Toxic mineral levels in the environment are rising and nutritional deficiencies are widespread due to the typical western diet. Therefore, assessing an individual's mineral imbalances and toxic mineral excesses is an increasingly important tool to understand many wellness issues. To address this need, MediScan offers Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA).
HTMA can provide important insights into nutritional approaches, supplementation requirements and can help predict time periods for nutritional supplementation. HMTA is now widely used by practitioners from many modalities who find HTMA assessment extremely useful in cases where no single cause for nutritional effects could be determined, as well as in cases where multiple causes act in synergy.
Hair Analysis and the Road Map to Health
HTMA maps minerals in the hair sample, representing available minerals in the body. A useful way to think of HTMA is to imagine a map, and "home" is the normal range or where we should be. The first hair HTMA is just a GPS position of where you are at that time.
Like a high blood sugar or blood cholesterol result the HTMA result does not tell you how you got there, how to get home and it certainly does not depict the terrain of that homeward journey. Only the practitioner can help unravel the path that leads to the current map point. The practitioner also provides key provisions and support for the homeward journey. However, the will to return home rests with the patient - this "will" can be a stumbling block in any therapy!
Subsequent HTMAs document the homeward journey; this is rarely a straight line. As the journey unfolds, so does the terrain; mountains, rivers, canyons and deserts. These obstacles can cause the path to deviate. Movement from point to point helps validate and fine tune the response to treatment. If one is off target then a course correction is made until the home threshold is reached. Follow up HTMAs can help test maintenance regimens.
Good Nutrients and Toxic Minerals (Heavy Metals)
HTMA measures most of the essential minerals found in the body including Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, Iron, Selenium, Chromium, Manganese, Molybdenum, phosphorus, Cobalt and Boron. The test tells whether the hair levels are low, normal or high, but more importantly, it tells whether they are in balance or not.
The HTMA also detects toxic minerals such as Lead, Mercury and Cadmium. In this setting, it is considered to be much more sensitive than a blood test. The reason for this greater sensitivity is that the blood is just a transport system. If all the minerals were stored in the blood, we would be dead. Most intracellular mineral stores have the same feature, in that deficiencies don't show up in a blood test. The HTMA results are presented in tables and graphs for easy interpretation, with values compared to reference ranges for Minerals, Toxic Elements and Other Elements.
A Balancing Act
In terms of the essential minerals, the body tries to keep everything in balance. The most important essential mineral pairs are Calcium-Magnesium, Sodium-Potassium, Copper-Zinc, Copper-Molybdenum, Cobalt-Potassium and Chromium-Vanadium. Recent science has postulated that many illnesses result from imbalance between these pairs. The HTMA results show these common essential mineral pair ratios, and possible mineral overload indicators are highlighted.
Interpreting the Results
One of the most important things we need to consider is why minerals vary from the reference ranges? There are many reasons why variations can occur, such as;
- Supplementation with minerals or other nutrients
- Toxic mineral accumulation
- Emotional issues
- Excess of essential or trace minerals (other elements)
- Reduced digestive function
- Stress and trauma
- Unresolved illness
Therefore, evaluation of the nutrient elements should take into account everything that we know about a person, including past toxin exposure, diet, previous and present supplementation, medications, medical conditions, symptoms, toxic mineral levels and other element levels. That is why professional interpretation of HTMA is essential and will always be more relevant and more powerful than a single result in isolation.
Where Are the Hair Analysis Done?
For hair the analysis test, BioTrace uses MediScan out of Perth. The MediScan service is the best we have seen from more than 20 years working within the wellness industry. Unlike the majority of companies offering HTMA in private commercial laboratories, MediScan HTMA are processed by the University of Western Australia. Hair samples are processed through two separate spectrometers giving more accurate readings across the total elements. Additionally this laboratory specializes in mineral analysis. The HTMA is processed by staff holding a high degree of qualifications Quality processes within the Laboratory are rigorously applied.
Toxic Mineral Detoxification:
BioTrace has designed an effective, safe and natural way of detoxing the body from toxic minerals. Today many health problems can be attributed to toxic mineral accumulation and therefore toxic mineral detoxification can be an effective way to regain health and vitality.
Includes the HTMA test plus mineral discussion; a specific toxic mineral detoxification protocol tailored to your individual needs and ongoing support.
Time: It takes 1- 2 weeks for the hair sample to be sent to Australia, analyzed and results sent to BioTrace. At BioTrace the interpretation process takes up to 2 hrs per test. We aim to get the full report to you within 1 week of receiving it. Total maximum processing time 3 weeks.
- Receive the sample envelope with instructions on how to take the sample
- Take the hair sample: instructions are within the sample envelope
- Send the sample away for testing
- BioTrace writes personalized mineral discussion, nutritional and detoxification protocol
- BioTrace sends report and test to practitioner
- Practitioner presents to client
- BioTrace offers ongoing support and training for the practitioner as required. Ongoing support is also offered to the client at the practitioner's request.
The report consists of three parts:
Part one: General mineral introduction - discussion of minerals and toxic minerals within the body
Part two: Mineral assessment - discussion of minerals specific to the levels indicated in the test results in combination with the client's symptoms and long term supplementation.
Part three: Essential mineral balancing and toxic mineral detoxification (specific for the client) - three parts
- Mineral balancing and preparation for toxic mineral detoxification
- Digestive repair
- Toxic mineral detoxification