Environmental Pollutants Panel

Environmental Pollutants Panel


US BioTek Laboratories now offers the Environmental Pollutants Panel – A GC/MS urine analysis for assessment of patient exposure to common environmental and occupational chemicals.  Chronic exposures to a number of occupational and environmental pollutants are a growing concern in today’s industrialized communities as their effects on human health are profound. Many have been linked to a variety of pathologies including neuropsychological, and neuropsychological dysfunction, leukopaenia, dyspnoea, anemia, and certain cancers, to name but a few.

Chemicals in the report include metabolites of:

  • Xylene
    Xylene, a ubiquitos petrochemical solvent, is first oxidized via p450 enzymes then conjugated with glycine to for 2- and 3-methylhippurate.
  • Toluene
  • Benzene (Click for references)
  • Trimethylbenzene
  • Styrene (Click for references)
  • Phthalic Acid Esters (Click for references)
    Phthalates are used in the manufacture of plastics to allow for flexibility and to soften resins. Not only that, but it is found in everything from makeup to detergents, shampoos to time-released pharmaceutical drugs. This toxin is a well known endocrine disruptor as well as causing neurological and developmental disorders. It can interfere with tryptophan metabolism resulting in an increase in quinolinic acid, a pro-inflammatory and neurotoxic compound. Phthalates have also been implicated in abnormal fetal development, especially in male fetuses.
  • Parabens (Click for references)
    Parabens are a widely used family of preservatives found in many cosmetic, pharmaceutical and industrial products. Parabens have inherent estrogenic and other hormone related activity and have been implicated in the growth and development of human breast cancer cell lines.
  • A listing of sources of each chemicals tested is provided with the patient’s report.


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