Heavy metals: tests to get to the bottom of it

It’s no longer a mystery to anyone, we live in an environment that exposes us to heavy metals. Dentistry, vaccines, food, kitchen utensils, cigarettes, etc. the sources of contamination are part of our daily lives. There are therefore good reasons to wonder whether such and such a heavy metal might not be the source or an aggravating factor of a pathology. To get to the bottom of it, several tests exist.

More and more links are being updated between degenerative diseases, autoimmune diseases, autism, behavioral disorders and heavy metal poisoning: mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, nickel, etc.

Keep an eye out for heavy metals

For example, even at a threshold considered low, lead increases the prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, cancers and overall mortality. Blood lead levels just below the toxic threshold, between 20 and 29 mcg/dl, are associated with a 39% increase in all-cause mortality. In addition, these “low” lead levels are linked to a 46% increase in cardiovascular mortality and a 68% increase in cancer mortality.

In addition, exposure to even very low levels of lead significantly deteriorates kidney function, but this can be significantly improved by chelation therapy.

Mercury for its part neutralizes the antioxidant defenses of the body, implying an acceleration of aging and an increase in the frequency of cardiovascular diseases. This has been observed in particular in workers exposed to mercury. Mercury is also toxic to the brain and all other organs and tissues. It is implicated in many pathologies in adults: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s Disease and Parkinson’s.

It is now established that aluminum, over the years, accumulates in the brain inducing the onset of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Due to its powerful ability to promote cross-linking with other metals, aluminum is now targeted as one of the causes of atherosclerosis and accelerated aging.

Finally, more and more work tends to show that all the other heavy metals can have a role in autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders in children and adolescents, as well as in certain pathologies in adults ( depression, fibromyalgia, etc.). In general, metals have a cumulative effect, small doses after small doses, they end up accumulating dangerously in the body. Mixtures of heavy metals between them amplify their toxicity. They take the place of trace elements and disrupt enzymatic functions. This would be the origin of intolerance to gluten and dairy products for example. Finally, they disrupt the intestinal flora, causing colopathies, inflammation of the intestine, parasitosis and autoimmune pathologies.

The safest analyses:

In view of the multiple sources of exposure and the toxicity of heavy metals, one can legitimately wonder if one is not poisoned by one or more of the heavy metals. To find out, you have to turn to a laboratory that performs specific analyses.

Here are the analyzes that are the most practiced in France and Europe:

– Blood analysis, for lead, mercury and aluminum (plus cadmium for smokers). Only metals circulating in the blood are measured. This analysis gives an idea of ​​the degree of intoxication, but does not take into account the substances stored in the tissues. The results may be insignificant, if the substances are all stored. Advantage, it is not expensive.

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– Hair analysis, a lot of toxins are there. This analysis requires not having the hair treated. It detects most heavy metals, trace elements and minerals. This test gives a good picture of the terrain. Around 70 €

– Analysis of porphyrins in urine. This method is the most precise, because porphyrins mark as soon as there is contact with heavy metals. Not reimbursed, 90 €.

Good to know

Public health does not recognize the relevance and health benefit of such tests. They are qualified as “comfort analyses” and are therefore not reimbursed. It is therefore not only necessary to find a laboratory which performs these tests, to find a doctor who deciphers them for you and to pay for them out of your pocket.

Given the difficulty of finding a laboratory in France that performs these analyses, there are some but are often reluctant to say so, you can contact the Leunis laboratory in Belgium which performs all these analyses.

Ategis Laboratory 18, avenue des Mésanges B – 1300 Wavre Belgium
Tel: +32 (0)10 849 849


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