Lead is a naturally-occurring element that has many beneficial properties and a corresponding widespread use. It also, unfortunately, has the ability to damage human health. Let's look at this age-old metal in order to understand lead's history, its properties, which populations are at risk, and what we can do to reduce our exposures to lead.
Lead's availability in the earth's crust, ability to melt at relatively low temperatures, resist corrosion, and easily mold into various shapes and forms led to wide usage in ancient times. The early Romans heavily mined and smelted lead in order to make pipes, cooking pots and other everyday items.Read More