Heavy Metals - Environmental Toxins and Related Testing

Introduction to Heavy Metals Related Blood Testing

aaa

What is Heavy Metals Related Blood Testing?

2222

Why Perform Heavy Metals Related Blood Testing?

3333

Comprehensive List of Heavy Metals Related Blood Tests to Order Online

4444

Shopping cart is empty.
  • Aluminum (Blood)

    This blood test measures Aluminum levels. Aluminum is a common element in the earth's crust and is found in small amounts in many household and personal care products. There are concerns that aluminum exposure from either diet or the environment may be related to Alzheimer's disease. To date, research has yet to prove that aluminum is a causative agent in Alzheimer's disease. However, research has documented that aluminum does accumulate in higher amounts in the brain tissue of people with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease, as well as Parkinson's disease.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    Fasting is not required.


    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    6021
    Cost: 
    $78.00
  • Ammonia (Blood)

    This blood test is also known as Blood Ammonia; Blood. Ammonia is a by-product of normal protein metabolism and is also created by bacteria such as H.Pylori (Research estimates half of the worlds population is infected with H.Pylori) in the stomach, as well as other bacteria in the intestines. High levels of blood ammonia can harm vital organs, most notably the brain. Ammonia is a waste product that is usually transported to the liver where ammonia is converted to urea through a sequence of reactions known as the urea cycle. One of these processes is the detoxification of ammonia in the blood. When the liver is damaged, the detoxification process is disrupted and ammonia levels can elevate to toxic levels. Elevated levels of ammonia have been found in those who suffer with urinary tract infections and in liver disorders. Because ammonia is one of the most common endogenous (made naturally in the body) neurotoxic compounds, it has been considered to be one of the toxic factors that may contribute to the symptoms and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Besides neurotoxic effects, elevated ammonia levels may cause confusion, drowsiness, tremors and may induce vomiting.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    It is best to be fasting for approximately 9-12 hours prior to lab collection (without food or liquids except water).

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    5509
    Cost: 
    $42.00
  • Arsenic (Blood)

    This blood test is used to measure Arsenic levels. Arsenic is a common cause of acute poisoning through heavy metals. Arsenic enters the environment through the smelting of copper, zinc and lead and is released through the manufacturing of certain chemicals. Pesticides that contain arsenic, when manufactured, release arsine gas. Arsenic has been found in water supplies around the world, which has the potential to leach into seafood. Arsenic is found in rat poisoning, fungicides and products used to protect wood. Arsenic toxicity affects the blood, kidneys, skin, digestive tract and central nervous system.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    Fasting not required.


    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    269
    Cost: 
    $78.00
  • Cadmium (Blood)

    This blood test is used to monitor exposure to cadmium. Cadmium is an extremely toxic metal frequently found in industrial places of work. Cigarettes are also a significant source of cadmium exposure. Cadmium may be found in batteries, fertilizers, pesticides, PVC plastics and certain shellfish. Those who work with cadmium pigments are also at risk for cadmium exposure. Cadmium toxicity affects the liver, placenta, lungs, brain, kidneys and bones, which may lead to problems such as fatigue, confusion, depression and cardiac arrhythmias.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning and shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    299
    Cost: 
    $78.00
  • Candida Antigen / Antibody Profie

    This blood test is used to detect antigens and antibodies (IgG, IgM, IgA) to Candida Albicans.

