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ADHD Test: Toxic Elements

For those who live in a highly industrialized environment that produces industrial wastes, toxic element accumulation is a serious problem.  The human body can usually deal with small amounts of toxic elements, but when they accumulate due to chronic exposure, they weaken cell membranes, inhibit enzymes function, or impair nutrient delivery, leading to the development of chronic health problems such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.  The prevalence of toxic substance exposure is on the rise. One study found more than 240 different chemical toxins in the blood of newborns!

Before recommending detoxification procedures, we need to determine the extent to which a child has been exposed to toxic elements. There are several tests that allow us to objectively measure the amount of toxic elements in an individual's body.

Hair Mineral Analysis

When collected properly, hair can be a rich indicator of the element content of the body.  Hair follicles are nourished by blood vessels, the primary transport of minerals and toxins in the body.  This means that hair proteins also receive whatever elements are found in the bloodstream. This makes it a good reflection of the elements and nutrients contained in the body's tissues.

A Nutrient Element Analysis takes a look at hair samples to screen for toxins in the body as well as any mineral imbalances.  A similar test to the Nutrient Element Analysis is the Hair Toxic Element Exposure Profile.  When a client sends hair samples to a lab, a technician can examine hair follicles for the presence of the following heavy metals and toxins:

  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Bismuth
  • Cadmium
  • Copper
  • Gadolinium
  • Gallium
  • Germanium
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Nickel
  • Palladium
  • Platinum
  • Rhodium
  • Tellurium
  • Thallium
  • Thorium
  • Tin
  • Tungsten
  • Uranium

Urinary Tests

Another highly-recommended method of testing for toxic elements in the body is through a urinary test.  Many commercial laboratories examine urine samples for toxic components through a two-step process.  First is the standard test, where you take a sample of your child's first morning urine.  This gives the best information on what specific toxic elements and heavy metals are in your child's body, as well which elements he or she is currently exposed to. 

After the first urine test, your child may be asked to take a provocation test. This is when your child takes a "provocation agent," a detoxification agent that binds itself to and releases some tissue stores of specific heavy metals, allowing them to be excreted through the kidneys.  Depending on the provocation agent, the urine collection may be short-term (2-6 hour collection period), intermediate (8 – 12 hour collection period), or long-term (24-hour collection period). The results of the test reflect the amount of heavy metals retained by certain tissues. Since the challenge agent is very element-specific, the child will only be made to take it if the clinician suspects specific heavy metal toxicities.  Since this test uses what we call chelating agents, it should only be done under the supervision of a licensed practitioner.

Obviously, it is easier to detox a child who is eating properly and has a well-functioning gut. Don't hesitate to prepare your child for detox by implementing the UnRitalin Solution.