Questions are great and we love them! Do you wish to know more about the difference between a hair, tissue mineral analysis and a blood test, or what happens when you order? Find out here plus main more great questions answered.
How do I order a Nutritional Blueprint?
When the test is ordered what does the patient receive?
An email with instructions and in-take form will be sent to the pet owner.
What does the patient need to do when the test is ordered?
What is done with the hair sample once collected?
How will I know the sample is received and what is being done?
Are my results confidential?
What if I am not satisfied?
In the event of a change of heart leading to the decision not to proceed with the test, a complete refund of the payment is assured. Nevertheless, should you choose to proceed and conduct the test, it’s important to note that refunds will not be provided. If services have not been rendered, we can certainly refund your money.
What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)?
HTMA stands for Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis. HTMA is a test that analyzes the mineral content and heavy metals in hair. After you cut the hair from yourself or pet, then it’s “prepared in a licensed clinical laboratory through a series of chemical and high-temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results.” – Trace Elements Inc.
Trace Elements utilizes state-of-the-art ICP-Mass Spectrometry (NexION® models) for all trace element determinations.
Hair testing is a simple, non-invasive way to test minerals and heavy metals in the body. It’s a powerful and easy tool for pet parents to monitor their dog’s mineral levels without a visit to the vet or other invasive procedures. Hair provides a blueprint of biochemistry occurring during the period of hair growth and development.
Why not use blood instead?
- Hair testing is non-invasive and easy
- Cutting your pet’s hair is painless
- No special handling of the sample so it can be mailed in an standard mail envelope
- Blood is a snapshot
Blood shows a snapshot of what is happening in the dog right now. While this is important information, it doesn’t supply an accurate analysis of the mineral levels over a period of time. The blood will “borrow” nutrients from cells and tissues to create homeostasis in the blood. Blood is like the first kid in line at the ice cream store. He gets what he wants before anyone else.
“Blood is homeostatic. That is, blood has the capacity to balance itself in essential minerals at the expense of cell and tissue reserves of these same minerals. – Dr. Rick Malter, PhD, The Strands of Health, 2003.
For example, a dog’s cells and tissues might be losing essential minerals such as sodium and potassium while the blood reveals what appears to be normal levels of these two minerals. However, a dog might show signs and symptoms of low potassium and sodium deficiency, but the blood results are normal. Blood results can be a late indicator of a problem.
“The balances between these essential nutrient minerals are more easily disrupted in the cells and tissues than they are in the blood. Deficiencies and excesses of minerals are more readily observed in an HTMA than in a blood analysis or urinalysis. Therefore, an HTMA is often an earlier indicator of a trend towards health problems (physical and psychological) than is a blood analysis or urinalysis. This fact is very important, especially when considering disease prevention or health maintenance nutritional supplement program.” – Dr. Rick Malter, Ph.D. The Strands of Health, 2003.
Is Hair Testing Accurate?
It matters where you send your hair test. Some labs wash the hair before analysis. This can skew results. We use Trace Elements Inc. They do not wash the hair. When you wash the hair first with harsh solvents then it washes away the water-soluble minerals like sodium and potassium that are critical for reviewing thyroid and adrenal function.
Is Hair Testing Based on Science?
Yes! Here are some of the studies that utilize hair mineral analysis. Here are a few articles supplied by our lab Trace Elements Inc. If you are looking for more research studies then see their Research Library
Highlights from Scientific Studies
These studies show the many strengths and the value of hair testing in the health industry:
Several research programs for studying and establishing hair trace mineral concentrations have been implemented since 1965 by the International Atomic Energy Agency. These research programs have been coordinated under “Nuclear-based Methods for the Analysis of Pollutants in Human Hair.” Hair was chosen by the I.A.E.A. due to the concentration of minerals in the hair and its reflection of both external and internal contamination. The bulk of data on trace element concentrations has been reported from hair samples obtained from the scalp.
Ryabukhin, T.S.: International Coordinated Program on Activation Analysis of Trace Element Pollutants in Human Hair. Hair, Trace Elements, and Human Illness. Brown, A. C.; Crounse, R. G., ed. Praeger Publications, 1980.