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Reversing Zinc Poisoning - Things to Know Before You Start

As I mentioned in this post, it is possible to shoot yourself in the foot by reversing your zinc poisoning symptoms before you’ve been officially diagnosed with zinc poisoning. But what if you live in an area, or just happen to have a popular doctor, which makes it difficult to get seen in a timely manner? Both my parents and I have, at times, had doctors who needed a month (or more!) lead time for an appointment.

While these doctors may be fantastic and you want to stick with them, you probably don’t want to keep poisoning yourself with zinc in denture cream while you wait for your appointment. On the other hand, if you are at all interested in joining one of the class action suits against the makers of Poligrip or Fixodent, you will need documented evidence that your zinc levels were high before you switched to a zinc free denture cream. Then once you’ve made the switch, you can follow up with your doctor and either verify that your mineral imbalance is correcting itself, or determine if you need some sort of supplementation.

So what’s a body to do? Keep poisoning themselves? Switch and hope their levels don’t fall before their next doctor’s visit? How about neither!

With the growing number of uninsured people, and the internet’s tendency toward instant gratification, a new type of service has sprung up that offers laboratory tests whenever you want them, without the need for your doctor’s orders. While I’m not suggesting that you try to “go around” your doctor (unless, of course, they refuse to believe that you may be being poisoned by the zinc in denture cream), I am suggesting that having the lab tests done as soon as possible, so that you can begin correcting your imbalances quickly, is absolutely in your best interest!

These services are many, and you may find them by hitting up your local yellow pages, or by checking out PersonaLabs, below. Of course, you probably aren’t interested in being “anonymous,” since you’ll want it documented to whom your results belong, but such testing companies do offer that option as well.

PersonaLabs: These folks do serum (blood) testing for both zinc and copper (remember you will want to document/monitor both, as excess zinc causes copper depletion). In addition they are offering a 5% discount coupon code as of this writing; just use discount code PCJ09 at checkout. Their other advantages are:

  • lab work done on your schedule
  • no doctor’s orders or office visit necessary
  • online results in 24-48 hours
  • large network of labs where you can have your samples drawn, including LabCorp

Just head over here, and search for “zinc” or “copper” (without the quotes) in the search box near the upper-right-hand corner of the screen. Then click the “Find a Test!” button, and you’re on your way!

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