Heavy Metals Panel (Blood)


The term “heavy metal” is used as a broad term for all metals and semimetals with potential for human or environmental toxicity. Lead, mercury and arsenic are the most common examples of toxic metal exposure.

Clinical research continues to demonstrate the key intervention to limiting the progression or reversing Alzheimer’s diseases is a comprehensive approach. Minimizing risk factors (Red Flags) is essential for the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease. Even though an association between Alzheimer’s and heavy metals and other toxins has not been confirmed, evidence continues to grow demonstrating elevated levels of heavy metals and toxins in the brain may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s disease. Research has demonstrated that Alzheimer’s patients consistently have elevated levels of copper in the brain.

Long term exposure to a heavy metal can be a slow and insidious process. Disorders related to heavy metals and toxins may result in various physical, muscular and neurological damages. Exposure may be through diet, medications, dental procedures (amalgams contains mercury) and possible exposure through medical procedures such as joint replacements. According to the International Occupational Safety and Health Information Center, long-term exposure to heavy metals may even lead to cancer.

  • Lead is the main cause of childhood heavy metal poisoning so it is important to consider the environment
    you grew up in. Historically lead was found in paint, pipes and drains in older homes. Today, lead can also be
    found in plumbing, fuel additives, ammunition, PVC plastics and x-ray shielding. Toxicity affects the bones,
    kidneys and thyroid.
  • Arsenic is a common cause of acute poisoning through heavy metals. It enters the environment through
    smelting of copper, zinc and lead. It is released through the manufacturing of certain chemicals. Pesticides
    that contain arsenic, when manufactured, release arsine gas. Arsenic has been found in water supplies
    around the world, which has the potential to leach into seafood. Arsenic is found in rat poisoning, fungicides
    and products used to protect wood. Toxicity affects the blood, kidneys, skin, the digestive and central
    nervous systems.
  • Mercury is found in mining operations and the paper industry. Atmospheric mercury is found in rain and in
    the aquatic food supplies and fish in lakes. Mercury compounds are banned, but some old paints may contain
    it. Childhood vaccines can contain mercury, and it is also found in thermometers and dental amalgams. It
    generally enters the body through inhalation. Toxicity targets the brain and kidneys.
  • Creatinine levels  undiluted, whereas low amounts of creatinine in the urine indicate either a manipulated test or low individual baseline creatinine levels.

Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

Please avoid seafood and red wine for 72 prior to having this lab collected.
If possible, it is best to have these labs collected early in the morning. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.