Hair Mineral Analysis is an excellent screening test to identify specific nutrient mineral imbalances, disease trends, and your load of toxic heavy metals. When interpreted correctly, Hair Mineral Analysis is an excellent assessment to help you understand your body chemistry and to help you achieve your optimal health.
A sample of head hair is sent to Analytical Research Laboratories in Phoenix, Arizona. The sample is then correctly processed, without the use of harmful detergents, which can negatively alter the readings.
When the results come back to my office, we do a consultation. I then coach you with your program and give you specific dietary, lifestyle and supplement recommendations to help with your success of the program.
Re-tests are strongly recommended every 3-4 months. As the body chemistry changes on the program, and the body’s detoxification pathways are enhanced, you are urged to continue the program based upon the results of your follow-up hair test.
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis is an excellent way to view:
There are several reasons that hair is used as a biopsy over blood in most health screenings.
Minerals are the "spark-plugs of life". They are literally responsible for:
Life doesn't exist without the mineral. Imbalances in just one mineral system can significantly alter your health. This screening is one of the clearest ways to asses your body's current state of health because the cells, not the blood or urine, are the major site of metabolic activity.
Of the eight clinical laboratories in the United States that perform this test, only two are considered to be worthy. The reason for this is that the hair must not be washed with detergent prior to testing. Detergents will significantly alter the mineral readings of the test. I use Analytical Research Labs, which is one of two laboratories that do not wash the hair sample.
Articles published in the American Journal of Medicine have been critical of Hair Analysis in the past. However, these studies were significantly flawed when performed. For more information on this topic, please go to the website of Dr. Lawrence Wilson: www.drlwilson.com
It is important to understand that more important than individual mineral readings is the relationship with other minerals. These complex relationships are called ratios.
There are six major mineral ratios of importance on a Hair Mineral Test:
The sodium/potassium ratio is the single most important ratio on the hair test. NA/K indicates adrenal activity, adrenal status, immune response, and kidney function. This provides the basic assay of the body's glucose, energy production and cellular electrical balance.
Hair Mineral Analysis is an excellent way to identify the following toxic metals found in the body:
It is now understood that toxic metal poisoning is a major contributing factor to many degenerative illnesses. The list includes:
It is important to mention that no toxic metal level is considered safe. Environmental toxicity is a major culprit of toxic metal exposure in your body. This may come from sources such as:
One of the primary goals of your program is to reduce and eliminate the level of toxic metal exposure. Not all of the body's toxic metal readings will appear on the first test because heavy metals are often sequestered deep within the body. In fact it is common that toxic metals are revealed on subsequent tests after metals are mobilized from their storage sites. Metals may mobilize from fatty tissue, spleen, liver, kidneys, bones, nervous system and brain.
In your consultation, we will discuss several effective ways to assist the body's detoxification of toxic metals:
Tissue Mineral Analysis is a screening test and therefore does not intend to treat, diagnose or prevent any disease.
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