Heavy Metal Poisoning Causes and Risk Factors.

The main step is to stay away from whatever made you sick so you don’t make the problem worse. Your doctor can help you figure out how to protect yourself.

National Institutes of Health, Genetic and Rare Diseases Information Center (GARD): “Heavy metal poisoning.”

Heavy Metal Poisoning.

Tests for heavy metals aren’t routine. Your doctor would test you only if you show symptoms and there is a history of exposure or a good reason to suspect they are related to heavy metals.

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Unproven Tests and Treatments for Heavy Metal Poisoning.

Not all of these metals are bad for you. We need small amounts of some of them, such as copper and iron, to keep our bodies healthy.

Hair analysis or chelation challenge tests (“provoked urine” tests): They’re inaccurate. They can’t tell you if you’re sick or need treatment.