    Candida normally occurs in the mouth, vagina, or gastrointestinal tract. Candida can become quite problematic if there is an overgrowth of yeast in comparison to healthy gut flora. Antibiotics promote the growth of yeast by destroying both good and bad bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract without deterring the growth of Candida albicans. Without balanced numbers of friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, an environment exists that Candida albicans will thrive in. When this occurs, the body's immune system becomes overwhelmed, not only by the overwhelming presence of Candida, but also by the toxic by-products that Candida produces. Candida albicans puts out approximately 79 toxic by-products, all of which weaken the immune system. One of the major toxins produced from Candida albicans is acetaldehyde (neurotoxin), which is transformed by the liver to ethanol (alcohol), causing a feeling of intoxication and brain fog. Over time, the taxed immune system continues to weaken from the presence of yeast overgrowth and its toxic by-products, more symptoms of infection occur, and the potential to receive more antibiotics contributes to a vicious cycle that threatens health and well-being. If the yeast overgrowth is not identified and arrested, it has the potential to transform into an even more threatening pathogen whose roots burrow into the intestinal lining creating what is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome, where the yeast/fungus enter the blood stream. The overuse of antibiotics in the United States has contributed to the increase of Candida overgrowth seen in the population. Other contributors to Candida overgrowth are steroids, birth control pills, chronic stress, and a diet of refined and processed foods. Candida causes infections such as thrush, and is frequently an issue for people who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar (diabetes) and may be life threatening to those who have weakened immune systems. Symptoms of Candida overgrowth may include irritable bowel symptoms, low energy, mood swings and or foggy thinking. If left undetected and unmanaged, yeast overgrowth will result is chronic progressive disease.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.


    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    30440
    Cost: 
    $199.00
  • Ceruloplasmin

    This blood test measures Ceruloplasmin levels. Copper is an essential mineral that is absorbed through the intestine and transported to the liver where it may be stored, used in iron metabolism or used to synthesize needed enzymes. About 95% of the copper in the blood is bound to ceruloplasmin. Elevated ceruloplasmin levels have been associated with inflammatory processes such as Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, angina, severe infection and schizophrenia. Certain medications such as oral contraceptives may cause an elevation in ceruloplasmin.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.


    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    326
    Cost: 
    $30.00
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x3 (Doctor’s Data)

    The Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x 3 is used to objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/fungus and parasites.

    Test Description:
    Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common in medical care. This comprehensive profile helps pinpoint the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic systemic conditions, and measures key markers of digestion, absorption and inflammation. Using growth-based culture, the standard of practice in clinical microbiology, as well as sensitive biochemical assays and microscopy, this thorough profile evaluates the status of beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeast and parasites. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to prescriptive and natural agents is also performed for appropriate bacterial and fungal species at no additional charge. Parasitology testing can include one-, two- or three-day collection, based on practitioner preference.

    Detailed Information:
    The Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x 3 is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic assessment that permits practitioners to objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/fungus and parasites. Precise identification of pathogenic species and susceptibility testing greatly facilitates selection of the most appropriate pharmaceutical or natural treatment agents.

    Important information regarding the efficiency of digestion and absorption can be gleaned from the measurement of the fecal levels of elastase (pancreatic exocrine sufficiency), fat, muscle and vegetable fibers, and carbohydrates. Inflammation can significantly increase intestinal permeability and compromise assimilation of nutrients. The extent of inflammation, whether caused by pathogens or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can be assessed and monitored by examination of the levels of biomarkers such as lysozyme, lactoferrin, white blood cells and mucus. These markers can be used to differentiate between inflammation associated with potentially life-threatening inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which requires lifelong treatment, and less severe inflammation that can be associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is frequently due to the presence of enteroinvasive pathogens. Lactoferrin is only markedly elevated prior to and during the active phases of IBD, but not with IBS. Monitoring fecal lactoferrin levels in patients with IBD can therefore facilitate timely treatment of IBD, and the test can be ordered separately. Since the vast majority of secretory IgA (sIgA) is normally present in the GI tract, where it prevents binding of pathogens and antigens to the mucosal membrane, it is essential to know the status of sIgA in the gut. sIgA is the only bona fide marker of humoral immune status in the GI tract.

    Cornerstones of good health include proper digestion of food, assimilation of nutrients, exclusion of pathogens and timely elimination of waste. To obtain benefits from food that is consumed, nutrients must be appropriately digested and then efficiently absorbed into portal circulation. Microbes, larger-sized particles of fiber, and undigested foodstuffs should remain within the intestinal lumen. Poor digestion and malabsorption of vital nutrients can contribute to degenerative diseases, compromised immune status and nutritional deficiencies. Impairment of the highly specific nutrient uptake processes, or compromised GI barrier function, as in "leaky gut syndrome," can result from a number of causes including:

    • Low gastric acid production
    • Chronic maldigestion
    • Food allergen impact on bowel absorptive surfaces
    • Bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis)
    • Pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites and related toxic irritants
    • The use of NSAIDs and antibiotics

    Impairment of intestinal functions can contribute to the development of food allergies, systemic illnesses, autoimmune disease, and toxic overload from substances that are usually kept in the confines of the bowel for elimination. Efficient remediation of GI dysfunctions incorporates a comprehensive guided approach that should include consideration of elimination of pathogens and exposure to irritants, supplementation of hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes and pre- and probiotics, and repair of the mucosal barrier.

