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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
PCBs: https://www.gdx.net/product/pcbs-test-serum
Phthalates/Parabens: https://www.gdx.net/product/phthalates-parabens-test-urine
Heavy Metals: https://www.gdx.net/product/toxic-element-clearance-test-urine

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