Just to keep everyone on the same page, Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, aka HTMA, is often referred to also as “hair analysis” or “hair mineral analysis”. HTMA is simply a type of test, whereas it is in the interpretation and treatment where the real “magic” happens. Links (for further reading) in this article are underlined like this.
First, I’m going to save the “why I use HTMA as my main test” for another article. If you’d like to read about why I stopped using blood tests for long-term nutritional assessment and treatment (I absolutely still use them when applicable and useful), see this article.
My initial personal experience with HTMA was underwhelming. While I was in naturopathic medical school, I did three Trace Elements Inc. (TEI) hair tests with a practitioner. I took the standard lab-recommended supplements and followed the lab’s dietary recommendations, just as my practitioner instructed me to (honestly, since everything that I was to do was laid out for me in the lab report, and the practitioner basically just read back the report without any deeper interpretation, I wondered why I needed a practitioner at all). For the record, I was not “sick”, I just wanted to optimize my own health—which in too many cases is when I hear about people’s health starting a downhill slide—but I digress. Here’s the gist of what happened over that six-month period: my hair mineral numbers “improved”, my energy decreased, and I was sick of …
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Adventures in hair mineral analysis…if you live in Tucson, you’ve probably got a uranium-238 issue.
Pretty much every person I’ve tested from Tucson shows elevated uranium on a hair mineral test. This is testing for the U-238 isotope, the more “naturally occurring” one, not the nuclear reactor types U-234 and U-235. People from out of state are not showing elevated uranium very often, if at all. It was such a noticeable pattern (I love patterns) that I’ve been watching this from very early on.
Where is it coming from? The water supply has become the primary suspect. I did a little research:
For some years starting in 1980, the Twin Buttes copper mine in Pima County recovered uranium as a byproduct from leach solutions recovering copper from waste material.
Arizona Drinking Water Well Contaminants
In Arizona, the most common source of radioactivity is dissolved uranium and dissolved radon gas.” [radon is related to uranium]
Hexavalent uranium (U(VI)) is an important groundwater contaminant in the state of Arizona. The main sources are from uranium mine tailings, former uranium processing plants and high natural background levels in areas of granite bedrock.
Arizona Department of Water Quality (ADEQ) 2004 report on the Status of Water Quality in Arizona identified uranium and nitrates as two of the six main groundwater constituents of concern to the state of Arizona.
SE Arizona occasionally has elevated levels of uranium associated with granite geology, with the highest levels typically around historic …
Topic: Magnesium and B6 supplementation. Commentary after abstract, my emphasis added as ***.
The influence of magnesium supplementation on concentrations of chosen bioelements and toxic metals in adult human hair. Magnesium and chosen bioelements in hair.
[…] The existence of magnesium deficiencies in the adult and pediatric populations may cause increased accumulation of toxic metals including lead and cadmium. Prevention of adverse effects of toxic metals may include supplementation with some bioelements and vitamins. The aim of this study was to evaluate the influence of magnesium supplementation on concentrations of chosen bioelements and toxic metals in hair in the adult human population.
The concentrations of magnesium, zinc, copper, lead and cadmium were studied in hair.
Supplementation was performed using Slow-Mag-B6 preparation at the total daily dose of five tablets divided into 2-3 doses. One tablet contains 535 mg of magnesium chloride i.e. 64 mg of magnesium ions (5.26 mEgMg2) and 5 mg of vitamin B6. Supplementation was performed for a period of 3 months.
***The results of the study revealed a positive influence of supplementation on concentrations of magnesium and copper in the human body. Supplementation with magnesium caused a statistically significant decrease in concentrations of lead and cadmium. The above mentioned results indicate a positive influence of magnesium supplementation on the decrease of lead and cadmium hair content in the individuals studied.***
Put simply…they used a decent magnesium and a very inferior B6 supplement. Positive influence on magnesium levels, and a “detoxing” of lead and cadmium (this is a very good …