Environmental toxins are ubiquitous and can be found everywhere in our environments from our homes to workplaces, cosmetics and skin care products to our cookware, children’s toys and daily household and workplace products and our daily intake of foods.
Unfortunately these toxins are largely invisible to us. Yet the chronic exposures of these invinsible toxins, at even low levels can begin to bio-accumulate in our tissues and contribute to chronic disease. This is especially concerning when it comes to the young developmental stages of growth.
The good news is that these toxins can be measured and appropriate detoxification treatment protocols can be tailored to eliminate these bioaccumulated toxic burdens.
There are many options for testing exposure to many environmental toxins.
We can run tests from blood, hair and urine samples.
Depending on your job and exposure to chemical solvents and industrial pollutants, to heavy metals, to food dyes and synthetic colourants.
Parabens are chemicals used as preservatives in numerous consumer products and packaged foods.
They are present in approximately 75 to 90% of skin care products including: moisturizers, cleansers, shampoos, conditioners, sunscreens, perfumes, lip balms and toothpastes.
Parabens easily penetrate the skin and can mimic estrogens leading to potential disruption of the endocrine-hormonal system in both male and female populations.
Phthalates are a class of chemicals commonly used as plasticizers (softening agents) in the manufacturing of soft vinyl (polyvinyl chloride (PVC).
PVCs are used to make many consumer products, including soft vinyl children’s toys and child care articles. Diethyl-phthalate (DEP) is added to skin products for skin penetration and softening.
Exposure to phthalates has been linked to asthma, birth defects, hormonal changes, thyroid irregularities, skin allergies and increased risk of diabetes.
Volatile organic compounds or VOCs include harmful chemicals like xylene, toluene, styrene (foam cups) and benzene.
These chemicals are found in household products from paints, varnishes, paint stripping products, and adhesives. VOCs are air borne particles that alter air quality and contribute to smog. Vapours from photocopiers and printers, automobile exhaust, cigarette smoke, fingernail polish and fuelling stations are a few common sources of exposure.
Exposure can also occur as a result of out-gassing of solvents from building materials, furniture, packing materials, shoes and other manufactured products. All VOCs are toxic to the nervous system, and some are potentially carcinogenic.
VOCs can damage the reproductive, neurological and respiratory systems and contribute to birth defects as well as impaired liver and kidney functions.
Lets be honest, toxins are ubiquitous and can be found everywhere within our environment.
They can be found in our homes and in our workplaces, they can be found in our
make-up & cosmetics
chlorination from tap water (raises copper & sodium),
to our children’s play grounds, to occupational exposures,
smoking and second hand smoke,
to medical procedures requiring injectible contrast dyes,
dental work with mercury & mixed alloy amalgams,
Over time, these toxins can bio-accumulate in our tissues and silently begin to disrupt our metabolic processes and make us ill.
Hair Heavy Metal & Mineral Analysis is a valuable and accurate assessment tool used in determining the mineral content of body tissues as well as to assess exposures to toxic heavy metals. The interpretations can be complex and the ratios always need to be addressed.
Extensive research has begun to establish the link between hair element levels in relation to systemic levels throughout the body. The strength of this relationship varies for specific elements, yet researchers consider hair as the tissue of choice for evaluating toxic elements and specific nutrient profiles as hair has a high metabolic activity and is not as tightly regulated by homeostatic systems as the blood or urine.
Hair has been demonstrated to more accurately reflect the accumulation of these toxic elements by up to 200-300 times higher in their concentration and more accurately reflect long term exposures as these elements are taken up and built into the structure of the hair.
The quantitative measurement of elements in biological samples such as blood, urine, and hair has been used clinically for decades. Historically, elemental analysis has been used primarily to determine whether a person has had excessive exposure to toxic elements such as lead, mercury or arsenic: the heavy metals that are known to cause serious health problems. Toxic elements concentrate in soft tissue rather than blood or urine, so hair analysis is uniquely suited for measuring these toxic elements.
The CDC (Centre for Disease Control) also acknowledges hair mercury levels as determinants for the exposure to methylmercury from fish.
Changes in hair element levels often appear prior to overt symptoms and can act as a valuable preliminary screening tool for predicting the development of physiological abnormalities accompanying abnormal toxic element levels or mineral deficiencies.
Boron, Calcium, Cesium, Chromium, Cobalt, Copper, Germanium, Iron, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Rubidium, Selenium, Silicon, Sodium, Strontium, Sulphur, Titanium, Vanadium, Zinc.
Aluminum, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Cadmium, Gadolinium, Gallium, Indium, Lead, Mercury, Nickel, Platinum, Silver, Tellurium, Thallium, Thorium, Tin, Tungsten, Uranium and Zirconium.
At Evolve Naturopathic Vitality Centre, we offer an Environmental Pollutants Profile Test to measure and assess the level of exposure and bio-accumulation so a proper Naturopathic Detoxification treatment protocol can be developed to relieve this burden.
For further inquiries please contact Evolve Naturopathic Vitality Centre for a Naturopathic work-up and assessment to verify if this test is appropriate for you.
There are many forms of environmental toxin overload including heavy metal accumulation in the tissue. Hair Heavy Metal & Mineral analysis is also available.