A small sample of hair, sent to the USA, analysed using ICP-MCS
The cost is for the toxic mineral analysis only. All test results are delivered in the context of a professional consultation – either in our clinic, by Skype or to the registered health consultant you specify.
Hair Essential and Toxic Mineral Analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, especially methylmercury and arsenic, and time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. This noninvasive screening test requires only 0.25 grams of hair from close to the scalp.
Elements are the basic building blocks of all chemical compounds, and human exposure to them occurs both from natural and anthropogenic sources. Many elements are considered nutrients and are essential for the proper functioning of the body. These are generally divided between macrominerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc, and trace minerals including selenium, iodine, boron and molybdenum.
Conversely, there are a number of elements that are toxic to the human body, interfere with its functioning and undermine health—such as mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. These toxic metals have no known physiological functions. They can be toxic to organ systems and may disrupt the balance of essential nutrients. Toxic metals and essential element status can be assessed in urine, blood, faeces and hair.
Hair element analysis is a valuable and inexpensive screen for physiological excess, deficiency or maldistribution of elements. It is not a stand-alone diagnostic test for essential element function, and should be used in conjunction with patient symptoms and other laboratory tests. Accordingly, when test results are ready a consultation is required to discuss these results in the context of your general health.
A marker of how your body is coping with toxins is provided in the Urinary Organix Test
Analysed using ICP-MCS
The laboratory we use is Doctor’s Data in Illinois, a specialist and pioneer in essential and toxic elemental testing since 1972. Doctor’s Data has been validated as a supplier of trace element results for the certification of a hair reference material to the European Commission Joint Research Centre.