    Sample Result.

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results:
    See Collection Information

    Test Results:
    8-14 business days one the lab has received the test kit.

    Disclaimer:
    Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x3
    Cost: 
    $385.00
  • Copper

    This blood test is used to measure copper levels. Adequate levels of copper are critical for the production of neurotransmitters, energy, myelin, bone and connective tissue production, immune function and the production of blood. Similar to iron, copper's unique ability to transfer electrons makes it a critical component for many metabolic pathways. Copper levels must be maintained within a narrow range for optimal function. We know that there are elevated levels of copper in the brain tissue in people with Alzheimer's disease. Elevated copper levels also contribute to the retinal degeneration and cerebellar degeneration that leads to cognitive dysfunction. Elevated copper levels have been shown to lead to some cancers and heart disease. Elevated levels also inhibit Thyroid Releasing Hormone at the hypothalamus and in the case of Wilson's Syndrome, build up in the liver preventing conversion of T4 to the active thyroid hormone, T3. Common sources of copper exposure are copper piping, copper cooking utensils and supplements.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.


    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    363
    Cost: 
    $58.00
  • Fluoride (Urine)

    This urine test used to measure fluoride levels. Fluoride is a chemical that has been added to drinking water for years to help prevent cavities. Dr. Russell Blaylock is a nationally recognized, board-certified neurosurgeon and health practitioner. According to Dr. Russell Blaylock, fluoride is an extremely toxic substance that is extremely threatening to brain health, as well as overall health and wellbeing. Even though the health risks of fluoride exposure remain controversial, research studies have shown that exposure to fluoride may result in central nervous system disturbances, particularly among industrial workers. Dr. Blaylock's message resonates with research defining fluoride as a neurotoxin affecting the central nervous system. The findings of neurological effects in fluoride-exposed humans is consistent with, and strengthened by, recent findings such as the one published in 2011 in the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry, which discusses the effects fluoride has on children's IQ's. This study concluded that chronic exposure to high levels of Fluoride influences intellectual development. Sources of fluoride are drinking water, toothpastes, mouth rinses, processed foods and beverages, pesticides and medications. Fluoride found in various compounds plays a heavy role in occupational exposures and for those living near production plants where steel, brick, aluminum, glass and petroleum are produced to name a few.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after walking. Do not take supplements on the day of the test. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    37402
    Cost: 
    $149.00
  • Glutathione

    This blood test measures Glutathione levels. Glutathione is a tripeptide made of glycine, glutamate and cysteine. Glutathione is the most abundant and important intracellular antioxidant (prevents oxidative damage). Glutathione is extremely important in excreting xenobiotics (not naturally produced in the body) compounds. Low levels of glutathione have been reported in cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer, autism and reduced production of the neurotransmitter dopamine, as well as in debilitating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Low levels of glutathione are also associated with chronic exposure to toxic elements (mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, manganese, iron), chemicals, and some drugs.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    90379
    Cost: 
    $138.00
  • Heavy Metals Panel (Blood)

    The term "heavy metal" is used as a broad term for all metals and semimetals with potential for human or environmental toxicity. Lead, mercury and arsenic are the most common examples of toxic metal exposure. Clinical research continues to demonstrate the key intervention to limiting the progression or reversing Alzheimer's diseases is a comprehensive approach. Minimizing risk factors (Red Flags) is essential for the prevention of Alzheimer's disease. Even though an association between Alzheimer's and heavy metals and other toxins has not been confirmed, evidence continues to grow demonstrating elevated levels of heavy metals and toxins in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer's disease. Research has demonstrated that Alzheimer's patients consistently have elevated levels of copper in the brain. 

