WHAT IS A HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS?
Trace mineral analysis is a test which measures the mineral content of your hair. Mineral content of the hair reflects the mineral content of the body’s tissues. If a mineral deficiency or excess exists in the hair, it usually indicates a mineral deficiency or excess within the body, or bioavailability.
This is a condition in which a mineral is present in the body, but cannot be utilized. Causes for bio unavailability include deficiency of a binding protein, molecular configuration of the element valence of the element, or lack of a releasing factor or carrier factor. When an element is bio unavailability, one may experience symptoms of deficiency of that element as well as symptoms related to toxicity.
- If your hair reveals an elevated calcium level two or three times normal, then your calcium level within the body may be elevated also. If this is the case, a strong tendency exists for arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries due to calcium plaques).
- If your calcium level is low, then a tendency exists toward osteoporosis (demineralization of bone), increased tendency to bone fractures, dental caries, periodontal disease, muscle cramps, etc.
- Various mineral imbalances, as revealed by hair analysis frequently lead to metabolic dysfunction before any symptoms become manifest.
THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A HAIR ANALYSIS AND BLOOD WORK ARE:
Your blood results change from minute to minute based on the state of your mind and body. Blood work is not always accurate. A hair tissue mineral analysis is three month’s worth of biochemistry- what’s been going on vs what’s happening right this second.
- Thirty to forty 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.
- Calcium loss from the body can become to advanced that severe osteoporosis can develop without any appreciable changes noted in the calcium levels in a blood test.
- Symptoms of iron deficiency can be present long before low iron levels can be detected in the serum.
OTHER CONDITIONS WHICH MAY RESULT OR BE AGGRAVATED BY A MINERAL IMBALACE ARE:
- Hair Loss
- Thyroid Disturbance
- Prostate Disorders
- Digestive Disturbance
- Musculo-Skeletal Disorders
- Cardiovascular Disease
- Skin Rashes
- Emotional Problems
WHY TEST FOR MINERALS?
Minerals are the “sparkplugs” of life. They are involved in almost all enzyme reactions within the body. Without enzyme activity, life ceases to exist. A trace mineral analysis is preventative as well as being useful as a screening tool.
WHO NEEDS A HAIR ANALYSIS?
Anyone who is found ill and no explanation can be found, or when the cause seems to be found but the therapy is not wholly effective. Hair analysis opens up a whole new vista for the solving of your own particular problem by recognizing your biochemical individuality.
Even if you are not experiencing a severe problem, abnormal changes in body chemistry and nutritional deficiencies may result in early, subtle changes in the body such as:
- White spots in fingernails – indicates a possible zinc deficiency.
- Longitudinal ridging in nails – indicates an iron deficiency.
- Brittle hair and nails – calcium and copper imbalance.
- Deep grooves across nails- calcium deficiency.
- Stretch marks – zinc deficiency.
- Lack of growth – zinc deficiency.
- Mood swings – possible toxic metal accumulation such as lead, mercury, or cadmium.
These indicators are early signs of metabolic disturbances and may lead to serious problems if left unchecked.
COMMON CAUSES OF A MINERAL IMBALANCE
- Improper diet – such as excessive intake of refined carbohydrates and sugars, strict vegetarian diets or other exclusive diets.
- Taking vitamins and minerals which are not compatible with your current body chemistry.
- Medications (both prescription and over the counter).
- Birth control pills.
- Stress (physical and emotional).
- Pollution – Accumulations of toxic metals form the environment, job or hobby.
- Inherited mineral patterns from parents.
Hair analysis is an invaluable screening tool which allows a correct program of diet and supplementation to be designed for each individual’s specific needs. Never before has there been available a metabolic blueprint with such a degree of applicable scientific accuracy. It is a window into the cells.
DID YOU KNOW?
- Women’s pre-menstrual headaches are often caused by too much copper in their system?
- Arthritis pain can be caused by lead cadmium, or mercury poisoning?
- Eating the wrong diet can contribute to conditions such as constipation, diverticulosis, and even heart disease?
- Taking too much of any one vitamin or mineral can be harmful?
- Too much vitamin C can actually make an infection worse, in certain metabolic types?
- Hair analysis is the most efficient means of determining exactly what vitamins and minerals you do need?
- Adolescent acne can be caused by lead, or copper poisoning?
- Approximately 80% of our population lack the necessary enzymes and natural stomach acids to digest their food?
- Hyperactive children often have too much lead in their systems?
- Obesity is frequently caused by chronic blood sugar problems?
- Mercury toxicity in the mother’s system can kill her unborn child?
- Magnesium supplements may prevent brain damage of alcoholics?
- The male prostate gland contains more zinc than any other organ in the body? Because of this, adequate zinc levels are important for male potency.
- Diuretics often prescribed for patients with high blood pressure and heart trouble can decrease your potassium supply?
- High blood pressure and strokes may be caused by too much sodium chloride (salt)?
- Many baby foods contain too much salt?
- High level of copper and iron in the body tissue can cause migraine headaches, and even schizophrenia?
- Adequate zinc intake helps to regulate blood sugar levels?
- Lead toxicity is linked to multiple sclerosis?
- Zinc deficiency can retard bone development and produce malformed sex organs?
- Doctors often diagnose heart attacks by the amount of the mineral manganese in the body?
- Chromium, magnesium, manganese and vitamin B6 deficiency are related to diabetes?
- Vitamin C, the B complex, zinc and manganese are being used to treat schizophrenia?
- Vitamin B2, folic acid, vitamin E, zinc and chromium are important for users of birth control pills?
- Magnesium deficiency is related to epilepsy, leukemia, heart disease and kidney disorders?
- As many as 250,000 women in the US at any given time may be suffering from iron deficiency anemia?
- Beryllium, lead, cadmium, nickel and arsenic poisoning can cause cancer?
- The mineral lithium is being used to alleviate man of the problems associated with manic depressive illness?
DID YOU KNOW?
Excessive mineral intake can negate the beneficial effects of vitamins, for example:
- Zinc can reduce the beneficial effect of vitamin D.
- Calcium can reduce the beneficial effect of vitamin A.
Excessive vitamin intake can negate the beneficial effects of minerals, for example:
- Vitamin C can reduce the beneficial effect of copper.
- Vitamin D can cause a deficiency of magnesium.
- Taking too much iron can contribute to such symptoms as arthritis, high blood pressure and tension headaches with dizziness.
- Frontal headaches (behind the eyes) are associated with too much copper.
- Taking too much calcium alone can contribute to osteoporosis, weight gain and fatigue.
- Toxic metals can contribute to learning disabilities in children.
In order to design an effective nutritional program, we need to distinguish the basic underlying cause for symptoms that you may be experiencing. With a hair analysis there is no guess work. We get a comprehensive picture on which to vase the most appropriate therapy.
Each test report will provide you with the most complete and comprehensive evaluation of significant mineral levels and ratios as tested in the hair. Included is a listing of foods to eat or to avoid in accordance with food allergy indicators and individualized requirements. In addition, each analysis contains a highly specific listing of nutrients that may assist in balancing body chemistry.
Disclaimer: The information contained in this article is for educational purposes only and should not be used for diagnosis or to guide treatment without the opinion of a health professional. Any reader who is concerned about his or her health should contact a doctor for advice.