Lead is a soft metal that is toxic to the brain and nervous system of a developing fetus and child. It is most often found in old paint, the pipes of old homes built before the mid-1950s, and some consumer products.
Last updated: November 25, 2021 at 11 a.m.
Following a report of lead poisoning, Toronto Public Health is warning that products sold by Kerela Ayurvedic & Natural Herbal Consultation in Toronto, ON, are unauthorized and may pose serious health risks. Please read Health Canada’s Advisory (also available in French).
If you purchased any Ayurvedic medicines from this location or ordered from this clinic and had product shipped directly to your home immediately stop using these medicines and consult with your primary caregiver. Please call Toronto Health Connection 416-338-7600 for additional support and information.
Ayurveda is a form of traditional medicine originating in India and South Asia. In addition to lifestyle modification and other therapies, Ayurvedic medicine (as well as other traditional and herbal medications) can also involve the ingestion of preparations that have been documented to contain heavy metals, particularly lead, mercury and arsenic.
Lead toxicity from Ayurvedic medicine use has been well-documented.
Persons with elevated blood lead levels may appear asymptomatic or may exhibit a range of signs and symptoms. These include:
Chronic lead exposure can have long term effects, including chronic interstitial nephritis or “lead nephropathy”, increased risk of hypertension, adverse reproductive effects, and neurological deficits related to learning, attention and development, especially in children.
For more information please see the Public Health Ontario Fact Sheet on Lead Exposure from Ayurvedic Medicines.