What is Lead Poisoning

Lead is one of the few natural properties that the human body has no acceptance for. According to the article it is really hard to dispose this kind of material and can lead to serious health problems. It is widely use on some industrial procedures. It is important to a lot of industries but the effect is evident on what is widely known to men as Lead poisoning. This is the reason behind American governments’ order to remove it from gasoline. It is the same reason why the paint industry is using pigment substitutes in manufacturing commercial paints.


Lead is one of the few natural properties that the human body has no acceptance for. According to the article it is really hard to dispose this kind of material and can lead to serious health problems. It is widely use on some industrial procedures. It is important to a lot of industries but the effect is evident on what is widely known to men as Lead poisoning. This is the reason behind American governments’ order to remove it from gasoline. It is the same reason why the paint industry is using pigment substitutes in manufacturing commercial paints.

With some medical proofs that the lead is harmful, in the Philippines there are still paint manufacturers who are using the materials in their production. There are some people taking the risk of reviving old batteries for cheaper cause and to make money out of that scrap material. They are not considering the harmful effects to their body all they are thinking is to make cash out of it.

Dense metaphyseal lines from lead poisoning (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Also coolant paints can add harmful effects to lead poisoning. With some medical prevention, it is still early to say that we can prevent lead poisoning. This is maybe the reason why some environmentalists are still after the ban. Though some curative tests are saying that it can be seen easily from blood test, some experts are saying that the symptoms are still quite hard to say because some lead poisoning symptoms are seen absorbed by into the tissues. If workers, like here in the Philippines are careless, they will not know if they are already poisoned by the lead substance.

Lead paint (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A lot of environmentalists are unconvinced with the effort some companies are doing in producing lead free paints. Though lead base paints are not used in residential places, the government is not yet sure if they already zero out the use of this material.

This article summarizes our thoughts of the effects of lead contact on children’s health, and explains why the focus of the pediatric and ecofriendly health groups has moved toward prevention of lead poisoning.  It discussed the probable risks that some of the vastly publicized “fresh” sources of lead contact pose to our children’s health, and the tendencies in lead poisoning rates in both the over-all population and in helpless populations all over the world.

Questions:

1.         What is the article about?

2.         Can you give the reasons of Lead poisoning?

3.         Where does Lead come from?

4.         What are the government’s stands on Lead poisoning?

5.         Why is lead a health problem?

6.         What are the possible sources of lead at home?

7.         How can we prevent lead poisoning?

8.         Why do you think some people are still using lead?

9.         What other alternatives do you think the people should do to prevent lead poisoning?

10.       Why do you think some environmentalists are unconvinced with the effort the government to prevent lead poisoning?

11.       Do you think the paint companies will ever stop producing lead based paints?

12.       Do you think it is acceptable in your country to stop using lead based paints in residential areas?

13.       How can the company change their production of paints to follow the government’s rule?

14.       Do you think your government is also making some ways to stop lead poisoning?

15.       Will you consider yourself an environmentalist? How can you help the government in promoting ways to avoid lead poisoning?

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