Toxin and Chemical Tests

Testing Summary

Do a GPL-TOX (RG) and/or a GPL-MYCOTOX (PHC) to see if you likely have any common chemicals or moulds respectively at high levels in your body. Check to see if you are sensitive to any of them using the Cyrex 11 (PHC). For heavy metals, do the DD Hair Toxic and Essential Elements (RG) and for mercury specifically, use Quicksilver’s Mercury Tri-Test (RG). Don’t forget to check your detox capability too.

Unsure if you need a Toxin or Chemical Test?

Exposure to – and sensitivity to – many toxic chemicals can cause or exacerbate many conditions. One of the major culprits currently suspected is Round Up (glyphosate), the most widely used herbicide in the world, which WHO classifies as a carcinogen, and which studies show affect the microbiome in the gut and much more.

Every day, we are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals through products like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution.  As we have become more exposed to chemical-laden products and to toxic chemicals in food, air, and water, we have been confronted with an accelerating rate of chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/AD(H)D, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. 

Some of this may be increased exposure, sensitivity to some of the chemicals or toxins or because your body is not eliminating them well enough – check the Detox & Methylation tests page for more on this.

The GPL-TOX Test

The best test here is the GPL-TOX (RG) for toxic, organic chemical exposure. This is a toxic non-metal chemical profile that screens for the presence of 173 different toxic chemicals including organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, benzene, xylene, vinyl chloride, pyrethroid insecticides, acrylamide, perchlorate, diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, and more in one simple urine sample.  

It also includes Tiglylglycine (TG), a marker for mitochondrial disorders resulting from mutations of mitochondrial DNA.  These mutations can be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, infections, inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies.

You can test for Glyphosate (RG) on its own too.

You can test to see if you are sensitive to common chemicals and some moulds using Cyrex 11 (PHC). That way, you have checked exposure and levels in the system and if you are immunologically reacting to any of them, if you see what I mean.

You could then be cross-reacting ie. the body sees a chemical and cross-reacts to tissues and organs known to be linked with that chemical. It’s an evolving science in autoimmune world especially.

Testing for Moulds/Molds

Many people suspect their health problems may have something to do with a damp or mouldy environment they have been exposed to. In recent times, quite a few studies have been suggesting that chronic diseases including lupus, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia can be triggered or exacerbated by toxins released and inhaled from indoor moulds (molds). Here, the GPL-MYCOTOX (PHC) will help.

Conditions and symptoms linked to mycotoxins include fever, pneumonia-like symptoms, cardiovascular disease, rheumatic conditions, asthma, sinusitis, memory loss, chronic fatigue, skin problems, depression, anxiety, ADHD, liver damage and cancer.

You can also test to see if you are sensitive to moulds ie. are you reacting immunologically to them? For this, you would use the Cyrex 11 (PHC), which does a few – check it covers what you need before ordering.

Heavy Metal Testing

Toxic minerals and heavy metal testing is a whole other ball game. Go for the DD Hair Toxic and Essential Elements (RG) – hair is the best for measuring toxic metals in my view. If you prefer urine testing, do the Urine Toxic Metals (RG) – note no challenge substances are provided.

For Mercury, the best nowadays is Quicksilver’s Mercury Tri-Test (RG). This is because it is the only test I know of that can differentiate between the types of mercury. ie. is it coming from your amalgams (the most damaging type: inorganic mercury) or fish/seafood (methyl mercury)? And it will also measure how effectively you are detoxifying it.

A hair test can show mostly methyl levels (fish) but a bit of swallowed amalgam mercury. Challenge tests, which can mobilise mercury before you are ready to detox it are thankfully no longer necessary. Blood tests will also measure mainly methyl/fish again. Urine tests all inorganic (amalgam) mercury. With the Tri-test, you get to measure all of it so much easier! You can see the collection instructions here and a sample report here. There is also a great intro video here. The Tri-Test can also be done on children – obviously bear in mind it needs a blood sample, not fingerprick, so very young children may not like that much!

You can read much more about this on my Mercury Factsheet.

The Implant Metals test (RG) can be useful if you want to check the circulating levels of some of the most common metals used in dentistry eg nickel, cobalt etc.

Testing Summary

Do a GPL-TOX (RG) and/or a GPL-MYCOTOX (PHC) to see if you likely have any common chemicals or moulds respectively at high levels in your body. Check to see if you are sensitive to any of them using the Cyrex 11 (PHC). For heavy metals, do the DD Hair Toxic and Essential Elements (RG) and for mercury specifically, use Quicksilver’s Mercury Tri-Test (RG). Don’t forget to check your detox capability too.