Examining Lead Levels in Herbal Remedies Some ancient Indian herbal remedies contain dangerous levels of heavy metals. A Boston doctor made the discovery when a patient turned up with lead poisoning, after taking some of the herbal supplements. But doctors who favor the remedies claim that if the drugs are prepared properly, they should never contain toxic metals -- and are great healing agents. NPR's Joseph Shapiro reports.
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Examining Lead Levels in Herbal Remedies

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Some ancient Indian herbal remedies contain dangerous levels of heavy metals. A Boston doctor made the discovery when a patient turned up with lead poisoning, after taking some of the herbal supplements. But doctors who favor the remedies claim that if the drugs are prepared properly, they should never contain toxic metals — and are great healing agents. NPR's Joseph Shapiro reports.