Dr. Landrigan discussed in the July issue of Earth Magazine how lead still appears in many products, particularly cosmetics, traditional medicines and folk remedies that are often lightly regulated. “We’ve made tremendous progress in this country against the traditional sources of lead,” says Dr. Philip Landrigan. But today, according to the CDC, more than half a million children in the U.S. are still affected by high blood lead levels, often from exposure to decades-old peeling paint, lead-polluted soils, or what scientists classify as “atypical sources,” a group that includes cosmetics and folk remedies. To continue making progress against lead poisoning, doctors and scientists need to determine where the metal is still slipping through the cracks into our everyday lives. To read the EARTH Magazine article click here.