A comment over at Respectful Insolence led me to this post by Mike O’Risal and the Associated Press article that inspired it.
The AP article reports that:
Health departments around the country say traditional medicines used by many immigrants from Latin America, India and other parts of Asia are the second most common source of lead poisoning in the U.S. surpassed only by lead paint and may account for tens of thousands of such cases among children each year.
Dozens of adults and children have become gravely ill or died after taking lead-laden medicine over the past eight years, according to federal and local health officials.
Read the whole article for the details and remember, there are good reasons why the life expectancy of people is significantly higher in places that use modern, regulated, evidence based medicine.