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At Health Testing Centers we make heavy metals and toxin testing easy by allowing you to avoid the hassle of visiting your doctor. We provide heavy metals testing, including Doctor's oversight, using the same labs that your doctor utilizes. Test results are not a part of your permanent medical record and are securely delivered to you, saving time and money.
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Featured Toxin Tests and Packages
This 24 hour at home urine test kit may be used to screen or detect the presence of 22 different heavy metals in your body.
This 24 hour at home urine test kit may be used to screen or detect the presence of 22 different heavy metals plus an additional 16 nutritional metals in your body.
This is a blood test for lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic which are the most common types of heavy metal exposure. AVAILABLE AT LABCORP ONLY.
This is a urine test for lead, mercury, cadmium, and arsenic are the most common types of heavy metal exposure. AVAILABLE AT LABCORP ONLY
Toxin Tests (A-Z)
This test is used to measure the level of Aluminum in the blood. This test is available at LabCorp Only.
Measures the level of ammonia, a waste product
This aromatic solvent profile tests for levels of exposure to benzene, ethyl benzene, styrene, toluene, and xylenes. AVAILABLE AT LABCORP ONLY.
This test is used to measure the level of arsenic in the body.
This test measures levels of Cadmium in the blood.
This test measures levels of Cadmium in the urine.
This test measures the level of Carbon Monoxide in the blood.
Erythrocyte cholinesterase is used to measure possible organophosphate and carbamate toxicity and to detect atypical forms of the enzyme.
This chromium blood test is the prevailing test to measure dietary ingestion of trivalent chromium.
This test measures the level of Hexavalent chromium in the body by collecting a urine sample.
This test measures the level of cobalt in the body.
This test measures the amount of copper in your blood.
This test measures the level of Fluoride in the body.
This test measures the level of Fluoride in the body through a urine sample.
This test is used to measure the level of Lead in the body.
This test is used to measure and evaluate the level of manganese in the blood.
Blood test to measure the level of mercury in the body.
A urine test to measure the level of mercury in the body.
This blood test measures the level of Nickel in the body.
This test is for measuring the level of selenium in the blood.
This blood test measures the amount of titanium in the blood.
The Zinc blood test measures the level of zinc in your body.
This test is used to help monitor and detect exposure to lead in an industrial setting.
This test measures Zinc levels in Red Blood Cells.
Heavy Metal and Toxin Exposure
Reviewed By: Dr. Kurt Kloss, MD
Last Reviewed Date: Jan 13, 2020
Last Modified Date: Jan 13, 2020
Published Date: Dec 10, 2018
How do I know if I have been exposed to toxins that are affecting my health?
In today's very industrialized world, we are exposed to numerous toxins on a daily basis. They invade our bodies via the air we breathe, the foods we eat and the water we drink, among many other sources. Our bodies work to expel these toxins using natural detoxification processes. However, when toxin exposure is high, it can overwhelm the body's ability to eliminate these substances, allowing them to build up to levels capable of affecting health and well-being.
High levels of body toxins can be caused by a single, concentrated exposure to toxins, such as heavy metals (PDF) or harmful chemicals. Those who are affected by this sort of acute exposure to harmful substances generally know they have been exposed and will typically experience clear and immediate symptoms, such as breathing difficulty, headache, nausea or confusion, among others.
However, high toxin levels are also often caused by chronic daily exposure to low levels of toxins, allowing them to slowly accumulate in the system. Symptoms of this sort of toxicity are not as clear-cut, and may include issues like fatigue, muscle aches, forgetfulness, impaired immune function and digestive problems, among many other rather non-specific symptoms.
So how can you tell if your symptoms are due to toxin buildup in your body, or just a garden-variety cold or flu? Diagnosing high toxin levels begins with evaluating the type of symptoms you have, their severity and duration, and your potential for exposure to harmful substances in your everyday environment. If your doctor suspects that toxins may be at the root of those symptoms, finding out for sure will require a few lab tests.
Among the more common tests used to detect toxic substances in the body are heavy metals profiles, which are blood tests that look for toxic metals that include lead, mercury, cadmium and arsenic. Nickel exposure can be detected via blood testing as well, as can toxic chemicals that are abundant in the environment, such as benzene, ethyl benzene, styrene, toluene, xylenes and carbon monoxide. Blood testing can also measure the levels of metals and minerals that the body needs in trace amounts, yet are toxic at high levels, such as manganese, zinc, selenium, iron and cobalt, among others.
What are heavy metals and how are we exposed to them?
