Hidden Copper Toxicity Indicators In Hair Tests
When interpreted properly by a trained Practitioner, Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a very reliable indicator for copper toxicity. Blood tests can be used to see levels of serum copper, serum ceruloplasmin and other tests. Blood levels are homeostatic and are managed by the body in a very close range. Therefore, blood levels for minerals, copper and heavy metals is not nearly as reliable as tissue levels that is shown in HTMA because the copper has the ability to hide deep in the brain, the liver and other tissues.
Hidden copper toxicity can be missed or misdiagnosed as something else by most doctors and health care practitioners. The vast majority of medical doctors are not trained in and do not use HTMA. They are not familiar with copper imbalances or hidden copper markets. Copper toxicity or hidden copper is not easy to detect. Blood and urine tests are usually not helpful to identify copper imbalances. Identifying it on a hair test can also be difficult because you cannot easily judge by the copper level on the test. Doctors or practitioners who not properly trained or in HTMA will not know how to correctly interpret hair test results
Copper Toxicity Indicators On A Hair Test
The following markers will be a guide for hidden copper toxicity indicators in hair tests. Working with Practitioner trained and experienced in hair testing, a person can find out whether or not if they have hidden copper in body tissues. Below are the following hidden copper toxicity indicators that can be indicated in a hair test.
Oxidation Rate On A Hair Test
- Most slow oxidizers (slow metabolism) and all very slow oxidizers.
- Slow oxidation with a copper level less than 0 mg%.
Calcium, Magnesium and Potassium Levels On A Hair Test
- Calcium level greater than 70 mg% (ideal Ca level = 40.00 mg%)
- Magnesium greater than 10 mg%
- Potassium level less than 4 mg%
- Phosphorus level less than 13 mg%
Zinc Levels On A Hair Test
- Zinc less than about 13 mg%
- Zinc greater than about 20 mg% is often, but not always is a hidden copper indicator.
Copper Level On A Hair Test
- Copper level less than 5 mg% is usually an excellent indicator.
Mercury Level On A Hair Test
- Mercury level greater than 0.03 mg%
Mineral Ratios On A Hair Test
- Calcium/Potassium (Ca/K) ratio greater than 10/1
- Sodium/Potassium (Na/K) ratio less than about 5/1
- Zinc/Copper (Zn/Cu) ratio less than 6/1
Hair Test Patterns Indicating Hidden Copper Toxicity
(this applies only when when using ARL hair graphs)
Hair testing pattern are named based on the relationship pattern shown in a hair test. Having any one of the following patterns on Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis will show hidden copper toxicity:
- Calcium Shell Pattern
This is a hair calcium level above 165 mg% in a woman or 155 mg% in a man. It indicates psychological withdrawal, or overwhelming stress or difficulty handling stress.
- Bowl Pattern
This a high Ca/Mg ratio and a low Na/K ratio.
- Double Low Ratio Pattern – this is a low Ca/Mg ratio and low Na/K ratio. This pattern reinforces all symptoms associated with a low Na/K ratio.
- Extreme Lifestyle Stress Pattern – “Trying To Stay Alive”
This is an extreme lifestyle pattern and a very serious one.
This is indicated with calcium/magnesium >40, sodium/potassium >10, potassium <5 and calcium > 200.
- Four Highs Pattern
This is when calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium are all above the ideal values.
- Four Lows Pattern
This is when calcium, magnesium, sodium and potassium are all below the ideal values. The is considered a sympathetic dominance pattern. This is exhaustion type that can be associated with trauma and abuse. In this state, a person seems like they are spinning their wheels and not functioning correctly.
- Step Down Pattern (also called Stepping Into life Pattern)
This is slow oxidation pattern. There is high Ca/Mg ratio, high Na/K ratio on the hair test, it visually it must look like steps going downward from left to right. This pattern indicates a beginning a new aspect of life, and is considered a very positive pattern.
- Stress From Within and Without Pattern
This is high Ca/Mg ratio (stress from without) with a potassium level of 4 mg% or less (stress from within).
- Sympathetic dominance pattern
This is also considered a sympathetic dominance pattern. A potassium of 4 mg% or less OR three highs or four highs with a sodium/potassium ratio greater than about 4. The pattern is reinforced if the Ca/Mg is greater than about 9.5. This is a very important autonomic nervous system imbalances. This pattern is very common today, especially among urban dwellers.
- Passive-Aggressive Pattern
This is a calcium shell AND a three or four highs pattern. The pattern is more pronounced if the Na/K ratio is less than 2.5. This interesting pattern combines suppression (a calcium shell) with inflammation (three or four highs). A person with the pattern tends to be suppressed most of the time, except when they explode with anger.
- Wasting One’s Time or Biding One’s time pattern
This is a calcium shell, a high Ca/Mg ratio and a potassium of 4 mg% or less.