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Q. WHAT IS HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS?

A. Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), is an analytical test which measures the mineral
content of the hair. The sampled hair, obtained by cutting the first inch and one-half of growth
closest to the scalp at the nape of the neck, is prepared in a licensed clinical laboratory through a
series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using
highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results.

Q. WHY USE THE HAIR? WHY NOT USE THE BLOOD?

A. Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. First, it can be cut easily and painlessly and can
be sent to the lab without special handling requirements. Second, clinical results have shown that
a properly obtained sample can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation
following long term or even acute exposure.

A. HTMA reveals a unique metabolic world: intracellular activity, which cannot be seen through
most other tests. This provides a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring during the period of hair
growth and development.
Examples:

  • Thirty to 40 days following an acute exposure, elevated serum levels of lead may be
undetectable. This is due to the body removing the lead from the serum as a protective

measure and depositing the metal into such tissues as the liver, bones, teeth and hair.

  • Nutrient loss from the body can become so advanced that severe health conditions can
develop without any appreciable changes noted in those same nutrient levels in a blood test.

Symptoms of elemental deficiency can be present long before low levels can be detected in

the serum.
  • Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for
normal health.


Hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the Environmental Protection Agency in

determining toxic metal exposure. A 1980 report from the E.P.A. stated that human hair can be

effectively used for biological monitoring of the highest priority toxic metals. This report confirmed

the findings of other studies in the U.S. and abroad, which concluded that human hair may be a

more appropriate tissue than blood or urine for studying community exposure to some trace

elements

Q. WHY TEST FOR MINERALS?

A. 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 abnormal heart condi tions, anxiety and

nervousness.
  • Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in
muscular weakness, mild depression and lethargy.
  • Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for
normal health.


In the words of the late author and noted researcher, 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."

Q. WHAT CAN CAUSE A MINERAL IMBALANCE?

A. There are many factors to take into consideration, such as:

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.

Q. CAN VITAMIN REQUIREMENTS BE DETERMINED FROM A MINERAL TEST?

A. 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). For example, 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, B12

enhances iron and cobalt absorption, and 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.

Q.WHAT DOES MY OFFICE RECEIVE WHEN I ORDER A COMPLETE HAIR ANALYSIS

PROFILE?

A. After hundreds of thousands of hair analysis, Trace Elements has created a unique system of

interpreting hair mineral analysis results. Each test report will provide the clinician with the most

complete and comprehensive evaluation and discussion of significant mineral levels, ratios and

toxic metals as tested in the hair. Included is a listing of individual foods and food groups that the

doctor can recommend to eat or avoid in accordance with food allergy indicators and

individualized metabolic requirements.

Q. IS HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS SUPPORTED BY RESEARCH?

A. Hair tissue mineral analysis is supported by an impressive body of literature in a variety of

respected national and international scientific publications. Over the past twenty-five years hair

mineral testing has been extensive. Each year in the United States alone, federally licensed

clinical laboratories perform over 150,000 hair mineral assays for health care professionals

interested in an additional screening aid for a comprehensive patient evaluation. This does not

take into consideration the thousands of subjects used in numerous continuing research studies

conducted by private and government research agencies.

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