Environmental Pollutant Testing

Environmental Pollutant Testing

We can test for exposure and accumulation of common toxic chemicals with the Environmental Pollutant test from US BioTech Laboratories. (PDF fact sheet at bottom of page)

This test can evaluate your levels of:

Check out our guide to decreasing household toxins and pollutants

  • Benzene MetaboliteTrans, transmuconic acid
    • Effect: Lowers blood parameters (hematocrit, haemoglobin level, erythrocyte, leukocyte, platelet counts.
      Bone marrow depression with aplastic anemia, leukaemia, thrombocytopaenia.
      Human carcinogen, Genotoxic.
      Skin and eye irritation.
      Central Nervous System depression, death.
    • Exposure: industries that produce or use benzene or benzene- containing products – oil refineries, petroleum plants, tire manufacturers, paint and shoe manufacturing plant, petrol stations, active or passive cigarette-smoke inhalation, and areas of heavy vehicular traffic.
  • Paraben MetabolitePara-Hydroxybenzoate
    • Effect: Allergic contact dermatitis.
      Parabens exhibit estrogenic activity.
      Animal studies show decreased testosterone levels and sperm count.
    • Exposure:Used widely as an antimicrobial, a preservative and flavorant in food, as well as cosmetic and pharmaceutical formulations to increase shelf life.
      Body care products – sprays, fragrances, conditioners, shampoos, hair gels, deodorants, antiperspirants, soaps, hand sanitizers, facial masks and foundations, sunscreens, self-tanners, hair removal creams and shaving gels, nail and skin creams, baby lotion.
      Pharmaceuticals – injectable drugs, antacids, suppositories, BenadrylTM cream, hydrocortisone creams and ointments, medicated pain-relieving patches, mentholated vapor rubs, chap stick, antifungal and antibacterial preparations.
      Food products – packaged meats, fish and poultry, mayonnaise, oils, salad dressings, catchup, pickles, relishes, processed fruits and vegetables, frozen dairy products, cakes, pies, pastries, icings, jellies and jams, beers and ciders, soft drinks, fruit juices, syrups, and some candies.
      May also be derived from bacterial metabolism in the gut.
  • Phthalic Acid Ester MetabolitePhthalate
    • Effect: Young infants may be more vul- nerable to toxic effects. May alter development of male reproduc- tive system.
      Developmental and morphological abnormalities including deficits in behavior and cognition.
      Some reports of decreased sperm production in adult males exposed to environmental levels.
      Associated with increased waist circumference and insulin resistance in adults.
    • Exposure:Used in the manufacture of plastics to soften resins and impart flexibility.
      Most widely used plasticizers for the manufacture of polyvinyl chloride ( PVC ) plastics utilized in vinyl flooring and tile, wall covering, pool liners, tool handles, insulation of wires and cables, garden hoses, construction materials, weather-stripping, canvas tarps, upholstery, some food wrappers and containers, medical equipment containing flexible plastics such as blood bags and tubing, haemodialysis, children’ s toys, dishwasher baskets, notebook covers, flea collars, faux leather, shoe soles, traffic cones, latex adhesives, dyes, some pharmaceutical and pesticide formulations.
      Detergents, lubricating oils, automobile parts, automobile undercoating, carpet backing, solvents, and personal-care products such as soaps, shampoo, hair spray, nail polish, and toothbrushes, baby-care products.
      Diethyl Phthalate (parent compound of MEP ) reported in over 70% of cosmetic products tested. Make fragrance in cosmetics and household products last longer.
  • Styrene Metabolites Mandelate, Phenylglyoxylate
    • Effect:Depression of the central nervous system.
      Dizziness, light headedness, head- ache, drowsiness, nausea, Impaired balance, manual dexterity and reaction time, difficulty concentrating.
      Irritation of mucous membranes, dermatitis, nausea, fatigue.
      Genotoxic.
    • Exposure:Raw materials ( benzene and ethylene ) for the manufacture of styrene are supplied primarily from the petroleum industry.
      Used in the manufacture of synthetic rubbers, synthetic latex, polyesters, and plastic products.
      Automotive emissions, tobacco smoke, released from building materials, carpet backing. Low-level exposure may occur through ingestion of food products packaged in polystyrene containers.
      Packaging materials, toys, hobbies, crafts, house wares and appliances, electrical and thermal insulation, fiberglass, pipes, automobile parts, foam cups.
      Emissions from styrene production and disposal procedures – chemical spills, landfill sites and industrial discharges.
