Only healthcare providers licensed in their state may order laboratory testing.
Conditions and Symptoms Associated with heavy metal toxicity include:
- Neurological symptoms:
- cognitive decline, memory loss, ataxia, tremors, numbness, tingling, neuropathy, myopathy, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, paralysis, and Parkinson’s disease, tinnitus, irritability
- Respiratory symptoms:
- Lung disease, lung cancer, breathing problems, respiratory distress, pneumonia
- Cardiovascular and hematological symptoms:
- Anemia, RBC abnormalities, hypertension, low blood pressure, hypokalemia, edema, cancers of the blood
- Gastrointestinal symptoms:
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, reduced absorption of nutrients (particularly minerals), dry mouth, metallic taste, pancreatic cancer
- Skeletal and bone-related symptoms:
- Osteoporosis, reduced bone mineral density
- Dermatological symptoms:
- Dermatitis, eczema, dry skin, sweating, skin lesions, hyperpigmentation, hair loss, allergic skin reactions
- Renal and hepatic symptoms:
- Renal failure, elevated liver enzymes, hepatic damage, hepatic failure, suppressed hepatic detoxification, elevated hepatic enzymes
- Reproductive symptoms:
- Infertility, difficulty conceiving, birth defects, miscarriage
What is the pre/post provocation protocol?
A provocation protocol for heavy metal testing consists of taking a substance, provoking agent, that flushes and readily binds to heavy metals from tissue and other hard-to-measure parts of the human body in order to detect the ‘hidden’ stores of heavy metals that are not found in blood and urine. Vibrant does not provide a provoking agent and does not give guidance on provocation protocols. Please consult with a trained and knowledgeable healthcare provider before attempting provocation.
- Print out 2 requisitions (label 1 as Pre-provocation HM & the other as Post-Provocation HM)
- Put the pre-provocation requisition along with the pre-provocation HM tube in 1 bag
- Put the post-provocation requisition along with the post-provocation HM tube in the other bag
- Ship both samples and requisitions together
Am I required to take a provoked sample for heavy metal testing?
No. You and your healthcare provider should discuss whether provoked or non-provoked samples are best for you.