Why consider testing for urine elements?

Patients with many different ailments may suspect exposure to toxic heavy metals. While the nutritional elements (minerals) are generally considered beneficial, some may be toxic in excessive doses. Urine element testing is a proven method to assess for element toxicity.

Occupational and industrial exposure, or exposure through various hobbies may put patients at higher risk for toxicity. Those most at risk include workers in industries such as metal refining, alloying, parts manufacturing in aerospace and machine tools, electronics and computer manufacturing, welding, plumbing, construction, oil refining, mining, waste disposal, pesticide manufacturing and application, pigment and coating manufacturing, petrochemical production, dentistry, firearms and ammunition, and work with glass, dyes, ceramics, or paints.1-5

In addition to occupational exposures, everyday activities may put patients at risk of increased exposure to toxic metals: proximity to the above-mentioned industries where groundwater and air contamination can distribute metals; smoking; living in homes with older wells, pipes, and building materials; consumption of foods known to be contaminated with metals (seafood, rice); taking supplements from manufacturers lacking good manufacturing practice (GMP); use of personal care products and cosmetics; taking certain medications; exposure to emissions and exhaust fumes; and exposure to paints, dental amalgams, and fireworks.  Some individuals may see elevated levels as they are not capable of processing even the modest amounts of toxic elements that we all experience in daily life.

If you would like to discuss how toxic elements may be affecting your health, and how urine element testing can assess your status book an initial visit with Dr Joe today.


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