Category: News & Views

FDA Warns of High Levels of Lead in a Medicine Manufactured in India

As reported on August 7, 2017 on their website, The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is warning parents and caregivers not to use “Balguti Kesaria (or Kesaria Balguti) Ayurvedic Medicine” due to the risk of lead poisoning. The product is sold online and manufactured by multiple companies, including …

Baby Food Can Be a Source of Lead

As reported in the Salem, Oregon Statesman Journal on June 15, 2017, “Low levels of lead contaminate many of the foods Americans eat, including nearly all categories of baby food, a report by the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF) shows.” The EDF also reports that “no child get high …

Lead Can Poison Pets, Too

Children are not the only ones susceptible to lead poisoning. In an article published May 5, 2017 in the ‘Weekender’, Dr. Karsten Fostvedt writes “once in the body, lead can interfere with number of cellular functions. It can inhibit red-blood-cell production and may alter nerve transmission. Lead poisoning …

The Long Lasting Effects of Childhood Lead Poisoning

Childhood Exposure to Lead Can Blunt IQ for Decades A study reported in the March 28, 2017 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), suggests that exposure to lead as a child can affect an adult decades later and that there is a link between …

U.S. Cities Move to Curb Lead Poisoning following Reuters Report

As reported by Reuters on January 19, 2017, in towns and cities throughout the United States, “local leaders, health officials and researchers are advancing measures to protect children from the toxic threat. They include more blood-lead screening, property inspections, hazard abatement and community outreach programs.” (See Live Lead …

Dr. Ben Carson Speaks Out on Childhood Lead Poisoning

Dr. Ben Carson talks about the health results of lead poisoning and the primary source of lead hazards for children in his January 2017 testimony as Secretary-Designate of the Department of Housing and Urban Development. “There is a strong connection between housing and health, which is of course …

The “devil is in the dust”

A couple in Pennsylvania moved into a Victorian-style house built in 1925 in the Philadelphia Mount Airy neighborhood with their 3 year old son and soon discovered that lead poisoning knows no socioeconomic boundaries. Their son had invented a game that he called “sock soup,” which he “cooked” …

National Effort Launched to Eliminate Childhood Lead Poisoning

In the wake of the Flint crisis and increased national will to address childhood lead poisoning, the National Center for Healthy Housing and the National Safe and Healthy Housing Coalition convened over 100 organizations to launch a major program called “Find It, Fix It, Fund It: A Lead …

The Dream of Homeownership May become a Nightmare of Lead Hazards

As reported in the New York Times on December 26, 2016 in an article written by Alexandra Stevenson and Matthew Goldstein, “Seller-Financed Deals are Putting Poor People in Lead-Tainted Homes”. The articles went on to report that “Throughout the country, tens of thousands of rundown homes have been …