Hair Mineral Analysis

What is a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?

A Hair Mineral Test measures the mineral content of your hair and reveals how those minerals are distrubuted throughout your body’s tissues. The test screens for 20 different minerals and toxic heavy metals, painting a picture that becomes a kind of road map to a healthier you. From this screening test come answers to our many complex questions. Just a small amount of hair can show all the follwing:

  • Functionality of your health from a cellular level – Metabolic Oxidation Rate
  • Vitality and Energy Levels
  • Immune function
  • The pattern and stage of Stress
  • Carbohydrate intolerances, blood sugar, and insulin resistance
  • Ability to utilize proteins and overall digestion
  • Cellular permeability
  • Glandular activity – thyroid and adrenal glands
  • Levels of toxic heavy metals
  • Balance between the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system.
  • Psychological and mental health concerns
  • Tendency toward the most common health issues that affect humanity as a whole.

Examples:

If your hair reveals elevated calcium levels two or three times normal, then your calcium level with in the body may also be elevated. If this is the case, then a strong tendency exists for arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries due to calcium plaques), fatigue, depression, kidney or gallstones, pain or arthritis.

If on the other hand your calcium level is low, then a tendency exists towards osteoporosis (demineralization of the bone), increased tendency to bone fractures, insomnia, dental caries, periodontal disease, muscle cramps, etc.

Various mineral imbalances, as revealed by hair analysis, frequently lead to metabolic dysfunctions before any symptoms manifest.

Why Test for Minerals?

Minerals are the “spark plugs” of life. They create the conductivity or energy, which helps power our cells. The foundations of our health rest upon our body’s ability to absorb and use minerals. Minerals feed and help regulate the functioning of our entire nervous system, which governs the organs and glands of our body. They are involved in almost all enzyme reactions within the body. Without enzyme activity, life ceases to exist. They also are necessary if we are to use vitamins, hormones, and neurotransmitters properly.

A great deal of scientific research now shows that mineral deficiencies are part of most all disease processes, if not a major contributing factor to them. Here is what the Senate had to say to the American public about the importance of minerals more than 75 years ago, in its Senate Report of the 74th Congress of 1936:

“Our physical well-being is more directly dependent upon minerals we take into our systems than upon calories or vitamins, or upon precise proportions of starch, protein or carbohydrates we consume.”

“Do you know that most of us today are suffering from certain dangerous diet deficiencies which cannot be remedied until depleted soils from which our food comes are brought into proper mineral balance?”

“Laboratory test prove that the fruits, the vegetables, the grains, the eggs, and even the milk and the meats of today are not what they were a few generations ago.”

“It is not commonly realized, however, that vitamins control the body’s appropriation of minerals, and in the absence of minerals they have no function to perform. Lacking vitamins, the system can make some use of minerals, but lacking minerals, vitamins are useless.”

Without minerals our health suffers and our body chemistry becomes imbalanced. A hair mineral analysis helps give a clear picture of the health of our organism and is a true reflection of how our body is responds to the many stresses of life.

Who could benefit from a Hair Analysis?

Everyone can benefit from a current Hair Analysis – especially those who may have developed an illness for which no explanation can be found, or those with a known illness whose treatment seems not wholly effective. Hair analysis opens the door to an entirely new set of options for achieving and maintaining good health, while addressing and solving the underlying problems that affect your individual biochemistry.

Remember, even if you are not experiencing a severe problem, a Hair Analysis can help detect the more subtle and abnormal changes in body chemistry and nutritional deficiencies that may arise long before the associated symptoms appear.

Common Causes of Mineral Imbalances

Improper Diet

Our bodies do not manufacture minerals and we must therefore obtain them from our diet. Doing so is becoming increasingly difficult now that so much of our food is either processed or not organic.

The next problem we face is that most of  our food does not contain enough minerals to properly power our bodies with energy.

Quotes by the Senate Report mentioned earlier were based on a study conducted by Dr. Charles Northern, in which he observed the following: “It is bad news to learn from our leading authorities that 99% of the American people are deficient in these minerals, and that a marked deficiency in any one of the more important minerals actually results in disease. Any upset of the balance, any considerable lack of one or another element, however microscopic the body requirement may be, and we sicken, suffer, shorten our lives.”

This Senate Study was further supported by research completed at Yale, Rutgers, John Hopkins, Columbia and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dr. Northern demonstrated “that countless human ills stem from the fact that impoverished soil of America no longer provides plant foods with mineral elements essential to human nourishment and health.”

Stress

Another reason for mineral imbalance is STRESS. Nutritional deficiencies are almost always a result of long-term stress. As our stress progressed through its various stages, as outlined by Hans Seyle more than 50 years ago, it causes changes in the balance of our body chemistry. The body interprets stress as pain. In order to buffer the pain, the body releases calcium. This chain of events can trigger significnat changes in both the adrenal and thyroid glands, which are the main glands affected by stress.

Other Causes of Mineral Imbalance include:

  • Medications
  • Birth Control Pills
  • Taking vitamins and minerals, which are not compatible with your current body chemistry.
  • Accumulation of toxic metals from the environment, job or hobby.
  • Inheritance of mineral patterns from parents.

Hair Analysis is an invaluably informative screening tool that facilitates the development of a more precise and accurate program of diet and supplementation, targeted to each individual’s specific needs. Never before has there been available a metabolic blueprint with such a degree of applicable scientific accuracy.

For more information, please contact James Hopson at inspire@inspiringhealth.net or at 310 574 2140. To learn more about how to get started with your own Hair Mineral Test, please click on the General Information Sheet and see Instructions for Sampling Hair in the right upper corner of this page.

Additional References:

For a deeper explanation of hair mineral testing, please see the following article by Dr. Larry Wilson, MD, one of the leading pioneers in the field of Hair Mineral Analysis Testing. http://drlwilson.com/Articles/HA%20INTRO.htm