Hair Mineral Analysis
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This test measures the levels in hair of the following trace elements and toxic metals: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, chromium, manganese, selenium, nickel, cobalt, lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminium.
- If there are raised levels of toxic minerals then there probably is a toxicity problem.
- However normal or low levels of toxic minerals does not exclude a toxicity problem. Some people are poor detoxifiers and do not dump heavy metals in hair - they get dumped elsewhere in the body. In a study of autistic children, they were found to have lower levels of mercury in the hair compared to controls! The researchers could not understand this until they realised they were dumping the mercury in their brains instead!
- The zinc level can be misleading. A low zinc probably means zinc deficiency. A normal zinc may be due to a very low zinc which then makes the hair grow slowly. This slow growth has the effect of concentrating minerals in the hair to give falsely high readings.
- A high copper suggests inflammation and always needs investigating further. It is often high with the Pill and HRT - this is one of the tests which makes me worry about the Pill and HRT!
- High nickel (together with high leels of any metals) also means nickel sensitivity (to jewellery, watches, zips etc)
- Chromium, cobalt, manganese and selenium levels are probably accurate.
- I would not take much notice of abnormal calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium or sodium results.
- Low iron needs further investigation with a ferritin.
However, if all the essential minerals are low (excluding the toxics) I would think of poor nutrition or malabsorption of foods. See Malabsorption - failure to get the goodness from food.
This test is performed on a sample of hair. About 0.5g of hair cut close to the scalp from the back of the head or nape of the neck is required (about 1 heaped tablespoon full).
To complete the test: collect the hair sample in the bag, make sure that your name and date of birth are clearly marked on the bag. Complete your details on the request form. Post the sample to the address on the request form - Biolab Medical Unit, 9 Weymouth Street, London W1N 3FF. Please, make sure that the request form is sent along with the sample. Please also send your GP's details so I can write to him/her with the result and suggestions for management. Please also send me any diagnoses you may already have.
- Please note that there is an additional interpretation fee for my letter to your GP. See Ordering Tests for more details.