Heavy Metal Testing

Heavy Metal testing in the human body is more complex than one might expect. In fact it is impossible to determine the total toxic load in a living human being, as we would need to burn them in a crucible to determine the total toxic load of heavy metals. This is a little impractical to say the least!

Instead, scientists have developed ways to infer and approximate toxicity. A variety of complex and sophisticated measuring instruments called spectrometers [such as ICP-MS, ICP-OES, AF and GC-MS] can be used to measure the exact levels of xenobiotics [foreign substances] in blood, urine, feces, hair, sweat and other body tissues. It is important to note that most of these tests serve to provide a snapshot of how many toxins are currently circulating in the blood or are being eliminated – they don’t tell us how many toxins are still stored in organs, bones and tissue.

Heavy Metal Testing is most commonly conducted by using the following:

  • Urine Tests
  • Feces Tests
  • Hair Tests

Urine & Feces Tests:

Urine and Feces tests measure the amount of toxins that are eliminated by the body at any given point in time. One usually compares an initial sample (called the baseline sample) before any detox agent has been taken; with a “post provocation” sample, i.e. a urine sample after a detox agent has been ingested.

However, many people make common errors when interpreting the results of such tests. For example, let’s say the baseline urine sample measured 10 ppm of mercury. The person then took a chelating agent for 3 months and the post urine sample measures only 5 ppm of mercury. From this people often assume that their total mercury load has been reduced by 50%. THIS IS WRONG!

First of all the test never measured total mercury load in the first place – it only showed what was being eliminated at any point in time. Secondly, these figures cannot be taken as absolute values and compared with different samples taken at different times.  The above tests simply indicate that if metals are still being eliminated, then metals are still stored in the body.

In this case how do we know whether a detox agent such as HMD™ actually works?

If a detox agent is working, one would expect to see an INCREASE in the amount of toxins being eliminated via the urine and feces. This is because a good detoxifier will mobilize all the metals and toxins stored in organs, tissues and bones, and then remove them via the urinary tract or the gut. This is exactly what happened in the case of HMD™.

During the 3-year study, using a double-blind, placebo controlled trial with 350 people, the following results showing the percentage increase of eliminated metals after taking HMD™:

– Mercury – 448%

– Lead – 483%

– Arsenic – 7,409%

– Uranium – 707%

– Antimony – 45%

– Cadmium – 67%

– Bismuth – 564%

– Nickel – 80%

Hair Tests:

A more profound toxicity test is the Hair Test, which we will discuss in more detail below. HMD™ has also been tested using Hair Tests and has shown the same excellent results.

Indeed, Dr Georgiou has written a paper on how to use these hair tests to determine whether it is necessary to continue with the HMD™ protocol. Feel free to download the paper from the link below:

The Use of Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis in Clinical Decision-Making Regarding Heavy Metal Chelation 

We are now able to offer you hair testing via our site. The HMD HAIR TEST is conducted by a reputable US laboratory. It includes a full report as well as personalized recommendations by Dr. Georgiou, the inventor of HMD™

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As with the urine and feces tests, Hair testing cannot tell us about the total amount of toxins stored in the body, only about the amount that is circulating in the blood during a certain period of time.

Again, zero levels of toxic metals in the first hair analysis does not mean that you are toxin free! There may not be any metals circulating in your blood, but you could still have plenty of metals stored in your body tissues and organs. Even if your hair test shows no heavy metals are circulating in your blood, it is still a good idea to start taking HMD™ – your next hair test will probably show lots of heavy metals, as HMD™ is helping your body to rid itself of those harmful substances.

One can also use repeated hair tests to identify the effectiveness of a certain detox agent. Again, you would expect an increase in toxicity levels between the baseline test and the post provocation test after 2 months. You would then continue to take the detox agent and do further tests every 2 months until no significant amounts of metals/ toxins are found. At this point it is safe to conclude that only insignificant amounts of toxins remain in the body. See “Testing Yourself” for more information.