WHAT IS HAIR TISSUE ANALYSIS?
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a test that measures the mineral content of your hair. Mineral content of the hair reflects the mineral content of the body tissues. If a mineral deficiency or excess mineral content is found in the hair, it usually indicates a mineral deficiency or excess within the body, or bio-unavailable.
WHY USE HAIR TO TEST?
Hair is a storage tissue and a tissue the body uses for excreting excessive amounts of toxic metals and other substances such as illegal drugs to help rid them from the body. Therefore it is an excellent place to measure these items. Hair provides a unique, biopsy type of reading of metabolic activity.
Sampling is simple and non-invasive.
Hair is a stable biopsy material that remains viable for years, if needed. It also requires no special handling, and can be mailed easily.
Mineral levels in the hair are about ten times that of blood, making them easy to detect and measure accurately in the hair.
Hair is a fairly rapidly growing tissue. This enables one to obtain a recent biochemical picture of soft tissue metabolism.
The body often throws off toxic substances in the hair, since the hair will be cut off and lost to the body. This is very helpful to identify toxic metals, for example, and other things.
Mineral levels are kept relatively constant in the blood, even when pathology is present. This must be done because blood touches all the body tissues, and too much variation is dangerous. This is the reason many people have normal blood tests even when they are quite ill.
Hair minerals do not circulate, and pose no threat to the body. Values often vary by a factor of ten or much more, making measurement easier and providing a tremendous amount of accurate knowledge about the cells and the soft tissue of our bodies.
Toxic metals are easier to detect in the hair than in the blood. The body quickly removes toxic metals from the blood, if it can. For this reason, most toxic metals are not found in high concentrations in the blood, except right after an acute exposure. In contrast, many toxic metals accumulate in the soft tissues such as the hair because the body tries to move them to locations where they will do less damage.
Hair testing provides a long-term reading, while blood tests and urine tests provide a more instantaneous reading of the body. Both types of readings have value. For example, blood tests can vary from minute to minute, depending upon one’s diet, activities, the time of day and many other factors. This is beneficial in some instances, but is often less helpful when seeking an overall metabolic reading.
Advancements in computer-controlled mass spectroscopy and other technologies have rendered the hair mineral biopsy an extremely cost-effective, accurate and reliable test when it is performed well. The US federal government licenses all hair mineral testing labs in this nation, and similar programs assure quality in other nations, as well.
WHY USE HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS TO DESIGN NUTRITIONAL BALANCING PROGRAMS?
Nutritional balancing science employs hair mineral analysis along with other material submitted by the client to inform us of their situation. By interpreting the hair mineral test properly, one can construct a biochemical picture of the way the body is responding to stress, the body’s energy level and body’s metabolic type. A customized program is then developed specifically to correct imbalances at cellular level. Unlike conventional symptom based healing, nutritional balancing incorporates and integrates many disciplines including biochemistry, physiological chemistry, the theory of the oxidation types, and natural healing theory.