Tonight’s #LeadSafeMama chat (#2) – this also ran long and is also 1 hour and 40 minutes (it’s uploaded to YouTube). In the description for the video on YouTube there are links to most of the things discussed in the conversation and I have also put them here on this post below this video. Thanks for participating everyone. I really enjoy chatting with you all and meeting you all! Tonight we had a total of 14 participants (I didn’t send a heads up to my mailing list this time and I announced it same day – so very little notice, but 14 people was “just right” – because I think I got to all of the questions!) Hope to see a bunch of new faces next time! I will try to give at least 24 hours notice!
Here are some links to some of the posts and articles mentioned in the chat:
Ways to support the work:
Last Week’s Chat:
The first Lead Safe Mama FREE, PUBLIC chat of 2023! 1 Hour & 40 minute zoom session with Lead Safe Mama readers.
Dust Wipe Sample Kit:
https://amzn.to/3XBBo1A (aflink) –
Written on my youngest son’s 11th birthday (July 2019). Click to read the story of how Lead impacted his birth (I almost died in childbirth.).
Symptoms In Children:
Ask Tamara: What are the symptoms of childhood Lead poisoning?
Symptoms in Adults:
#AskTamara: What is the impact of lead poisoning in adults, including college age students?
Hives / Food Allergies:
Kids with a history of Lead exposure can have an increased risk of food allergies: Our story (my sons are highly allergic to food dye).
CORELLE [Instant Brands] confirms (but downplays) the presence of Leaded glaze used for the food surface decorations of their vintage dishware.
Modern (2019/2020) plain medium white Corelle bowl with new logo: Negative for Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic & Mercury.
#AskTamara: “What do you use to test for Lead?”; “Can I do this myself at home?”; “How much does it cost?”
Send something to me for testing:
Tamara, can I send you one of my dishes (or other items) to test for lead? Yes, Maybe – but read this whole post first! Thanks.
Waterford crystal bud vase: 386,000 ppm Lead [39% Lead!] Crystal items can passively create Lead dust in your home.
Crystal Overview Piece:
@TamaraERubin (digits 3182)
Why do some stainless steel cookware items have a “Prop 65” warning? Isn’t stainless steel non-toxic?
More Lead Safe Mama Lead-free favorites: water bottles I have purchased for my family
Lead in Antiques & Christmas Lights (& Stained Glass Windows & Antique Print Trays) – a video.
Fireworks (moving forward after a suspected lead exposure):
I’m concerned that my child may have just inhaled potentially Leaded fireworks fumes. What should I do?
Vintage (c. 1950s) Franciscan Apple Earthenware Sugar Bowl: 161,200 ppm Lead. These pieces are *NOT* safe for food use.
Vintage Cherry Pattern Scoop (possibly Franciscan?): 237,000 ppm Lead. For context, 90 ppm Lead & up is considered unsafe for children in modern items.
Franciscan Desert Rose:
1995 Franciscan Desert Rose China, Made in England: 47,800 ppm Lead on the food surface! 90 is unsafe for a child.
Franciscan Pattern that is over 700,000 ppm Lead – Franciscan Autumn:
Vintage (c. 1955-1966) Franciscan Autumn Pattern China: 716,100 ppm Lead [71%!] + 73,000 ppm Arsenic Too!
What does the Less than symbol mean with Blood Lead Testing (is my child poisoned?)
My child’s lead test came back as < 2 , what does that mean? Is my child poisoned?
Half Life of Lead in Blood
How soon after exposure is Lead detectable in my child’s blood? What is the “half-life” of Lead in the bloodstream? How long does Lead stay in the body?
Blood Lead Testing
Blood Lead Testing: Please get everyone in the family tested, since you have been living in a house with high lead paint.
Urine Testing / Hair Testing:
I heard that urine and hair tests for heavy metals (including Lead) were not “real” or “useful” test results. Why is this?
Click the link to learn more! [Wait, what? Is this click bait? What are you selling?]
Food with Lead:
Which foods have lower Lead levels? Tamara’s Food List (including foods we try to avoid at all cost!)
#AskTamara: Is there Lead in Chocolate? Really? What about Cadmium?
Food Toxicity Limits
From the “Official Journal of the European Union”, here are the new European limits for Lead and Cadmium in “foodstuffs” (including salt & supplements) as of August 2021.
Natural Chelation: Food Based Interventions & Why I Don’t Use Supplements (Can you remove lead from the body?)
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