Heavy Metal & Trace Mineral Testing

The OligoScan is a revolutionary technology that allows us to make a precise analysis of heavy metals, minerals, and trace elements in the tissues and peripheral blood vessels. No biopsy, blood, urine, or stool sample is needed. Fast and convenient, it is also one of the best ways to test for heavy metals.

Studio TimeOut is the first and only to offer this technology in Minnesota.

What are Heavy Metals?

The OligoScan measures 14 different heavy metals: Aluminum, antimony, arsenic, cadmium, mercury, nickel, lead, and more. Our bodies can hold a certain amount of heavy metals but they create health problems when they build up to high levels.

Why is heavy metal testing important?

75% of adults over 40 have been diagnosed with a chronic disease and heavy metal toxicity is one of the major contributors to many of today’s chronic diseases. Mercury for example, commonly used in dental amalgams and present in the food chain, has been shown to trigger autoimmunity both in mice and humans.

Left undetected, the presence of heavy metals in the body can slow treatment progress and lead to brain and nervous system disorders. Maybe you’ve been working on a health issue for awhile… say thyroid issues… Without addressing the heavy metal burden on your system, your thyroid may never function to its full capability, leaving you with perpetual low energy, stubborn fat loss, trouble sleeping, stress and anxiety, and other hormone imbalances.

What Health Problems?

Autoimmunity, mood and hormone problems, thyroid and adrenal dysfunction, resistant weight loss, tinnitis, parasite overload, candida and yeast overgrowth, digestive problems, cancer, dementia, Alzheimer’s, ADD/ADHD, autism, lack of energy, and much more.

Heavy metal toxicity is almost never considered when people go to a health provider for help with the above issues… yet it is often the upstream cause. It can work temporarily to give thyroid medication, or adrenal supplements, or do gut healing…… but people often find their issue does not completely resolve until they get to the ultimate cause.

How does the test work?

When you come in for testing, we’ll shine a handheld device (the OligoScanner) on 4 spots of your palm to measure the minerals and metals in the tissue. It takes about 5 minutes and your results are ready instantaneously. We’ll discuss what your results mean and what action steps would be most appropriate in your situation.

The exact technology of the OligoScan utilizes spectrophotometry — the basic principle is that every type of compound, regardless if it is chemical- or mineral-based, absorbs, emits, or reflects light (electromagnetic radiation) over a certain specific range of wavelengths. The more the sample is concentrated, the more it absorbs the light within the limits of proportionality expressed in the law Beer-Lambert.

Why not hair, urine, or blood analysis?

It’s helpful to know if heavy metals are an issue for you or not… and the only way to know is to measure them. The available heavy metal testing has mainly consisted of serum levels, urine levels, and hair analysis. To get an accurate picture you must do all 3. Serum measures recent exposure. After a few days the metals migrate into your tissues and are no longer detected in your blood. Hair will show excretion of metals in the last 3 months… and urine shows what you are excreting following a challenge test.

The OligoScan measures tissue heavy metal status using spectrophotometry. No blood draws, no cutting hair, and no waiting weeks for results. It’s the metals in your tissues that give an accurate picture of your overall heavy metal status.


The Oligoscan Heavy Metal and Mineral Testing is $225. This includes the test fee itself and a 30 minute consultation to conduct the test and review the results.

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Then What?

Once you know which metals are excessive (if any), you can get to work on doing the appropriate detoxification. We have a class Saturday mornings (free class) where you can learn more about heavy metals and toxicity. You’ll learn why it’s important to detoxify at the cell level…… and not stop at doing only a colon cleanse, or liver cleanse… or juice cleanse. Not that those are bad… it’s just that they don’t reach far enough into the cellular level to remove the toxins. If you have high levels of mercury or lead (or something else) you need to work more effectively than a short 2-3 week cleanse to significantly reduce your heavy metal load.

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