FAQ: Metals Testing
If you do not have a practitioner to work with, our website has a practitioner locator (link it) with contact information for practitioners who have worked with our testing and/or detoxification protocols. This is not an exclusive list. You can use any type of licensed practitioner, Acupuncturist, Chiropractor, Dentist, MD, ND, DO, OMD etc. to request the test 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. Please send us an email at [email protected].
Check with your doctor’s office to see if they will draw your blood. We do not contract directly with any lab establishments, but you might be able to see if they will draw your blood as it varies state to state if they will work with our test.
Please note these labs are franchised and the policies do vary from lab to lab. You may also contact any local hospital and request a blood draw service through their phlebotomy lab. You would be responsible for any additional cost.
You will need to have the following items with you when you go to get your blood draw: your paperwork (PRF Form), shipping materials, hair and urine samples.
If you are using a lab please NOTE many labs cannot release the blood draw back to you after it is drawn so please do not forget to bring your entire kit with you so it can be shipped back to Quicksilver Scientific immediately from the laboratory.
International patients must pre-pay the full amount of the testing and the shipping before a test kit will be sent out to you. NOTE: At this time we recommend that you go through one of our international distributors to receive your test kit. Send us an email at [email protected] and we can give you more information about our international distributors or go to our list of international distributors (link it).
AT THIS TIME: We do not ship to the Middle East or to Dubai or to India. As a company we are constantly working on updating availability and access to our testing and products so please keep checking back for more updates.
You do not need to fast before the blood draw portion of either test. You do, however, need to do the first morning urine, mid-stream catch, on an empty stomach for the urine portion of the Mercury Tri Test.
Paperwork required to obtain a blood draw may vary from lab to lab. Contact the lab you will use prior to your appointment to confirm what paperwork you may need. If you do require additional paperwork outside of the included patient requisition form, your practitioner will provide you with it. Please also confirm who will be shipping the samples back to us, you or the blood draw lab. If the blood draw lab is to send samples back, make sure to bring all paperwork, urine, hair, and shipping materials to your blood draw appointment.
We recommend not waiting any longer than 48 hours between collecting the blood and urine samples.
In order for the most accurate results we recommend that you ship the samples IMMEDIATELY. We provide a 2-day shipping label but we recommend that you send your samples no later than Wednesday as we are not here on the weekend. If you cannot ship by Wednesday we recommend that you hold on to the samples and store them in your refrigerator and send them first thing Monday morning. The samples will be viable if kept in the refrigerator over the weekend.
Yes, Blood exposed to temperatures exceeding 100 degrees for more than 6 hours can partially convert the methylmercury to inorganic mercury. Please be certain that the blood does not sit in a UPS box for over a day in warm weather. Cold weather will not affect the samples whatsoever.
The results for the Mercury tri test and the Blood Metals panel typically take three to four weeks from the date the samples were received. We will send an email to the practitioner with login information to see the test results on our testing portal. We will only send results to who has been indicated on the PRF so if you want the results as well as your practitioner you need to make sure and indicate that on the requisition form.
There is no test that directly measures toxicity. Toxicity is not a level of something but rather the body’s reaction to a level. The reaction is determined by genetics, nutritional status, presence of other synergistic toxins (e.g. lead, mold exposure, PCB’s), and presence of other pathologies such as chronic or hidden infections. The testing informs the practitioner about levels of different forms of mercury and status of their detox pathways; the practitioner combines this with the history and clinical presentation of the patient to decide whether the metal burden in the individual is a potential problem for the patient or a contributing factor to the individual’s health state.
Dr. Christopher Shade explains: “Regarding testing, I have a PhD in this and am steeped in the literature and data. In addition, to date have run well over 6,000 tests. It would take quite a while to convey all of this to you in writing, but genetic and epigenetic testing now is starting to show the variation in these ratios that I have been discussing. The science backs this up.”
If there is a missing data point on your mercury tri-test that means that the levels were so low that they were not enough to show up on the graph. For more information contact your practitioner.
Mercury speciation technology has the ability to read methyl and inorganic mercury in the part per trillion range. This test is designed to see how well you excrete these toxins out of the blood. The use of provocation agents artificially inflates the levels in the blood and urine which disrupts the biological information of how your body is dealing with its mercury load under normal day-to-day conditions. It has been reported that the provocation agents add stress to the body. If you are under stress or are already in a state of poor health, we highly recommend that you AVOID this method. The tests that we have created here at Quicksilver Scientific, however, do NOT put any stress on the body whatsoever.
The metals are being mobilized from cells to blood when taking EDTA, ALA, and glutathione. This can elevate levels. IMD is filtering the blood through the GI and this may lower and sometimes raise levels. Giving 7 days before retesting helps the system get to the natural equilibrium.
If there is history of mercury exposure, amalgams, lots of fish consumption, it is best to get a tri-test to see what the inorganic levels are. With speciation, I like methylmercury to be in the yellow and inorganic mercury to be in the green, though target of a “deep” detox for inorganic mercury should be below 0.05ppb.
Dr. Shade used to include those in test results but felt that the results in blood were unreliable and could be misleading so he took them out.