FAQ: Metals Testing

Can I order a test directly or do I have to have a practitioner order it for me?

We STRONGLY suggest that you work with a practitioner to complete your testing. However, some states in the US will allow us to ship a 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 test without having to have a practitioner order it for you. These states are: Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, District of Columbia, Indiana, Louisiana, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

If you are ordering a Direct Access test you MUST pre-pay on the website and order the kit through the website in order for us to send you a kit. We do not take orders for these over the phone and again you must pre-pay for a Direct Access test to be sent to you.

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. Click here to find a Quicksilver Scientific Practitioner.

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 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]

How do I get my blood drawn?

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.

How do I order the test kits?

If you are a practitioner, login to quicksilverscientific.com and order through our website. There is no cost up front to order kits if you are a practitioner. If you are a patient, you will only be able to order a test directly if you live in a Direct Access State (DAT) state. You still need to place an order for a DAT kit on quicksilverscientific.com. For a Direct Access Test you will have to prepay on the website before your kit is shipped out to you. Any international kits will have to be prepaid on the website as well. If you have any questions feel free to call our office at 303-531-0861.

For ALL international kit orders, again you must order through our website, for a patient you must prepay for the shipping AND the test kit before it will be sent out. For international practitioners you must prepay for the shipping only.

How much does the testing cost?

Please contact your practitioner for the price of our tests. The 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 the blood draw. Practitioners please contact Quicksilver for pricing.

International Patients

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.

Do I need to fast before the blood is drawn or for the urine collection for either test?

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.

Is additional paperwork required for the blood draw?

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.

How long can I wait between blood and urine samples collection?

We recommend not waiting any longer than 48 hours between collecting the blood and urine samples.

After collecting samples how quickly do they need to be returned?

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.

Can the weather/temperature affect the samples?

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.

How long will it take to get my results after I send in my samples?

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.

Will the Mercury Tri-Test test determine my mercury toxicity?

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.

How do you know the test works?

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.”

Why is there a missing data point on my test result?

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.

Why don't you use provocation agents in your Mercury test?

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 panel instructions state no chelating agents are to be used for a given period prior to testing. Is this because when bound to chelators the metals aren't measured and lower values therefore reported?

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.

Is there ever a "safe" level of mercury on the blood metals panel or do you essentially always recommend speciation since inorganic mercury is toxic at such low levels?

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.

Why doesn’t the metals panel test for aluminum/antimony/barium/titanium/silver?

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.