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  QUESTION: Issues concerning Chelation, hair test and neurological disorders, 20 Sep 2005, New South Wales Australia

My wife has recently been diagnosed with lead and mercury poisoning. Initial (blood) test however did not show metal poisoning and therefore neurologists expected she had MS. An MRI scan showed white spots on her brain, although not a typical MS pattern.
My wife than had a hair sample tested in the USA that showed high lead and mercury levels. She is currently on a strict diet and hopes to start her "chelation" (de-toxication) in the next few months.

The lead poisoning has probably happened when we renovated our house three years ago. My wife did strip off lead paint. At that time our three kids were 3, 8 and 9 years old. Although we believe we stripped the paint in a responsible way (we sealed the doors; we bought a special vacuum cleaner that keeps the lead dust in the filter; we wore masks) we are a bit concerned. We will probably have our children tested on lead.
My questions:

* we are advised my wife can be cured from her metal poisoning through chelation (or celation ; this is a detoxification). Is that correct? Is there any other way to get rid of the metals in the body?

*Is a blood test sufficient or should we have our children's hair tested (again, my wife had no lead in her blood, but high levels were discovered through the hair test!)
*No neurologist has been able to link my wife's white spots on her brain (on the MRI scan). Does lead poisoning causes neurological symptoms, ie are these spots related to her metal poisoning?

*I read in the paper your subsidy is drying up. I would like to make a small donation (from our own experience we now appreciate how vital your advise is for a safer future). Please advise me how I can make a donation.

ANSWER: 11 Oct 2005

Hi Jeroen, I'm responding to your questions that you sent to us.

we are advised my wife can be cured from her metal poisoning through chelation (or chelation ; this is a detoxication). Is that correct?

Correct - It is the most standard procedure to remove heavy metal from the body. It uses a synthetic amino acid called EDTA which binds on to the LEAD molecules which then can be extracted out by the urine.

Is there any other way to get rid of the metals in the body?

No

Is a blood test sufficient or should we have our children's hair tested (again, my wife had no lead in her blood, but high levels were discovered through the hair test!)

It would be highly regarded if you test all your children's hair in case they have been exposed to lead.

No neurologist has been able to link my wife's white spots on her brain (on the MRI scan). Does lead poisoning cause neurological symptoms, ie are these spots related to her metal poisoning.

There have been links to neurological disorder and lead poisoning (not really sure about your wife's case though). see Health Impacts of Lead Poisoning and Distribution and Effects of Lead

I read in the paper your subsidy is drying up. I would like to make a small donation (from our own experience we now appreciate how vital your advice is for a safer future). Please advise me how I can make a donation.

Please donate at http://www.leadsafeworld.com/donations for secure donations or www.lead.org.au/sb.html or ring us on 1800 626 086

regards, Shahilla

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