  • Toluene MetaboliteHippurate
    • Effect: Depression or excitatory effect on the central nervous system – euphoria followed by disorientation, tremulousness, mood lability, tinnitus, diplopia, hallucinations, dysarthria, ataxia, convulsions, coma.
      Irritation (eyes, nose, throat ), dizziness, taste and olfactory fatigue.
      Drowsiness, headache, impaired cognitive and motor function, insomnia, anorexia.
      Solvent abuse through “ sniffing ” toluene -containing products may lead to gross disorientation, neurological impairment and death.
    • Exposure: Mainly by inhalation of vapors.
      Produced from petroleum refining.
      Automotive and aircraft emissions, poor emission-control devices on older vehicles, poor maintenance practices, high-density traffic locales, gasoline filling stations, refineries, tobacco smoke. The amount of toluene in a single cigarette may vary from 80 to 100 micrograms (?g) .
      Blended into gasoline as a component to increase octane number.
      Two thirds of its use as a solvent carrier in paints, inks, thinners, coatings, adhesives, degreasers, pharmaceutical products.
      Household aerosols, spray paint cans, glues, varnishes, shellac, rust preven- tatives, solvent-based sanitizing agents and germicides, etc.
      Additive in cosmetic products.
      Occupational Exposure: paint, printing and leather finishing-industry, rubber- coating industry, shoemakers.
      *Hippurate is also the end product of benzoate metabolism. Benzoate may be derived from foods containing sodium benzoate additive.
  • Trimethylbenzene Metabolite 3,4-Dimethylhippurate
    • Effect: Irritation of mucous membranes, dermatitis, dizziness, “ drunkenness ” , fatigue, headache, anxiety, nervousness.
      Cyanosis, cognitive and motor impairment, apnea, bursts of perspiration, cardiac arrest.
      Diarrhea, abdominal pains, nausea, blurred vision.
      Low frustration tolerance, lack of initiative, apathy, depression, irritability (painter ’s syndrome ) .
      Neurotoxic.
      Decreased erythrocyte, leukocyte and platelet counts.
      Carcinogenic
      Glomerulonephritis, renal dysfunction.
    • Exposure:Mainly by inhalation of vapors.
      Production occurs during petroleum refining.
      Primary use is as a motor fuel additive.
      Automotive emissions, poor emission-control devices on older vehicles, poor maintenance practices, diesel engine exhaust.
      Solvent in coatings, paint thinners, wood preservatives, cleaners, dry clean- ers, degreasers, aerosols, pesticides, printing and inks.
      Component of white spirit, the most widely used solvent in the paint and coat- ing industry.
      Manufacture of pharmaceuticals, asphalt products, lacquers, varnishes, dyes, perfumes.
      Occupational Exposure: scientific labs, janitors/cleaners, dry cleaning indus- try, automobile body and related repairers, construction laborers, house painters, screen cleaning processes, ski boots finishing, and telephone cable assembly.
      People who do considerable home maintenance work or hobby work may be exposed via inhalation or dermal contact with the solvent.
  • Xylene Metabolites2-Methylhippurate 3-Methylhippurate
    • Effect: Depression of the central nervous system.
      Neuropsychological and neurophysiological dysfunction.
      Anemia, thrombocytopaenia, renal damage.
      Irritation of mucous membranes, dermatitis, nausea, fatigue, headache, anxiety.
      Dyspnea, cyanosis.
    • Exposure: Mainly by inhalation of vapors.
      Natural component of petroleum and coal tar.
      Motor and aviation fuel additive.
      Automotive emissions, poor emission-control devices on older vehicles, poor maintenance practices, aviation fuel, waste and landfill sites, localized industrial discharges and spillage incidents, tobacco smoke.
      Topical contact or inhalation of: varnish/polishers, paint, paint thinner, paint remover, shellac, rust preventatives, lacquers, inks, dyes, adhesives, cleaning fluids, degreasing agents, household cleaning products.
      Used as a solvent for rubbers, synthetic resins, gums, inks, paint.
      Fabric and leather treatments.
      Used in the synthesis of plasticizers and in the manufacture of polyester fiber, film, insecticide formulations, and perfumes.
      Occupational Exposure: paint and printing ink industries, automobile body and related repairers, photographic processing, rubber, leather, plastics and textile industries, flooring contractor.

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Downloand Environmental Pollutant Test fact sheet (PDF) from US BioTech Laboratories.

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