Originally Posted by kdtmom2be
Lead has been in cords ever since they stopped wrapping cords in asbestos cloth. It makes the plastic coating soft so it bends.
Just because its been there forever doesn't make it safe. And the only reason its there at all is because its CHEAP. Believe me, in this day and age there are plenty of other ways to make cords. But, you know, the manufacturers don't want to do that cause it would cost MONEY, something which corporations and businesses have a hard time parting with just for the mere benefit of health and safety for young children and developing fetuses.
The thing with environmental toxins, as a pp said, is that exposure is cumulative. So yeah, I'll be avoiding any exposure to lead however I can. And yes, low-income children are at the highest danger from lead exposure in the population, because they are forced to live in crappy housing and their mothers have to work three jobs so there's not as much child supervision.
Lead is one of the most potent neurotoxins known to man. It takes an amount the size of a grain of salt to raise a child's lead level to what's considered lead poisoning. It's nothing to mess around with, and I for one am pissed off that I have to even worry about these things. That's what our gov't and tax dollars are supposed to be for - to put protections like these in place. But in this capitalist world where money makes the world go 'round, manufacturers of chemicals get away with whatever they want, while kids suffer.
Did you know that practically all of the N American population's blood is contaminated with lead, in addition to mercury, PBDE flame retardants, PCBs, perchlorate (yes, that's right - rocket fuel), the list goes on and on. Lead was banned from paint in Europe in the 1930's while our lovely country advertised it as the best durable paint for nurseries until well into the 1960s. They knew it was dangerous but no one gave a rat's bootie about that cause it was CHEAP to make. Am I making my point yet?