Heavy Metals Panel II Blood Test
The heavy metal panel measures the amount of toxic metals in the blood, including arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury. The body is able to process small amounts of heavy metals, but long-term exposure to toxins can accumulate in the kidneys, liver, bones, and brain.
Elevated toxic metals cause widespread damage in the body, and can cause chronic kidney disease, poor balance, learning disorders, hyperactivity, headache, convulsions, heart disease, hair loss, irritability, hearing loss and more.
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 taking this test.
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.
Lead is a metal that, when ingested, can cause widespread damage in the body. Common sources of lead exposure include lead paint, lead pipes, contamination of food during processing, cigarette smoke, and occupational exposure and air pollution.
Even at low levels, lead can cause irreversible damage and often without causing any physical symptoms. Lead can cause chronic kidney disease, poor balance, learning disorders, hyperactivity, headache, convulsions, cardiovascular disease and more.
Mercury is a well-established neurotoxin and a poison to the nervous system. Mercury can be found in amalgams, fish, water, air and vaccinations. Mercury is capable of inducing a wide range of physical symptoms, including alopecia (hair loss), autoimmune diseases, memory loss, decreased IQ, drowsiness, poor balance (ataxia), irritability, insomnia, tremors, forgetfulness, skin discoloration (melanosis, keratosis), excessive salivation, fatigue and more.
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.
Cadmium is widespread in the environment—it can be found in nickel-cadmium batteries, as a pigment in paint, and is used in producing polyvinyl chloride plastic, in cigarette smoke and sewage sludge. Long-term exposure to cadmium through air, water, soil, and food leads to cancer and organ system toxicity such as skeletal, urinary, reproductive, cardiovascular, central and peripheral nervous, and respiratory systems.
Cadmium binds to mitochondria and inhibits their function, leads to cellular and DNA damage, and depletes critical antioxidants such as reduced glutathione (GSH) and important antioxidant enzymes, such as catalase, manganese-superoxide dismutase, and copper/zinc-dismutase.
Why Toxic Metals May Be Your Issue, by Dr. John Neustadt
Heavy Metal Toxicity—with Emphasis on Mercury, by Dr. John Neustadt
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