My friend invited me to a testing party—what the heck is a testing party?

AskTamaraQuestion: Tamara, my friend invited me to a testing party. What the heck is a testing party?

Answer:  Your friend probably likes you a lot!  She is likely an environmentally conscious person with a concern for your health and well-being and for the health and well-being of your community and the planet as well. (That’s why she invited you!)

A #TestingParty is an opportunity to test consumer goods in your home (things you and your children might use every day) for neurotoxic metals—including lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic.

A bunch of friends get together, each friend brings a bag of things to have tested—kids are welcome and encouraged to have a play space during the party—and hosts usually also have potluck treats. #TestingParties typically last two to three hours (depending on how many friends come and how many things they bring to test).

I am trained, certified, and experienced in using an XRF* instrument to perform a scientifically precise and acurate, real-time analysis of your consumer goods for toxicity [the analysis will also confirm the presence and precise amounts of other (non-toxic) metallic elements—like the exact amounts of gold, silver or platinum in a particular piece of jewelry, for instance!]

Everyone who participates in the #TestingParty chips in to help cover the costs – the main cost for the event is covering the rental of the XRF instrument (which ranges from around $600 to $700 a day to rent.)

* The XRF analyzer I rent is a state-of-the-art, crazy-expensive (tens of thousands of dollars for a good one!), high-precision scientific instrument, whose full technical description is, “A Portable, (Non-radioactive Source) X-Ray Fluorescence Spectrometer”. The instrument I prefer is the Niton XL3T (700/800 or GOLDD+)—which is the very same model used by the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) to test consumer goods.

Tamara Rubin
Mother of Four Sons
Unexpected Lead Expert

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