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  QUESTION: Chelating doctors in Brisbane, 03 Nov 2003, Queensland Australia

Dear Lead,

A few years ago I lost a dear friend to suicide after two years of mental illness - her 4 times the safe level of lead in her blood being ignored until I researched it myself in desperation and highlighted all her symptoms and gave it to her doctors, unfortunately it was too late for her. She used to work in petrol stations - pumping petrol since she was a young teen - her boss suicided 12 months before she did for 'unknown reasons'.

Now I hear a family member who works in a battery factory has lead levels of 41 (not sure of the unit of measure) after 12 months of working in the factory. He said he went from 0 to 25 to 41 as they do blood testing at the site. He's experiencing mood swings, feeling generally unwell and his family are concerned the lead is making him ill.

In the latter stages of my friend's life we heard about a doctor in Brisbane who treated lead poisoning with some sort of detoxification - can you please tell me if you know contact details for such a doctor so I can pass it on so he can get help without having to go through the ignorant blundering that my friend did. Any assistance you can offer will be greatly appreciated, and thank you for providing such a service to the community.

Regards Jenny Wishart

ANSWER: 03 Nov 2003

Dear Jenny,

In our database we have 5 Brisbane doctors who have been trained by ACNEM (Australasian College of Nutritional and Environmental Medicine) to carry out chelation therapy. Please find up-to-date info on who is doing chelation treatment in your area QLD Referrals; or  Practitioner Listing - then clicking on your state, then hold down Ctrl while pressing F, then type the word chelation into the Find facility. Click Next or press Enter to work your way through all the chelating doctors in current practice.

I should add that although doctors who chelate at blood lead levels less than 70 micrograms per decilitre usually don't tell you that you can claim the cost from Medicare, another lead poisoned worker wrote to the Health Insurance Commission and found out that anyone having intravenous chelation performed by a doctor (NOT just in a clinic by a phlebotomist or nurse for instance) can claim it from Medicare.

I wish your friend the best of luck. I'd be very interested to hear any other information you have (eg test results, symptoms etc) on any of these three people you wrote about.

Elizabeth O'Brien

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