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Should there be other tests like the LEAD TEST which is recommended for children 1 year and up?

Since so many parents are worried about toxins in the environment shouldn't the government recommend other tests like the lead tests. But which ones?!?!?


Asked by Anonymous at 10:10 PM on May. 1, 2010 in Kids' Health

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  • This would be impossible because there are many chemicals in our environment that are deemed "safe" for humans, but that is only when tested individually and over a relatively short period of exposure. Unfortunately, many of the chemicals that are "safe" become toxic when combinded with each other out in the environment. So, while individual chemical exposure might be within "acceptable" limits, the combined effects of chemical exposure probably is not, but there is no effective way to measure multi-chemical exposure reactions unless you know every single chemical a person has been exposed to (and keep in mind, we all carry about 300 chemicals in our tissues everyday).

    Answer by Anonymous at 12:44 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • When your in high risk areas or you live in a home that was built before 1978 your ped usually tests automatically. As a home owner you should have your soil tested for it when you move somewhere, and if you rent, it should be disclosed to you about the place you live in that it was built before 1978, things to look for like symptoms and how to prevent from getting lead posining.

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:13 PM on May. 1, 2010

  • Yes, because then insurance companies would cover it. I had my kids tested for lead and they were positive. The treatments are expensive and none of it is covered by insurance.

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:09 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • I think that they should, but I have no idea where they would even start or which ones would even be the most important to do.

    Answer by ethans_momma06 at 1:58 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • To Anon: 09 - I'm sorry you have crappy insurance coverage, but just because testing is required, doesn't mean that insurance would cover the treatment, if any is available. This is why we have secondary insurance coverage, to pick up what our main insurance does not pay for or cover.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:24 PM on May. 2, 2010

  • Insurance companies never cover chelation therapy.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:38 PM on May. 2, 2010