Lead is practically everywhere in today's environment. It enters our bodies from many sources including defective glazes (pottery), drinking water, contaminated soil, airborne particulate, leaded gasoline, paint and several other sources.
Both adults and children can suffer from the effects of lead poisoning, but childhood lead poisoning is much more frequent. Often exposed to lead through lead-based paints, the effects can include anemia, colic and even an impaired metabolism of Vitamin D. About 1 in 22 children in America have high lead in their blood.
Our LeadConfirm Professional oral screening kit is the easiest way to ensure that you and your family has not been exposed to deadly heavy metal pollutants, such as lead. Using the kit, you will be able to figure out how much lead you and your children have been exposed to and whether or not you should be concerned. Finding out this information can put your mind at ease or prepare you to take appropriate action.
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* Positive results should be followed up with a physician for further analysis and treatment.
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Oral Fluid DIAGNOSTICS
Commonly referred to as the "mirror of the body," Saliva is a vital substance that carries molecules, many bio markers of disease, evidence of drug use and many other indicators (known and unknown) of what is happening inside the human body. The United States Food and Drug Administration long ago approved saliva to be used in testing for HIV-1 or HIV-2 infection. Hormones and other commonly measured compounds are typically analyzed from saliva as opposed to blood. Most compounds found in blood are also found in saliva. Its acceptance therefore as a testing medium is unquestioned as well as easier and cheaper to collect, since it doesn't expose health-care workers to blood-borne diseases.
FINDING LEAD IN SALIVA
Until now, the commonly accepted way to find lead in humans was to test blood. A recent study, however, clearly indicates that saliva can be an effective medium through which body lead can be detected (see graph below for correlation data.)
In this study, a patented methodology and process called LeadFinder™ was employed at Confirm BioSciences's partner lab to analyze the saliva of 100 children living in North Carolina. At the same time, the blood of those children was analyzed by the Department of Health in North Carolina.
By comparing the results of the two lead test studies it became apparent that:
- Analyzing saliva is an effective means to establish body lead - especially if this test is viewed as a "screening method" with the recommendation of a physician involved in the event results exceed a certain level.-