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Roman Empire iStock 1064742958In an article from the Washington Post, it was reported that “in 1983, a Canadian research scientist, Jerome Nriagu, examined evidence of the diets of 30 Roman emperors and "usurpers" who reigned between 30 B.C. and 220 A.D. Nriagu concluded that 19 "had a predilection to the lead-tainted" food and wine popular then and probably suffered from lead poisoning, as well as a form of gout.”

They continued that “a team of archaeologists and scientists examined how lead pipes contaminated ancient Roman "tap water." By measuring lead isotopes in the sediment of the Tiber River and Trajanic Harbor, they estimated that the piped water probably contained 100 times as much lead as local spring water.”

More recently an article in Forbes reported that “Archaeological Skeletons From London Prove Some Romans Were Lead Poisoned” Writing in the journal Archaeometry, lead author Sean Scott of the University of Wisconsin-Madison along with an international team composed of Martin Shafer, Kate Smith, Joel Overdier, Barry Cunliffe, Thomas Stafford, and Philip Farrell detail their novel method for identifying lead (Pb) levels from ancient skeletons and the results they obtained. The team hopes to be able to extend their methodology to study more skeletons in the future, from other parts of the Roman Empire. Specifically, Scott tells me he’s interested in figuring out whether there was more lead exposure in rural or in urban communities, and whether it is possible to see lead exposure in multiple generations of families buried in the same cemetery. “Doing similar studies to what we have done in other large Roman settlements could keep one busy for a long time!” he concludes. While the question of the effects of lead poisoning on the Roman Empire is far from settled, Scott and colleagues’ research adds to the growing body of scientific data drawn from multiple sources that show human-created lead pollution was a serious problem two thousand years ago.

In recent decades, lead poisoning has become a widespread concern through the lead-based paint crisis.

Dangers of Lead Paint

Healthy Homes estimates that between 25% and 40% of homes throughout the U.S. still contain lead-based paint. In other words, there are thousands, perhaps even millions of families at risk of health concerns related to lead paint.

Both adults and children are at risk of experiencing serious symptoms associated with lead paint exposure. Small children may become exposed if they happen to ingest cracked or peeling chips of paint containing lead. They may also be tempted to chew on surfaces containing lead paint, such as window sills. In addition, both children and adults can experience exposure since lead paint creates a talc-like powdery substance as it deteriorates, which puts you at risk of inhalation. Attempting to remove lead paint on your own can exacerbate these issues.

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The good news is, homeowners and residential contractors alike can manage lead paint removal with our NEW & IMPROVED Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® Lead Paint Sealant and Treatment Formula is your solution. Fortunately, ECOBOND® - Lead Defender® serves as part of a well-planned program. When sealing & painting over lead paint becomes a necessity, our product will treat paint containing lead when applications remain on walls. If removing paint from those walls is necessary, lead dust is effectively rendered as non-hazardous and safe for removal.

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In our LeadDefender formula, Bitrex® creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest. Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials.

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When Iggy and Kapoor discover a patient might be suffering from lead poisoning, they are forced to take on the city.

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Lead Paint News Stories: Milwaukee and Sherwin-Williams Engaged in Legal Battle Over Lead Poisoning

Lead Paint in the news single newspaper 18452When we hear about increased risk of lead poisoning in industrial cities, most of us think of old black and white photographs of the days before regulations and protections that were designed to keep workers and residents safe from things like heavy metals. However, what a lot of us forget is that it wasn't very long ago that companies were producing lead-heavy products, and that the public was readily using them every, single day. That's why in cities like Milwaukee, Wisconsin, New York and others, there is still a higher-than-average rate of lead poisoning among the population in general, but especially among their youngest generations.

That's why, according to Journal Sentinel, the city is engaged in a rather heated court battle with paint producer Sherwin-Williams over their contribution to the city's current condition.

Decades of Harmful Paint to Blame?

Milwaukee children have more than three times the national average level in their blood tests, and that is a serious problem. The city contends that peeling and flaking lead paint (which is often lurking in older homes, and which has been in place for decades) is largely to blame for this. The paint company, by contrast, argues that a majority of the blame should be laid on the lead pipes found throughout the city, and not on anything produced by their company over the years.

While there is no denying that lead exposure from any source is bad, the question currently being decided in Milwaukee seems to be one that is being faced all across the country; namely, which lead source do you try to grapple with first? Because while we've seen it's possible to prevent lead leaching into water, it is significantly more difficult to clean up lead-based paint. Not only that but lead paint can easily affect a huge area if it isn't properly controlled when it's being cleaned up. That process is neither cheap nor easy, which is one reason Sherwin-Williams is being taken to court for the money to help handle these costs.

Why was lead used in paint to begin with? The hazards of lead exposure and its effects on the body are understood by scientists and health officials today. However, it was an unfortunate journey to get to the understanding we have at the present. With the severe consequences lead can have on the body, it may seem foolish that lead was ever used in paints to begin with.

