Toxicity Testing

Toxicity Testing


When toxins enter the body, they are metabolized by the liver or kidneys. After long-term exposure to toxins or short-term exposure to high amounts of toxins, these organs can sustain damage. This allows toxins to build up in the blood and cause severe symptoms. Testing for toxins in the blood can be done with several simple blood tests.

Heavy Metals

Heavy metals are metals that have a high density. They occur in nature and are used to manufacture many useful products. However, high concentrations of these metals in the body can cause organ failure, reduce the body's ability to manufacture new blood cells, and increase the risk of developing certain types of cancer. During this test, blood is collected in a metal-free container so that the chance of sample contamination is reduced. When the blood sample is analyzed, laboratory technicians can detect abnormal levels of mercury, lead, cadmium, chromium and arsenic.

Trace Minerals

Trace minerals testing can be done if someone exhibits the signs and symptoms of a mineral toxicity. Toxicity can cause nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, skin rash, peripheral neuropathy or seizures. If undiagnosed and untreated, mineral toxicity can also result in failure of the liver, kidneys, shock, and coma. This test can detect abnormal levels of chromium, iodine, manganese, iron, copper, molybdenum, zinc and selenium. High levels of trace minerals can occur with excess dietary intake, accidental occupational exposure, and medical conditions that reduce the body's ability to excrete trace minerals at a normal rate.


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