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  QUESTION: Testing for lead stored in bones. Lead & renal function, 19 Oct 2004, Tasmania Australia

I started working in the automotive Radiator Repair industry in 1982 when I was 16yrs old. I continued to work in this industry until 1996 when I was advised by my doctor to stop working or I would be dead in 2yrs.

I had an hair analysis test done this year which indicated that I had no stored lead levels. Because of the storage nature of lead poisoning in the bones, organs, nervous system etc. Is there a more accurate test conducted to indicate if there is still stored lead in the bones?

I have numerous health ailments: high blood pressure, acute anxiety, bipolar/unipolar (leaning mainly toward the depression side), Spinal (especially lower back) and muscular pain, cholesterol disorder (unable to properly breakdown cholesterol), I have numerous other symptoms common for people who have had lead poisoning. Now my doctor is suggesting that I have diabetes which I had the blood test done today showing that I have high sugar levels in my blood, I will get confirmation of these results from my doctor on Friday. Is there a link between lead poisoning and diabetes?

Thank you for any information that you could send me.


ANSWER: 19 Oct 2004

Dear Sir & Madam,

many apologies for the delay in responding to your email but I'm the only lead advisor here and there are many enquiries.

The best article that I have found on how to test for lead in the body is by a Canadian nurse called Kelly O'Grady who founded "The First 6 Years" formerly known as Lead Environmental Awareness and Detection l.e.a.d.. See - and if you go to an Australian website -  Practitioner Listing - you may be able to find a doctor in your area who has been trained by the Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine (ACNEM) to carry out the lead provocation test. Unfortunately, bone XRF is not at this time available in Australia but if you happen to be travelling to Canada or the United States, I could give you the contact details of clinics there where bone XRF testing is available.

I do not know of a link between lead poisoning and diabetes but I have attached a number of articles on lead exposure and renal function. I hope this helps and I'd be glad if you could let me know how you progress and whether there are any other referrals or articles you'd like.

Yours Sincerely
Elizabeth O'Brien

Also see: Health Impacts of Lead Poisoning

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