Folk remedy linked to baby’s high lead levels


Massachusetts - The specialists at Boston Children’s Hospital were stumped. Usually when they encounter children with high levels of lead in their blood, the culprit is chipped, lead-based paint in families’ homes or yards. But disease trackers found no problematic paint in the home of a six-month old infant with elevated lead levels. The case is prompting an alert from federal health officials about the risk of heavy metal poisoning from folk remedies found in many immigrant cultures.

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Courtesy: Kay Lazar, Globe Staff

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