America’s Silent Epidemic… “Childhood lead poisoning is the number one environmental disease in the United States.”

by | May 5, 2014

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“Early Brain Development is Simple…”  Deborah McNells @Brain Insights  click on this excellent reference and resource!


Deborah McNells, Author and Early Childhood Brain Development Specialist…

Quote from article by Tamara Rubin. “She is making a full-length documentary about how lead poisoning has such a damaging effect on young children and the struggles of families with children who have been lead poisoned.”

MisLEAD: America’s Silent Epidemic 

Please click above to see the movie trailer.  It is worth checking out!

“Childhood lead poisoning is the number one environmental disease in the United States. The detrimental effects of lead exposure in children have been known for over 100 years. Early research identified high levels of lead as particularly detrimental to children’s intellectual and behavioral development. However, new studies have discovered that lower levels of lead, levels once thought to be safe, also cause considerable damage to children’s developmental outcomes.”


Until now my knowledge of the effects of lead poisoning on the early development of children and young adults was very limited.  In the context of child neglect and abuse, I know quite a bit about how a “toxic” home environment damages the early development of our kids…  Parental responsibility extends to being aware of how invisible environmental toxins affect children and families as well.  I discovered Brain Insights from my daily dose of Children’s Trust of Mass tweets that show up on my smartphone each and every day with reminders about parenting.  Each morning about 6am my smartphone sounds off its alarm…several tweets come in from Trust4Kids.  I am inspired by these daily Tweets that give me ideas and reminders as a child advocate in my work with Neighbors for Kids.  Every parent, teacher, or child advocate with a smartphone would be inspired too by receiving these wonderful and informative short messages to start off your day.  I consider @trust4kids one of the best references and resources to build awareness on the planet!  Sign up for Twitter right now if you haven’t already done so, and follow @trust4kids!  “The Children’s Trust works to strengthen families and support parents as they raise and nurture their children.

Steve Sparks, Author, My Journey of Healing in Life After Trauma, Part 1 and Reconciliation: A Son’s Story…

Vice Chair, Neighbors for Kids, Depoe Bay, Oregon





About the author

Steve Sparks is a retired information technology sales and marketing executive with over 35 years of industry experience, including a Bachelors’ in Management from St. Mary’s College. His creative outlet is as a non-fiction author, writing about his roots as a post-WWII US Navy military child growing up in the 1950s-1960s.
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