With the industrial revolution, over the last 100 years, we are exposed to 1000’s of toxic chemicals on a daily basis. These chemicals can be in the form of pesticides in our food, heavy metal in our water, chemicals in our personal care products such as shampoo/conditioner, laundry soap, air fresheners and gasoline fumes just to name a few. Our livers do an amazing job of protecting us but if we keep pushing our livers with constant exposure, our livers can get to the point where it can not keep us with the toxic load being thrown at it. Additionally there are some molecules such as heavy metals that don’t leave our body without a focused protocol such as chelation or greens such as spiralina and cilantro .

Over the past 50 years, our exposure to heavy metals has dramatically increased. We are exposed to mercury in amalgam fillings (yes the mercury does leech into your body, lead from drinking water that still have lead pipes and even heavy metals in pesticides that are used on non organic crops….wth?

There are two types of heavy metal exposure: acute and chronic.

Acute exposure to a large dose is easier to identify such as chemical exposure at work. Chronic exposure is harder to identify because it’s a slow process. Also toxic elements can impede the absorption of essential elements which can further compound the issue. A heavy metal test is a good protocol for anyone suffering from symptoms that won’t go away including chronic fatigue, brain fog, nervous system issues, infertility, chronic pain or even mood swings. Even if the test comes back negative for heavy metals, you can rule out heavy metals and look to other parts of the body including liver, gut health and hormones.

Heavy metals can be tested through urine and hair. Blood is not a good way to get an accurate representation of heavy metals. Hair can be useful if you are looking at the past 30-60 days. Urine is really the best way to show a total toxic body load.

The importance of testing for heavy metals is they can cause chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia, candida, MS like symptoms and other debilitating symptoms.

Functional medicine heavy metal/toxicity test

Once the heavy metal is identified. Chelation therapy can happen to remove the heavy metals. Download my guide to find out more about types of chelation.

Heavy metal testing will cost between $200 – $300 (Can).

 

 

2. Environmental Pollutants Profile: Volatile solvents are used commercially in the manufacture of plastics, paints, varnishes, resins, synthetic fibers, rubbers, lubricants, dyes and industrial cleaning agents. They are a natural part of gasoline, airplane fuel and cigarette smoke.

Parabens are a widely used family of preservatives found in many personal care, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Phthalates are used in the manufacture of plastics to allow for flexibility. They are widely used in personal care products and food packaging.

Environmental pollutants test will assess what your levels are if they are extremely high, can account for unusual symptoms you may be having.

The cost of the test is approx $300 – $400 (Can).