HTMA (hair tissue mineral analysis) is a powerful tool for rebalancing your health. Proper interpretation is paramount, as the measurements of the toxic metals and essential minerals on your report do not tell the whole story. When I interpret your hair test data, I use a unique hybrid method that combines an accurate statistical and probability analysis with knowledge of the relationship between each essential and toxic element and your mineral system as a whole, as well as insights into the functional implications of specific mineral ratios.
The proper interpretation of hair test data always occurs in the context of your health history and your current nutrition, lifestyle, medications and supplements. There isn’t a tool that can automate a report and recommendations.
The hair mineral system is a dynamic system that offers insights into your health on many levels. Each individual mineral is a microcosm, part of the macrocosm that is your mineral system, that is your health – that is you.
Does it matter which lab I use for HTMA?
Several major labs offer HTMA. For the type of interpretation I offer, I recommend Doctor’s Data’s Toxic and Essential Hair Elements test. Not only does this lab measure the levels of a statistically significant number of essential minerals and a variety of toxic metals, but it also provides reference ranges on the basis of age and sex.
When clients send me a report from a different lab, I have to manually convert the values of each mineral and metals to the age- and sex-specific reference ranges in order to have useful data. This is a time-consuming process, as you can imagine.
How can I order my hair test kit?
You can order the kit from several sites, including the one below, which offers a small discount off the retail pricing. Feel free to shop around for a better deal if you find one (just make sure it’s the test that measures both the toxic and essential elements, not their toxic elements hair profile, which costs more and doesn’t give the data for the essential elements, which are so very important!).
Go to https://www.directlabs.com/
Click on the Order tests tab, select Specialty Labs from the drop-down menu, then select the Hair Toxic & Essential Elements hair test kit https://www.directlabs.com/Tes
What do you include in your hair test interpretation services?
The service includes the interpretation, a consultation and recommendations. When you hire me for HTMA interpretation, you will provide me with your hair test results and information on your health history, symptoms, medications, lifestyle, supplements and exposures. This allows me to understand your hair test results in context so I analyze them properly. The process involves gathering background, interpreting the HTMA data, and integrating the two. During the consultation, I explain the findings, and we may clarify additional details. After the consultation, I send you a set of personalized nutritional, supplement and lifestyle recommendations.
What do you charge for HTMA interpretation services?
My standard fee for HTMA interpretation, consultation and recommendations is $150. I assess an additional fee if you are a first-time client, and I offer a couple of savings options for ongoing HTMA clients and families. You can see my HTMA interpretation fees at http://buildnurturerestore.
How do I take my hair sample?
Make sure your hair is clean and dry. Sweaty hair will skew the values of some of your minerals. Avoid sending dyed or permed hair to the lab, as this can alter your readings. Avoid using anti-dandruff shampoo and the application of sunscreen to the hair and scalp area. Generally speaking, you should gather your hair sample 4-6 weeks or longer after your last dyeing or perming treatment. Avoid exposing your hair and scalp to water from swimming pools and hot tubs, as well as to Epsom Salt or other mineral baths or mineral hot springs, during the 7-10 day period leading up to the hair collection.
You can gather your hair sample from any part of your head. However, the hair at the nape of your neck is most discreet. Gather a few chunks of hair, trim them so they are about an inch long, and place them on the scale provided with your kit until it tips. If you have very thin hair, you may be surprised at how long it takes the scale to tip. But it will eventually tip, and at that point you’re ready to send in your sample. Make sure you fill in the form correctly with your name, birthdate and sex clearly legible. When you receive the lab report, double-check that your age and sex are correct.
Please submit a head hair sample if at all possible! Reference ranges are based on data collected from numerous head hair samples. The data available on the mineral composition of pubic hair is limited. Thus pubic hair samples are more difficult to interpret. However, if you cannot gather a head hair sample, pubic hair is acceptable. Please make sure you note on the specimen collection kit whether your sample comes from head hair or pubic hair.