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Does anyone know if Staub or le Creuset have these things or any other horrible ingredients I haven't yet thought of? I'm mostly wondering about the interior surface and thinking more about Staub than the other. I've written to Staub with no response yet, and my internet searches haven't produced anything that seems completely trust worthy. Any thoughts would be appreciated. I'm not wanting to use regular cast iron for the high iron problems for men and I'm getting very suspicious about my All Clad with nickel and aluminum.
 

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AFAIK cadmium was only used to color things a bright orange or red and that's been stopped years ago th ough some sites say that this still might be an issue with poor quality enamelware.
 

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OMGoodness...everyone is so worried about everything on this site.<br><br>
I just spent a week worrying about aluminum cookware and finally decided that All-Clad and Le Creuset/Cast Iron were my safest possibilities. Seriously, I haven't found ANY evidence that stainless steel or cast iron are bad for you....everything I have seen has said that they are the most neutral cooking surfaces. I would be very selective when taking advice over the internet...ie make sure that your sources are reputable before your throw out all your cookware.<br><br>
Ok..rant over<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> Please don't take offense I just feel like everyday I read a post about someone worrying about something...and it can be overwhelming. I guess your do your best and leave the rest.
 

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My children have high levels of heavy metals in them in spite of the fact that they have never been vaccinated, we drink filtered water, have never lived in an older home with lead paint or pipes, we don't ever cook with aluminum etc. I have tested their toys and have found no sources of the metals. I had an All Clad tea kettle that had been left on the burner dry by accident and darkened, but I continued to use it. I started to notice that a few minutes after starting to drink my morning tea I would become really tired and dizzy. After suspecting several things I finally figured out that it was the tea kettle and replacing it with a stove top ceramic one has solved that problem. My best guess is that since the metal had blackened (and would blacken a dishrag when washed) the nickel was being released into the water and making me sick. This then had me looking at the tiny scratches in the surface of my undamaged pans and thinking how tiny little particles could be constantly leaching into my food. Nickel is extremely toxic, and while it's not leaching out of stainless steel at a rate that is immediately obvious, I do feel like it can be a long term problem. You can read more about this on Dr. Mercola's website. I have a lot of mysterious health problems and I'm trying to eliminate as many possible sources of problems as I can, since I don't have anything else to work with. My problem with regular cast iron is only for my husbands sake. Too much iron can contribute to premature aging and many other problems <a href="http://www.menweb.org/alexiron.htm" target="_blank">http://www.menweb.org/alexiron.htm</a> and men of Irish decent are more likely to have that problem, which my husband is. If your healthy and happy, that is wonderful. Be thankful that you don't have to suspect everything in your home of making you sick.
 

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I don't know anything about lead/cadmium in enamel cast iron, but I couldn't see your post and not write.<br><br>
I'm so sorry you're going through health issues - I had some crazy auto-immune issues for about 5 years, which I tried all sorts of stuff for. They finally went away after I got pregnant with my DD (coincidentally, we switched to organic food, and I started eating much more traditionally at that point).<br><br>
I still often worry that the issues could come back, and I wish you peace and good health. Good luck with your journey.<br><br><br>
Take care,<br>
Erin
 

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Thanks Erin! Hugs to you too.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/hug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="hug">
 

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Wow, I'm sorry that your having all the medical issues. I would do everything I can to try and find a solution too. Hope you feel better soon <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Thanks, me too <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
I talked with someone on the phone from Staub and they insisted there is zero lead or cadmium in any of their glazes.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/joy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="joy">: I have also now read that cast iron required such extreme temperatures to manufacture that lead could never be included because it couldn't hold up to those temps. I wonder though if that was talking about in a cast iron pot itself or also for the glazes, because it does seem that the enamel could be applied at a cooler temp to an already cast pan. Anyway, I just though that might be of interest to those wondering about pans made in China etc.
 
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