American Lead Poisoning Help Association, Inc.

You are not alone anymore...

Welcome to ALPHA.

Lead poisoning is the number one preventable childhood disease in the United States.

In May of 2012, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lowered the level of lead in the bloodstream to 5 micrograms per deciliter (5 µg/dl).  Any child with a blood lead level (BLL) of 5 µg/dl is considered to have lead poisoning and public health actions should be initiated. According to the CDC, these new guidelines increase the number of children affected by lead exposure to 442,000.

The CDC states:  "Lead poisoning can affect nearly every system in the body. Because lead poisoning often occurs with no obvious symptoms, it frequently goes unrecognized."

Many falsely believe that lead poisoning was eradicated after lead was removed from paint (1978), gasoline and soldered canned goods. Unfortunately, our children live in a toxic soup of chemicals, heavy metals and other poisonous substances every day.  Lead is a neurotoxin that gets deposited in bones, soft tissue, and organs which, when ingested or inhaled, causes damage to the nervous system.  Among other things, elevated lead levels can also cause dietary deficiencies of iron, calcium, zinc, and ascorbate, behavioral problems, lowered IQ, and hearing loss.  To learn more about lead and lead poisoning click here.

The CDC's set a goal to eradicate lead poisoning by the year 2010, but that goal was not met. Children, animals, and our environment are still being affected by heavy metal exposure and poisoning.  This indicates that more work needs to be done to help make this goal a reality. 

ALPHA is comprised of parents and concerned individuals from all over the country dedicated to the prevention of childhood lead poisoning.  ALPHA's goal is to unite people to network, share ideas and experiences, and move forward in promoting lead awareness within our communities.

ALPHA is a 501(C)(3) non-profit organization Incorporated in the state of New Jersey in 2007.
  
To learn more about ALPHA and our mission click on Who We Are.  Thank you for visiting our site! 


A Strange Ignorance: The Role of Lead Poisoning in Failing Schools 

A Strange Ignorance: The Role of Lead Poisoning in Failing Schools is a seven chapter online Arizona School Boards Associations (ASBA) report written by ASBA Research Analyst Michael T. Martin.

To view the entire report, please click here.

 

Toxic Truth: A Scientist, A Doctor, and the Battle over Lead

"The first book to tell the incredible story of two men behind the bitter thirty-year fight to protect children from lead."

To purchase this book, please contact us at info@alphalead.org. A portion of the sales purchased through ALPHA with be donated to ALPHA thanks to the generosity of Lydia Denworth and Beacon Press. 

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Newsletter and Recall Info

Our quarterly newsletter - The ALPHA Report - is available in PDF format: Click here to view previous issues

Family Corner
If you are the parent of a child who has been exposed to lead you are not alone.  Visit our Lead Facts and Information and FAQ pages to learn more about the adverse effects of lead.  If you're not sure if you or your children are at risk, take our
Risk Assessment Questionnaire.

Lead, Wildlife, and Our Environment

Sadly, lead not only affects people, but it also affects animals.  Because they are small, just like our children they are prone to the ill effects of lead at low doses. Click here for more on how animals are affected and what you can do to help.

Communities and Forums
Would you like to talk to other parents?  Register (using the side-bar on the right of this page) to meet parents, chat, and share information.

Available on DVD: "New Insights into the Effects of Lead Poisoning on Children and Adults" 
Four of the nation's top research scientists presented a Symposium on The Effects of Lead Poisoning on Children and Adults.  Click here for more information. 


Our Mission: ALPHA's Mission is to raise awareness about lead poisoning, and to provide a national support network for families affected by lead. 


ALPHA...

  • is dedicated to raising awareness about the hazards of lead.
  • is a resource agency for families of lead poisoned children.
  • provides information about all aspects of lead poisoning including prevention, education, and what to do after a child is exposed to lead.

Thank you!

We at The American Lead Poisoning Help Association would like to thank everyone who has supported us in building this organization. We appreciate the comments we receive and welcome all suggestions, especially those that help us find new and better ways to provide information about lead exposure and poisoning.

We appreciate your patience while we work to build our new website. We have plans to add additional features including a monthly spotlight covering topics which include Neurology , Neuropyschology, Health and Nutrition, and Education. Our goal is to provide as much information as we can to help prevent lead exposure and poisoning, and to help assist those who are dealing with family members who have been exposed to lead.

As we continue to make improvements to our site, please take a moment to send us your feedback and suggestions. We appreciate the time you take to visit our site and we want to make your visit a positive one. Helping us understand what you would like to see on our site can help us all reach our goal of eradicating this wholly preventable disease.

ALPHA would not be able to sustain itself without the generosity of our supporters. We thank all of you for your support in 2011 and hope that you will continue to support us in 2012. Even the smallest donation goes a long way toward helping us reach our goals.

We wish you a Happy, Healthy, and Lead-Free New Year!

With many thanks,

Michele Gaffney
Co-Founder and Secretary to the Board of Trustees

 

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