How to test yourself for heavy metals.
Tests that help to diagnose metal and chemical toxicity include blood tests, urine tests, and the analysis of hair, nails or other tissues. The most accurate of these are a chelation challenge test, a hair analysis, or a Personal Heavy Metal Screen Test.
Regular blood tests and urine tests are not accurate in diagnosing heavy metal toxicity, as they only tend to show what is happening in the body at that brief moment in time, and do not give the long-term picture.
- A chelation challenge test needs to be performed by a doctor who specializes in chelation therapy. The patient is given a chelating drug, commonly DMPS or DMSA, and the patient's urine is collected and analyzed over a 24 hour period. This test is a highly accurate way of knowing just what heavy metals are present in the body. The drawbacks to this method are that it requires a visit to a health care professional's office, it is expensive, and there is a possibility of side effects to the chelating drugs.
- A hair analysis is also a good way of determining what toxic metals are present in the body. In addition, it also measures the levels of essential minerals in the body, such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. This test can provide you with much-needed information about your body. The drawback to this test is that it does not always show mercury toxicity, since mercury tends to "hide" in the tissues and organs. As well, certain populations such as autistic children often show very low levels of toxic metals on their hair analyses, since they are unable to excrete heavy metals. Hair, being outside the body, is a form of excretion, and these children tend to store their toxic metals tightly within their tissues and organs.
- The home-use Heavy Metal Screen Test is the world's first immediate method for screening heavy metals in any aqueous solution. It has been scientifically proven, and it will tell you INSTANTLY whether you are excreting free electrically active heavy metal ions from your body.
The Heavy Metal Screen Test
It is fast (takes less than 10 minutes), convenient (can be done at home), accurate and highly affordable. It gives you the ability to quickly determine the heavy-metal urine concentration and the body's detoxification/chelation capacity.
The Heavy Metal Screen Test is based on the dithizone reaction method which has been known to chemical science for more than 60 years. As a reagent, dithizone is able to indicate the presence of heavy metal ions in qualitative and quantitative terms. In binding with the unbound or free metal ions, colored complexes are formed.
The Dithizone heavy metal reagent only binds to the unbound or free metal ions. in other words, those metals which have not been neutralized by the body and are therefore increasing the free radical production a million times, are screened. Complete illustrated instructions and interpretation of results come with the test kit. Dithizone Test A color comparison chart on the insert will determine the level of heavy metals found in the test solution (urine) from no metals present to low, medium, high or very high concentrations metal ions present.