1.5 days of heaving nausea convulsions with a migraine and sinuses so raw they cracked outloud. My parents were very concerned.
  • Profuse Sweating – Your body will get rid of it anyway it can. I’ve soaked the bed sheets in a puddle.  Such a good little body – purge, purge, purge…
  • Anger, Depression and Uncontrollable Moods – I think its natural to be angry if someone has poisoned you, but it’s a volatile train to ride. So have grace for yourself, the lead makes you crazy (so will dealing with the medical and regulatory establishments if you have to go after the people who’ve done it to you). Mad as a hatter they used to call it in the olden days for mercury poisoning, and lead is not far off. If you feel this way, I get relief by using one of my detox protocols – usually IR sauna with a bentonite mask on my body, and/or hot springs.
  • Migraines and Headaches – Lead really gets me around the base of my skull in the back. Drinking loads of water assists. I usually put a citrus peel essential oil in my water (d-limonene), because it protects the liver and kidneys as they flush toxins. And it quelches the nausea.
  • Aching Joints and Body – Lead is known for making the joints and body ache. Its been so bad with me that my arms felt like they were going to snap off – so bad it’ll bring you to tears, and I’m pretty tough.
  • Raw Feeling Sinuses – If you breathed lead dust, it can make your sinuses really sensitive and feeling like they are raw. I have frequent infections – blowing green with blood.
  • Difficulty Breathing – My chest feels very heavy. It takes a lot of energy to push your chest up and breathe deeply sometimes. I don’t notice it all the time, but when its bad, I have to lay down or sit. Drink lots of water, dehydration can really intensify the effect.
  • Rashes and/or Swollen Mouth – Splits in the corners of your mouth and/or around your lip line – My mouth swelled up, split and cracked into bloody peeling lesions that were near constant in the beginning, and the subsided to about 1.5-2 weeks a month for about 8 months after an acute exposure. I found sandalwood oil to soothe my mouth, and bentonite clay masks to stop the lesions. The mouth would still peel, but at least it wouldn’t been bloody and cracked. I didn’t discover the bentonite clay mask until about 7 months into it, so I can’t say whether or not it would assist when the lesions were profuse in the beginning. I can say that certain hot springs made my mouth feel better. It would reduce the swelling.

I liked the hot springs that had a high lithium content, because it seemed to improve my mood also. I drank the water, and bathed in it. I’m a big fan of the hot springs.