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 my background. Substandard housing conditions such as pest infestation, the presence of lead paint, faulty plumbing and overcrowding, which disproportionately affect low-income and minority families, lead to health problems such as asthma, lead poisoning, heart disease, and neurological disorders, according to Brookings. These problems occur across America – in cities as well as suburbs and rural areas.”
“I can tell you that lead poisoning irreversibly affects brain and nervous system development, resulting in lower intelligence and reading disabilities.”