I do think a hair test is a good idea, we never have the extra money. You can sue your landlord. We're getting ready to sue ours, but haven't found a lawyer and don't know how to go about finding a decent one (any help there is appreciated). There is a national lead law, they are supposed to inform you. The EPA has a hotline, check their website. Most local laws are more strict than the national one, which has a loophole for leases under 30 days. The difficulty in suing for damages is that there is not an actuarial table for possible IQ points lost.
I think that you all need to take a deep breath and try to panic less. I remember the panic in myself, it was horrible. A lead level under 10 is not considered harmful. Under 20 used to be the standard, when we were kids. Brain damage doesn't happen until much higher levels- over 40, or really over 70. A better diet, especially high in essential fatty acids as the DAN doctors recommend, is a good step. I think a special X-ray tests the bones. I have not found a doctor who would order it, so probably a DAN doctor or a naturopath is your only bet. I do think those folks at the mercury boards are wise, but not the gospel. I like cilantro, for instance. I do think it very dangerous to vaccinate a child who is exposed to excesses of other heavy metals. I also think it is very important to remember that lead cleaning and lead containment (painting and planting over) do seem to work. My daughter's lead level dropped dramatically, when first we cleaned, and then moved to a lead-contained (Newly painted) older home. A 4 year old playing in the dirt must not be eating it- babies mouth the contaminated soil, that's the danger. It's not so much absorbed through the skin. It seems to me that we may be moving from the frying pan into the fire going to new homes. Vinyl siding? PVC pipes? Synthetic carpets? There are dangers to living surrounded by plastic, too. It has been asserted here that TSP, a very anti-environmental cleaner, is neccessary. This study refutes that assertion: ( http://www.epa.gov/lead/clean.htm
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but it is put up by the people who make the product, which is quite expensive. They give free samples, but I didn't register for one yet. TSP is trisodium phosphate, Cascade is disodium or other sodium phosphates. There is a greater concentration of phosphates in the powder than the liquid, but they are in the liquid too. When dissolved, the TSP would create three sodium ions and three phosphates per molecule, to bind the lead. So the other Cascades would have a lower phosphate level, but they're still there. I found that the liquid left less spotting and was better on antiques, but I used the higher phosphate on windowsills and floors. I don't want to use the phosphates again, but I'm nervous without them, I confess. ernestholmes, I think you should check out the above mentioned boards quickly! According to my extensive research, it certainly seems that lead-induced autism is as likely as mercury-induced. If you vaccinate, it could be a combination. We stopped vaccinating before I found out about the lead. I had been bullied into earlier ones, and am greatful I stopped before she started getting really mobile and her lead exposure increased. Our state lead inspector said that home test kits were worthless, if they only tested for the presence of lead, not its concentration. I sued my landlord for my deposit and won- however, I did give her 30 days notice before moving. Of course, the b*tch hasn't paid me yet and is evading the sheriff, but that's another story.