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The urine Mercury test offered by NutriPATH is a total measurement of urine Mercury in the body. Mercury is a highly toxic heavy metal that can accumulate in body tissues including the brain. Besides occupational exposure, most human exposure to mercury is through dental amalgams, seafood’s, and vaccinations.
There are three forms of mercury in the environment: elemental, inorganic, and organic.
Elemental mercury: (HgO) comes from batteries, thermometers, and dental amalgams. Elemental mercury is most commonly breathed in as a vapor (e.g., from amalgams) and absorbed through the lungs. It is volatile and nonpolar and quickly penetrates the blood brain barrier where it is oxidized to inorganic mercury and retained in the brain.
Inorganic mercury: (Hg2+) is found primarily in mercuric chloride and skin-lightening creams.
Organic mercury: mostly in the form of methylmercury, is found in sea foods. Inorganic and organic mercury compounds are ingested and absorbed through the intestine.
Symptoms of Mercury Toxicity:
- Mood swings
- Emotion changes
- Abnormal sensations
- Muscle twitching
- Muscle atrophy
- Decreased cognitive functions
NOTICE TO PATIENTS
NutriPATH practices in the usual practitioner-referral system for pathology laboratories. Patients are highly recommended to seek the supervision and guidance of a qualified healthcare practitioner for the interpretation of any lab results and associated information. NutriPATH can offer assistance in locating a suitable practitioner.