While they do get a bit over the top, technically, for many listeners I urge you to listen in. In particular I want you to take note of Dr Shade's views on the mercury challenge test. This test is still popular with many doctors and naturopaths. It is true that close to 100% of those people who undergo the mercury challenge test will prove to be positive for mercury toxicity. As Dr Shade and Chris Kresser agree; a test that is positive with just about everyone must be taken with great skepticism. Gosh - many people have then gone and spent thousands of dollars on removing amalgam fillings and chemical chelation! In some cases this was unnecessary. A more gentle and less costly approach usually suffices.
J Med Toxicol. 2013 Dec;9(4):318-25. doi: 10.1007/s13181-013-0350-7.
Recommendations for provoked challenge urine testing.
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A more accurate test that I am very familiar with, and have thousands of comparative test results as guidance, is the ICL Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. This test is very accurate, using the same technology as used by the Mars River, Curiosity, to measure mars soil and rock minerals. If mistakes are made it is not the test that's the problem; but the person interpreting it that is going wrong.
If you have been told you have mercury in your system (Hey - we all do - but it varies how much!), my recommendation is the ICL Hair tissue minerals analysis, followed by gentle chelation, if warranted, using special nutrients such as Algotene, while avoiding any form of chemical chelation which may do more harm that good.
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