While it was never greatly understood, lead was somewhat known to have adverse effects on the body. It was used in things like face powders, mascaras, food seasonings, wine preservation, and even an informal birth control method in early times. It wasn't recognized as a poison, but it was being documented to the link of health problems like grey hair, dried-out skin, severe abdominal pain, and constipation. It was assumed as dangerous only if used in high amounts.

Focusing in on the use of lead in paint though; it had a variety of seemingly positive effects. Different lead compounds were added to paint to create various pigments. Some examples are the use of white lead to paint wooden surfaces in the home, or a vivid yellow could be created from lead chromate colored pigment. Lead was used to create pigment because it was highly opaque, meaning only a small amount was needed.

Lead wasn't just used for creating perfect shades. A heavy metal additive also made the paint more durable, more water resistant, and even decreased drying times.

Long term exposure in small amounts wasn't known to have adverse effects. After some time a "voluntary standard" was constructed to discourage too much lead exposure in short increments of time. However, we now have the research behind and the recognition of lead poisoning. Even small amounts are considered a health risk. It first became clear when it was shown to have adverse effects originating from kids' items produced with lead. This was especially detrimental when kids could have oral exposure and ingest the lead (chewing on toys or crib bars). It was then thought it could still be used in spaces like walls and cabinets safely due to the lesser risk of exposure.

However, children were still sustaining the effects of lead and being tested for lead in blood, with unfortunate results. This evolved into a better understanding of how paint chips and paint debris transfers. The new understanding brought on the banning of lead as a paint ingredient.

Due to lead being used in paint for some time, the issue with lead paint is still occurring to this day. Many people are still unaware of the exposure they or their children presently have. Lead has serious health consequences like developmental delays, abdominal pain, headaches, constipation, fatigue, behavioral/neurological changes, and could even present with no apparent symptoms at first, yet still be fatal. This is why the treatment of lead paint and professional, proper clean up and remediation is vital.

Childhood Lead Exposure Is Still Hurting People Decades Later

Lead poisoning is an extremely dangerous and very real problem that affects the lives of many people throughout the world, and unfortunately, is most commonly found in our homes, schools and other places where we should feel safest. Children often stand the risk of lead exposure from paint most of all, but lead particles can easily be ingested by anyone. However, lead exposure at an early age can be particularly dangerous, as it is the cause of many lasting and serious problems, from anemia, to learning disabilities, to so much more.

But, according to the EPA, there are scientific and technological solutions to solve this lead problem, and they are working with several other departments like Health and Human Services to find them. Together, these organizations are conducting research in many areas of the issue, from finding ways to reduce lead exposure, to researching exactly how to identify and control lead hazards. Scientific discoveries may have shown us the various health consequences our children face from lead poisoning, but now scientific discoveries are taking us down a road of combating and kicking this toxic substance to the curb. By working together to continue to solve this health crisis, we can turn it completely around, and advance toward a healthier, brighter future for children and everyone around the world.

So, what ever became of all the children affected by harmful levels of lead? As adults, are the millions of former lead-poisoned victims still dealing with the consequences of societal carelessness? A recent study initiated by some New Zealand professors carefully analyzed a large group of people who had been diagnosed with lead poisoning as young children; the conclusion revealed something shocking that reinforces the seriousness of proper lead management today.

The investigation was originally published on January 23, 2019 in an article called, "Association of Childhood Lead Exposure With Adult Personality Traits and Lifelong Mental Health". The research followed the lives of over 1000 children for over 30 years, 579 of which were lead-affected at a young age. Of the 579, even after the lead poisoning had been recognized and dealt with early in life, the impact continued to influence the minds, emotions, and behavior of the children well into middle-aged adulthood.

Learning from the Past

It is more important than ever to take lead poisoning seriously in our culture! Carelessness now can result in poor life outcomes, psychopathology, health problems, and even relationship problems for the next generation. Whether it's old paint that needs to be removed, or contaminated soil that needs to be cleaned, we can each play a valuable role in making this world a safer place for ourselves and our children.

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James M. Barthel, creator of the ECOBOND® family of products commented, “We feel a tremendous responsibility to manufacture products that go beyond the intended traditional use. We have adopted the mantra: ‘Why Just Paint When You Can Paint With a PURPOSE?’ When considering the worldwide problems associated with lead, smoke and odors, there are very real health impacts associated with them. It makes us feel great that our eco-friendly products are making a difference in protecting human health.”

