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Testing for Military-Associated Toxic Heavy Metal Exposures

Military Health - Testing for Toxic Heavy Metal Exposure

Military training and warfare can be toxic on many levels – mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Evidence shows significant toxic metal accumulation can occur in artillery and mortar ranges, grenade courts, rocket ranges, battlefields, and small-arm shooting ranges, which is a health hazard for military personnel during wartime and peacetime.1

Civilians living near armed conflicts or military training grounds could also be at high risk of military-related toxic metal exposures. Up to 78,400 metric tons of toxic lead are used annually for ammunition production in the U.S. alone, according to the data from the USGS.2

Research on toxic metal exposures due to military activity is sparse; therefore, many individuals and organizations are unaware of the significant health hazards posed. Long-term adverse health effects associated with exposure to toxic metals include cancer, cardiovascular disease, metabolic dysfunction, neurological disorders, kidney disease, and many other health concerns.3-7

Military Health - Testing for Toxic Heavy Metal Exposure

Common Toxic Metal Exposures Associated with Military Activity

    • Aluminum1
    • Antimony8
    • Arsenic1
    • Barium9
    • Beryllium1
    • Cadmium8
    • Chromium8
    • Copper8
    • Lead8
    • Mercury10
    • Nickel8
    • Tungsten10
    • Uranium8
      Military Health - Testing for Toxic Heavy Metal Exposure

      Signs and Symptoms of Toxic Heavy Metal Exposure

      Individuals with chronic toxic metal exposures can be asymptomatic or present with the following unexplained health concerns:

      • Joint and musculoskeletal pain11-13
      • Chronic fatigue11-12,14
      • Hypertension (high blood pressure)15
      • Nervous system symptoms and disorders, including Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, numbness, tingling of hands and feet, and weakness6,11,12,16
      • Metabolic disorders, such as metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, diabetes, obesity, and difficulty losing weight17-19
      • Anemia8
      • Cognitive dysfunction, such as memory loss or “brain fog”19
      • Cardiovascular abnormalities, such as cardiomyopathy, atherosclerosis, or dysrhythmia20-23
      • Abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea19
      • Skin disorders, such as eczema or psoriasis12,19
      • Autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis24
      • Mental health and mood concerns11
      • Sleep issues12
      • Headaches11
      • Renal disease19
      • Liver disease19
      • Cancer7,19,25
      • Infertility and reproductive toxicity19,26-28
      • Accelerated aging13,29
      Military Health - Testing for Toxic Heavy Metal Exposure

      Testing for Toxic Heavy Metals (The Toxic Metals & Elements Test Panel)

      Ideally, all military personnel and civilians living in or near armed conflicts or military training grounds will be tested at least once annually for exposure to toxic metals. Truly, everyone in the modern world would benefit from testing for toxic metal exposures since most of us are exposed daily. You have probably heard about unsafe levels of toxic metals in baby food, dark chocolate, drinking water, and many other foods & beverages!

      Fortunately, inexpensive and non-invasive toxic metal test panels do not require a blood draw and offer convenient, painless sample collection in the comfort of your home. Once you have your test results, your physician will compose an individualized and clinically effective treatment protocol to support the detoxification of the toxic metals. Knowing which toxic metals are in your body will also help you determine the source to avoid future exposures.

      Military Health - Testing for Toxic Heavy Metal Exposure

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