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Heavy Metal Testing

Heavy Metals

The Facts:


  1. Heavy metal toxicity is thought to affect over 1 million individuals annually, including children.
  2. Populations a greater risk of heavy-metal toxicity include developing fetus, children, and the immune compromised, as well as individuals with impaired liver function and reduce oxidative activity.
  3.  Heavy metals are present in all regions of the United States, and can accumulate in the air, soil, and drinking or ground water sources in and around concentrated sources of heavy metals from industry production or pollution.
  4. Some professional and hobbies are at greater risk of heavy-metal toxicity, including fuel, munitions , painting, rubber manufacturing, industrial smelting, mining, photograph processing, agriculture, semi conductors, welding, and waste or radioactive waste disposal site.
  5. The world health organization (WHO) considers 13 heavy metals of significance to human environmental health: Arsenic, carry-on, cobalt, chromium, copper, mercury, manganese, nickel, lead, 10, and titanium, however there are other metals with metalloids that may be significant cause of health problems to humans.


Considerations:


Heavy-metal toxicity is under represented as a root cause of illness and disease in humans, and can affect virtually all biological systems within the human body.

Heavy metals may be the root cause of common neurological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, autoimmune diseases and disorders associated with increased oxidative stress and cellular dysfunction.

Due to the ability of many heavy metals to deplete critical nutrients such as antioxidants and minerals, a heavy metals test should be run alongside a Micronutrient panel to assist both intra- and extracellular, as well as RBC, levels of commonly affected nutrients.

Conditions and symptoms associated with heavy metal toxicity include:

Neurological symptoms:

Cognitive decline, memory loss, ataxia, tremors,numbness, tingling, neuropathy, myopathy,

All timers disease, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, Parkinson’s disease, tinnitus, irritability 


Conditions and symptoms associated with heavy metal toxicity include:


Neurological Symptoms:

  • Cognitive decline, met loss, ataxia, tremors, numbness, tingling, neuropathy, myopathy, Alzheimer's disease, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, Parkinson's disease, tinnitus, irritability 


Respiratory symptoms:

  • Lung disease, lung cancer, breathing problems, respiratory distress, pneumonia 


Cardiovascular and hematological symptoms:

  • Anemia, RBC abnormalities, edema, cancers of the blood


Gastrointestinal symptoms:

  • Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, reduced absorption of nutrients (particularly minerals), dry mouth, metallic taste, pancreatic cancer

Skeletal and bone-related symptoms:

  • Osteoporosis, reduced bone mineral density

Dermatological symptoms:

  • Dermatitis, eczema, dry skin, sweating, skin lesions, hyperpigmentation, hair loss, allergic skin reactions

Renal and hepatic symptoms:

  • Renal failure, elevated liver enzymes, hepatic damage, hepatic failure, suppressed hepatic detoxification, elevated hepatic enzymes

Reproductive symptoms:

  • Infertility, difficulty conceiving, birth defects, miscarriage 

Additional Information

Due to the ability of many heavy metals to deplete critical nutrients such as antioxidants and minerals, a heavy metals test should be run alongside a Micronutrient panel to assist both intra- and extracellular, as well as RBC, levels of commonly affected nutrients.