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Health Effects

Whether it's inhaled, swallowed, or, more rarely, absorbed through the skin (just by touching a product that contains lead), lead can act as a poison. You cannot smell or taste lead. It is not visible to the naked eye. Lead is particularly dangerous because once it gets into a person's system, it is distributed throughout the body just like helpful minerals such as iron, calcium, and zinc.

How Can Lead Be Harmful and Dangerous?

The health hazards primarily related to high levels of lead in the blood stream are:

  • memory loss
  • difficult pregnancies
  • headaches
  • digestive problems
  • muscle and joint pain
  • slowed or stunted growth
  • hearing problems
  • high blood pressure and reproductive problems
  • damage to the brain and central nervous system
  • behavior and learning disorders such as hyperactivity
  • irritability
  • sleep problems
  • memory loss
  • loss of appetite
  • kidney dysfunction
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