Vincent van Gogh certainly had his issues (to put it mildly), but now some researchers think they may have found a reason why the painter was apparently in the habit of licking his used brushes, which were coated in lead paint.  Lead poisoning, as we now know, results in a range of symptoms ranging from;

  • arthritis
  • stomach pains
  • uric burps
  • and a range of neurological afflictions, including the depression and delusions with which the great Impressionist is now so closely associated.

There were health risks in the painterly profession was well known as far back as the 1700s, though the cause—chronic exposure to lead via their beloved paints—remained unknown until recent times.  In 1897, about half of all American municipalities used lead pipes to distribute water. Employing data from Massachusetts, this paper compares infant death rates in cities that used lead water pipes to rates in cities that used nonlead pipes. In the average town in 1900, the use of lead pipes increased infant mortality by 25 to 50 percent.(1)


The Toxic Effects of Lead
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
Spain 1746 – 1828 France (d. 82)
Deaf Man
This image is sometimes considered to be a kind of self-portrait.  If so, the shouting figure (described variously as a demon or other creature) cannot penetrate past the old man's (Goya?) deaf ears.

MARYLAND: Spanish quixotic artist Francisco Goya was the most central and known Spanish artist of late 18th and early 19th centuries.  In 1793, an acute and undiagnosed syndrome left him wholly deaf at the age of 46.  For years, scholars had a hunch that he might had had lead poisoning due to paints or gone through bacterial meningitis or syphilis.  However, at last following 200 years, savants finally managed to expose the exact disease that troubled the Spanish painter, which is an autoimmune illness known as Susac’s syndrome that affected his hearing. Following a stroke which left him paralyzed on his right side, Goya died and was buried on 16 April 1828 at the age of 82.(1)

What exactly is Susac’s syndrome?
It is an exceptional condition that triggers folks’ immune structure to influence small blood vessels in the brain, retina and inner ear.  Adverb headaches, trouble in thoughts, psychiatric concerns and loss of vision, balance and hearing are the most widespread symptoms of this chaos.  As per the panel of investigators from the University of Maryland in the US, Goya went through the symptoms such as headaches, giddiness, hallucinations, vision troubles and ringing in his ears.
Harboring on the matter, author of study from the said varsity, Ronna Hertzano holds that Susac’s syndrome has the potential to cause permanent hearing loss.  Following a stroke which left him paralyzed on his right side, Goya died and was buried on 16 April 1828 at the age of 82.(1)
Now we know what was the cause of Spanish painter Goya’s deafness?
By News Desk - Wednesday, May 3, 2017 10:30 pm
When Francisco Goya was a deaf man in his 70s, he painted the "Black Paintings" directly onto the walls of his home, all unnamed, and they include some of his most important works. The Spanish painter Francisco Goya became deaf after an acute illness. Vincent van Gogh experienced weakness, abdominal pain, and delirium. The Brazilian painter Candido Portinari suffered from a decade-long illness followed by a stroke.

The Toxic Effects of Fluoride

In addition to the well documented toxic effects of fluoride such as the risk to the brain, thyroid, bones, and kidney patients;

Fluoride dosages of 1 part per million, found in Artificially Fluoridated Water (public water supply):

  • Worsen arthritis
  • Can inhibit enzyme systems
  • Damage the immune system
  • Contribute to calcification of soft tissues
  • Cause dental fluorosis in children. These are unsightly white, yellow or brown spots that are found in teeth exposed to fluoride during childhood. In 1993, the Subcommittee on Health Effects of Ingested Fluoride of the National Research Council admitted that 8% to 51% and  sometimes up to 80% of the children living in fluoridated areas have dental fluorosis. Malnourished people, particularly children, usually targeted for fluoridation, are at  greater risks to experience fluoride’s harmful effects. 97% of western Europe has chosen fluoride free water.
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