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Posted by sprague on July 6, 2004

Test your body for mercury levels: an article from WSJ.com – Tests Emerge to Assess Risks From Eating Fish, summarizes some of the places that will test you for a fee:

Body Balance sells a $59.95 home mercury test that involves clipping a hair sample.

Quest Diagnostics in Peterboro, N.J., one of the nation’s largest medical-test companies.

Canyon Ranch offers health packages like its $530-plus “Optimal Health Basic Prevention” program.

But what do you do if the test comes back with too-high levels? Answer: chelation therapy, from places like Sanoviv Medical Institute in Baja, Calif. which charges $10K for a two-week program.

Some of the drugs available: Succimer, which is approved to treat lead poisoning, is used off-label to treat mercury exposure. Another more controversial chelation agent is EDTA (ethylenediamine tetraacetic acid). The drugs work by binding with metal ions in the blood. But be careful: the same activity that reduces mercury in your body will also reduce levels of important minerals like zinc, so pop vitamins while on the program.

How much mercury is safe? See the FDA’s report.

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