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Hair Analysis for and Essential Minerals and Most Common Toxic Heavy Metals
by Doctors Data Laboratory

Hair Analysis by Doctors Data

$119.00 USD
(free shipping Worldwide)

Patient's Name
Patient's Sex and Date of Birth

Free shipping of hair collection kit included with price
Doctor's order provided
Your customized report will be emailed usually within one-two weeks of receiving your hair sample 

NOTE: Please be sure you are ordering the correct test, as there are no refunds on lab test orders.  Your report will be sent to email used when ordering unless we are otherwise notified

sample report                                  Collection Instructions                       Elements Test Matrix 

Note: If you desire Gadolinium tested, you need to order the Comprehensive Toxic Heavy Metals Test

Extensive research has established that scalp hair element levels are related to body element levels. The strength of this relationship varies for specific elements, and many researchers consider hair as the tissue of choice for toxic and several nutrient mineral elements. Unlike blood, hair toxic and mineral element levels are not regulated by homeostatic mechanisms. Thus, changes in hair element levels often appear prior to overt symptoms and can thereby be a valuable preliminary tool for predicting the development of abnormalities leading to disease states.

Since 1972, Doctor's Data, Inc. has performed over four million hair test reports for physicians and other health care providers, accumulating what is probably the largest database regarding this procedure.

Why test hair?

With respect to its contained elements, hair is essentially an excretory tissue rather than a functional tissue. Hair element analysis provides important information which, in conjunction with symptoms and other laboratory values, can assist the physician with an early diagnosis of physiological disorders associated with aberrations in essential minerals and toxic element metabolism.

As protein is synthesized in the hair follicle, elements are incorporated permanently into the hair. Scalp hair is easy to sample, and because it grows an average of about an inch per month, it contains a historical record of nutritional status and toxic metals exposure.

Nutrition information including elements such as magnesium, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium are obligatory co-factors for hundreds of important enzymes and also are essential for the normal functions of vitamins. The levels of these elements in hair are correlated with levels in organs and other tissues.

Toxin elements may be 200-300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of exposure to elements such as arsenic, aluminum, bariumcadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, thallium and others. The CDC acknowledges the value of mercury in hair as a maternal and infant marker for exposure to neurotoxic methyl mercury from fish.

Through recent vast improvements in technology, instrumentation, and application of scientific protocols, hair element analysis has become a valuable tool in providing dependable and useful data for physicians and their patients. The U.S. Environmental Protection agency stated in a recent report that "...if hair samples are properly collected and cleaned, and analyzed by the best analytic methods, using standards and blanks as required, in a clean and reliable laboratory by experienced personnel, the data are reliable". (U.S.E.P.A. 600/4-79-049)

Hair, however, is vulnerable to external elemental contamination by means of certain shampoos, bleaches, dyes, air pollution, and curing or straightening treatments. Therefore, the first step in the interpretation of a hair element report is to rule out sources of external contamination.

Hair element analysis is a valuable and inexpensive screen for physiological excess, misdistribution or nutritional deficiency. It should not be considered a stand-alone diagnostic test for essential element function, and should be used in conjunction with patient symptoms and other laboratory tests.  Collection kit is sent to you with instructions, doctor's signed order and return shipping prepaid.  Extensive report will be sent to you by email in about a week.  For a test that reports all toxic elements, see our Hair Analysis for Toxic Metals - Comprehensive

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If you have further questions after receiving your report, a phone consult with Dr. Psonak is available for an additional fee.

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