Lead Blood Test - NBI
Lead Blood Test - NBI

Lead Blood Test

Regular price $55.00

Metal toxicity—especially from heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, arsenic and lead–affects all organ systems and can result in wide-ranging and nonspecific symptoms; however, the central nervous system (CNS) is especially susceptible to damage from metals. These metals damage organs such as the kidney, blood and brain. Even at low levels, lead can cause damage without causing symptoms.

Lead exposure can lead to chronic kidney disease, poor balance, learning disorders, hyperactivity, headache, convulsions, cardiovascular disease and more. It is well known that lead exposure in children has been repeatedly linked with irreversible behavioral problems and declines in IQ. For people wanting to test lead along with other toxic metals, we created the Heavy Metals Panel I and Heavy Metals Panel II. 

What’s Reported
  • Lead

Methodology: Inductively Coupled Plasma/Mass Spectrometry (ICP/MS)

How to prepare

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.

How long until you get the results

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.

More about this test

Even though lead has been removed from paint, the metal persists in our water, in brass plumbing fixtures, soil, dust, and imported products. Lead can cause damage to the brain, kidneys, heart, bones, intestines, reproductive organs and the nervous system. Even at low levels, lead can cause irreversible damage and often without any obvious physical symptoms.

Lead inhibits the body’s ability to make hemoglobin, the oxygen carrying part of our blood. It interferes with the development of our own internal pain-reducing opiate system—called endorphins and enkephalins. It harms us by competing with calcium and preventing calcium from entering cells. Lead is picked up by mitochondria and damages them.

In 2016, Flint, Michigan suffered a catastrophic lead poisoning event. The city’s water supply was contaminated with lead, a problem that still persists years later. In 2019, the CDC reported that at least 4 million U.S. households still are exposed to high levels of lead and about half a million kids have tested positive for lead in their blood.

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Additional resources

Why Toxic Metals May Be Your Issue, by Dr. John Neustadt

References

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Patrick L. Lead toxicity, a review of the literature. Part 1: Exposure, evaluation, and treatment Altern Med Rev. 2006 Mar;11(1):2-22.