Massive Amount of Lead Discovered in San Franciscan's Herbal Remedy

San Francisco Department of Public Health

Lead is bad for people, and it's particularly bad for children, older folks, and anyone with kidney problems. So when a 60-year-old South Asian man walked into Dr.Vivek Bhalla's office with diabetes and kidney disease, and his lead levels tested three times higher than what's acceptable, that was a big problem.

It became crucial to find out how the lead poisoning was getting into the man's body, and Dr. Bhalla, at the time working at San Francisco General Hospital, enlisted an investigator from the San Francisco Department of Public Health to figure it out.

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