This test measures blood levels of several heavy metals including Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead and Mercury. Heavy metals exposure can occur due to contact with materials used in certain industrial settings or household products. The body is able to process small amounts of heavy metals but high levels of exposure can results in materials building up in body tissues and causing a number of health complications.
Arsenic can be found in materials such as pesticides, rodenticides, weed killers, paint and wood preservatives. Arsenic may also be found in food or groundwater in low levels. However, some areas have higher than normal levels of arsenic in the ground which can increase the risk of exposure. Blood testing is most effective for recent or acute exposure to Arsenic.
Cadmium toxicity is typically due to exposure in industrial settings. Those who work in jobs that involve heating, grinding and welding metal products as well as the production and use of certain types of spray paint are usually at higher risk of cadmium exposure. Blood testing is most effective for recent or acute exposure to Cadmium.
Lead can be found in a number of industrial products such as paint, ceramics, plastics, insecticides and batteries. Lead exposure is also a common concern for customers or employees of firing ranges due to the higher concentration of lead dust in these areas.
Mercury exposure can occur in industrial setting such as those which involve the burning of coal or from the consumption of certain products such as fish and shellfish. Mercury blood testing can be used to detect exposure to both inorganic and organic mercury but is more effective at detecting organic mercury such as that found in seafood.
Heavy metals testing is recommended for anyone who believes they have had exposure in the workplace or through other means especially if they are exhibiting symptoms of heavy metals poisoning. Family members of those exposed in the workplace should also be tested as toxic particulates can be brought into the home on clothing.