Human hair analysis is a diagnostic tool that I use in my practice to assess my patients' adrenal function, the presence of toxic heavy metals and as a way to accurately prescribe very specific Nutritional Balancing supplement programs which can balance the Mineral ratios in the soft tissues.
Hair Analysis is a lab test which measures the levels of 20 or so Minerals in the hair, including Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Zinc, Manganese, Iron, etc. This type of testing also detects the presence of toxic heavy metals such as Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Aluminum, Arsenic, Copper, Nickel, etc.
Hair mineral analysis represents the Mineral levels in all of the Soft tissues in your body, which includes your skin, muscles, ligaments, cartilage, nerves, connective tissue, internal organs such as your heart, kidneys, liver, brain, and also your hair.
If there is a mineral imbalance or heavy metals present in your hair test reading, than they are also to be found systemically in all of your soft tissues. Hair mineral analysis can accurately diagnose chronic degenerative diseases such as:
Unlike blood tests which can change every minute due to momentary changes in our mood, energy, food intake, etc., hair analysis is a solid record of your soft tissue mineral levels over a period of time. This way practitioners can assess your general pattern of soft tissue mineral levels.
Another reason hair analysis is superior at detecting mineral imbalances is that it analyzes a soft tissue, which is hair, fingernails, muscles, cartilage, myofascia, body fat and such.
When you test the blood, you are only analyzing what is in the blood stream at that given moment. The blood is highly regulated by your endocrine system to make sure it maintains a high degree of normalcy. Due to this intense regulation on the ph levels, mineral levels and the like, the blood will always appear relatively healthy, unless you have diabetes or anemia, or other blood specific diseases. Your soft tissues, such as your hair, is where you can find the true mineral imbalances and the stores of toxic heavy metals that our weakened bodies are unable to eliminate properly.
What is needed is about 5 to 7 small cuttings from the back of the head (armpit and groin hair can also be used) in order to get an accurate Hair mineral analysis. It takes between ten and fourteen days to get the results back from the lab.
I use on of the most reputable Hair Analysis labs (Analytical Research Labs) which was founded by the late Dr. Paul Eck. Dr. Paul Eck helped to pioneer this field of medicine back in the 1970's when he personally evaluated thousands and thousands of Hair Analysis charts. Through all of his research, he began to find trends and relations between certain hair mineral levels and ratios, and certain chronic illnesses.
Dr. Paul Eck devised an infallible system of reading Hair mineral charts to evaluate the Adrenal function, Thyroid function, Sugar handling capabilities, and the body's ability to handle stress and toxins, such as heavy metals. He also found trends and relationships between different minerals themselves.
Such as the way Calcium and Magnesium levels will rise on a hair analysis chart at the same time that Sodium and Potassium levels decline, as in a Slow Oxidizer metabolism.
Dr. Paul Eck also founded the nutritional supplement company Endo-Met, in order to formulate Nutritional Balancing programs to correct the Hair and soft tissue mineral ratios, in order to effectively correct fast or slow oxidizing metabolic rates, increase Adrenal function and effectively help get people out of Adrenal Burnout.
As the Adrenal glands recover from fatigue and burnout, the body will naturally start to eliminate the heavy metals that have been stuck in the soft tissues, where no chelation therapy is able treat Heavy Metal toxicity. Chelation therapy can only draw out the Toxic Heavy Metals that are in free-form and unbound in the blood stream.
What's important to know about toxic heavy metals is that, the body will actually use these heavy metals as part of the structure of the tissues, if there is enough of a lack of the normal and preferred mineral for that function. If Zinc is lacking, then Cadmium is readily used in the walls of arteries. If there is not enough Bio-available Calcium, your body will start to use Lead to fill up the structure of the bones (which is very dangerous and hard to reverse).
It is also important to note that the supplementation of one mineral like, say, Zinc will have effects on multiple other minerals in the body.
If you take Zinc supplements alone:
- Sodium levels drop.
- Copper levels also drop.
- Toxic Heavy Metals will get displaced and so will enter the blood stream, causing a Heavy Metal Detoxification reaction, making you feel ill.
Many vegetarians cannot handle eating meat because animal protein contains high amounts of Zinc. This large supplementation of Zinc in a virtually Zinc free vegetarian diet will cause the body to dump large amounts of Lead, Mercury, Copper and so they feel ill every time they try to eat meat.
Also, the decline in their Sodium levels will make them feel very tired since Sodium levels represent Adrenal function. Taking Zinc alone can cause a lot of mild to serious side effects, even though almost everyone is rather Zinc deficient and needs Zinc supplementation.
