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Testing "Low" For Lead - Why Your Child's Results May Be Misleading

Posted by Ted Zava on Wednesday, 22 June

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The lead exposure stories that have dominated U.S. news recently now have parents scrambling to determine if their children have been exposed.

Parents are right to be worried because lead affects children differently than adults, primarily due to its detrimental effects on a developing brain and nervous system. I covered 10 need-to-know facts about childhood lead poisoning in an earlier blog.

In most cases if lead is detected in a school or community, free lead screening events for young children (1-5 years old) are made available. Parents should definitely take advantage of these programs, but they should look closely at the results they're getting.

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Lead Poisoning - Is Your Child at Risk? (Plus 10 Need-to-Know Facts)

Posted by Ted Zava on Tuesday, 07 June

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Over the past few months there has been a spike in news stories related to elevated lead levels in U.S. public water systems, beginning with the crisis in Flint, Michigan. This has initiated investigations into current water testing methods and probes into violations that have been swept under the rug.

In many cases the public water supply is safe, but there's a hidden concern you need to know about – the immediate plumbing leading to drinking fountains, faucets, bathrooms, etc. in houses, apartments, schools, and workplaces could be leaching lead into the water. This can be caused by changes in water pH and temperature, additives, or the age and condition of pipes and connections.

Even though leaded gasoline, paint, and plumbing were phased out in the 1970s, they also will remain sources of lead exposure far into the future. 

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Elements Testing – Why Sample Type Matters!

Posted by Ted Zava on Tuesday, 03 May

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Urine, serum, plasma, whole blood, red blood cells, feces, hair, fingernails…the list goes on.

How do you decide what biological sample(s) to use for element analysis? Can results be compared to scientific literature or do they have clinical significance? Is it possible for values to be elevated or low in one sample type and normal in another? Do test results indicate recent intake, body burden, acute toxicity, chronic toxicity, deficiency, or homeostatic regulation?

These are just some of the questions facing a testing laboratory when they want to develop and validate essential and toxic element profiles that will provide clinically meaningful results.

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High Air Levels of Arsenic & Cadmium May Be Linked to a Cancer Cluster in Portland, Oregon

Posted by Ted Zava on Thursday, 04 February

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Many residents were surprised to learn that high levels of arsenic and cadmium are being detected at an air monitoring station in Southeast Portland, Oregon according to the state Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ)

Watch the News: Dr. Zava comments on toxin exposure in SE Portland

The state began monitoring air quality after moss samples taken from the area last October were found to be high in arsenic and cadmium. The results, which were only made public in the past few days, show cadmium at 49 times the acceptable level and arsenic at 159 times the acceptable level for air.

Of key concern is that the testing location is in an area populated with businesses, schools, and parks. It is not clear yet how long exposure has occurred or whether it is caused by a nearby glass blowing facility. As of this week, the glass blowing facility decided to cease use of arsenic and cadmium.

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