INVESTIGATE – URINE ELEMENT ANALYSIS
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Urine element testing can be used to measure both essential and toxic elements. Measuring essential elements reveals information about your diet and how your body absorbs nutrients. Measuring toxic elements in urine may help identify possible contributors to chronic health problems.prevention and managing the aging process.
What Do Urine Element Test Results Mean?
A urine element test often includes a baseline (pre-provocation) followed by a provoked (after chelating agent given) urine test. The pre-provocation test measures the levels of toxic and/or essential elements present in urine. However, some toxic elements may remain in ‘storage’, so chelating agents are given to “provoke’ the release of toxic elements from uid around cells so they can be eliminated in urine.
Your healthcare professional will carefully review your results and decide on the best course of treatment for you.
Good health has a lot to do with maintaining balance: the right balance of work and play, the right balance of nutrients in the diet, and the right kinds of foods.
Toxic element exposure may be a contributing factor to a variety of chronic illnesses. Urine element testing is useful for monitoring treatment of toxic element exposure.
Rocky Mountain Analytical is committed to offering tests that identify imbalances and other conditions – so they can be corrected before disease develops!
• alpha lipoic acid is transformed in the body into a compound (dithiol dihydrolipoic acid) that is able to chelate arsenic and mercury.
• chlorella is a type of algae that helps accelerate the removal of mercury stored in tissues such as bone, muscles, ligaments, connective tissue and the gut wall.
• cilantro is a plant in the parsley family shown to be an effective chelator of CNS toxic metals. Its active component is a mercaptan that can penetrate the blood brain barrier. [Omura et al]
• DMPS is an amino acid used to bind mercury, arsenic, bismuth and/or lead.
• DMSA can be given intravenously or orally and is commonly used to chelate lead, arsenic and mercury.
• EDTA is commonly given intravenously to chelate lead.
• modi ed citrus pectin is a highly viscous plant bre taken orally to
chelate arsenic, cadmium and lead.
• Adequate uid intake is important when chelating agents are used.
• Mercury amalgams (‘silver’ llings in teeth) are a common source of mercury toxicity. Some dentists specialize in assessing patients for evidence of mercury toxicity. If you have chronic health problems plus mercury amalgams, removal of amalgams may be bene cial.
• Minimize exposure to toxic elements. For example: eat tuna infrequently, buy clothing made from organically grown materials and so on.
Toxic Elements & Health
Toxic elements can block the beneficial effects of essential elements (e.g. zinc, calcium) by replacing them in important biochemical processes. For example, lead can replace calcium in bone. Toxic elements can also increase free radical levels that contribute to tissue in ammation and chronic disease.
A single large exposure to a toxic element is rare and generally considered a medical emergency. On the other hand, it is relatively easy for small amounts of toxic elements to accumulate over time. Measurement of toxic elements in urine can help determine if toxic element accumulation has occurred, although having higher than expected levels does not prove toxic elements is causing symptoms.
It is important to speak with a healthcare professional if you are concerned that toxic elements are contributing to your health problems. The following diseases and conditions have been associated with toxic element exposure :
Central Nervous System:
Tingling in the hands and feet, mental confusion, and an abnormal gait are symptoms that could be caused by ongoing exposure to small amounts of toxic elements..
Chronic exposure to toxic elements may damage red blood cells and/or contribute to risk for heart disease.
Inflammation in the gastrointestinal system with vomiting and/or diarrhea has been linked to toxic element exposure.
Elements considered potentially toxic to human life are not normally found in signi cant quantities in the body. Results for toxic elements are graphed, but if toxic element levels are very small (below the detection limit), then no bar will be displayed for that element.
Essential elements (also called minerals) and elements considered non-toxic are graphed. Unlike toxic elements, levels of essential elements can be higher or lower than the average, so results can show above or below the middle line.
The word chelate comes from a Greek word meaning claw.A chelating agent removes elements from the uid around cells and brings them back into circulation so they can be eliminated in urine.
Sources of Toxic Elements
Toxic elements are found in common household products and may contribute to a variety of symptoms.
Aluminum is found in cooking utensils, antiperspirants, some pickled foods, toothpaste, nasal spray, automotive exhausts, ceramics and baking powder. Signs of toxicity may include impaired memory & increased risk of heart disease.
Arsenic is found in pressure-treated wood used in decks and playground equipment. Early signs of arsenic toxicity may include headaches, fatigue, restlessness, insomnia, drowsiness, dizziness, stomach aches, and pain.
Cadmium is found in cigarette smoke, some paint pigments, and in a variety of industrial products. Fatigue may be an early sign of cadmium toxicity.
Lead is still around from the days when we used leaded gasoline in cars, lead solder in plumbing and leaded paints. Lead exposure may contribute to mood and personality problems.
Mercury is found in dental llings, uorescent lights, and some electronics. Chronic exposure to mercury primarily affects the brain and nervous system. Symptoms like: weakness, fatigue, numbness in angers and toes, weight loss and gastrointestinal disturbances are common with ongoing exposure to mercury.
Tin is found in canned foods. If acidic foods are sealed in an un-lined tin can, signi cant absorption of tin can occur. Excess absorption of tin may contribute to gastrointestinal symptoms.
decisions should be made with the knowledge or consent of your healthcare professional.