Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
nutritional therapy such an important part of functional health
care today, the need to better assess bio-chemical individuality
and monitor mineral balances is more important than ever. For questions
- Are elevated
levels of lead, mercury or cadmium affecting your well being?
- Do you
suffer a zinc, calcium, iron or chromium deficiency?
nutritional supplements, if any, would benefit your state of
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis will provide valuable clinical data
that may not been realised through standard blood and urine tests.
IS A HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS?
Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA), is a special analytical test which
measures the levels of trace minerals found in a sample of hair.
The sample is usually obtained by cutting a small amount of hair,
(approximately 4 cm in lenght from the scalp), from the nape of
the neck location. The hair sample is then 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 clinically reliable results.
* Subject to availability
is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. First, it can be cut easily
and painlessly; secondly, it does not require complicated handling
requirements, and; thirdly, 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.
The hair tissue itself is made up of special cells called matrix
cells. These cells, in simple terms, depend on the blood supply
for their nutrition while being formed. As the hair shaft develops,
minerals and other trace elements are keratinised into the growing
hair shaft providing a blueprint of the biochemistry occuring, mineral
balances and toxic metal exposure. It is like a report card permanently
recording the past events of your health, diet, environment and
TEST FOR MINERALS?
minerals are essential to the countless metabolic functions in all
phases of the life process. They not only provide the building blocks
to life itself, but are also necessary in the production of hormones
and enzyme activity.
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
- Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate
amounts are required for normal health.
- Elevated lead, particularly in children, can contribute to learning
disabilities and hyperactivity.
the words of the late author and noted researcher, Dr. Henry Schroeder,
trace elements (minerals) "are the spark-plugs in the chemistry
of life". They are the more important factors in human nutrition
than are vitamins. The body can manufacture many vitamins, but it
cannot produce necessary trace minerals.
Dr. Emanual Cheaskin states in his book, Diet and Disease, "Minerals
have interrelationships with every other nutrient. Without optimum
mineral levels within the body, the other nutrients are not effectively
HEALTH CONDITIONS ARE AFFECTED BY MINERAL IMBALANCES?
are many health conditions that can result in or be aggravated by
mineral deficiencies, excesses and imbalances. They include:
Hair loss and poor nails
High blood pressure
Wounds healing poorly
CAN CAUSE A MINERAL IMBALANCE?
are many factors that can contribute to a mineral imbalance. They
DIET: A major factor in contributing to a mineral imbalance is improper
eating habits. Excessive intake of refined and processed foods,
alcohol, and fad diets can all lead to poor mineral nutrition. Even
the nutrient content of a "healthy" diet can be inadequate, depending
on the soil in which the food was grown or the method in which it
STRESS: Stress, both physical and emotional, can lead to mineral imbalances.
Certain nutrients such as mineral zinc and the B-complex vitamins
are lost in greater quantities due to increased stress. Nutrient
absorption can also decrease when the body is under stress.
MEDICATIONS: Many medications can deplete the body store of nutrient minerals
as well as elevate levels of certain toxic minerals. Examples include
diuretics, antacids, aspirin and oral contraceptives.
POLLUTION: From childhood through adulthood the average person is continually
exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources. Toxic metals such as
lead, mercury and cadmium can interfere with mineral absorption
and contribute to adverse metabolic effects. Petrol fumes, hair
dyes and lead based cosmetics (lead), copper and aluminum cookware,
hydrogenated oils (nickel), antiperspirants (aluminum), cigarette
smoke (cadmium), and dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium) are just
a few of the hundreds of undesirable sources an individual may be
exposed to everyday.
SUPPLEMENTS: Taking the incorrect type of nutritional
SUPPLEMENTS or improper amounts of nutritional SUPPLEMENTS can produce
many mineral excesses and/or deficiencies. For example, calcium
absorption is decreased in the presence of phosphorus. Vitamin C
is required for iron absorption, but in excess amounts it can cause
a copper deficiency. Vitamin D enhances calcium absorption, but
in excess amounts can produce a magnesium deficiency, etc.
PATTERNS: A predisposition towards mineral imbalances,
deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents, etc.
BLOOD AS GOOD AN INDICATOR OF MINERAL STATUS AS HAIR?
and serum do contain minerals, but they may not be completely representative
of the body's mineral storage. In many cases, the serum level of
minerals is maintained at the expense of tissue concentration (homeostatic
mechanisms). Serum concentrations may fluctuate with the manner
in which the sample is taken, emotional changes, the time of day
the blood is drawn, or foods eaten prior to taking sample. For example;
Thirty to forty days following an acute exposure, elevated serum
levels of lead may be undetectable. This is due to the body's removing
the lead from the serum as a protective measure and depositing the
metal into such tissues as the liver, bones, teeth and hair.
Calcium loss from the body can become so advanced that severe osteoporosis
can develop without any appreciable changes noted in the calcium
levels in a blood test.
Iron deficiency symptoms can be present long before low levels can
be detected in serum.
is much clinical research to show that for many elements tissue
can more closely reflect body mineral stores than blood and urine.
value and knowledge gained from a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis has
proven to be very significant in many individual cases. It is supported
by an impressive body of literature by doctors and researchers in
a variety of highly respected scientific publications. Internationally,
over the past fifteen years, hair mineral testing has been extensive.
It is estimated that in the United States alone, federally licenced
clinical laboratories perform hundreds of thousands hair tissue
mineral assays for health care professionals interested in an additional
screening aid for a comprehensive patient evaluation.
comprehensive, interpretive Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis report
from InterClinical Laboratories will help identify important mineral
deficiencies, excesses and imbalances, check for elevated levels
of toxic minerals, shed new light on existing health status, identify
potential areas of concern and provide special dietary guidance
to aid in nutritional rebalancing. Our report is the most advanced
of it's type currently available.