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QUESTION: If we have lead roof flashing & a cement rainwater tank, should the Dr test our blood lead? 07 Dec 2008 NSW, Australia


We live in a 1870's sandstone cottage and it was renovated about five years ago. Their was cement rendering done on the lounge and mine subsidence had cracked a lot of the walls. Also, we have a cement tank for our water.

I went to our doctor about a year ago and asked for lead testing however he refused to do it stating the test is very expensive and that our tank should not be a problem.

Do you think we should all be tested?

ANSWER: 09 Dec 2008

Hi Vicki,

Thanks for your email on Sunday and your phone call yesterday.

I would definitely ask the doctor again to test your blood lead level, your 8 year old son's and that of each of your other family members. It only costs $40 or so as long as the doctor does not also order the unnecessary and expensive ZPP test. Ask only for a whole blood lead estimate. If the doctor marks the test request for "Bulk Bill" then it will be free to you, so it cannot logically be called an "Expensive test".

I will send you our Info Pack with the latest research which helps you to interpret what your blood lead results mean. Please feel free to forward it to your doctor. They really have no other way of keeping up with the research and many medical degrees barely touch on the topic of lead (or nutrition). I'll also send you our Nutrition Info pack in case you need it.

You can use one of our DIY-sampling kits for the cheapest available lead analysis of your tankwater. Just phone or email me your credit card details and phone number.

All the best and let me know how you go.

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth O’Brien

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