The ZRT Laboratory Blog

The ZRT Blog is an extensive resource for patients and health care providers searching for health and hormone testing information. Here, you can read about ZRT’s cutting edge research, advances in testing, wellness advice, and health industry highlights.

Mineral Mission to Mars

Posted by Dr. Alison McAllister on Friday, 12 August

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Have you seen the movie The Martian?  I highly recommend it. The premise is that an astronaut called Mark Watney goes with a team to Mars, gets left behind and has to survive. I love semi-disaster stories and even better when it's Matt Damon playing the main character. Now, according to the book, Watney had lots of vitamins and mineral supplements to supplement his diet. But if he hadn't had those supplements, there are certain elements that he could have become deficient in that could have led to severe health problems.

Let's explore some of the metal elements that ZRT tests that you might want to take with you on your mission to Mars.

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Could Zombies Survive on Today's Brain?

Posted by Dr. Allison Smith on Friday, 30 October

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Everyone knows zombies are hungry. 

Naturally, brains are on the menu, and occasionally my six-year-old daughter expresses her concern that a zombie might eat her brain as she sleeps (thanks, ParaNorman). 

But the nerd in me can’t help but wonder why a zombie would want to eat today’s brain.

Today’s brain is full of aspartame, SSRI’s, cadmium, arsenic and mercury, phthalates, benzene metabolites, DDE and BPA. Scientific American even tells us we have fewer memories stored in our brains now that we can rely on “the cloud.” 

Eeeeww. We’ve literally turned into the human equivalent of potato chips.

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Colorado Mine Spill Makes High Levels of Toxic Metals a Threat to Humans & Wildlife

Posted by Ted Zava on Monday, 17 August

colorado.mine.spill.blog_1On August 5, 2015 the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) accidentally breached a tunnel holding liquid waste as part of the cleanup of the Gold King Mine in Colorado.

This breach resulted in the release of 3 million gallons of toxic waste into Colorado’s Animas River. The waste stained the river yellow and continued to travel downstream into the San Juan River. The Animas and San Juan Rivers are a source of drinking and irrigation water, are heavily used for recreation, and are home to a wide variety of wildlife. 

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Bromine: An Essential Element?

Posted by Ted Zava on Friday, 06 June

According to researchers at Vanderbilt University, bromine should be recognized as the 28th essential element for all species, from fruit flies to humans. Study results were published June 5, 2014 in Cell, and demonstrate that without bromine, collagen type IV molecules will not bond together properly to form the structural proteins of connective tissues, leading to disrupted tissue development. 1   

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