    Long term exposure to a heavy metal can be a slow and insidious process. Disorders related to heavy metals and toxins may result in various physical, muscular and neurological damages. Exposure may be through diet, medications, dental procedures (amalgams contains mercury) and possible exposure through medical procedures such as joint replacements. According to the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Center, long-term exposure to heavy metals may even lead to cancer.

    • Lead is the main cause of childhood heavy metal poisoning so it is important to consider the environment
      you grew up in. Historically lead was found in paint, pipes and drains in older homes. Today, lead can also be
      found in plumbing, fuel additives, ammunition, PVC plastics and x-ray shielding. Toxicity affects the bones,
      kidneys and thyroid.
    • Arsenic is a common cause of acute poisoning through heavy metals. It enters the environment through
      smelting of copper, zinc and lead. It is released through the manufacturing of certain chemicals. Pesticides
      that contain arsenic, when manufactured, release arsine gas. Arsenic has been found in water supplies
      around the world, which has the potential to leach into seafood. Arsenic is found in rat poisoning, fungicides
      and products used to protect wood. Toxicity affects the blood, kidneys, skin, the digestive and central
      nervous systems.
    • Mercury is found in mining operations and the paper industry. Atmospheric mercury is found in rain and in
      the aquatic food supplies and fish in lakes. Mercury compounds are banned, but some old paints may contain
      it. Childhood vaccines can contain mercury, and it is also found in thermometers and dental amalgams. It
      generally enters the body through inhalation. Toxicity targets the brain and kidneys.
    • Creatinine levels  undiluted, whereas low amounts of creatinine in the urine indicate either a manipulated test or low individual baseline creatinine levels.
    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    Please avoid seafood and red wine for 72 prior to having this lab collected.
    If possible, it is best to have these labs collected early in the morning. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    7655
    Cost: 
    $185.00
  • Mold & Mycotoxin - MycoTox Profile - Great Plains Laboratory


    GPL-MYCOTOX MARKERS

    AFLATOXIN M1 (AFM1)

    Aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) is the main metabolite of aflatoxin B1, which is a mycotoxin produced by the mold species Aspergillus. Aflatoxins are some of the most carcinogenic substances in the environment.  Aflatoxin susceptibility is dependent on multiple different factors such as age, sex, and diet.  Aflatoxin can be found in beans, corn, rice, tree nuts, wheat, milk, eggs, and meat.  In cases of lung aspergilloma, aflatoxin has been found in human tissue specimens. Aflatoxin can cause liver damage, cancer, mental impairment, abdominal pain, hemorrhaging, coma, and death.  Aflatoxin has been shown to inhibit leucocyte proliferation.  Clinical signs of aflatoxicosis are non-pruritic macular rash, headache, gastrointestinal dysfunction (often extreme), lower extremity edema, anemia, and jaundice.  The toxicity of Aflatoxin is increased in the presence of Ochratoxin and Zearalenone.

    OCHRATOXIN A (OTA)


    Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a nephrotoxic, immunotoxic, and carcinogenic mycotoxin.  This chemical is produced by molds in the Aspergillus and Penicillium families.  Exposure is primarily through contaminated foods such as cereals, grape juices, dairy, spices, wine, dried vine fruit, and coffee.  Exposure to OTA can also come from inhalation exposure in water-damaged buildings.  OTA can lead to kidney disease and adverse neurological effects.  Studies have shown that OTA can cause significant oxidative damage to multiple brain regions and the kidneys.  Dopamine levels in the brain of mice have been shown to be decreased after exposure to OTA.

    STERIGMATOCYSTIN (STG)


    Sterigmatocystin (STG) is a mycotoxin that is closely related to aflatoxin.  STG is produced from several species of mold such as Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Bipolaris. It is considered to be carcinogenic, particularly in the cells of the GI tract and liver.  STG has been found in the dust from damp carpets.  It is also a contaminant of many foods including grains, corn, bread, cheese, spices, coffee beans, soybeans, pistachio nuts, and animal feed. In cases of lung aspergilloma, STG has been found in human tissue specimens.  The toxicity of STG affects the liver, kidneys, and immune system.  Tumors have been found in the lungs of rodents that were exposed to STG.  Oxidative stress becomes measurably elevated during STG exposure, which causes a depletion of antioxidants such as glutathione, particularly in the liver.

