|From:||CPEO Moderator <email@example.com>|
|Date:||8 May 2003 14:22:16 -0000|
|Subject:||Re: [CPEO-MEF] It's all about perchlorate!|
The following response was posted anonymously. _____________________________________ To All: Whether you live near any base or not, your young children should be screened at least for lead. I do not live near a base, but the house I lived in when my oldest child was born was built in 1929. Shortly after he started crawling on his own, we had him screened for lead in order, we thought, to get a baseline. He had no symptoms of any problems, but we discovered that his blood lead level was a very dangerous 60+ (I forget the units, but "safe" at the time was thought to be around 10). At the time, this was considered to be just below the level at which hospitalization and chelation therapy is required. As I write this, my son is about to graduate from Yale, where he performed brilliantly. Had we remained unaware of the dangerous lead levels in his blood, we would not have been able to ensure that all possible sources of contamination within the home were removed or encapsulated, and the potential of this wonderful and brilliant young man would have been gravely compromised. Lead levels in general have declined enormously since lead additives were removed from gasoline, but if you live in a house that was built prior to the mid-1960s there is a risk of exposure, and in general the older the house the higher the risk. I strongly suspect that these risks exceed by several orders of magnitude any risks that might be associated with living near a current or former military installation, unless you are living right on top of a former range. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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