Wellness Begins Here, LLC
 

WBH provides Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) services, to men, women and children, via a world-renowned U.S.-based certified clinical laboratory.

HTMA can be used to help identify and support the treatment of medical conditions, as well as boost the immune system and improve athletic performance.
Some conditions which may be caused or aggravated by a mineral imbalance are:

Autism
ADHD
Learning Disabilities
Hypoglycemia
Diabetes
Thyroid Issues
Depression
Hypertension
Hair Loss
Allergies
Skin Rashes
Cardiovascular Disease
Digestive Issues
Headaches
Arthritis
Common Causes of a Mineral Imbalance include:

Unhealthy Eating Habits
Medication Side Effects
High Stress
High Concentration of Toxic Metals in the Body
Genetics
Birth Control Pills
Improper Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation

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Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)

Both mainstream and alternative healthcare professionals regularly treat the ravages of an inappropriate diet. One of the most frequently asked questions they hear is: "How does my diet impact my health?" Many patients are keenly aware that the fuel they put in their bodies powerfully impact their mood, metabolism, even their mental health. People are seeking clinical answers to tell them what nutrients are best for their bodies, specifically. Some need to address medical issues while others, such as athletes, may seek a competitive edge. HTMA is an additional source of clinical information that can assist in answering these critical questions. A step beyond basic blood tests, which may not always provide the clues needed to address the root cause of a complex condition. HTMA is a complementary tool for doctors and patients to help heal the “whole person”, from the inside, out.

Frequently asked questions

Q.     WHAT EXACTLY IS HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS?
A.     Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), is a test which measures the mineral content of hair. A small sample of hair is prepared and analyzed in a licensed clinical laboratory. The test results may indicate mineral excesses or deficiencies, which may correlate with various medical conditions. Through diet and proper supplementation, these imbalances are often corrected without the use of strong medications or invasive treatments.   

 

Q.     WHY USE THE HAIR? WHY NOT USE THE BLOOD?
A.     Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing*. It can be cut easily and painlessly and can be sent to the lab without special handling requirements. HTMA reveals a unique metabolic world of intracellular activity, which cannot be seen through most other tests. Symptoms of mineral deficiency can be present long before low levels can be detected through traditional blood work. Also, nutrient loss from the body can become so advanced that severe health conditions can develop without any significant changes to those same nutrient levels in a blood test.

 

* 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. 

 

Q.     WHY TEST FOR MINERALS?
A.     Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process. For example:

 

  • Zinc is involved in the production, storage and secretion of insulin. Too much or too little can impact blood sugar levels. Also, Zinc is necessary for growth hormones.
  • Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. A deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of abnormal heart conditions, anxiety and nervousness.
  • Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, mild depression and lethargy.
  • Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.

 

In the words of the late author and noted researcher, Dr. Henry Schroeder, trace elements (minerals) are "...more important factors in human nutrition than vitamins. The body can manufacture many vitamins, but it cannot produce necessary trace minerals or get rid of many possible excesses." 

 

Q.     WHAT CAN CAUSE A MINERAL IMBALANCE?
A.     There are many factors to take into consideration, such as:

 

DIET - Improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol and fad diets can all lead to a chemical imbalance. Even the nutrient content of a "healthy" diet can be inadequate, depending upon the soil in which the food was grown or the method in which it was prepared.
STRESS - Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients while also reducing the capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.
MEDICATIONS - Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body stores of nutrient minerals and/or increase the levels of toxic metals. These medications include diuretics, antacids, aspirin and oral contraceptives.
POLLUTION - From adolescence through adulthood the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources such as cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti-perspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium), copper and aluminum cookware and lead-based cosmetics. These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.
NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS - Taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies, contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.
INHERITED PATTERNS - A predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents. 

 

Q.     CAN VITAMIN REQUIREMENTS BE DETERMINED FROM A MINERAL TEST?
A.     Mineral status provides good clues of vitamin status and requirements. 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. For example:

 

1) Vitamin C affects iron absorption and reduces copper retention. 2) Boron and iron influence the status of vitamin B2. 3) Vitamin B2 affects the relationship between calcium and magnesium. 4) 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.  5) Protein intake will affect zinc status.

 

Q.     WHAT DO I RECEIVE WHEN I ORDER A COMPLETE HAIR ANALYSIS PROFILE?
A.     After hundreds of thousands of hair analysis, our lab has created a unique system of interpreting hair mineral analysis results. Each test report will provide the patient and clinician with the most complete and comprehensive evaluation of significant mineral levels, ratios and toxic metals as tested in the hair. Included is a listing of individual foods, food groups and supplements that the healthcare practitioner can recommend to eat or avoid in accordance with food allergy indicators and individualized metabolic requirements. 

 

Q.     IS HAIR TISSUE MINERAL ANALYSIS SUPPORTED BY RESEARCH?
A.     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.

 

Q.     WHAT'S THE PROCESS FOR COLLECTING AND SUBMITTING A HAIR SAMPLE?

A.     Scalp hair is the only source recommended for analysis. It’s quite simple. The portion of hair to be collected should be untreated, i.e. not permed, dyed or bleached, for at least 6 weeks prior to testing. The hair should also be free of all gels, oils and hair creams prior to sample collection. The length of the collected hair should not exceed one and one-half inches. Upon cutting the sample, the hair should be placed directly into a clean hair specimen envelope normally provided by the laboratory and then sealed with the glue flap only. See link at bottom for a downloadable instruction sheet (PDF).



Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, provided through Wellness Begins Here, includes the following:

1) Hair Collection Instruction

2) Hair Analysis

3) Patient Report

4) A Post-Report Review/Consultation with a qualified WBH Wellness Coach
  

For more details on HTMA services, pricing, or to place an order, please contact us at:


1.866.709.6005