Arsenic Blood Test
The arsenic blood test measures the amount of arsenic, a poisonous metal, in the blood. Elevated toxic metals cause widespread damage in the body. Arsenic contamination affects millions of people globally. Arsenic toxicity affects the entire body. It’s a risk factor for cancer, numbness and tingling in the extremities (peripheral neuropathy), hearing loss, skin discoloration (melanosis, keratosis) and more.
While people can test arsenic and other heavy metals individually, frequently they test them as part of a toxic metals panel. For people wanting to test arsenic and other toxic metals, we created the Heavy Metals Panel I and Heavy Metals Panel II .
Methodology: Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)
Fasting: Not required.
Water: Drink plenty of water to stay well hydrated.
Medications: Take all medications as prescribed.
Diet: Avoid eating seafood for 48 hours prior to sample collection.
3-5 business days
Result turnaround times are estimates and not guaranteed. Due to factors outside of our control, such as weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing or equipment maintenance, our lab may require additional time to complete tests.
Arsenic contamination affects millions of people globally. Around 140 million people in over 50 countries are exposed to drinking water that is contaminated with arsenic. Food is also a significant source of arsenic exposure—in seafood, rice, mushrooms and poultry.
Arsenic toxicity affects the entire body. It’s a risk factor for cancer, numbness and tingling in the extremities (peripheral neuropathy), hearing loss, skin discoloration (melanosis, keratosis) and more. It causes mitochondrial dysfunction, lipid peroxidation (oxidation of fats), and cell death. It has been linked to cardiovascular disease, diabetes, problems with the central and peripheral nervous system and cancers of the kidney, skin, and bladder.
Why Toxic Metals May Be Your Issue, by Dr. John Neustadt
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