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Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)

Balancing your chemistry with a non-intrusive health screening tool for measuring Nutrient and Toxic Elements in  the body.

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With continued growth since its inception in 1984, Trace Elements serves thousands of health professionals of all specialties in over 46 countries, including exclusive franchise agreements in 26 countries.

We continue to demonstrate our commitment to the principles of ultimately serving the patient by best supporting you, the clinician. By maintaining an emphasis on a wholistic approach to health care treatment, Trace Elements as a healthcare company is unique in recognizing the adverse impact of both over-nutrition as well as under-nutrition.

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Trace Elements is committed to providing the clinician with timely, accurate, precise and reliable test data, laboratory services, high-quality nutritional products and clinically relevant information and consultations by our increasing investment in highly trained personnel, on-going operations and in some of the finest modern technology available in the world.

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What is HTMA?

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is an analytical metabolic profiling test which measures the mineral content of the body.

Why mineral?

Minerals are essential for growth and wellbeing. They provide structural support in bones and teeth, and they participate in almost every metabolic process in the body – they are the true ‘spark-plugs’ of life.

ZINC

Zinc is involved in the production, storage and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.

MAGNESIUM

Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. Deficiency has been associated with heart conditions, anxiety, and nervousness.

POTASSIUM

Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, mild depression and lethargy.

SODIUM

Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.

Benefits of HTMA

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Benefit #1. Know Your Client's Health

Get a detailed report on your health and use the findings as a basis to re-establish a balance in your body chemistry via an individualized dietary and supplementation program.

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Benefit #2. Know Your Client's Unique Metabolic Profile

A HTMA reveals a unique metabolic world: intracellular activity, which cannot be seen through most other tests. This provides a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring during the period of hair growth and development.

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Benefit #3. Test for Toxic Heavy Metals

Uncover the presence of toxins associated with behavioral & neuro-developmental conditions such as ADD/HD, Autism, anxiety, depression, Dyslexia, speech delay, etc.

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Why Use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis In Your Clinic

Why Use Hair Tissue

Mineral Analysis In Your

Clinic

Why Use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis In Your Clinic

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) tests show changes in the body’s psysiology much earlier than blood tests can

Why Use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis In Your Clinic

Understanding the minerals patterns helps us understand the patient’s stress levels/adrenal function, thyroid function, mental health and mood, immune system, blood glucose regulation and heavy metal toxicity plus much more

Why Use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis In Your Clinic

HTMA ensures high levels of compliance from patients as they can quickly see the changes in their health from targeted nutritional balancing programs devised from HTMA. Repeat testing provides excellent visual feedback on their efforts

Why Use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis In Your Clinic

HTMA shows us dysfunction when all bloods look ‘normal’

Why Use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis In Your Clinic

Prescriptions can be much more individualized and targeted

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Use The Hair?

Why Not Use The Blood?

Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. First, it can be cut easily and painlessly and can be sent to the lab without special handling requirements. Second, clinical results have shown that a properly obtained sample can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term or even acute exposure.

A HTMA reveals a unique metabolic world: intracellular activity, which cannot be seen through most other tests. This provides a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring during the period of hair growth and development.

Examples:

  • Thirty to 40 days following an acute exposure, elevated serum levels of lead may be undetectable. This is due to the body removing the lead from the serum as a protective measure and depositing the metal into such tissues as the liver, bones, teeth and hair.

  • Nutrient loss from the body can become so advanced that severe health conditions can develop without any appreciable changes noted in those same nutrient levels in a blood test.

  • Symptoms of elemental deficiency can be present long before low levels can be detected in the serum.

  • Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.

Hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the Environmental Protection Agency in determining toxic metal exposure. A 1980 report from the E.P.A. stated that human hair can be effectively used for biological monitoring of the highest priority toxic metals. This report confirmed the findings of other studies in the U.S. and abroad, which concluded that human hair may be a more appropriate tissue than blood or urine for studying community exposure to some trace elements

Can Vitamin Requirements

Be Determined From A

Mineral Test?

Minerals interact not only with each other but also with vitamins, proteins, carbohydrates and fats. Minerals influence each of these factors, and they, in turn, influence mineral status. Minerals act as enzyme activators, and vitamins are synergistic to minerals as coenzymes. It is extremely rare that a mineral disturbance develops without a corresponding disturbance in the synergistic vitamin(s). It is also rare for a disturbance in the utilization or activity of a vitamin to occur without affecting a synergistic mineral(s). For example, vitamin C affects iron absorption and reduces copper retention. Boron and iron influence the status of vitamin B2. Vitamin B2 affects the relationship between calcium and magnesium. Vitamin B1 enhances sodium retention, B12 enhances iron and cobalt absorption, and vitamin A enhances the utilization of zinc, while antagonizing vitamins D and E. Protein intake will affect zinc status, etc. Therefore, evaluating mineral status provides good clues of vitamin status and requirements. Continuing research at Trace Elements involves the recognition of many synergistic and antagonistic interrelationships between minerals and vitamins.

What Does My Office Receive

When I Order A Complete

Hair Analysis Profile?

After hundreds of thousands of hair analysis, Trace Elements has created a unique system of interpreting hair mineral analysis results. Each test report will provide the clinician with the most complete and comprehensive evaluation and discussion of significant mineral levels, ratios and toxic metals as tested in the hair. Included is a listing of individual foods and food groups that the doctor can recommend to eat or avoid in accordance with food allergy indicators and individualized metabolic requirements.

Is Hair Tissue Mineral

Analysis Supported By

Research?

Hair tissue mineral analysis is supported by an impressive body of literature in a variety of respected national and international scientific publications. Over the past twenty-five years hair mineral testing has been extensive. Each year in the United States alone, federally licensed clinical laboratories perform over 150,000 hair mineral assays for health care professionals interested in an additional screening aid for a comprehensive patient evaluation. This does not take into consideration the thousands of subjects used in numerous continuing research studies conducted by private and government research agencies.

why use hair tissue mineral analysis in your clinic