Hair Analysis for Toxic Metals
Hair Analysis for Toxic Metals - Comprehensive
by Doctors Data Laboratory
OUR PRICE $145.00 USD
(free shipping Worldwide)
Free shipping of hair collection kit included with price
Doctor's order provided
Your customized report will be emailed usually within one-two weeks of receiving your hair sample
NOTE: Your report will be sent to email used when ordering unless we are otherwise notified
- >Measurement of long term toxic elements
- >No provocative agent required
- >Doctors order provided
- >31 toxic elements reported
- >Inexpensive, noninvasive
- >Analysis by ICP-MS
- >Result specific commentary provided
- >Requires only 0.25 gram hair (less than 1/100 ounce)
Extensive research has established that scalp hair element levels are related to body element 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 test element levels are not regulated by homeostatic mechanisms. Thus, changes in hair element levels often appear prior to overt symptoms and can thereby be a valuable preliminary tool for predicting the development of abnormalities leading to disease states.
Since 1972, Doctor's Data, Inc. has performed over four million hair elements tests for physicians and other health care providers, accumulating what is probably the largest database regarding this procedure.
Why test 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. Scalp hair is easy to sample, and because it grows an average of about an inch per month, it contains a historical record of nutritional information and toxic metals exposure.
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 mercury in hair as a maternal and infant marker for exposure to neurotoxic methyl mercury 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, air pollution, 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.
NOTE: Treated or bleached hair can not be used for 2 months after last perm or bleaching.
Hair toxic element analysis is a valuable and inexpensive screen for body burden of toxic heavy metals that you may have been exposed to in the past. For example, toxins can be acquired from food, skin exposure and air pollution. For recent toxic metals exposure over the previous few days you should order a Urine Toxic Elements Analysis. All toxic elements results should be used in conjunction with patient symptoms and other laboratory tests. Hair collection kit is sent to you with instructions, signed doctor's order and return shipping prepaid. Extensive report will be sent to you by email in about a week. For a test that reports the common toxic elements along with your nutritional elements, see our Hair Analysis for Toxic Heavy Metals and Essential Minerals
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If you have further questions after receiving your report, a phone consult with Dr. Psonak is available for an additional fee.