Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Simple Screening Test for Heavy Metal Toxicity
A random urine porphyrin profile is a good screening test for detecting heavy metal (and aluminum, which is technically a light toxic metal) and organotoxin toxicity. Many clinicians order the wrong test for heavy metals. Intracellular heavy metal testing, provoked urine testing, and hair analysis testing are options. However, I see over and over again clinicians (and confident specialists) ordering an unprovoked spot blood or urine heavy metal test and telling people they are all clear and normal.
https://www.gdx.net/product/porphyrins-test-urine (usually $191; not covered by insurance)
http://www.questdiagnostics.com/testcenter/TestDetail.action?ntc=36592 (usually maximum $90; sometimes covered by insurance)
Of course there are more specific tests available at Genova (appx $200 to $600; not covered by insurance):
Mixed Panel: https://www.gdx.net/product/toxic-effects-core-test-urine-blood
Heavy Metals: https://www.gdx.net/product/toxic-element-clearance-test-urine