Measuring Trace Elements & Toxic Metals

Isolating imbalances that can lie behind health issues

Finding Out What Goes Inside the Body

This can be a useful adjunct to other testing.  It is used to measure the following trace elements and toxic metals: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, chromium, manganese, selenium, nickel, cobalt, lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum.

Raised levels indicate a likely toxicity problem.

Low levels may also suggest toxicity issues. For example, if a person has poor detoxification then heavy metals may not be dumped in the hair, instead in other parts of the body. For example, it’s not uncommon for autistic children to have lower levels of mercury in their hair in comparison to the controls. The reason for this turned out to be that mercury was being released into the brain rather than the usual detox pathways and hair.

An experienced eye is needed to interpret the results of the hair mineral analysis. For example, a normal zinc reading alongside very slow hair growth can in fact be an indicator of low zinc levels, with the slow growth causing a concentrated result.

The readings give insight to how the body is operating, your nutritional status and the body’s ability to absorb nutrients, as well as toxicity problems.