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INTRODUCTION TO HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS (HTMA):
Hair analysis testing is used for mineral and toxic metals evaluation because of its very nature. Hair is formed from clusters of specialized cells that make up the hair follicle. During the growth phase the hair is exposed to the internal environment such as blood, lymph and extra-cellular fluids. As the hair continues to grow and reaches the surface of the skin its outer layers harden, locking in the metabolic products accumulated during the period of formation. This biological process provides a blueprint and lasting record of mineral status and nutritional metabolic activity that has occurred during this time.
The precise analytical method of determining the levels of minerals in the hair is a highly sophisticated technique: when performed to exacting standards and interpreted correctly, it may be used as a screening aid for determining mineral deficiencies, excesses, and/or imbalances.
Hair analysis testing with HTMA provides you with an economical and sensitive indicator of the long-term effects of diet, stress, toxic metal exposure and their effects on your mineral balance that is difficult to obtain through other clinical tests.
It is important to determine your mineral status as minerals are absolutely critical for life and abundant health. They are involved in and are necessary for cellular metabolism, structural support, nerve conduction, muscular activity, immune functions, anti-oxidant and endocrine activity, enzyme functions, water and acid/alkaline balance and even DNA function.
Many factors can affect mineral nutrition, such as food preparation, dietary habits, genetic and metabolic disorders, disease, medications, stress, environmental factors, as well as exposure to heavy metals. Rarely does a single nutrient deficiency exist in a person today. Multiple nutritional imbalances however are quite common, contributing to an increased incidence of adverse health conditions. In fact, it is estimated that mild and sub-clinical nutritional imbalances are up to ten times more common than nutritional deficiency alone.
NUTRITIONAL ELEMENTS: The cover page graphically displays the test results for each of the reported nutritional elements and how they compare to the established population reference range. Values that are above or below the reference range indicate a deviation from "normal". The more significant the deviation, the greater the possibility a deficiency or excess may be present.
The toxic elements section displays the results for each of the reported toxic elements. It is preferable
that all levels be as low as possible and within the lower white section. Any test result that falls within the upper dark red areas should be considered as statistically significant, but not necessarily clinically significant. Further investigation may then be warranted to determine the possibility of actual clinical significance.
This section displays the results of additional elements for which there is limited documentation. These elements may be necessary for biochemical function and/or may adversely effect biochemical function. Further study will help to reveal their function, interrelationships and eventually their proper therapeutic application or treatment.
The significant ratios section displays the important nutritional mineral relationships. This section consists of calculated values based on the respective elements. Mineral relationships (balance) is important, if not more so, than the individual mineral levels. The ratios reflect the critical balance must be constantly maintained between the minerals in the body.
This section displays the relationships between the important nutritional elements and toxic metals. Each toxic metal ratio result should be in the white area of the graph, and the higher the better.
Ratios that fall within the darker red area may indicate an interference of that toxic metal upon utilization of the nutritional element.
ADDITIONAL RATIOS: The additional ratios section provides calculated results on some additional mineral relationships.
These ratios are provided as an additional source of research information.
This section of the report will discuss the metabolic profile, which is based on research conducted
Dr. D. L. Watts. Each classification is established by evaluating the tissue mineral results and determining degree to which the minerals may be associated with a stimulating and/or inhibiting effect upon the "energy producing" endocrine glands. These glands regulate nutrient absorption, excretion,
net utilization, and incorporation into the tissues of the body: the skin, organs, bone, hair, and nails.
How efficiently each nutrient is utilized depends largely upon proper functioning of the endocrine glands.
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If you have further questions after receiving your comprehensive report, a phone consult with Dr. Psonak is available for an additional fee.
Nutritional balancing is not a substitute for regular medical care. It is not a means of diagnosis, treatment, prescription or cure for any disease or condition, mental or physical. Instead, it is a means of reducing stress and balancing, strengthening and restoring body chemistry. When this is done, many health conditions improve by themselves.