Every day, we are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals through products like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution. As we become more exposed to chemical-laden products and to toxic chemicals in food, air, and water, we have been confronted with an accelerating rate of chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue, chemical sensitivity, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/AD(HD), autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Because exposure to environmental pollutants has been linked to many chronic diseases, The Great Plains Laboratory has created GPL-Tox, a toxic non-metal chemical profile that screens for the presence of 172 different toxic chemicals including organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, benzene, xylene, vinyl chloride, pyrethroid insecticides, acrylamide, perchlorate. diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, and more. This profile also includes Tiglyclycine (TG), a marker for mitochondrial disorders resulting from mutations of mitochondrial DNA. These mutations can be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, infections, inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies.
Advantages of the GPL-Tox Profile
GPL-Tox screens for 172 different environmental pollutants using 18 different metabolites, all from a single urine sample. GPL-Tox uses the power of advanced mass spectrometry (MS/MS), which is necessary to detect lower levels of certain genetic, mitochondrial, and toxic chemical markers that conventional mass spectrometry often misses. It also includes Tiglyglycine, a marker for mitochondrial damage, which is often seen in chronic toxic chemical exposure.
The GPL-Tox profile is recommended anytime chemical toxicity is suspected. For pets, the most common indications are chronic allergies, gastrointestinal disorders, seizure disorders, autoimmune disorders, cancer, arthritis, and behavioral disorders.