Why Test for Heavy Metals?
Metal toxicity is a significant environmental health concern. Over time, some elements can accumulate in tissues causing toxic effects. For example, a toxic load of lead, cadmium, mercury or arsenic is capable of rendering considerable damage to the brain and nervous system, particularly in children. Toxic elements produce their many negative effects through various mechanisms.
Lead toxicity causes anemia by binding enzymes in the hemoglobin synthesis pathway. Arsenic can induce cancer formation due to an inhibition of DNA repair. Cadmium, lead and nickel toxicity is linked to the free radical generation which damages our chromosomes. Mercury causes enzyme poisoning.
Health Consequences of Toxic Exposure can adversely affect:
- Energy levels
- Reproductive function
- Cancer risk
- Neurological development and function
- Respiratory, cardiac, hepatic, and immune functions
- Cognitive and emotional health
- Degenerative conditions