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Lead Water Pipes Bad For Us But......

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Lead Water Pipes Bad For Us But......

So years ago we were told lead water pipes were bad our health.
Now we get:-
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A lifetime of too much copper in our diets may be contributing to Alzheimer's disease, US scientists say.
The latest study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences showed high levels of copper left the brain struggling to get rid of a protein thought to cause the dementia.

Though they do go on to say that one study seemed to show the opposite.
Seems a double whammy. Copper pipes = Alzheimer's  More than one shower a day = Heavy metal poisoning
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-23755037
Sitting unwashed watching the telly, drinking beer, the new healthy option? Smiley

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Re: Lead Water Pipes Bad For Us But......

I got heavy metal poisoning many years ago as a teenager - I still listen to some heavy stuff to date Wink
On a more serious note, I've been an electronics engineer for a couple of decades and I've probably consumed more lead and copper than your average home owner.
It could explain my appalling memory .........
Community Gaffer
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Re: Lead Water Pipes Bad For Us But......

My house is mostly lead piping.
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Re: Lead Water Pipes Bad For Us But......

Quote from: Kelly
mostly lead piping.

I still have some in mine. As I understand it, it's safe in hard water areas.
Probably safer than copper.
For this week anyway. Smiley
Thunderclap
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Re: Lead Water Pipes Bad For Us But......

So what about plastic water pipes? According to the Internet traces of plastic in water are perfectly safe, provided they are not consumed with Fluoride, which is in toothpaste. As Spaniards visiting England are told "No beba el agua!" [ Don't drink the water ]

Razer
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Re: Lead Water Pipes Bad For Us But......

Quote from: Kelly
My house is mostly lead piping.

You live in lead piping, mostly? Tongue
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According to the Internet traces of plastic in water are perfectly safe, provided they are not consumed with Fluoride, which is in toothpaste.

And water. At least, the main supply which may flow through these perfectly safe plastic pipes. Mind, you did say 'according to the internet'. ...
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Re: Lead Water Pipes Bad For Us But......

And I always thought it was Aluminium Pans that were the chief culprit .
Razer
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Re: Lead Water Pipes Bad For Us But......

Sorry, read that as 'Alumimium Pants'. :S
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Re: Lead Water Pipes Bad For Us But......

If you have lead pipes and hard water, the calcium carbonate reacts with the lead.
Lead carbonate is insoluble in water.