1. Lead found in decorative glassware

    Are you being poisoned by your holiday plates and cups?

    Some folks wait until a few days before Christmas, throw up a small tree, and call it a holiday.

    Others start right after Halloween, redecorating every surface of the home.

    And some are right in the middle, waiting until at least tomorrow -- after Thanksgiving -- to break out the seasonal joy.

    But across all styles, there's one thing millions of Americans have in common around the holidays: They switch to decorative plates and glasses.

    Some have a set for every occasion! Pumpkin mugs for Halloween... turkeys and cornucopias for Thanksgiving... and, of course, all the reds, greens, silvers, and golds that mark Christmas.

    Now, a new study finds that you might want to keep those festive touches in the cabinet this year, because those happy holiday patterns could be hiding a dark secret.

    They could contain toxic metals.

    The new report finds that 70 percent of decorative cups, tumblers, wine glasses, and beer mugs contain lead, cadmium, or both.

    The metals were found in the paints and even in the glazes -- and that's not the worst part of it.

    Tests on the glassware found that, even under normal use, the decorative touches can develop tiny chips and fragments that can end up in your drink.
    These little flakes are so small that you may not notice them -- which means you could drink them, giving the metals a quick and easy route into your body.

    The highest levels were found in some of the most popular colors this time of year. Gold-leaf patterns and colored paints had the highest levels of lead, while enamels -- especially red enamels -- often had the highest levels of cadmium.

    In some cases, the glassware had 1,000 times the so-called "safe" limit of these dangerous metals.

    But let's face it: There's really no such thing as "safe" when it comes to this stuff. Lead can cause developmental problems in kids and serious health problems in adults, while cadmium can lead to cancer -- all starting, potentially, from your dishware!

    The study was done over in the United Kingdom, but you can bet the problem exists right here, as the same made-in-China junk is on sale all over the world these days.

    And while the research team focused on drinkware, I'd be just as wary of plates and bowls with decorative flourishes.

    I'm not here to ruin the mood of the season or even change how you decorate.

    You can always put these things on display and use plates and glasses without the decorative designs.

    That'll make your meals safer and cleanup a whole lot easier, too, since you won't have to wash all those fussy painted plates and mugs by hand.

  2. Lead hidden in cosmetics

    This secret source of lead could be destroying your health

    Ladies, I know you do your best to avoid toxic metals, even though it's not easy.

    To REALLY cut your exposure, you need to eat organic... filter your water... and carefully choose your fish.

    It takes a lot of time, plenty of effort, and -- for the organics at least -- a little extra cash.

    But all that time, effort, and money could be for nothing!

    There's a major source of toxins that many women are routinely exposed to -- and you might even be exposing yourself to it right now without even realizing it.

    Common cosmetics are loaded with dangerous chemicals and toxic metals, and many even contain LEAD.

    Now -- finally -- the FDA says it's getting ready to regulate lead levels in cosmetics.

    The agency claims it's not a big deal and most cosmetics sold in the United States are safe, but that's not exactly true.

    The agency's own tests in 2012 found trace levels of lead in some 400 lipsticks -- including some of the most popular brands on the market.

    Lead has also been found in skin creams, lotions, eye shadow, blush, and more.

    If you wear makeup or use cosmetics, odds are you've been exposed to at least some lead.

    The "experts" will tell you there's not much to worry about since only very small amounts of this metal can pass through skin.

    But lead can remain in your body for very long periods of time, so constant exposure to "small" amounts can add up fast.

    And it's not all coming in through your skin anyway. If there's lead in your lipstick -- and you're reapplying it throughout the day -- you could swallow some lead with every bite and sip.

    Likewise, lead in shampoo can get in your nose and mouth during your shower.

    You might be tempted to dismiss the risks anyway, since lead tends to be a bigger problem in children.


    Adults can suffer from lead exposure, too, including nerve damage and fatigue. I've certainly seen my share of patients suffering from chronic health problems that turned out to be the result of exposure to metals such as lead.

    So, don't wait for the FDA to get its act together on this one.

    If you use cosmetics, it's time to rethink the whole thing. You don't need to avoid all of them. You don't even need to avoid lipsticks and shampoos.

    But you do need to do a little homework.

    Get on the computer and hunt for information on what's really in your cosmetics... and make safer, smarter choices to limit your exposure to lead and other chemicals.

  3. Lead could be in your water, too

    Lead in the water isn’t just a problem in Flint. Around the country, water is testing positive for this dangerous metal and other contaminants.
  4. Lead exposure blocks learning in kids

    Low levels of exposure to lead can block development in childhood and slow learning -- and a new study shows how it can delay reading skills.
  5. Acupuncture and hypnosis proven to help quit smoking

    Acupuncture and hypnosis are proven to be more effective than patches, gums and even drugs at helping smokers to kick the tobacco habit.
  6. New attack on chelation is a threat to your mental health

    Exposure to toxic metals is often behind some of today's most common chronic conditions -- and there's one safe, proven, and effective way to rid the body of those metals. So naturally, it's coming under attack.
  7. You're slowly being poisoned

    Want a shock? Go get tested for heavy metals. Your jaw will drop when you see the results.
  8. How to avoid pancreatic cancer

    They're called "trace" elements for a reason: Tiny amounts of the right stuff can boost your health and save your life... while even a drop of the wrong stuff can end it. Now, the latest research shows how these same trace elements can play a major role in your risk of getting or avoiding one of the deadliest forms of cancer on the planet -- pancreatic cancer.

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