As stunning as this image looks, you would not cover your body in chemical paints and your would surely not add them to your food nor water! This issue of our newsletter is looking at the use of chemical paints in religious idols that get immersed into natural water bodies and the impact these cause on marine life.
Most chemical paints contain high levels of toxic ingredients. Lead, Mercury, Cadmium and Arsenic are some of these ... of which LEAD is the most toxic.
As per a report by the Delhi based NGO Toxics Link,
'Lead is readily inhaled or ingested in the body and can be found in blood, soft tissues and bones where it can remain for long periods. Lead disturbs calcium metabolism, and hinders the de- velopment of chemical communication between neu- rons in the brain and cellular activity.9 It tends to affect all systems within the body. At high levels (above 80 μg/dl of blood), it tends to cause convulsions, reproductive health problems (in men and women), digestive and high blood pressure prob- lems, nerve disorders, coma and even death. Lower levels of lead can have adverse effect on the central nervous system, kidney and blood cells. According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s Integrated Risk Information System Pro- file on lead and lead compounds, blood lead levels as low as 10 μg/dl can impair mental and physical development.'