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Posted by G-ma Katie on October 10, 2000 at 20:48:44:

In Reply to: What are symptoms of heavy metal poisoning? posted by steven's mom on October 08, 2000 at 18:46:08:

Every child is suppose to be tested for lead at the age of 1. When my grandson was diagnosed as "high functioning autistic" at the age of 3, I questioned his lead level. The doctor kept giving us the run around - we would have been called if it was high, they couldn't find the results just then, the lab must have lost it, etc. Finally, after switching doctors, another test was taken. This doctor said, "The results are within the normal range." When my son asked what that was, he said between 1 and 10." My grandson's level was 5. Then my son found a DAN doctor in town and took his son there. That doctor also questioned the lead level. My son told him that the other doctor said it was within the "normal range." To make a long story short - the DAN doctor said that they just received a new report and lead level should be zero, but for my grandson's weight and age (48 lbs, 4 years old) anything over 2 is not acceptable. They immediately did the "hair test" and we are waiting on the results. They also started my grandson on some type of herbal thing so help reduce the lead. (We think his exposure came from remodeling that was being done at his babysitters house when he was about 1, but we are trying to check all possibilities. Bottom line - the health department says 1-10 because it would be toooo expensive to treat every child that is over the level of 2. But DAN doctors say this is a problem.

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