Originally Posted by nankonir
So I've lived there for almost a year now and I have no noticeable symptoms. My language skills are where they were about a year ago, no better but apparently no worse and my math skills are still okay. I managed to pass the subject GRE with a pretty high score. I had my blood tested at the end of August and it showed a level of 1.7 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood. Not high but not low either. My doctor told me it was negligible and that the dust in my home wasn't going to hurt but that the anxiety from worrying about it would, so I stopped worrying. Anyway, I just wanted to let you guys know what was happening. I'm sure my blood lead level is slightly higher now but still not high enough to cause problems. I am finally moving the hell out of there though. Good riddance.
Thanks for the datapoint.
"The new standard, announced by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday and applicable to children under 6, lowers the threshold to 5 micrograms of lead per deciliter of blood, from 10 micrograms per deciliter."
I guess I'd ask if you will develop problems much later in life, like carcinogens will do, or you got away with it. Cancer-causing agents have a latency period because their damage is at the molecular level, but lead poisoning may not.
It's probably unlikely that 1.7 causes 100 x 1.7/5 = 34% as much problems as 5 does.
You may want to go on the NIH or the NLM website. Their info is for doctors and not generally for public consumption.
It's the inside scoop but interpreting it correctly for non-medical people may be difficult. It's like learning a new language.
4 ug/dl is average in the US so I'd like to know why your doc. says 1.7 is not low.