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I am wondering if I have any metal toxicity issues. I don't have any fillings, but I was vax'ed on schedule and grew up literally one block from a factory (Briggs & Stratton). How do I find out what kind of pollutants this factory put out during the 1970's and 1980's?
 

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Have you considered a hair test to see what your body's dealing with? Here's a good site discussing hair testing for mercury, and to a lesser extent other metals:<br><br><a href="http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/HOW_TO_hair_test.html" target="_blank">http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/HOW_TO_hair_test.html</a>
 

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My naturopath is actually having me take a urine test. I'm supposed to take a low level of DMSA first and then collect urine for six hours.<br><br>
Is the hair test more accurate? Or do you think this would be fine?<br><br>
I'm getting my hair colored tomorrow (color-corrected to match my roots) so if I wanted to do a hair test I would have to collect the samples by 9:30 tomorrow morning!
 

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Do you have any amalgam fillings? I assume you don't since your doc okay'd you to take DMSA.<br><br>
Well, I don't know how to interpret a challenge test. I've read bad things about them, but it seems like they could be safe if low enough level--I think some of my reading is on older stuff that's not done so much anymore, and I haven't gone out of my way to find a good urine challenge test. I don't know what other metals, besides mercury, DMSA will pull out. The hair test would tell you a wider range, I think. But if your naturopath is used to interpreting urine tests, then that's at least a professional looking at it.<br><br>
I actually just read the instructions for the hair test tonight, since my mom was asking. It needs the 1" of hair closest to your head, just 0.25g, from the back of your head. You could actually ask your hairdresser to cut little pieces, more than you think you'll need, to keep in reserve (if you don't have another person around your household to do it, I mean).<br><br>
You could do that, cut off some hair (I actually did this a couple years ago, and it was small amounts that no one could see)... or, for that matter, if you're willing to let the color grow out, since they only want the 1" that's closest to your scalp, that would be about 2 months' worth of growth, right? If you want more info than the urine test shows, wait 2 months and clip.
 

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<a href="http://www.scorecard.org/" target="_blank">http://www.scorecard.org/</a><br><br>
Does this website help? YOu can enter a zip code and find out what pollutants have been released. However, I"m not sure how far the data go back. I do know that the required reporting has lessened with the Bush administration , though, and that some (all?) agricultural practices are exempted from reporting. Still, this is a GREAT resource.<br><br><br>
Edited - It's not the same as it used to be. The information seems a lot more difficult to find. You used to put in your zip code and it would come up immediately with the companies and the toxins (lead, cadmium, etc.) released by each. Now, I *think* the same information is there, but more digging is required.<br><br>
Edited again - I'm still digging through this site that I recommended. It is very different than the last time I used it (probably over a year ago), but there does seem to be a lot more information there than before. There ARE agricultural data on the site, for example.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Do you have any amalgam fillings? I assume you don't since your doc okay'd you to take DMSA.</div>
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No fillings, thank God.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;"><a href="http://www.scorecard.org/" target="_blank">http://www.scorecard.org/</a><br><br>
Does this website help? YOu can enter a zip code and find out what pollutants have been released. However, I"m not sure how far the data go back. I do know that the required reporting has lessened with the Bush administration , though, and that some (all?) agricultural practices are exempted from reporting. Still, this is a GREAT resource.</div>
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Thanks for the link! I'll have to dink around on there and see what I find. Interesting.
 
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