Lead and health effects

Lead is a naturally occurring toxic metal found in the Earth’s crust. Its widespread use has resulted in extensive environmental contamination, human exposure and significant public health problems in many parts of the world.Lead is, however, lead is also used in many other products, for example pigments,  jewelry, toys and in some cosmetics and traditional medicines. Lead can have serious consequences for the health of children. At high levels of exposure, lead attacks the brain and central nervous system to cause coma, convulsions and even death. Children who survive, severe lead poisoning may remain  a mental retardation and behavioral disorders. Lead exposure also causes anemia, hypertension, renal impairment, immunotoxicity and toxicity to the reproductive organs.
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