Human Hair Mineral Analysis

This simple diagnostic technique of human hair mineral analysis is based on the idea that hair provides vital clues about nutritional imbalances elsewhere in the body.

This simple diagnostic technique is based on the idea that hair provides vital clues about nutritional imbalances elsewhere in the body. It is also used to detect environmental toxins before overt symptoms appear. During the procedure, the diagnostician clips a small sample of hair from the nape of the neck and sends it to a lab, where it is analyzed by the latest computer technologies. The analysis is meant to uncover signs of the mineral imbalance during the previous three months. A poor diet, stress or exposure to environmental toxins can all cause severe disruptions in the body's mineral balance.

Some healers believe that an excess or deficiency of minerals such as iron, calcium, magnesium or zinc, is a common cause of migraines, immune deficiency, and poor wound healing. Proponents of hair analysis consider it a safe and reliable method for detecting nutritional and environmental causes of these and other disorders. Specific natural and dietary therapies are often offered based on the results.

How they cut the hair:

Only a small, one inch sample of hair is needed for analysis, a hair weighing card is used to determine the exact amount. The hair is usually taken from the nape of the neck and is cut with special shears that cut every fifth hair or so. The sample is then placed in a special bag and sent to a lab for analysis. It's important to remember that hair that is bleached, colored or permed over the past three months should not be analyzed because the chemicals used can distort the results. Cost runs between 25.00 to 70.00, and health insurance will not cover the charges as of yet.

Laboratory Analysis:

When an analysis is done, the hair is first cleaned then dissolved in a solvent and finally analyzed in the laboratory. Modern technologies, such as spectrophotemety or atom absorption, are used in the analysis. Advocates assert that the most minute amounts of toxin pollutants or the smallest mineral fluctuations become evident.

Environmental Medicine:

Hair analysis is especially popular among natural healers who believe that exposure to harmful poisons in the enviroment may cause cases of depression, allergies, chronic fatique and other similiar ailments. Environmental toxins that are commonly studied in hair analysis include aluminum, antimony, arsenic, beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury and silver.

Hair Facts:

Hair can accumulate more then thirty minerals, trace elements and toxins over a three month growth period. Proponents of hair analysis claim that even the smallest amounts can be detected. Based on the analysis, nutritional and therapeutic measures can be recommended then to correct the imbalances and detoxify the body.

The structure of the hair is a shaft that is made up of lifeless protein material arranged around a central core. This outer protein layer is then sheathed in delicate cuticle cells, which are arranged like shingles or tiles. (think roof). The cuticle is in turn covered by a layer of protein substances and fatty substances that will protect the hair. Hair grows about half an inch a month and some one-hundred new hairs are added daily. Hair does grow for three to six years before falling out. Using rubberbands, and strong chemicals in hair will cause hair to fall out faster though, so it is recommend to avoid using rubberbands or chemicals in the hair.

The hair root is anchored with each shaft of hair to the scalp. The root is nourished by a network of delicate blood vessels, which deliver vitamins, minerals and trace elements to the outer layers of the hair shaft. These same vessels are also deposited in the hair and any toxins or drugs present then show up during hair analysis. Hair analysis is the process to assess the body's mineral and toxin levels over a period of several months and is the most widely recognized procedure for parents used to test teenagers for drugs in their system.

Note: information provided by Dr. J. Lission regarding environmental medicine and how the procedure is done.

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