Mercury Blood Test
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, mercury can cause damage without causing symptoms.
Of all the toxic heavy metals, mercury (named for the planet) is one of the most prevalent and persistent problems. It’s been designated by the World Health Organization (WHO) as one of the ten most dangerous chemicals to public health.
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.
Although mercury was once believed to have medicinal qualities—and was, in fact, widely used in the United States and Europe, in particular to treat syphilis during the 15th-century European syphilis pandemic—all forms of mercury are toxic to humans. The central nervous system is particularly sensitive to damage by mercury-induced glutathione depletion.
It has been estimated that as much as 8000 metric tons (over 17 million pounds) of mercury are released into the atmosphere every year from burning coal and natural gas and refining petroleum products, cement production, and even creating consumer products.
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.
Mercury works like a hidden human enemy in the body, damaging essential enzymes, proteins and fatty acids that keep cells functioning. It damages our very DNA. There is no known safe level of exposure to mercury.
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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