Lead containing paint, a boon to home-construction before 1978 when it was banned from the market, is yet a major health concern to those who purchase, or rent, older homes and/or who work at certain industrial sites. According to the U.S. EPA, or Environmental Protection Agency, "lead is a pollutant" that is "regulated by laws administered by the EPA," such as the Toxic Substances Control Act, and the Residential Lead-Based Paint Hazard Reduction Act of 1992 (Title X).
Although lead is a naturally occurring element and is used in many helpful products ("ceramics, pipes, plumbing supplies, solders, batteries, ammunition, cosmetics"), it is poisonous when ingested (eaten or breathed) by humans at levels that appear at more than 5 micrograms per deciliter of blood--the new government testing standard. (CDC)
Children under the age of 5 are especially vulnerable to the negative effects of lead containing paint, because their "growing bodies absorb more lead" than do those of adults, and because their "brains and nervous systems are more sensitive." Babies--who enjoy putting items into their mouths--are even more likely to take in the toxins within lead dust from paint. And, pregnant women who undergo too much lead exposure risk miscarriages, and premature births.
Children suffering from lead containing paint poisoning, according to the Mayo Clinic online, display the following symptoms:
- learning problems
- delays in normal development
- "sluggishness and fatigue"
- low appetite and weight reduction
- stomach problems, including pain, constipation and vomiting
Adult poisoning from, perhaps, lead containing paint, shows itself as:
- HBP, or high blood pressure
- stomach distress
- joint and muscle discomfort
- reduced "mental functioning"
- "numbness or tingling" in hands and/or feet
- mood and memory problems
- severe headaches
Because of these life-damaging health issues--and because lead containing paint is yet "present in millions of homes" (on windows, sills, doors, frames, stairs, railings, and porches), workplaces, and the dust that is "tracked in...from the soil outside"(industrial pollution)--powerful remedies are always needed.
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