Detecting Heavy Metals

Hair Mineral & Heavy Metal Analysis

Why Use Hair?

  • Hair is an indicator of intracellular minerals indicating metabolic trends
  • The mineral levels in hair are 10 times what is found in blood
  • Hair provides a unique celular reading of mineral levels
  • The cells, not the blood or the urine, are major sites of metabolic activity
  • Hair mineral levels will vary long before they show up in blood or before pathology is present
  • Shows intracellular levels of important minerals and their relationship to each other

What Can be Learned from It?

Hair analysis is considered a reliable source for detecting heavy metals. Toxic metals concentrate in soft tissues, not the blood or urine. Toxic metals will show in the blood at initial exposure, after which they are stored in the the brain bone, liver, kidney etc. Every one half inch of hair evaluates metabolic activity for the last month or so. Hair mineral analysis helps to assess the underlying metabolic patterns that are contributing to the following symptoms: Digestive Issues, Allergies, asthma, skin disorders, fatigue, brain fog, and sleep disruption.

Mineral Paterns and Ratios

Mineral patterns indicate metabolic trends. Mineral ratios define trends, representing relations and balances in the body. In this way hair mineral analysis offers an effective way to view the whole at a cellular level, in order to evaluate overall health and current health trends. Hair Mineral Analysis allows us to determine:

  1. Metabolic rate,
  2. Stage of stress,
  3. Immune function,
  4. Adrenal function,
  5. Thyroid activity,
  6. Digestive health,
  7. Carbohydrate / sugar handling,
  8. Protein intake and usage.

Ordering Hair Mineral Analysis

Hair Elements analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, especially methylmercury and arsenic, and time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. This noninvasive screening test requires only .25 grams of hair. *Please note that colored/dyed hair is not a problem, but straightened hair and perms will skew results.

Doctor's Data offers a Hair Elements profile containing essential and toxic elements and a Hair Toxic Element Exposure profile containing an expanded lineup of toxic metals. This test is useful for providing insights into such concerns as: Toxic Element Exposure, Excessive Fish Consumption, Alopecia, Depression, Fatigue, Malabsorption, Hypertension, Impaired Glucose Tolerance, Kidney Function, Parkinson's-like Symptoms, Sexual Impotence or Decreased Testosterone Production, and Vision Problems. You can order this hair analysis through Dr. Craig, who can then interpret your test results and suggest nutrient supplementations and other strategies for optimal mineral balance.


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