To combat the lead paint problem, their ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® product seals and actually treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint. Barthel continued, “the lead problem came in a paint can - the solution can too! We know that ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® is so much more than just paint. Infusing our lead paint treatment formulation in a patented Paint-it-on Leave-it-on® application, our customers enjoy peace of mind from the dangers of lead paint. We feel honored to be part of the solution, especially when we consider the additional purpose in protecting children and families by including an additional layer of protection in our treatment. Bitrex® is the bitterest substance known and is added to ECOBOND® to reduce accidental ingestion of potentially harmful materials. Bitrex® creates an added safety barrier to further protect children from lead poisoning by reducing the amount of paint chips or dust a child may ingest.”

To combat the widespread problem of smoke, odor and fumes from the effects of cigarette smoke, pot smoke, and fire as well as pet odors ECOBOND® OdorDefender® is their professional-grade eco-friendly, odor-blocking paint sealing & blocking dangerous odors.

Barthel said, “During our research and development of ECOBOND® OdorDefender® we came across research from the National Institute of Health who found that over time, pollutants and odors from tobacco and pot smoke as well as pet odors, collect and concentrate on surfaces creating an unpleasant, potentially unsafe indoor air quality condition and could cause significant health risks. These toxic brews, called ThirdHand Smoke, can then reemit back into the air and recombine to form harmful compounds that remain at high levels long after smoking has stopped occurring. An independent laboratory study conducted by Air Sciences, Inc. verified that ECOBOND® OdorDefender® successfully reduced Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) by 92.3%! We have now begun collaborating with researchers from several Universities devoted to Thirdhand smoke research who are very excited about our solution.”

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A study, provided first to POLITICO, estimates that 15.2 million students were enrolled in school districts that discovered lead-based paint in their buildings. Lead from paint, including lead-contaminated dust, is among the most common causes of lead poisoning, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Exposure is particularly hazardous for children, whose growing bodies absorb more than adults, the report notes.


  1. This is a relevant issue - Lead paint is often seen as an issue of past times. Lead paint was an issue mostly from the 1970s, and the use of it was banned in 1978. Many structures, buildings, houses, property management, schools, etc... have worked to remove lead paint from their establishments. This news story shows that lead paint is very much still around and still needs to be taken as a serious concern right now. 
  2. This is dangerous - Exposure to lead dust and lead paint is dangerous to anyone. The CDC states that lead exposure can affect nearly every system in the body. Seeing a story like this appear in an elementary classroom setting though is what sparked much shock. The CDC also points out that "exposure to lead can seriously harm a child's health, including damage to the brain and nervous system, slowed growth and development, learning and behavior problems, and hearing and speech problems".   
  3. This is preventable - Because of the inadequate responsibility, schools now are having to address relocation, remediation, and potential health issues with the students (and upset parents). This could be prevented with proper lead cleanup from a contractor and ensuring there wasn't a source of lead exposure, to begin with. 
  4. There are valid cost-effective solutions: Lead paint can be effectively remediated and treated. When done properly there is no health risk, and the buildings can be used as intended. A contractor who is suitable should have experience, is compliant with EPA and HUD requirements, and makes safety a priority, can ensure these issues do not occur. 

Whether you are a homeowner or landlord, you will typically have three options when dealing with lead paint:

  1. Abatement (this is the most expensive)
  2. EPA-approved Interim Controls such as encapsulation, or regular latex paint.
  3. Treatment-this is the safest and most cost-effective option.

Understand The Lead Paint Treatment Options

Removing the lead paint danger completely from the home often does take more time and money than encapsulating, but it is a much better long-term solution to lead, especially if children under the age of 6 visit your home or live in your home. Lead is a dangerous neurotoxin, especially to young children.

Encapsulation is a viable method for areas that are free of contaminants, cracks, and moisture. They must be applied at a specific humidity and temperature. The disadvantages are that the encapsulant may peel off and expose lead paint, leaks may damage encapsulants, and they require constant maintenance and monitoring to ensure that they are not leaking dangerous lead into the environment.

Regular Latex paint may seem like a good option since it is cheap, but while you may feel good that you covered up the problem, the lead is still there. Plain latex paint temporarily covers the lead paint issue, but as you can imagine, the dangers lurking under the surface quickly re-surface!


Our lead paint treatment product does more than just “encapsulate” the lead and of course is the better option over regular latex paint with no protection whatsoever.

ECOBOND® - LeadDefender® seals and treats the lead and lead dust in lead-based paint, the molecules in our paint chemically bond to the lead when in contact with it, rendering the threat of airborne particles or damaged surfaces dramatically reduced. That way you know that your family is safer--and you'll save some money looking at thousands of dollars in costly removal fees. And we all know that when you're considering the safety of your family, nothing short of the best will do.   

ECOBOND® Paint LLC is the Premier Provider of Environmental Products focused on protecting human health from the dangers of lead. Enjoy Greater Peace of Mind from the Dangers of Lead Paint When You Use Our Proven & Patented ECOBOND® Family of Environmental Paints! Now includes Bitrex® a bitter-tasting additive to discourage oral contact!

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