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  QUESTION: Can you direct me to nutritional or other advice on treatment for lead poisoning? 31 Jul 2004, Queensland Australia

I'm intending to get lead levels tested for my small children as extensive renovations have been undertaken to my house. We lived on a busy road previously. Can you direct me to nutritional advice or other advice regarding action to lessen lead levels or treatment for lead poisoning.

Thanks for your assistance.
Marian Wheeler

ANSWER: 11 Aug 2004

Dear Marian,

You should immediately see your GP and get a blood lead test for you and your children.

Ensure that the children ingest adequate amounts of iron, calcium, zinc, Vitamin C, protein and Omega 3 fatty acids is a good way to deal with lead in the body and also helps reduce the rate of absorption of lead in the future. See the booklet "Fight Lead Poisoning with a Healthy Diet"

Lots of wet-cleaning and housekeeping methods which reduce dust and dirt on surfaces the children are in contact with are also important. See "Lead Aware Housekeeping" and if lead in water is likely to be an issue in your particular area (sorry I don't know the specifics) then a water lead test can't hurt.

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