    RORIDIN E

    Roridin E is a macrocyclic trichothecene produced by the mold species Fusarium, Myrothecium, and Stachybotrys (i.e. black mold).  Trichothecenes are frequently found in buildings with water damage but can also be found in contaminated grain.  This is a very toxic compound, which inhibits protein biosynthesis by preventing peptidyl transferase activity. Trichothecenes are considered extremely toxic and have been used as biological warfare agents.  Even low levels of exposure to macrocyclic trichothecenes can cause severe neurological damage, immunosuppression, endocrine disruption, cardiovascular problems, and gastrointestinal distress.

    VERRUCARIN A

    Verrucarin A (VRA) is a macrocyclic trichothecene mycotoxin produced from Stachybotrys, Fusarium, and Myrothecium. Trichothecenes are frequently found in buildings with water damage but can also be found in contaminated grain. VRA is a small, amphipathic molecule that can move passively across cell membranes.  The primary tissues affected by VRA are intestinal and gastric mucosa, bone marrow, and spleen.  VRA causes damage to human cells by inhibiting protein and DNA synthesis, disrupting mitochondrial functions, and by producing oxidative stress (due to generation of free radicals).  Exposure to VRA can cause immunological problems, vomiting, skin dermatitis, and hemorrhagic lesions.

    ENNIATIN B1

    Enniatin B1 is a fungal metabolite categorized as cyclohexa depsipeptides toxin produced by the fungus Fusarium. This strain of fungus is one of the most common cereal contaminants.  Grains in many different countries have recently been contaminated with high levels of enniatin.  The toxic effects of enniatin are caused by the inhibition of the acyl-CoA cholesterol acyltransferase, depolarization of mitochondria, and inhibition of osteoclastic bone resorption.  Enniatin has antibiotic properties and chronic exposure may lead to weight loss, fatigue, and liver disease. 

    ZEARALENONE (ZEA)

    Zearalenone (ZEA) is a mycotoxin that is produced by the mold species Fusarium, and has been shown to be hepatotoxic,  haematotoxic, immunotoxic, and genotoxic.  ZEA is commonly found in several foods in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa including wheat, barley, rice, and maize.  ZEA has estrogenic activity and exposure to ZEA can lead to reproductive changes.  ZEA’s estrogenic activity is higher than that of other non-steroidal isoflavones (compounds that have estrogen-like effects) such as soy and clover.  ZEA exposure can result in thymus atrophy and alter spleen lymphocyte production as well as impaired lymphocyte immune response, which leads to patients being susceptible to disease. 

    SPECIES OF MOLD TESTED BY GPL-MYCOTOX
     
    ASPERGILLUS

    Aspergillus is the most prevalent mold group in the environment.  It has caused billions of dollars of in damage to crops and livestock.  Two of the most common Aspergillus mycotoxins are aflatoxin and ochratoxin.  The main target of these toxins is the liver.  These toxins have been found in all major cereal crops including peanuts, corn, cotton, millet, rice, sorghum, sunflower seeds, wheat, and a variety of spices.  Theyare also found in eggs, milk, and meat from animals fed contaminated grains.  Diseases caused by Aspergillus are called aspergillosis.  The most common route of infection is through the respiratory system.  Aspergillus can cause severe asthma when the mold colonizes the lung, forming a granulomatous disease.

    PENICILLUM

    There are over 200 species of Penicillium that have been discovered.  Penicillium chrysogenum is the most common of these species.  It is often found in indoor environments and is responsible for many allergic reactions.  Penicillium is also a known contaminant in many different food items.  Many different types of citrus fruits can become contaminated with Penicillium, but it can also contaminate seeds and grains.  One reason that Penicillium is such a common infestation is because of its ability to thrive in low humidity.  In the home, Penicillium can be found in wallpaper, carpet, furniture, and fiberglass insulation.  The most common mycotoxin produced by Penicillium is ochratoxin (OTA).  Ochratoxin is nephrotoxic, which means that it damages the kidneys.  It is also carcinogenic.

