Something in the Water
By: Hannah Heitz
Childhood lead poisoning has both physical and cognitive effects. Parents describe a lack of physical growth and cognitive delays in children, which will have a cascadinge effect on their future development, such as decreased growth and lower IQ. Aims are now focused on minimizing damage; good nutrition can decrease absorption of toxins like lead, so diets high in vitamin C, iron, and calcium are recommended. This advice seems simple, but Flint has little access to grocery stores—another burden on the poverty-stricken community.
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