Sometimes a laboratory test can shine a light onto a perplexing diagnosis and show just what you need to do next. So while not everyone may need a lab Test here are some of the important tests that you may want to consider. Remember that you may be able to get these done through your family Physician or Health Insurance at no extra charge too.
For detox from Heavy or Heavy metals some people get blood or urine tests done and others use a Hair Mineral Test. The urine and blood tests will only show useful results for exposure to pollutants in the last few hours; the Heavy Metal Test will show results for exposure years ago that will still be valid now. There are a few Labs that do these tests but not all are well organised and use valid protocols. The best I know of is called Doctor’s Data and the easiest way to access this Lab is visiting the website of Biochemist Dr Amy Yasko.
The Lab will email your results to you and you’ll find some “scribbles” on them too. Quite a few folks ring up and ask for “a clean copy”! My advice is to get an expert in chelation to explain them to you and the simplest and best advice is to visit a FaceBook Group called “Andy Cutler Chelation: Safe Mercury and Heavy Metal Detox “. There you can get free and helpful comments and advice from the Moderators and Admins (of whom I am one).
Doctors and Naturopaths are not trained in chelation so their advice CANNOT sadly be trusted. As a Naturopath myself I had to organise my education and training in chelation myself and it took years.
The link for the Hair Mineral Test is here
Vitamin D Blood level Test
There are a few labs where you can get this done and I list 3 here and a helpful video shot by the Vitamin D Council
Where The Labs Are
City Assays – this test is done in the Pathology Department of a Hospital. The procedure is to phone them and pay with your card and they will post a kit that you use to do the test and post the kit with a pin prick of your blood.
ZRT works in a similar way and is the Lab that you will use if you go via the Vitamin D Council. This testing kit is shown in the video.
New Century Diagnostics works via a website called Home Health Testing. The Vitamin D Council mentions that some of their users report that the test is a little difficult to use. Judge for yourself by watching the video below…
More info on these tests is on the Vitamin D Council website.