Urine tests are very important markers of health. We perform two types of urine tests in our office, standard urinalysis and urinary challenge tests.
Our standard urinalysis checks for things such as glucose, pH, blood, and other indicators of an acute infection or kidney disease.
The urine toxic elements analysis is an invaluable tool for the assessment of retention of toxic metals in the body. Toxic metals do not have any useful physiological function, adversely affect virtually every organ system and disrupt the homeostasis of nutrient elements.
Analysis of the levels of toxic metals in urine after the administration of a metal detoxification agent is an objective way to evaluate the accumulation of toxic metals. Acute metal poisoning is rare. More common, however, is a chronic, low-level exposure to toxic metals that can result in significant retention in the body that can be associated with a vast array of adverse health effects and not chronic disease. One cannot draw valid conclusions about adverse health effects of metals without assessing net retention. For an individual, toxicity occurs when net retention exceeds physiological tolerance.
If we suspect that you may have symptoms of a heavy metal toxicity, a urinary challenge test may be ordered for you.