Lead is a naturally-occurring heavy metal abundant in the earth’s crust. It’s also an incredibly toxic metal that can wreak havoc on the human body, even in tiny amounts.
Back in the 1970’s, lead poisoning was a leading topic of conversation, along with the war in Viet Nam and post-mortem Elvis sightings. Back then, researchers discovered that an astonishing 77 percent of children in the US had high levels of lead in their bloodstream. Since lead can have a profound and harmful effect on children’s developing brains, an alarm was sounded. The primary source at that time was household paint. Lead was a common ingredient back then, because it helps paint adhere to walls, last longer, dry faster, and resist water better.
Health Freedom Alliance, 12 April 2016
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