Toxic Metals Panel (Fecal)
If you're concerned about the possibility of heavy metal accumulation in your body, this Toxic Metals Panel is an important step to measure the following:
Heavy metals are a growing concern as we continue to pollute our planet at a rapid rate. Once liberated onto the environment through the air, drinking water, food, cosmetics, personal care products, and/or synthetic chemicals, heavy metals enter and accumulate in body tissues faster than the body's detoxification pathways can dispose of them. Since our body cannot metabolize them, heavy metals have the potential to be highly toxic.
This fecal metals test reveals how many metals are moving through you and out of you. For many toxic elements such as mercury, cadmium, lead, antimony, and uranium, fecal excretion is the primary natural route of elimination from the body. Thus, the results of fecal elemental analysis provides a direct indication of current environmental exposure and indirect information about your detoxification of accumulated heavy metals.
Since fecal mercury levels are highly correlated with the numbers of amalgams in a person's mouth, this panel also provides a look at mercury exposure for people with dental amalgams. Fecal mercury levels for people with dental amalgams are similar day to day, and approximately ten times higher than in people who do not have mercury amalgams.1
The following documents provide a full set of instructions and the contents of the lab kit for completing the test:
If you are concerned about recent exposure to mercury due to dietary consumption of fish, it is better to test mercury in your blood (see lab item LC085324 - Mercury, blood) since the methylmercury in fish is rapidly absorbed. Additionally, if the fecal test shows high mercury, especially in the absence of mercury containing fillings, a blood mercury test should also be considered.
Results take 2-3 weeks from the time the laboratory receives your sample. This test is not available in Pennsylvania. The results for this test can only be received via mail, e-mail, or fax.
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