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Schneider Laboratories Saliva Lead Test Review

Discussion in 'Handloading and Reloading' started by Schwing, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Schwing

    Schwing Senior Member

    Jun 3, 2013
    Layton Utah
    I started a thread a while back about my high lead issues. It is here:

    The purpose of this thread is to share my overwhelmingly underwhelming experience with the saliva lead test by Schneider Laboratories. This is the test they claim to be 99.99% as accurate as a blood test. I purchased the test because it was only $35 and claimed to include everything needed to do the sample, including shipping it pre-paid back to the lab.

    A couple of months back I had a blood test that was 32. Up to this point, I had taken no precautions at all when working with lead. My doctor told me to stay away from it and come back in a few months for a retest. After a few weeks, I couldn’t stand it anymore so I bought a face mask with a lead filter and some nitrile gloves for when I wasn't wearing welding gloves. I spent my Friday casting and melting down WWs. On Monday, I took the saliva test to see if my activities had changed anything and sent it into Schneider. It did not include pre-paid shipping as advertised. Two weeks and several phone calls later (they guarantee the results will come back in 5 days incidentally,) I got my results back and nearly had a heart attack when it said my lead level was 83!

    I went back into my doctor, had another blood test and spent the next week waiting for the results in anxiety over what I might have done to screw myself over so badly. The test came back and I was 21…

    Bottom line: don’t waste your time on this test. Even better, take basic precautions when working with lead so you don’t have to worry about it in the first place:)
  2. 1KPerDay

    1KPerDay Elder

    Jan 19, 2006
    Happy Valley, UT
    Thanks for the heads up.
  3. jwrowland77

    jwrowland77 Senior Member

    Apr 8, 2012
    Central Arkansas
    Thanks for posting that previous thread. Because of it, I'm having a lead test done via blood test here in about a week. I told my PCP that I wanted to be proactive instead of reactive. Until your thread, I had never thought about it.

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