    STACHYBOTRYS

    Stachybotrys is a greenish-black mold.  This mold can grow on materials with high cellulose and low nitrogen content such as gypsum board, paper, fiberboard, and ceiling tiles.  Stachybotrys is known for its production of the highly toxic macrocyclic trichothecene mycotoxins.  Two of the more common mycotoxins produced by Stachybotrys are roridin E and verrucarin.  In addition to these mycotoxins, the fungus produces nine phenylspirodrimanes, as well as cyclosporine, which are potent immunosuppressors. These immunosupressors along with the mycotoxin trichothecenes may be responsible for the high toxicity of Stachybotrys.

    FUSARIUM

    Fusarium’s major mycotoxins are zearalenone (ZEN) and fumonisin.  Fusarium fungi grow best in temperate climate conditions.  They require lower temperatures for growth than Aspergillus. Fusarium grows worldwide on many different types of grains including corn and wheat.  Exposure to mycotoxins from Fusarium can lead to both acute and chronic effects.  These symptoms can include abdominal distress, malaise, diarrhea, emesis, and death.  ZEN possesses estrogenic effects and has been implicated in reproductive disorders.

    SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS
    Urine: 5 mL of the first morning urine before food or drink is suggested.  Fasting for 12 hours may increase the excretion of mycotoxins from the adipose tissue.  However, fasting is not recommended if running this test in combination with other urine tests.



    Test code: 
    VABVSOSEAY
    Cost: 
    $380.00
  • Selenium (24 Hour Urine)

    This 24-hour urine test measures selenium levels. Selenium is an essential trace element. It is widely recognized as a key nutrient in cancer prevention and is a crucial cofactor for the conversion of T4 to T3 in healthy thyroid function. Selenium protects genes from inflammatory disease processes such as dementia, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and asthma. Selenium plays a crucial role by helping the body detoxify naturally from heavy metals such as cadmium. Cigarettes are a significant source of cadmium exposure worldwide. Cadmium has been found in toxic levels in fertilizers, pesticides and PVC plastics. Cadmium toxicity affects the lungs, brain, kidneys and bones and may lead to problems such as fatigue, confusion, depression and cardiac arrhythmias.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    A 24-hour urine collection must be submitted for this test to be completed. The specimen container for the 24-hour urine collection can be picked up at any Quest Diagnostics lab collection site. The Quest Diagnostics staff will be happy to answer any questions or concerns. Instructions for a 24-hour urine are as follows:


    1. The specimen collection starts by discarding the first urine passed upon rising. It is important to empty the
    bladder completely.

    2. Except for the discarded urine passed upon the morning rise, place ALL of the urine passed during the next 24 hours in the specimen container obtained at the Quest Diagnostics collection site. Urine passed during bowel movements must be included in the collection process.

    3. Maintain the specimen container at room temperature.

    4. Avoid contact with metal during the collection process.

    5. At the same time the following morning, empty the bladder completely one more time and add this sample to
    the collection container. This completes the collection process.

    6. Be sure the lid to the specimen container is on secure. Take the collection container to the Quest Diagnostics  
    collection site as soon as possible.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    16866
    Cost: 
    $155.00
  • Selenium (Blood)

    This blood test measures selenium levels. Selenium is an essential trace element. It is widely recognized as a key nutrient in cancer prevention and is a crucial cofactor for the conversion of T4 to T3 in healthy thyroid function. Selenium protects genes from inflammatory disease processes such as dementia, stroke, heart disease, diabetes and asthma. Selenium plays a crucial role by helping the body detoxify naturally from heavy metals such as cadmium. Cigarettes are a significant source of cadmium exposure worldwide. Cadmium has been found in toxic levels in fertilizers, pesticides and PVC plastics. Cadmium toxicity affects the lungs, brain, kidneys and bones and may lead to problems such as fatigue, confusion, depression and cardiac arrhythmias.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    6296
    Cost: 
    $135.00

Online Resources About Heavy Metals Related Blood Testing

dddd