Toxic Metal Testing
TOXIC METAL TESTING - MELISA®
Columbia School of Public Health and Medicine reported that 95% of all cancer is caused by diet and environmental toxicity. Studies show that most of us have between 400-800 chemical residues in the fat cells of our bodies. Every day, all of us ingest tiny amounts of these chemicals that our bodies cannot metabolize. Chemicals and toxic metals not metabolized are stored in the fat cells throughout our bodies where they continue to accumulate, altering our metabolism, causing enzyme dysfunction, brain damage, hormone imbalance, and cancer. A toxic load of lead, cadmium, mercury, or arsenic is capable of rendering considerable damage to the brain and nervous system, particularly in children.
Toxic Metal Testing is done through Erythrocyte (blood) Hair, Urine testing and/or by MELISA® (Memory Lymphocyte Immune-Stimulation Assay) MELISA® measures Type-IV delayed hypersensitivity reaction to foreign materials (antigens and pathogens). A Type-IV hypersensitivity reaction is mediated by memory T-lymphocytes that have had prior contact with a given allergen. T-lymphocytes circulate through the body and encounter and remember foreign materials. These profiles are suggested for individuals with symptoms of hypersensitivity to metal, and those who have had possible immunological responses to: dental amalgams and implants, orthopedic and electrical implants, cosmetics and jewelry, foods and cookware, occupational exposure, reaction to vaccinations, preservatives, or thimerosol.
Toxic heavy metals can cause the following health problems:
- Long-term exposure to cadmium is associated with renal dysfunction. Cadmium is biopersistent and once absorbed remains resident for many years. High exposure can lead to obstructive lung diseases and has been linked to lung cancer. Cadmium may also cause bone defects in humans and animals. The average daily intake for humans is estimated as 0.15µg from air and 1µg from water; Low exposure to chromium can irritate the skin and cause ulceration. Long-term exposure can cause kidney and liver damage. It can also cause damage to circulatory and nerve tissues.
- High doses of copper can cause anemia, liver and kidney damage, and stomach and intestinal irritation. People with Wilson's disease are at greater risk for health effects from overexposure to copper.
- Exposure to lead can lead to a wide range of biological defects in human depending on duration and level of exposure. The developing fetus and infants are far more sensitive than adults. High exposure can cause problems in the synthesis of hemoglobin, damage to the kidneys, gastrointestinal tract, joints, reproductive system and the nervous system. Studies have suggested that exposure to lead can cause up to a loss of 2 IQ points.
- Inorganic mercury poisoning is associated with tremors, gingivitis and/or minor psychological changes together with spontaneous abortion and congenital malformation. Mono-methyl mercury causes damage to the brain and the central nervous system while fetal and post-natal exposure have given rise to abortion, congenital malformation and development changes in young children.
- Excessive amounts of nickel can be mildly toxic. Long term exposure can cause decreased body weight, heart and liver damage and skin irritation.
- Exposure to high levels of arsenic can cause death. All types of arsenic exposure can cause kidney and liver damage and in the most severe exposure there is erythrocyte hemolysis.
- Manganese is known to block calcium channels and with chronic exposure results in CNS dopamine depletion. This duplicates almost all of the symptomology of Parkinson's disease.
- Aluminum toxicity is associated with the development of bone disorders including fractures, osteopenia, and osteomalacia.
Mercury Tri Test – QuickSilver Scientific
Quicksilver Scientific®’s CLIA-certified laboratory specializes in advanced mercury speciation testing, using the patented Mercury Tri-Test. This test utilizes samples of hair, blood, and urine to assess for the body’s mercury burden and its ability to eliminate it. This test helps practitioners and patients to understand the magnitude and source of mercury exposure, as well as if additional support is needed in the process of mercury detoxification.
The Quicksilver Mercury Tri-Test is the only clinical test that utilizes mercury speciation analysis, a patented advanced technology that separates methyl mercury (MeHg) from inorganic mercury (HgII) and measures each directly. Quicksilver Scientific’s instruments are sensitive enough to measure ambient mercury levels in the body WITHOUT THE NEED FOR CHALLENGE TESTING. This laboratory test provides unprecedented information for healthcare practitioners, allowing them to assess the patient’s exposure sources, body burden and ability to excrete each form of mercury. This detailed information helps build an informed picture and allows the clinician to plan a rational approach to a successful detoxification strategy for the patient.