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Heavy Metal Testing: Clearing Up Some Confusion

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Dr. Marianne Marchese has a well-rounded and expansive medical background in neurological and orthopedic medicine, naturopathic and integrative medicine. These are just a few of her areas of training and experience. Dr. Marchese offers full laboratory services for diagnosis and uses naturopathic treatments.

Dr. Marchese clarifies some of the confusion surrounding heavy metal testing. Here she suggests the best ways to determine what heavy metals, and how much of them, may be in your body.

(Transcribed from video interview)

Dr. Marchese:
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.

About Dr. Marchese, N.D., LLC:
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.

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