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Should I have my hair tested for heavy metals, like mercury?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

There are companies who have market tests that examine your hair for heavy metals like mercury. But these tests (in which they take a quarter-size clump of your hair, including the follicles) are inconsistent. Tests on hair can produce some reliable results for drug use, but the preferred method of testing should still be peeing in a cup.

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