Moonshine often contains lead. Yep, you read that correctly. You see, there are no regulations whatsoever when it comes to the still (or anything else) in which the moonshine is produced. Often lead leaks into the moonshine from the still. The lead then enters the drinker’s body, and can lead to mild or severe damage (depending on the amount) to the reproductive, nervous, circulatory, and urinary systems. Thus, organs connected with each of these systems can be damaged severely by the intake of lead in moonshine.
It is not uncommon for moonshine to contain a considerable amount of lye. When lye enters the human body, it immediately begins “digesting”–breaking down cell walls. It “digests” fat, it “digests” skin, and it “digests” other tissue as well–including that of any organs it might reach. Lye, therefore, in generous amounts, can have a profoundly damaging effect on one’s organs.
Another odd substance that is not uncommon in moonshine is formaldehyde. Formaldehyde that enters the body can do harm to the body’s largest organ, especially–the skin. At its mildest, it can cause irritation, swelling, or a burning sensation. At worst, drinking the stuff bring death to the drinker–a condition that certainly “damages” each and every bodily organ!
Yes, you read that subtitle correctly. Because moonshine is so often concocted in rural, concealed, sometimes barn-like conditions, chemical fertilizer can easily find its way into the mixture. In fact, this happens frequently. When chemical fertilizer enters the body, it can have a profoundly damaging effect on numerous organs–including the brain. In fact, chemical fertilizer has recently been linked to brain cancer.