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Re: Article on lead poisoning
Posted by mi on Wednesday, 1 October 2014, at 8:48 p.m., in response to Article on lead poisoning, posted by Wayne McLerran on Wednesday, 1 October 2014, at 7:32 p.m.
I would like to know if anyone has actually contracted lead poisoning casting bullets, cleaning firearms or just handling any variety of lead? I served my apprenticeship as a printer back in the days when most type was lead based and all newspapers were composed of lines cast on Linotype or Intertype machines. The metal pots needed regular cleaning which resulted in copious volumes of lead based smoke. Dozens of two foot long ingots needed to be suspended over the pot. This was back in 1970. I was 18 working alongside journeymen who were approaching retirement after 45 years having sat at the same machine all of those years. I can vouch that I never knew a single case of lead poisoning. The real danger is when lead is in the presence of food when it is cooked. It is the acid which changes the molecular properties making it extremely easy for the body to absorb and being a heavy metal it is cumulative resulting in certain death. A classic example is the ship which was trapped in the north pole ice. It was found that all had died not from freezing but lead poisoning. The tins in those days were soldered with lead and they had heated the food in the tins from which they ate. Babies do not go around gnawing on the door and window trim. It is the dust which enters during the cooking process. Cleanliness is what is the most important.
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