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Heavy Metals / Toxins

The tests below are indicated for people with suspected exposure to heavy metals or toxins. Exposure to certain hazardous materials such as heavy metals can quickly increase to dangerous levels. Heavy metal exposure may occur through your diet, from the environment, from medications, or from other aspects of your daily life.

There are some heavy metals that are necessary to support life in very small doses, but in large amounts are toxic and can present a health hazard if they build up in the system Zinc is important to the body, as are cobalt atoms found in vitamin B-12. Iron, copper, manganese, chromium and selenium are all needed in small amounts in the body. On the other hand lead, mercury and cadmium are heavy metals that are very toxic to humans, and have no known benefit to the body.

Heavy Metals Profile (Blood Test for Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, and Arsenic)
Our Price $294.00
Heavy Metals Profile (Blood Test for Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, and Arsenic)
Blood test for lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic; ideal for measuring organic mercury levels, such as those found in fish.
Heavy Metals Profile (Urine Test for Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, and Arsenic)
Our Price $294.00
Heavy Metals Profile (Urine Test for Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, and Arsenic)
Urine test for lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic. The urine test is a better testing option for inorganic forms of mercury (batteries, disinfectants, home health remedies, etc) and arsenic.
Nickel, Plasma Test
Our Price $254.00
Nickel, Plasma Test
Nickel exposure is commonly evidenced by contact dermatitis. Nickel exposure may also affect pulmonary tissues. In addition, nickel toxicity has been linked with central nervous system depressant effects.
Mercury, Blood
Our Price $164.00
Mercury, Blood
Blood test for mercury, commonly found in industry, fillings, old paint, and seafood.

Mercury, Urine
Our Price $224.00
Mercury, Urine
24 hour urine test for mercury, commonly found in industry, fillings, old paint, and seafood.

Aromatic Solvent Toxin Profile
Our Price $444.00
Aromatic Solvent Toxin Profile
This aromatic solvent profile tests for levels of exposure to benzene, ethyl benzene, styrene, toluene, and xylenes. Aromatic solvents are commonly found in paints, paint thinners, and glues.
Magnesium, Blood
Our Price $44.00
Magnesium, Blood
Magnesium is an extremely common mineral that is important for good health.
Fluoride, Serum
Our Price $64.00
Fluoride, Serum
Tests for toxic levels of fluoride from a serum specimen.
Chromium, Blood
Our Price $194.00
Chromium, Blood
Chromium, also known as trivalent chromium, is an important dietary element.

Chromium, Urine
Our Price $194.00
Chromium, Urine
Hexavalent chromium (Cr VI), also known as metallic chromium, commonly used in the production of steel and other industrial products, can cause serious problems with prolonged exposure.
Lead, Blood (Adult)
Our Price $94.00
Lead, Blood (Adult)
Blood test for lead, an extremely common and potentially dangerous type of heavy metal poisoning.

Cobalt, Blood
Our Price $244.00
Cobalt, Blood

Cobalt is important for good health in very small amounts (as part of Vitamin B12) but can be dangerous in other amounts.

Titanium, Blood
Our Price $244.00
Titanium, Blood
Titanium is an element used to make alloys for many modern products that can cause serious problems with high level of exposure.

Manganese, Blood
Our Price $244.00
Manganese, Blood
Manganese is an essential trace element, necessary for our survival, but toxic when exposure is too great.
Carbon Monoxide, Blood
Our Price $174.00
Carbon Monoxide, Blood
This test measures Carboxyhemoglobin in the blood. It is used to determine the extent of carbon monoxide poisoning, toxicity.
Iron, Serum
Our Price $34.00
Iron, Serum
The iron blood test measures the amount of iron in the blood. Iron is a mineral that is needed for the production of hemoglobin, for energy, and in maintaining proper muscle and organ function.
Selenium, Serum
Our Price $184.00
Selenium, Serum

Selenium is a mineral that is important to maintain a healthy metabolism. Selenium is also thought to have powerful antioxidant properties and is currently being studied for the treatment of numerous conditions.

Zinc, Plasma
Our Price $54.00
Zinc, Plasma
Zinc plays a critical role in numerous aspects of cellular metabolism, the immune system, wound healing, DNA and protein synthesis. It is also believed to exhibit antioxidant properties protecting against aging.

In medical usage, the term "heavy metal" is used as a general term for all metals and semimetals with human or environmental toxicity, regardless of their atomic weight. Lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic are the most common examples of toxic metal exposure (Heavy Metals Profile: Tests for Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, and Arsenic). Other types of heavy metals that when exposed to can lead to toxic levels include chromium, copper, fluoride, zinc, and xylenes.

Toxicity of Heavy Metals

There are several determinants of the toxicity of heavy metals. The type of the metal, how much was absorbed, the age of the person absorbing the metal, and the manner of exposure are all important. Young children are very susceptible to lead poisoning because their brains are not as developed as adults, and even small amounts of lead exposure can cause brain damage. Mercury is usually poorly absorbed through the skin, but mercury can be very toxic if inhaled or injected.

Exposure over a period of time to toxic heavy metals can result in physical, muscular and neurological damages. The effect on the body when exposed long-term can resemble Parkinson's disease, multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and even allergic reactions. According to the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Center, long-term exposure to heavy metals elevates risk for certain cancers.

Heavy metal poisoning is generally uncommon, but is rather serious when it does happen. It can reduce the quality of life for a person. If unrecognized or misdiagnosed, heavy metal poisoning can result in serious health problems and mortality. People can be exposed to dangerous heavy metals through diet, medications, medical procedures (such as titanium, cobalt and chromium from hip or joint replacement surgery), in the home (such as lead paint used in older homes), from the environment or even from working around dangerous chemicals. A complete medical and environmental history should be taken into consideration if exposure is suspected.

Additional Information On Heavy Metals and Toxins

Is your Body Toxic? Three Ways to Find and Eliminate Body Toxins
Can Metal Hurt Me? A List of Heavy Metals and How they Affect you