Lead poisons many people. It is especially bad for children. If lead gets into a child’s body, it could cause brain damage, kidney damage, hearing loss, growth problems, anemia or behavior problems.

Lead can be found anywhere. It is commonly found in paint, dust, soil, and water. Lead has been found in some traditional (folk) medicines used by East Indian, Indian, Middle Eastern, West Asian, and Hispanic cultures. Traditional medicines can contain herbs, minerals, metals, or animal products. Lead and other heavy metals are put into certain folk medicines on purpose because these metals are thought to be useful in treating some ailments.

Sometimes lead accidentally gets into the folk medicine during grinding, coloring, or other methods of preparation.

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