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Heavy Metals / Toxins

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If you suspect heavy metal or toxin exposure you should get tested. You could be living or working work with toxins or other toxic substances and not even know. 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 is cobalt atoms found in vitamin B-12. Iron is another good heavy metal, and so is copper, manganese, chromium and selenium. 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.

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 way in which they were exposed 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 can be inert when absorbed through the skin, but when injected or inhaled mercury can be very toxic.

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 can even cause cancer.

Heavy metal poisoning is generally uncommon, but is rather serious when it does happen. It can reduce the quality of life for a person, and those who are suspected of being exposed should get a blood test for heavy metal toxicity.  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.

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Mercury, Blood
Lab Price: $299.00
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Mercury, Blood
Blood test for mercury, commonly found in industry, fillings, old paint, and seafood.

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

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Aromatic Solvent Toxin Profile
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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.
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Toluene Toxin Profile
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Toluene Toxin Profile
The Toluene Toxin Profile monitors exposure to cresols which are used in the commercial production of resins and plasticizers.
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Chromium, Blood
Lab Price: $397.00
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Chromium, Blood
Chromium, also known as trivalent chromium, is an important dietary element.

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Magnesium, Blood
Lab Price: $106.00
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Magnesium, Blood
Magnesium is an extremely common mineral that is important for good health.
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Chromium, Urine
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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.

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Cobalt, Blood
Lab Price: $427.00
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Cobalt, Blood

Cobalt is important for good health in very small amounts (as part of Vitamin B12) but can be lethal from overexposure and in serious deficiency.

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

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Manganese, Blood
Lab Price: $425.00
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Manganese, Blood
Manganese is a toxic essential trace element, necessary for our survival, but toxic when exposure is too great.
Carbon Monoxide, Blood
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Carbon Monoxide, Blood
Use: Determine the extent of carbon monoxide poisoning, toxicity Test Includes: Carboxyhemoglobin, blood *Only Available at LabCorp*
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Iron, Serum
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Iron, Serum
The iron blood test measures the amount of iron in the blood. Iron is a mineral that is needed by your body for the production of hemoglobin, for energy, and in maintaining proper muscle and organ function.
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Selenium, Serum
Lab Price: $275.00
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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.

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Zinc, Plasma
Lab Price: $91.00
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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.
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