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Heavy Metal Investigations2019-01-03T19:12:50+10:00

Heavy Metal Investigations

Collaboration of the State-of-the-art Australian Environmental Analysis Laboratory (EAL) & Toxtest
Testing – Hair, Water, Soil, Compost & Dust in Australia for 32 metals & Minerals
Latest Research on Exposure sources and Health effects

205, 2019

Animals and Pets are Sentinels for toxic Heavy Metal Exposures in Humans: Efficacy of Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HMA or HTMA)

By |May 2nd, 2019|Categories: Heavy Metals|0 Comments

Like humans, our pets and our farming and work animals can be exposed to toxic heavy metals and consequently suffer symptoms, get sick or under perform. In this article we explore how exposure to heavy metals like Lead, Cadmium, Arsenic, Mercury and others can affect our much-adored pets. Because animals, especially our pets, share our environments, we explore the notion that our animals act as sentinels or guardians absorbing unseen dangerous chemicals that we or particularly our children, may also be exposed too. Finally, we demonstrate that low cost animal hair testing, can reveal these unseen exposures and subsequently open a pathway to reduce exposures both in our beloved animals, our children and ourselves.

2712, 2018

Mercury (Hg): Exposure Routes and Health Effects

By |December 27th, 2018|Categories: Heavy Metals|Tags: , |Comments Off on Mercury (Hg): Exposure Routes and Health Effects

Mercury bio-accumulates in human brain, the food chain and the environment and is highly toxic. Pregnant-to-be woman, the elderly and children, especially developing foetuses and infants, are particularly vulnerable to mercury. Here we demonstrate that mercury exposure occurs through multiple routes and that individuals can reduce significant exposure from sources like artisanal gold mining, fish consumption and proximity to mining activities.

2312, 2018

Sources of Lead (Pb) Exposure – Update 2019

By |December 23rd, 2018|Categories: Heavy Metals|0 Comments

This article gives a comprehensive list and explanation of possible exposures to the heavy metal, LEAD (Pb). Lead is a neurotoxin and has been known to cause brain damage and reduced cognitive capacity, especially in children. Lead exposure can result in nephropathy, as well as blood disorders such as high blood pressure and anemia. Lead also exhibits reproductive toxicity and can results in miscarriages and reduced sperm production. Lead is absorbed following inhalation, oral, and dermal exposure. It is then distributed mainly to the bones and red blood cells.

1712, 2018

Silver (Ag): Exposure Routes and Health Effects

By |December 17th, 2018|Categories: Heavy Metals|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Silver is becoming more pervasive in our food, in dental and medical devices, in implants and even the cloths we wear. Silver forms silver-protein complexes when absorbed into the circulation and these become deposited in key soft tissues, including the skin, liver, kidney, spleen, lungs, and brain and at this stage must be presumed to present a health risk to exposed persons under some circumstances. Here we show ways we are increasingly exposured to silver and as such help us develop stratagies for avoidance and minimisation so as to reduce possible harm. This report is especially useful for those who have found levels in their body through pathology testing or the Toxtest/EAL Hair Analysis of toxic metals. This article will be updated as more information becomes available.

2008, 2018

Sources and Health Consequences of CADMIUM Exposure

By |August 20th, 2018|Categories: Heavy Metals|0 Comments

This article gives a comprehensive list and explanation of possible exposures to the heavy metal, CADMIUM (Cd). This is an in-depth look at how we can be exposed to Cadmium. Most importantly, we also look at how cadmium exposure can effect children and adult long-term health. This report is especially useful for those who have found levels in their body through pathology testing or the Toxtest/EAL Hair Analysis of toxic metals. This article will be updated as more information becomes available and complements all other Cadmium related information and tests on Toxno and Toxtest.

1806, 2018

Sources of Arsenic Exposure

By |June 18th, 2018|Categories: Heavy Metals|0 Comments

This article gives a comprehensive list and explanation of possible exposures to the heavy metal, ARSENIC (As) particluarly in Australia. This is an in-depth look at how we can be exposed to Arsenic. Most importantly, we look at ways to minimise this. This report is especially useful for those who have found levels in their body through pathology testing or the Toxtest/EAL Hair Analysis of toxic metals. This article will be updated as more information becomes available and complements all other Arsenic related information and tests on Toxno and Toxtest.

2304, 2018

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HMA or HTMA) in Australia

By |April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Heavy Metals|0 Comments

For the first time in Australia, human hair testing is available to the public using the absolute latest Perkin Elmer Inductively Coupled Plasma–Mass Spectrometer at Environmental Analysis Laboratories in Lismore, Australia. Instrument detection limits are at or below the single part per trillion (ppt) level for many of substances tested. Results are then presented online without any personal details - hence preserving privacy and confidentiality. Many innovative features are utilised so that individuals can get the outmost from their results. Example results are on this page. It's also a great way for children to get screened for heavy metal exposure like antimony, lead and mercury because of the non-invasive nature of the test.

2304, 2018

Testing DUST in your home, workplace or school for heavy metals like Lead, Arsenic, Cadmium and Antimony

By |April 23rd, 2018|Categories: Heavy Metals|0 Comments

Dust allows nasty chemicals to bind to it. Adults, but more particularly children, are at risk of dangerous chemical exposure if dust in the home or workplace becomes contaminated with heavy metals. There are many ways this happens. This article provides details for a simple, inexpensive home or workplace test from one of the highest quality Environmental Analysis Laboratories in Australia (EAL) and outlines evidence of heavy metal dust contamination, the importance of getting tested and what to do about it.

1708, 2016

How we get exposed to the heavy metal, CHROMIUM (Cr)

By |August 17th, 2016|Categories: Heavy Metals|0 Comments

This is an evolving testament of possible exposures to the toxic form of Chromium (hexavalent chromium). Data comes from researching the current literature and other sources. Thanks to all the scientists, researchers, universities, government departments and investigative journalists for making this data possible and available.

Toxno, Toxtest and EAL collaborate & bring Australian innovation to
heavy metal testing, visualisation services and raising public awareness


Toxno, Toxtest and Environmental Analysis Laboratory (EAL) at Southern Cross University in Lismore, NSW, Australia, collaborate to provide innovation and an Australian first in hair, water, soil/compost or dust testing of 32 heavy metals and minerals. Our Hair analysis (also called Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HMA or HTMA)) is AU$98. Order forms can be downloaded below.

All results are published (de-identified) online and updated regularly as new health or exposure route information becomes available for each metal/mineral. All results are dynamic, contain instructions, have full support and contain clickable links to current health and exposure information for each metal/mineral.

Hair results are live and use innovative moving graphical visualisations, while our water and soil analyses concurrently visualise your results based on human, animal and agricultural guidelines - a true Australian innovation. See a large list of example Hair, Water, Soil and Dust results.

Download test order forms here. Each test covers MERCURY, CADMIUM, LEAD, ARSENIC plus other Heavy Metals, Metaloids and Minerals (32 in total).

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