94% of Americans who grew up during the era of leaded gasoline found to be lead poisoned and brain damaged – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that 94 percent of Americans who were exposed to leaded gasoline in childhood may show signs of lower IQ scores and socioeconomic status in adulthood.

Health experts pooled data from blood samples of than 500 participants who grew up in the era of leaded gasoline. Research showed that participants who had more than 10 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood at age 11 had significant reductions in IQ points in adulthood. Researchers said participants who had high lead exposure exhibited IQs that were 4.25 points lower than less-exposed individuals at age 38.

While lead gasoline has been phased out, food now appears to be a major contributor to lead exposure in the U.S. In fact, the heavy metal can now be found in USDA-certified organic foods. A laboratory assessment of more than 1,000 consumer goods and food products revealed that staples such as rice protein products contain high levels of lead and cadmium.

94% of Americans who grew up during the era of leaded gasoline found to be lead poisoned and brain damaged – Dr. Eddy Bettermann MD