A variety of heavy metals are present in the environment. Some occur naturally, while others may be present due to pollution. Some, in small amounts, play important roles in the body, while others have no known beneficial purpose in terms of health. High levels of heavy metals in the body, both those that are nutritionally necessary and those that are not, is called heavy metal toxicity and can cause a long list of symptoms and health problems.
The most commonly encountered heavy metals include ones that the body needs, such as zinc, copper, chromium, manganese and iron. While they enhance health in trace amounts, they can become toxic at high levels. These metals are typically obtained from foods, a route by which it is extremely rare for toxicity to occur. Exposure to toxic levels of these metals typically occurs via overuse of dietary supplements, industrial/workplace exposure or medical issues that impair metabolism, such as liver or kidney disease.
Other heavy metals commonly encountered in the environment are metals that serve no purpose in the body, but may still collect in its tissues, such as mercury, lead, cadmium, arsenic and aluminum. Common exposure sources include:
- Mercury – Exposure occurs via inhalation, skin absorption or ingestion. Common sources are air pollution, mercury amalgam dental fillings, mercury-based vaccine preservatives, cosmetics, and dietary exposure, most commonly via contaminated seafood. Fluorescent light bulbs and older, glass thermometers contain mercury, and if broken, can be a source of exposure.
- Lead – Common sources of toxic exposure include lead-based paints, which can be ingested as flakes or inhaled as dust, contaminated water and/or water pipes, air pollution, and workplace exposure. Some cosmetics contain lead, particularly lipsticks, improperly glazed ceramic dishes may leach lead, and it has been found in some toys, particularly imported plastic ones.
- Cadmium – Air pollution is the primary source of this metal, which settles to earth from the air to contaminate water and soil. It is in most foods, with heaviest contamination found in shellfish, liver and kidney meats, and is inhaled from contaminated air and tobacco smoke.
- Arsenic – Exposure can come from pesticides, treated wood, water, air pollution and workplace exposure. Some paints contain arsenic, as do certain fungicides and rat poisons. Fish and shellfish may contain arsenic from polluted waters, and many chicken producers use arsenic-based additives in chicken feed.
- Aluminum – Common sources of exposure include drinking water, antiperspirants, air pollution, aluminum cookware, aluminum foil, baking powders, processed cheeses, table salt and over-the-counter drugs, including many antacids, anti-diarrheal drugs and pain relievers.
While there is no way to avoid exposure to heavy metals altogether, it can be reduced significantly by limiting consumption of fish and seafood to no more than once or twice a week to avoid mercury, and looking into lead content of dishes, cosmetics and toys. Choosing organic foods can limit exposure through pesticides and arsenic-laced poultry, and using stainless steel or enamel cookware, avoiding use of aluminum foil, processed foods and aluminum-containing medications can help, as can installing a water purification system.
What are the symptoms of heavy metal toxicity?
There are two forms of heavy metal toxicity, acute toxicity that occurs when one is exposed to a large amount of metal at one time, and chronic toxicity, which occurs with long-term exposure to low levels of heavy metals.
Symptoms of acute heavy metal toxicity generally appear quite quickly after exposure and may include:
- Numbness or tingling in arms, hands, legs and or feet
- Excessive sweating
- Labored breathing
- Impaired motor or language skills
- Irregular heart beat
Chronic metal toxicity symptoms develop gradually and are more difficult to recognize. Among the most common are:
- Chronic muscle pain
- Chronic malaise, fatigue
- Forgetfulness or brain fog
- Headaches, migraines, visual disturbances
- Impaired immune function
- Gastrointestinal problems, such as bloating, gas, constipation, diarrhea, heartburn, indigestion
- Mood swings, depression, anxiety
- Burning, numbness, tingling in extremities
How is the treatment for heavy metal exposure?
Heavy metal toxicity is diagnosed by means of an evaluation of symptoms and heavy metal testing. A heavy metal test may look for specific metals in urine, blood or plasma to evaluate levels within the body. Depending upon the particular metal involved, blood tests may also be done to evaluate the function of organs like the liver and kidneys, or to look for anemia related to heavy metal toxicity.
If heavy metal toxicity is diagnosed, treatment in chronic toxicity begins with determining likely sources of exposure and eliminating them. For mild to moderate cases, avoiding further exposure may be enough to allow the body to eliminate toxins, or nutritional therapy may be used to aid the elimination process. Chelation therapy may be used in acute toxicity and more severe chronic toxicity cases, which uses specific agents to flush metals from the body.
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