Lead Poisoning

Lead hazards can come from lead-based paint, old water pipes, and imported candies or cosmetics. Lead affects the central nervous system and can interfere with the production of hemoglobin (which is needed to carry oxygen to cells) and with the body’s ability to use calcium. Effects of excessive lead exposure include lowered IQ, learning disabilities and behavioral problems. Seizures, coma and even death can occur from very high levels of lead.