What Is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)?
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a non-invasive, easy to do, affordable method to look at an accurate report of your tissue levels of 36 key minerals and heavy metals impacting your health.
“Mineral deficiencies are responsible for a host of health problems,
which are incorrectly treated by drugs.”
Dr. Robert Thompson
Why Use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) For Understanding Mineral Imbalances?
- Hair testing allow us to look at the relationships between minerals and toxic elements, and not just one mineral level in isolation.
- The hair reflects the tissue level or available minerals. Hair is a a form of soft tissue and provides a great window into what is happening inside the body at the tissue level.
- If we want to know the stored tissue level, blood tests and urine tests are not the answer. Blood tests can provide a secondary source of information but not tissues levels.
- An inch or so of hair taken closest to the scalp provides approximately a three-month window into the mineral and metal status of the body. Hair is not prone to the hour to hour fluctuations that affect the blood reading.
- Another major advantage that Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) offers is data on the key ratios between mineral pairs as determined through the exhaustive research in the 1970’s and 80’s by Dr. Eck and Dr. Watts, the pioneers of the science of nutritional balancing.
- When it comes to rebalancing minerals, or assessing mineral status, looking at any one mineral level in isolation explains very little.
- If the hair chart shows high magnesium, is it really high? Probably not, because stress depletes magnesium and most people are magnesium deficient. A high magnesium level represents intracellular loss of magnesium which shows up high in the hair but indicates magnesium deficiency.
- The ratio between sodium (Na) and potassium (K), known as the stress ratio will show high Na/K ratio is someone is under a great deal of stress.
About The Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) Test
- HTMA provides a mineral blueprint of one’s biochemistry. It will provide pertinent information about one’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity.
- It is a tissue mineral biopsy that is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive and extremely accurate. The laboratory that we use in the USA (Trace Elements) has the advanced and sophisticated instrumentation used to assess mineral levels in parts per million or parts per billion.
- Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is considered a standard test used around the world for the biological monitoring of trace elements and toxic metals in humans and animals species.
- Hair, like all other body tissues, contains minerals that are deposited as the hair grows. Although the hair is dead, the minerals remain as the hair continues to grow out.
- A sample of hair cut close to the scalp provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place over the past three to four months, depending on the rate of hair growth.
- Hair test are repeated about every 3 – 6 months to see how things are shifting in addition to monthly monitoring of symptoms.
About The 36 Elements of Hair And The Comprehensive Report
- Hair tissue analysis as the most thorough and comprehensive way of charting your detoxification process and getting a detailed blueprint of your nutritional metabolic activity.
- Comprehensive Analysis Report: Includes detailed graphed results for 8 toxic metals, 15 nutritional minerals, 15 additional elements, 7 significant mineral ratios and 9 toxic metal ratios.
- 8 Toxic Heavy Metal Elements: Antimony, uranium, arsenic, beryllium, mercury, cadmium, lead and aluminum. These heavy metals are well-known for their interference upon normal biochemical function and causing numerous imbalances in the body.
- 15 Essential Minerals: All mineral/metal levels are reported in milligrams percent (milligrams per one-hundred grams of hair). One milligram percent (mg%) is equal to ten parts per million (ppm). The hair test includes these essential minerals: Calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc, phosphorus, iron, manganese, chromium, selenium, boron, cobalt, molybdenum, and sulfur. These nutrients play significant roles in such metabolic processes such as muscular activity, endocrine function, reproduction, skeletal integrity, and overall development.
- Includes 15 Additional Elements: Germanium, barium, bismuth, rubidium, lithium, nickel, platinum, thallium, vanadium, strontium, tin, titanium, tungsten and zirconium.
- 6 Significant Mineral Ratios: A calculated comparison of two elements to each other is called a ratio. To calculate a ratio value, the first mineral level is divided by the second mineral level. The report includes calculated ration for: Ca/P, Na/K, Ca/K, Zn/Cu, Na/Mg, Ca/Mg, Fe/Cu. If the relationship between certain minerals in the body is disturbed, normal biological functions and metabolic activity can be adversely affected.
- 9 Toxic Mineral/Metal Ratios: Ca/Pb, Fe/Pb, Fe/Hg, Se/Hg, Zn/Cd, An/Hg, S/Hg, S/Cd, S/Pb. Individuals with elevated toxic levels may not always exhibit clinical symptoms associated with those particular toxic minerals. However, research has shown that toxic minerals/metals can also produce an antagonistic effect on various essential minerals, leading to disturbances in their metabolic utilization.
- 11 Additional Ratios: Ca/Sr, Cr/V, Cu/Mo, Fe/Co, K/Co, K/Li, Mg/B, S/Cu, Se/Tl, Se/Sn, Zn/Sn
- Reference Ranges: The reference ranges in the report should be considered as guidelines for comparison with the reported test values. These reference ranges have been statistically established from studying an international population of “healthy individuals”. The reference ranges should not be considered as absolute limits for determining deficiency, toxicity or acceptance.
- Supplement recommendations based upon age, sex, metabolic type, mineral patterns and specific need as seen on the tissue mineral analysis and other accompanying clinical test data and history. (Subject to additions or changes by the HTMA Practitioner.)
- Diet Recommendations: Lists of specific foods and food groups, along with an explanation of why each food is suggested.
About Toxic Metals and Hair Testing
- Toxic metals, no matter which ones, are not selective as far as where, or how they can be detected.
- Mercury amalgams as well as mercury found in fish, or other sources of contamination can be found in the blood, hair, and in urine, using a urine challenge test.
- Toxic metals do not always show up on a hair analysis test on the first test.
- Depending on the state of your body’s energy levels, it may take several tests before the toxic metals show up in the hair.
- Blood tests, unless the contamination is recent within a week or so, or unless it is a continuously occurring contamination, will not indicate the presence of toxic metals.
- Once a toxic metal leaves the blood, it is then either eliminated or stored in other organs and tissues of the body.
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