How to Make a Heavy Metal Tester?

Posted by Nicole on 04/08/2009

Hi Ted

Did you ever succeed in making a heavy metal tester? I am interested in making one if you can tell me how. I have heavy metal poisoning and am working hard to heal myself and my family. Thanks! Nicole

Replied by Ted
Bangkok, Thailand
391 posts

Dear Nicole:

Yes I have succeeded in making a heavy metal tester. Although I can't display exact color scheme as an example to what metals which colors, but all previous post you can refer to based on description. The chemical name is Dithizone, C13H12N4S molecular weight is M =256.33. I will use a thin plastic, such and the chemical will be on the end, very small amount. It is then placed in wintergreen oil (methylsalicylate). Dithizone is available in most chemical suppliers and scientific suppliers.

The ones they use commercially as a solvent is problematic. They use benzenes or other hydrocarbons, which causes metabolic acidosis and if enters the system, is recirculated in the body and sometimes accumulates. Perhaps that's why they are so cancer causing. In any event the methyl salicylate when stored must be kept in metal free containers away from light and stored in refrigerator, otherwise it looses it's green color quick and become colorless. In other words, is destroyed. in any event, the solution, is placed in a plastic or glass test tube and you spit in them and shake. The bottle will turn to certain colors.

For example, when I tested, mine is pink, which makes for positive heavy metals of zinc and some copper. Which is correct and the source of contamination came from bad water faucet brass (you ought to look at the inside of the faucet!). The bacteria forms a film biofilm inside the faucet and releases huge amounts of copper and zinc (they're brass). The other part of the connecting pipes are rusted metal. In some countries they still used lead pipes, so the color is red. Mercury was an interesting one and comes from mercury amalgam in the teeth. So it's there if there is a lot. Urine samples can be tested also. I have used an old water cooler, another source of metal toxicity too, If those were eliminated it will test for negative. But as a warning a source of heavy metals comes from another obvious source: your frying pain, especially the worse of all frying pan: cast iron frying pan. Those can't be tested directly with dithizone however. You need other ingenious means, such as tannic acid. Which turns black overnight. That's how they make black inks. In any case, put water samples, urine samples in a 1%-5% tannic acid solution dissolved in DISTILLED WATER as a metal tester kit. Then you will pour this tannic acid in distilled water into a test tube. Put urine samples, saliva samples, and cover the test tube. Overnight it will turn black, mostly from the iron as tannic acid binds strongly to them turning black. It takes longer for the reaction to occur, but tannic acid is the best test for iron generally speaking. Most other metals can be done with a dithizone, and when you shake a couple of times the color shows the presence of metal. A negative result or no heavy metal will be green. So obviously a dithizone is a lof fater than the tannic acid, but the dithizone can't check for iron. It can check for lead, copper, cadmium, mercury and zinc, but not for iron.

In any event,the common chelation therapy I personally use, is the tetra sodium EDTA, which is an alkaline form of chelation. That's why I don't like disodium EDTA, it is acid, but it acidity can be neutralized with baking soda for example. The dose I used is 25 -50 mg. so the dose is much lower commercially which is between 250-500 mg, which will result in diarrhea or loose stools. It's my suspicion that these marketing companies don't test their own product and that's why they can retain an average customers for only 3 months and spend a huge amount of marketing budget trying to find a new one. If the average customers had no problem with a product, the customer's retention can be expanded to 1 year which is the average for a more conscious supplement seller. LOL.

In any event other chelation should be considered too such as green tea no milk no flavorings. They chelate out iron and cadmium. A tannic acid solution can be drank and i read their journals where the cells is not negatively effected. The dose of tannic acid that can be added in a drinking water is between 1/8 to 1/4 (maximum to 1/2) in the drinking water. If the water does have high iron, the water if left overnight turns light gray. But if it is heavily contaminated, it turns like black ink! Pomegranate is another one high in tannic acid too, but for me tannic acid is a cheap source. Some in fact used pomegranate for cancer treatment, but that's from the fact that it reduces free iron radicals, a primary cause of aging in the free radical theory. So either is fine, green tea, pomegranate, or tannic acid for ridding of iron.

Traditional chelation is calcium EDTA, but I get negative feedback because when EDTA is attached to any heavy metals,it release calcium and if in excess causes clotting and people feel dragged down as blood flow gets hampered. The ones I used are mostly tetrasodium EDTA or disodium EDTA, after buffering the disodium, and at a much smaller dose with some space of non chelation days also. Cilantro are also used and the more heavy metals the less the chelation dose is used because we want to minimize circulating heavy metals being chelated. In excess it makes people sick and hence dose is given low.

As heavy metals get less more chelation dose can be used as circulating heavy metals are now reduced, which won't damage much of the cells during that stage.


Replied by Doddie
Lawrenceville, Georgia, Usa

Ted, I thought that using cast iron cookware was good for iron deficiency ?

1. Does using cilantro remove all heavy metals ?

2. I use bottled water to drink, and tap water for cooking, bathing, brushing teeth so in a way it seems I am continuously contaminating myself while trying to detox. What would you suggest ?


Replied by Linda
Manila, Philippines

Hello, I am a student and I want to use Dithizone to test the metal contaminants in wastewater. Is that possible? There is no available dithizone in our science laboratory, can you suggest an alternative or a place where I can easily find dithizone. Or if I can make a mixture that can replicate it. Thank you.