FAQ’S - MERCURY AND BLOOD METALS TESTING
WHAT ARE THE TWO TESTS QUICKSILVER OFFERS AND HOW ARE THEY DIFFERENT:
The QS Mercury Tri-Test
Our patented speciation testing technology provides analysis for both inorganic and methyl mercury, allowing specific data targeting for better defined solutions. Quicksilver Scientific’s Mercury Tri-Test is the only clinical testing suite that utilizes blood, hair, and urine to measure both exposures and excretion abilities.
Inorganic mercury (HgII) in blood usually reflects a dental amalgam exposure and urine is a route of excretion for it. Some is generated from the breakdown of methylmercury inside the body. This is the most cytotoxic form of mercury so an important pool to track. The urine: blood ratio gives an index of excretion efficiency for inorganic mercury.
Methylmercury (MeHg) reflects seafood consumption, though some is made in the gut from swallowed amalgam-based mercury. Excretion of methylmercury is reflected in the hair. The hair: blood ratio gives an index of excretion efficiency of methylmercury.
The QS Blood Metals Panel
Quicksilver Scientific’s Blood Metals Panel screens a broad range of nutrient and toxic metals to show elevated exposures to toxic metals or imbalances of nutrient metals in whole blood.
Nutrient Elements: Calcium, Copper, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Zinc
Potentially Toxic Elements: Arsenic, Cobalt, Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Silver, Strontium
HOW DO I ORDER A MERCURY TEST KIT
To order Mercury test kits as a practitioner login to quicksilverscientific.com and you may place your orders there. If you are a patient in a Direct Access Testing state you must also order through the website and pre-pay before the kit will be shipped to you. If you have any questions you can call our office at 303-531-0861.
HOW DO I FIND A PRACTITIONER IN MY AREA THAT KNOWS AND UNDERSTANDS QUICKSILVER
If you do not have a practitioner to work with, our website: http://www.quicksilverscientific.com has a practitioner locater with contact information for practitioners who have worked with our testing and/or detoxification protocols. This is not an exclusive list. You can use a Chiropractor, Dentist, MD, ND, basically any type of licensed practitioner to request the kits for you. If you are interested in having the practitioner guide you through the detoxification program, you will need to ask them directly if they have experience in this regard.
HOW MUCH DOES THE MERCURY TEST COST
Please contact your practitioner as to the price of our tests.
This cost includes: the analysis, the kit, delivery shipping of kit and return shipping of samples to our lab. In this case, you (the patient) are responsible for locating and contacting a phlebotomy lab for the blood draw, and asking them what you need to obtain a blood draw.
HOW DO I GET MY BLOOD DRAWN
We do not contract with Lab Corps, Quest Diagnostics, or other blood, lab establishments. If your practitioner does not draw blood, then your local Quest Diagnostics or Lab Corps should be able to draw blood. Please note these labs are franchised and the policies do vary from lab to lab. You may also contact local hospital and request this service through the phlebotomy lab. You would be responsible for any additional cost. ***Please call before going to a lab to confirm if they will want to ship the samples straight from their lab. In the case they cannot release the blood draw to you, you will need to have all of your paperwork (PRF Form), shipping materials, and hair and urine samples with you when you go to have your blood drawn.
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HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO GET MY RESULTS AFTER I SEND IN MY SAMPLES
The results for the Mercury test typically take up to two weeks from the date the samples were received. The results for the Blood Metals panel can take up to three weeks from the date we receive the samples.
CAN I ORDER A MERCURY TEST DIRECTLY OR DO I HAVE TO HAVE A PRACTITIONER ORDER IT FOR ME
Some states in the US will allow us to ship a Mercury test kit direct to the patient. This is referred to as a Direct Access State (DAT). The following states are considered DAT states, wherein you can order the Mercury test without having to have a practitioner order it for you. These states are:
Alaska, Arkansas, Colorado, Delaware, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Washington DC, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
However, due to the restrictions of the State of New York Department of Health, we cannot analyze samples taken in the state of New York. We recommend you arrange with another practitioner in a surrounding state and test with them. Our lab will not accept any samples taken in the State of New York.
If you do not live in a Direct Access Testing state, we recommend working with a practitioner regarding our testing and detoxification protocols. You can work with any practitioner you select.
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