Lead-paint poisoning is still an issue that plagues children to this day. Phish drummer Jon Fishman and the city of Burlington's Lead Program are hosting a screening of a new documentary next week: MisLEAD: America's Secret Epidemic.
Fishman's son was diagnosed with elevated lead levels in his blood after his family moved into a 200-year-old farmhouse.
“We took [our son] to the pediatrician for his yearly checkup,” Fishman explains. “And they told us that he had slightly elevated lead levels … We figured it must be in the house some place. We had had other renovations done and dust had been stirred up in other parts that had been disturbed. The short of it is that after further investigation we realized [lead] was in the dust.”
Fishman did get a legal disclaimer stating that the home might have lead, however they were not fully aware of the risks.
“We don't really know what the damage is because the symptoms of it up [in young children],” says Fishman. “If there are damages, it would show up as delayed speech and different types of learning disabilities."
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