Phish drum­mer warns par­ents of lead poi­son­ing after scare

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

LIN­COL­NVILLE, MAINE » The drum­mer for the band Phish is try­ing to raise lead poi­son­ing aware­ness after an alarm­ing ex­pe­ri­ence with his young son.

The Ban­gor Daily News re­ports Jon Fish­man and his wife, Briar, learned in 2014 that their tod­dler son had el­e­vated lev­els of lead in his sys­tem. The cou­ple says they had asked a con­trac­tor to test their 200-year-old Lin­col­nville farm­house for lead when they moved in in 2006 and were as­sured it was fine.

They say they have since spent $30,000 to re­place any sur­face with pos­si­ble lead paint in their house.

The drum­mer re­cently do­nated funds to help a doc­u­men­tary called “Mis­LEAD: Amer­ica’s Se­cret Epi­demic.”

Lead can cause se­ri­ous cog­ni­tive dis­abil­i­ties in chil­dren. The Fish­mans say they so far haven’t no­ticed any symp­toms in their son.

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