Heavy Metal Testing

Heavy metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, and cadmium can accumulate in the body causing a variety of health concerns. Unfortunately, blood testing for heavy metals is helpful only for acute exposures. More commonly, the majority of patients inquiring about heavy metal testing have had a slow exposure to the heavy metal over years; such as people with dental amalgams containing mercury; or people working in a vocation with a higher exposure level (such as industry, farming, autobody….). For patients that suspect elevated heavy metals that have accumulated over time, a "provoked chelated" urine test is used. The patient must first take a provoking agent that attaches to the heavy metal allowing the body to excrete it in the urine. The urine is collected for six hours after taking the chelating agent and a sample is sent to the laboratory for testing. The CFNM is pleased to partner with Doctor's Data Laboratory, an industry leader in the field of heavy metal testing.

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