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Heavy Metal Intoxication

Posted last May 26, 2011, 1:41 am in Health report article

· 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;

What are Heavy Metals

 

What damage can heavy metals do?

  

· 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 feotus and infants are far more sensitive than adults. High exposure can cause problems in the synthesis of haemoglobins, 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 tremours, gingivitis and/or minor pyschological changes together with spontaneous abortion and congenital malformation. Monomethylmercury 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;

· Zinc toxicity causes stomach cramps, skin irritations, vomiting, nausea, anemia, pancreatic damage, interferance with protein metabolism, arterioscleriosis and respiratory disorders. Zinc poisoning can lead liver and kidney failures . Zinc can be a danger to the unborn or new born children

 

 

How is the test performed

  

When we are exposed to heavy metals from our environment, these chemicals are excreted or transported to various tissues in our body rather than remaining in our general circulation for long periods of time. As a result urine tests reflect recent exposure to heavy metals.

This Ionic Heavy Metal Test is based on the oldest chemical method for the detection of ionic transition metals, the Dithizone System. The system is considered to be so accurate that it is still being used today in laboratories around the world. It is also used to calibrate devices for the detection of heavy metals such as atomic absorption photo meters and other metal detection devices. This method is very fast and non invasive. It indicates ionic heavy (and/or transition) metals (the ‘bad’ metals) only and gives us an immediate indication of chelation ability. It allows us to monitor the progress of our therapy and to monitor the environment. The IHMT has been evaluated twice by the University of Newcastle (Australia), Department of Chemistry.

 

Costs of the tests with report:

$50.00

Costs  of  tests with initial consultation:

$ 75.00

Private Health Fund Approved

By Appointment only   - 07 31610813 

 

Definition of a Heavy Metal
"Heavy metals" are chemical elements with a specific gravity that is at least 5 times the specific gravity of water

Beneficial Heavy Metals
In small quantities, certain heavy metals are nutritionally essential for a healthy life. Some of these are referred to as the trace elements (e.g., iron, copper, manganese, and zinc). These elements, or some form of them, are commonly found naturally in foodstuffs, in fruits and vegetables, and in commercially available multivitamin products.

Toxic Heavy Metals
Heavy metals become toxic when they are not metabolized by the body and accumulate in the soft tissues. Heavy metals may enter the human body through food, water, air, or absorption through the skin when they come in contact with humans in agriculture and in manufacturing, pharmaceutical, industrial, or residential settings. Industrial exposure accounts for a common route of exposure for adults. Ingestion is the most common route of exposure in children. Children may develop toxic levels from the normal hand-to-mouth activity of small children who come in contact with contaminated soil or by actually eating objects that are not food (dirt or paint chips).