Toxic Element/Metal Testing

Toxic Element/Metal Testing in Chicago can let you know about toxic elements you have accumulated in your system

What Are Toxic Elements?

With all of the joys of modern civilization come several risks as well, the profusion of toxic elements invading our bodies being one of them. Thanks to many of the daily processes of industrialized living--including waste incineration and the burning of coal, petroleum oil, and natural gas--never before in human history have we been exposed to such a high concentration of minerals and heavy metals in the food we eat and the beverages we consume (including our water) that not only serve no functional purpose to the human body, but can actually cause us harm.

Not all minerals are harmful to the body. Many of them, in fact, are vital for our health. Macrominerals (like calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc) and Trace Minerals (like chromium, manganese, iodine) in particular help the body in many ways and are essential parts of a healthy diet. But then there are the Heavy Metals, toxic minerals that we could do without, if only there weren't so many of them everywhere around us.

Among the more familiar of these offending metals are: aluminum, arsenic, bromine, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, and uranium, among many others.

When any of these toxic elements enter our body, unlike most other elements that enter our bodies, they do not break down by any natural processes, and so they linger. And as these toxic elements linger, and as more of them accumulate over time, they cause the body increasing harm. What's more, many of the macrominerals and trace minerals that are so important for our health in certain amounts can in greater concentrations become toxic and therefore harmful themselves.


Symptoms and Conditions Caused By Toxic Elements

Far more common than acute metal poisoning, per se, is a chronic, underlying, low-level exposure and resulting retention of these toxic elements in the body, causing a whole host of adverse health effects. Many major illnesses (including heart disease and diabetes), accelerated signs of aging (including osteoporosis), and genetic defects in newborns can be attributed--at least in part--to toxicity in the body caused by its absorption of many of these heavy metals and minerals. What happens in many cases is that the toxic metals replace important nutrients we need, in turn impacting thousands of enzymes that help us stay healthy and ward off disease and aging. But that's not the only way toxic elements can harm our bodies.

Toxic elements can also replace vital substances needed to build up the tissue structure of our bones, muscles, joints, and arteries. Additionally, these toxic metals and minerals may settle in various sites in the body and create toxic deposits that cause irritation and can promote infection from viruses, bacteria, and fungi. What's more, toxic elements can have adverse affects on literally every organ system of the body.

Other symptoms and conditions associated with toxic metals include premenstrual cramps, migraine headaches, anxiety, depression, and panic attacks.

Many people experience the effects of heavy metal toxicity as fatigue, a feeling so common and familiar to us today that most sufferers may not even realize that there's a problem to address. They may have become so used to their constant feelings of tiredness and weakness that they consider it to be their norm.

But so much more strength and vitality are available to them--to anyone suffering from an excessive buildup of toxic elements in their system. And what's more, what seems like a simple "normal" or "natural" feeling of fatigue right now could develop into any number of more serious health problems later on in life, if left untended.


Why Get Tested?

So there are two reasons to get tested right there:

1. For a general increase of strength and vitality right here and now
2. To reduce the risk of infection, illness, and disease in the future

And if you are pregnant or considering having children then it's all the more important to have yourself tested for toxic elements so as to protect the life and health of your child.

Tests We Do Here
Here at Essential Health Solutions, we offer several toxic element tests using a fully licensed and certified clinical laboratory with over 30 years of experience. Moreover their specialty is toxic element testing, and they are considered pioneers of that science.

The toxicity tests that we offer are:

Hair Toxic Elements Exposure Profile

Extensive scientific research has shown that the element levels in scalp hair are indicative of the element levels in the whole system. Hair, in fact, can have 200-300 times the concentration of toxic elements as blood or urine. As such, hair can be an excellent predictor of potential health problems that the body has yet to show any symptoms of having.

The Hair Toxic Elements Exposure Profile is an inexpensive and non-invasive test of just 0.25 g of hair that can identify the levels of several toxic elements and essential nutrient elements in the body. We will review with you the amount, reference range, and percentile of 31 potentially toxic elements as well as provide you with an in-depth summary of each of these elements, its risks, and the health ramifications of having an excess of each element in one's body. Furthermore, the elements in the report are conveniently listed in descending priority order according to findings from the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry.

Urine Toxic Metals:

This test offers a valuable assessment of both a body's toxic metal retention and its essential element status, or the degree of nutritional wasting. This test is also useful in monitoring the progress of detoxification therapies. By first administering a chelating agent, which removes toxic elements from the bloodstream so that the body can eliminate them in its waste. Within 24 hours of this, a urine sample is then collected and analyzed.

The report generated from this test will show the amount, reference range, and risk levels of 15 potentially toxic metals and creatinine (a measuring reference which compensates for variations in the dilution of urine). As no safe reference levels for these potentially toxic metals have been established, the reference range used in this test are representative of a population under non-provoked and non-challenged circumstances.

Reports for both the Hair Toxic Elements Exposure Profile and the Urine Toxic Metals test will also impart suggestions of how a person may be getting exposed to each of the metals tested, including areas of one's environment (home, workplace, car, etc.) to investigate, and suggestions for reducing and/or counteracting exposure.