Dr. Paul Eck's Nutritional Balancing Supplement formulas are specifically designed to address the overall Soft tissue Mineral pattern which is a complete diagnosis of your metabolic rate, your adrenal function, thyroid function, and presence of toxic heavy metals. Only by cross reading all of the mineral levels and ratios together can a correct and effective Nutritional Supplement therapy be administered.
For instance, most people who have Adrenal Burnout will tend to have an imbalance in their Magnesium, Calcium, Sodium, and Potassium levels and ratios. When we are 'stressed out' or over-worked, our adrenals have to secrete huge amounts of aldosterone, epinephrine and norepinephrine in order to power these 'stress reactions'. This can lead to a constant state of
'Fight or Flight'.
This means that your sympathetic nervous system is stuck in overdrive. You are over-stimulated, causing your adrenals to become fatigued. This is shown by a reduction in your Sodium and Potassium levels found in your Hair Analysis chart. At the same time, Calcium and Magnesium readings will be higher but his means that they are leaving the body through the hair and other ways, and are actually Bio-unavailable.
When Sodium and Potassium are low, Calcium and Magnesium become 'Bio-unavailable'. Magnesium relaxes the muscles while Calcium is needed for muscle contraction. An imbalance in these can cause chronic muscle spasms and muscle cramps. Your body begins to take the Calcium out of your bones in order to power your muscle contractions necessary for a 'fight or flight' response thinking that there isn't enough. This can lead to Osteoporosis since all of your Calcium is being taken out the bones to help buffer against stress.
When your body is constantly pulling Calcium out of the bones and tissues to buffer against stress, we call this a 'Calcium shell'. A 'Calcium Shell' makes you numb to everything around you. You become emotionally dead. You just can't handle the stress of feeling anything anymore.
This is common among individuals with a lot of stress or people who over-extend themselves, such as Type 'A' personalities. Once you get locked into a 'Calcium shell', what you really need is rest. After sufficient rest and proper nutritional support, the Adrenal glands can recover and your ability to handle stress will also improve.
In order to raise your Sodium and Potassium levels (which indicates the healthy functioning of your Adrenals), your entire chart of about 20 different minerals has to be taken into account. You should not simply raise your intake of dietary Sodium and Potassium. There are many different vitamins and minerals that can be used to raise or lower Sodium and Potassium, each one with unique effects on all other minerals in the body.
Manganese - raises Sodium, lowers Copper
Chromium - Raises Sodium, increases sugar metabolism
Zinc - Raises Potassium,lowers Sodium and Copper
Copper - Raises Sodium and Calcium, lowers Potassium and Zinc
Iron - Raises Sodium, lowers Chromium
Molybdenum - Raises Sodium, lowers Copper
Potassium - Raises Sodium, lowers Magnesium and Calcium
It requires a lot care and expertise to correct a soft tissue mineral imbalance, and just taking supplements from the health food store may actually do you more harm than good.
Dr. Paul Eck, founder of
(ARL) Analytical Research Labs,
and one of the pioneers of Hair analysis testing, has formulated special specific supplement programs for each unique hair analysis chart.
These supplement programs are extremely effective at regulating soft tissue mineral levels and ratios and boosting adrenal and thyroid activity which then enables your body to rid itself of Toxic Heavy Metals such as Cadmium, Lead, Mercury, Arsenic, Copper, Aluminum, Nickel, and more. These Heavy Metals can cause a host of chronic illness and mental disorders. Boosting the Adrenals and ridding the body of toxic heavy metals can undo many years of suffering and fatigue.
To your order your very own 'Hair Analysis Test' please go to my
and fill out my contact form. Request the Hair Analysis test in the 'Leave a message' area. I will send you a Hair Analysis Kit with instructions and then you will send it back to me. You should get your Hair Mineral Analysis Chart in the mail within a couple weeks.
The test costs $185.00 for the first test with a thorough consultation and explanatory report. Each subsequent Hair Analysis test is $115.00.
Nutritional Balancing Supplement programs vary in price depending on the size of your particular Nutritional Balancing program, but programs are usually between $250.00 and $450.00 for a three month supply of supplements.
You must not add in your own Supplements because this program is all inclusive. Any additions would alter the effects of the Nutritional balancing program, slowing down the healing process.
You should feel the effects in the first week or first day even as your Sodium, Potassium, Magnesium, and Calcium levels become regulated and balanced to normal levels. You will instantly feel your energy improve and your mind settling down as your Mineral levels become more and more balanced.