Why Hair mineral Analysis?
Unlike blood, hair specimens are more stable and less susceptible to recent intake of food, drink and hormone fluctuations. Hair Mineral Testing has been shown to provide a more reliable result than bloods
Long-term deviations of mineral retention or losses are more easily detected in hair than blood.
Concentrations of most elements in the hair are significantly higher than found in the blood and other tissues.
Hair provides a record of past as well as present trace element levels, i.e. biological activity.
Hair provides information of substances entering the hair from the blood serum as well as from external sources.
Hair is invaluable in the assessment of toxic metal levels.
Hair mineral analysis is more cost-effective than other clinical mineral tests. Testing blood for the same wold run to many hundreds of pounds
Is Hair Analysis supported by research?
Hair tissue mineral analysis is supported by an impressive body of literature in a variety of respected national and international scientific publications.
Since the late 90's, hair mineral testing has been extensive. Each year in the United States alone, federally licensed clinical laboratories perform over 150,000 hair mineral analysis tests for health care professionals interested in an additional screening aid for a comprehensive Client evaluation.
In the past twenty years, there are well over a thousand references in peer-reviewed journals that document and support the reliability of hair mineral analysis. This does not take into consideration the thousands of subjects used in numerous continuing research studies conducted by private and government research agencies.
About our Laboratory
Our laboratory specializes in hair mineral analysis only and is a licensed and certified clinical laboratory that undergoes regular inspections with the Clinical Laboratory Division of the Department of Health and Human Services, HCFA.
Using the most modern and expensive analytical technique to be applied to routine elemental analysis and performs all testing in a trace element laboratory clean room environment, utilizes the latest microwave temperature-controlled digestion technique and has a highly skilled and professional analytical/support staff.
Each individual result from our laboratory is based upon an hourly National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) traceable standard curve, a rigorous quality control validation (CCCS and CCB) for every 12 specimens and is compared to a representative reference range derived from the like analysis of an international collection of normal and “healthy” subjects. They participate in an on-going Quality Assurance/Quality Control program and adheres to CLIA guidelines for precision, reliability and overall good laboratory practices.
Daily, weekly and monthly QA/QC studies to confirm and validate all aspects of test methodology, including precision, accuracy and verifiable detection limits. Further, the laboratory is continuously evaluating the different aspects of daily laboratory performance, such as: reagents, QC reference materials, split specimen analysis, double-blind samples, spiked samples, calibration verification studies and routine daily monitoring of data trends, before during and after each daily analytical run. This attention to detail assures our clients are receiving data obtained by the highest standards.
A leading provider of HTMA laboratory services since 1984 and nutritional metabolic products for health professionals of all specialties worldwide, We are confident that our Laboratory provides the highest standard of testing available anywhere in the world serving health professionals in over 46 countries.
Why test for minerals?
Minerals are involved and are necessary for cellular metabolism, structural support, formation of hormones, nerve conduction, muscular activity, immune functions, anti-oxidant and endocrine activity, enzyme functions, water and acid/alkaline balance and even DNA function. According to the late Dr. Henry Schroeder, trace elements (minerals) are "...more important factors in human nutrition than vitamins. The body can manufacture many vitamins, but it cannot produce necessary trace minerals or get rid of many possible excesses."
Dr. Emmanuel Cheraskin, in his book, Diet and Disease, states that "Minerals have interrelationships with every other nutrient. Without optimum mineral levels within the body, the other nutrients are not effectively utilized."
Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process.
Zinc is involved in the production, storage and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.
Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. A deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of heart attacks, anxiety and nervousness.
Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, depression and lethargy.
Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.
Dr. Henry Schroeder, author and noted researcher wrote that trace elements (minerals) are "...more important factors in human nutrition than vitamins. The body can manufacture many vitamins, but it cannot produce necessary trace minerals or get rid of many possible excesses."
What can cause mineral imbalances?
There are many factors to take into consideration, for example -
Diet - Improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol and fad diets can all lead to a chemical imbalance. Even the nutrient content of a "healthy" diet can be inadequate, depending upon the soil in which the food was grown or the method in which it was prepared.
Stress - Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients while also reducing the capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.
Medications - Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body stores of nutrient minerals and/or increase the levels of toxic metals. These medications include diuretics, antacids, aspirin and oral contraceptives.
Pollution - From adolescence through adulthood the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources such as cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti-perspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium), copper and aluminum cookware and lead-based cosmetics. These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.
Nutritional Supplements - Taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies, contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.
Inherited Patterns - A predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents.
Can vitamin requirements be determined from a mineral test?
Minerals interact not only with each other but also with vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Minerals influence each of these factors, and they, in turn, influence mineral status. Minerals act as enzyme activators, and vitamins are synergistic to minerals as coenzymes. It is extremely rare that a mineral disturbance develops without a corresponding disturbance in the synergistic vitamin(s). It is also rare for a disturbance in the utilization or activity of a vitamin to occur without affecting a synergistic mineral(s).
Vitamin C affects iron absorption and reduces copper retention.
Boron and iron influence the status of vitamin B2.
Vitamin B2 affects the relationship between calcium and magnesium.
Vitamin B1 enhances sodium retention.
Vitamin B12 enhances iron and cobalt absorption
Vitamin A enhances the utilization of zinc, while antagonizing vitamins D and E.
Protein intake will affect zinc status, etc.
Therefore, evaluating mineral status provides good clues of vitamin status and requirements.
Continuing research at Trace Elements involves the recognition of many synergistic and antagonistic interrelationships between minerals and vitamins.
How can hair analysis help me achieve better health?
If we consider that diet is what we consume and nutrition is what we retain, then we can see that discovering what your body needs when it needs it is a valuable tool in creating health. After 30 years of research, hair analysis has emerged as the most practical method of testing for mineral balance in your body.
Your Hair Mineral Analysis report will include information on which supplements you need and which ones you should avoid.
Your Hair analysis Report is designed to help you and your health practitioner determine the best nutritional program for you.
Your report is a detailed clinical document which you can share with your healthcare provider.
Doctors of almost every specialty, naturopaths, nutritionists and dietitians reguarly use hair analysis. Progressive health care providers are now well aware of the vast amount of research linking nutrition to disease.