Dr. Marchese explains if women should have a test to check for heavy metals.
Testing to see if you have heavy metals in your body is probably a good idea. However, there’s some myths about heavy metal testing. A hair analysis is actually not a very accurate test of what metals are stored in your body. The best way to test is to go to a physician who is trained in environmental medicine; this could be a medical doctor, a DO, or a naturopathic physician are probably the best trained in environmental medicine.
And the best way to see what metals are stored in your body is to take a small amount of a heavy metal chelator, and that challenges the body to bind the heavy metals and pull it out of storage sites, and then you collect the urine for about six hours, and it tells the doctor how much heavy metals are actually stored in the body versus what’s just currently circulating.
A heavy metal test is actually one of the most inexpensive toxic testing. The lab fee is $60.00 for the urine test, and then of course you would have to see a naturopathic physician and establish care, and there would be a small fee for the chelator which is the medicine, but in terms of the actual test, it’s only a $60.00 urine test.
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Dr. Marianne Marchese is a clinician, author, and educator. She graduated from Creighton University in 1990 with a B.S. in Occupational Therapy and specialized in neurological and orthopedic conditions while working at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. Dr. Marchese received her Doctorate of Naturopathic Medicine from the National College of Naturopathic Medicine (NCNM) in Portland Oregon in 2002. She completed a two-year postgraduate residency in Integrative Medicine and Womens Health and completed a six-month post-graduate training in Environmental Medicine. Dr. Marchese has been an adjunct faculty member at a post-graduate college since 2003 teaching in the areas of women's health and environmental medicine. She first taught at the National College of Naturopathic Medicine and later at Life Chiropractic College. Currently, she is clinical supervisor at the Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine. Dr. Marchese offers full laboratory services for diagnosis of disease and utilizes the naturopathic treatment modalities of: nutrition, botanical medicine, homeopathy, hydrotherapy, chelation, cleansing, IV therapy, microcurrent, nutritional supplements, and natural bioidentical hormones. She utilizes an integrative model of health care and has a strong network of close relationships with practitioners of all disciplines. Dr. Marchese has served on the legislative committee for the California Naturopathic Doctors Association and currently is on the Board of the Arizona Naturopathic Medical Association.
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