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Hair analysis is a sophisticated laboratory technique used in preventive medicine for assessing mineral imbalances and metal toxicities in the human body.
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Hair analysis is a sophisticated laboratory technique used in preventive medicine for assessing mineral imbalances and metal toxicities in the human body. Utilizing these general diagnostic screening techniques, information regarding the following nutritional minerals and toxic metals can be assessed with greater accuracy than by any other diagnostic method.

Extensive research established that scalp hair element levels are related to human systemic levels. The strength of this relationship varies for specific elements, and many researchers consider hair as the tissue of choice for toxic and several nutrient elements. Unlike blood, hair element levels are not regulated by homeostatic mechanisms. Thus, deviations in hair element levels often appear prior to overt symptoms and can thereby be a valuable preliminary tool for predicting the development of physiological abnormalities.



Why hair?

With respect to its contained elements, hair is essentially an excretory tissue rather than a functional tissue. Hair element analysis provides important information which, in conjunction with symptoms and other laboratory values, can assist the physician with an early diagnosis of physiological disorders associated with aberrations in essential and toxic element metabolism.


As protein is synthesized in the hair follicle, elements are incorporated permanently into the hair with no further exchange or equilibration with other tissues. Scalp hair is easy to sample, and because it grows an average of one to two cm per month, it contains a “temporal record” of element metabolism and exposure to toxic elements.


Nutrient elements including magnesium, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium are obligatory co-factors for hundreds of important enzymes and also are essential for the normal functions of vitamins. The levels of these elements in hair are correlated with levels in organs and other tissues.


Toxic elements may be 200-300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of recent exposure to elements such as arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, lead, antimony, and mercury. The CDC acknowledges the value of hair mercury levels as a maternal and infant marker for exposure to neurotoxic methylmercury from fish.


Through recent vast improvements in technology, instrumentation, and application of scientific protocols, hair element analysis has become a valuable tool in providing dependable and useful data for physicians and their patients. The U.S. Environmental Protection agency stated in a recent report that “...if hair samples are properly collected and cleaned, and analyzed by the best analytic methods, using standards and blanks as required, in a clean and reliable laboratory by experienced personnel, the data are reliable.” (U.S.E.P.A. 600/4-79-049)


Hair, however, is vulnerable to external elemental contamination by means of certain shampoos, bleaches, dyes, and curing or straightening treatments. Therefore, the first step in the interpretation of a hair element report is to rule out sources of external contamination.


Hair element analysis is a valuable and inexpensive screen for physiological excess, deficiency or maldistribution of elements. It should not be considered a stand-alone diagnostic test for essential element function, and should be used in conjunction with patient symptoms and other laboratory tests.

Nutritional minerals tested: boron, calcium, chromium, cobalt, copper, germanium, iron, lithium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, nickel, phosphorus, potassium, selenium, silicon, sodium, strontium, tin, vanadium, zinc.

Toxic Metals tested: aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, cadmium, lead, mercury, silver.

Toxic metal accumulations in the body such as aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury may interfere with proper vitamin and mineral utilization and can induce unfavorable metabolic consequences. For example, neurological and psychomotor dysfunction can be caused from chronic lead intoxication, aluminum overload, and mercury toxicity, hypertension from excessive cadmium stores, lead induced anemia and gout from excessive lead exposure. Toxic metals are a serious problem today contributing to many metabolic disorders and symptoms including fatigue, infections, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer and diabetes. While routine blood tests cannot detect chronic heavy metal poisoning, hair analysis is one of the few methods approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for detecting toxic metals in the body. 

Hair analysis is the method of choice to analyze these elements in your body. It is simple and easy to do in your own home.

Report of Findings by phone, fax, or email with Dr. Guberman is included. 

If in-office consult is performed applicable fees will be charged.

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