Lead and mercury test results

A few weeks ago we had Gracie’s blood tested for lead, mercury, and arsenic levels, per the Stem Cell Institute’s request.  Good news:  no lead or mercury was detected.  Detection limits were 1 ug/dL.  That’s 1 microgram per deciliter, or .001 milligrams per 100 milliliters. 

Normal lead blood levels range from 0-9 ug/dL, however, lead blood levels in the range of 5-9 ug/dL have been associated with adverse health effects in children 6 years and younger.  Normal mercury blood levels range from 0-14.9 ug/dL, and for arsenic the normal range is 2-23 ug/dL.  Gracie did have arsenic present in her blood, however, her level was only 8 ug/dL.

Let me put this into context for everyone… imagine a vial about 3″ long and 3/8″ in diameter (76 mm long, 10 mm dia.)  That vial holds only 3 mL, so you need about 33 vials to hold 100 mL of blood.  Then, there’s about 5 mg in a teaspoon (yes, I know these are different units for measuring density and volume, but bear with me!).  Now there are 1,000 micrograms (ug) in a mg.  So take your teaspoon, divide it into 5 portions, and divide a fifth portion by 1,000.  That’s one microgram (ug).  A child’s lead blood levels should not exceed 4 ug’s in a volume of blood that would fill 33 vials!  Very toxic stuff, indeed.

Many alternative treatment advocates and some scientists think that at least a subset of autistic children have trouble with methylation.  Methylation has to do with chemical processes in the body where a methyl group (a molecule of  one carbon and three hydrogen atoms, CH3) is added to or removed from a compound or other element, and some of these processes detox the body of poisons like lead and mercury. Fortunately, Gracie doesn’t appear have methlyation issues.

About graciesautism

Father of Gracie, who is autistic, and her sister Gabrielle (who is a typical). Sharing our stories in Gracieland.
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2 Responses to Lead and mercury test results

  1. LeeAnn Disher says:

    Hi, have you ever heard about the site Autism one?

    Sent from my iPad

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