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Thought i should post this blog article i have done on Heavy Metal Toxicity just incase there are others like me who never realized metal poisoning was one of the main causes of my chronic health issues.
Hope it helps.
Thanks PL...does hair testing or saliva testing show heavy metal tox accurately?
Hair testing is ok but its not 100% accurate, the problem is that outside contamination can alter the results i.e hair products, dyes, shampoos all have potential for showing up false results. But it is helpful and relatively cheap. Someone who can read a hair mineral analysis test properly is needed, you can see the relationships between various minerals and diagnose conditions from there.
Urine challenge test is helpful but again not thought to be 100% accurate. There really is no 100% accurate test other than a tissue biopsy which probably isn't warranted for heavy metal poisoning. Blood and saliva tests are pretty much useless when it comes to heavy metals.
Copper toxicity and Zinc deficiency was something i never touched on in the post, but a topic i will try to do a post on shortly. The average vegan diets tend to be much higher in Copper to Zinc ratios which can be problematic for some. Especially those who lower their zinc via various factors such as alcohol, stress, low stomach acid/digestive disorders, cigarettes and drugs/medications.
Great info...on the topic of zinc, what is the best form of supplementing?
I like Zinc citrate especially if low stomach acid is of issue as it is an acidified form and thus better absorbed. Although if you have copper toxicity supplementing with Zinc can be problematic due to causing "copper dumping" or the copper to dump from cells, which causes alot of unbearable detox symptoms, especially if the liver and elimination organs are sluggish.