Dr. Vibhuti Rana, PhD says... The information below regarding the types of testing available for detecting mercury levels in body is medically accurate.
The most accurate form of mercury testing is a urine challenge test
performed by a doctor. Usually these are done by IV with DMPS, EDTA or by mouth with DMSA.(These are the chelating agents that bind to the metal). Most of the time three samples are taken throughout the day and are sent to the lab to verify the presence of heavy metals. The test is extremely accurate because these chelators pull the mercury from the soft tissues of the body, giving you an overall idea of the true mercury load in your body.
You can also get a heavy metal blood test from your doctor. However, I have seen these tests come back OK even though further testing by urine challenge testing showed mercury levels off the charts. Blood mercury testing is not as accurate as you would think because mercury gets stuck in the soft tissues and will not show up on the blood test.
The easiest way to test for mercury to see if you have high levels or not, is by using this Urine Mercury Testing Kit that you use at home. Because mercury is normally detoxed by the body through the colon and you don't use a chelator with this kit, any positive reading is to high and needs to be treated.
Hair testing is more accurate than the urine test kit above. I recommend this Mineral Hair Analysis kit which also checks levels of Calcium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Molydbdenum, Strontium, Sulfur, Vanadium and Zinc. In addition too the above minerals, it also checks for the toxic metals Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Bismuth, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Nickel and Tin. Once you have received the hair test kit follow the manufacturers directions to send in your sample.
If you don't have a mercury problem you can skip that part of the yeast infection treatment protocol. If you do have a problem with mercury or other heavy metals, follow the directions on the mercury treatment page below.
A number of options are available to those who wish to get their mercury infiltration in body checked. According to labtestsonline.org, a blood sample drawn from vein, or an overnight urine sample are generally collected to check mercury levels. Sometimes, hair, nails, and breast milk samples are also assessed for the same. (1)
The New York State Dept. of Health shows that the urine test is generally done for those whose jobs involve working with elemental mercury, to rule out occupational hazards. On the other hand, the blood test is generally done to check the exposure to organic mercury from consumption of fish or other environmental exposures. (2)
According to a study by Byeong-Jin Ye et al from the Dong-A University, Republic of Korea, discusses that the best way to measure is to check levels in each organ, since the level of absorption are different for all organs. In 2016, the International Commission on Occupational Health (ICOH) along with the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC) set the average blood mercury concentration level in the non-fish-eaters at 2 μg/L. Therefore, this is the background concentrations or the mean concentration level in the general population. The blood mercury concentration can rise to 35 μg/L after long-term exposure to mercury vapor. (3)
2. Understanding Mercury Exposure Levels. New York State Dept. of Health. Revised: April 2018
3. Ye BJ, Kim BG, Jeon MJ, et al. Evaluation of mercury exposure level, clinical diagnosis and treatment for mercury intoxication. Ann Occup Environ Med. 2016;28:5. Published 2016 Jan 22. doi:10.1186/s40557-015-0086-8.
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