Hair Analysis Questions and Answers

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About Our Hair Analysis Testing

Q. What is Hair Mineral Analysis?

A. Hair mineral analysis is an analytical test which measures the mineral content of hair. The hair sample is obtained by cutting the first 1.5 inches of growth closest to the scalp at the nape of the neck and is prepared in a licensed laboratory through a series of chemical and digestive high temperature procedures. Highly sophisticated detection equipment is used to achieve the most precise and accurate results.

Q. Why not just use blood, or urine?

A. Hair is the ideal tissue for testing and sampling. It can be cut easily and painlessly and can be sent to the hair analysis lab without special handling requirements. Clinical results have shown that a properly obtained sample can give an accurate indication of mineral status and toxic heavy metals accumulation following long term or even acute exposure.

Hair is used as one of the tissues of choice by the Environmental Protection Agency when determining toxic heavy metals exposure. A 1980 report from the E.P.A. stated that hair can be effectively used for biological monitoring of the most dangerous heavy metals. This report confirmed the findings of other studies in North America and abroad, which concluded that human hair may be a more appropriate tissue than blood or urine for studying exposure to trace elements.

Q. Why test for trace minerals?

A. Trace minerals are required for important metabolic functions necessary in essential life processes.

Having a hair analysis performed is one of the best ways to detect toxic heavy metals stored within tissues. Many minerals have sympathetic and parasympathetic relationships with other minerals, which can complicate the challenges of designing the right plan to heal yourself of the symptoms caused by these imbalances.

To be able to truly heal yourself of chronic health symptoms, you need to be able to find the causes of them.

Q. How often can I get a hair analysis done?

A. Getting hair analysis follow-up testing is an effective way of charting your progress. This will help you to measure just how effectively you have managed to reduce toxins and to make sure that deficiencies have been brought up to normal levels.

Every three to four months is sufficient to see how well your personal health plan is coming along.

Q. Which Laboratory do you use?

A. We use Trace Elements, one of the most respected and quality focused laboratories in the US. Trace Elements has been performing hair analyses since 1984 for doctors and other healthcare workers from all over the world. The reports are thorough and easy to understand for health professionals and patients alike.

Trace Elements emphasizes a wholistic approach to health-care and stresses the importance of optimum nutrition and a metabolically balanced approach to health and wellness.

Q. How accurate is hair analysis testing?

A. The key to a good hair analysis test is the abilities of an established laboratory and the expertise of the practitioner interpreting the results. The combination of our hair analysis lab with almost 25 years of experience and the expertise of Dr. Keri Dennis N.C. will get you the most accurate and actionable data from your hair mineral analysis.

Q. Is hair mineral analysis supported by medical research?

A. There is an impressive body of literature in a variety of respected scientific publications that support hair mineral analysis. In fact, the validity of hair analysis testing increases each year as federally licensed laboratories perform tens of thousands of hair mineral analyses for doctors and health workers worldwide.

Visit our Medical Research on Toxicity page to find out more.

Q. Do I get to have a copy of my hair analysis?

A. Your detailed report will be sent by email as it was prepared by the lab. If you are ordering a hair analysis interpretation and health program support package, you will also receive this at the same time.

Q. What steps do I take next after receiving my hair mineral analysis?

A. If you have ordered an interpretation and health support package, then based on your results you will also receive detoxification, nourishment, maintenance, supplementation, dietary changes, pH information and a schedule of when to take your Trace Elements Supplements to bring your body back to perfect health.

If you also ordered heath program support with Dr. Keri Dennis, then you will receive detailed feedback and guidance to implement the recommendations in your report.

Be sure to discuss your Hair Mineral Analysis with a qualified health professional that is familiar with hair analysis data before you try to make dietary, nutritional or supplemental changes.

Q. Does it matter where I live to be able to get an analysis done?

A. Our services are available world wide. The final results are delivered by full color email with attachments in 10 days after receiving your sample at our office.

Currently, hair analysis reports delivered through the internet CANNOT be sent to ordering addresses within the state of New York due to regulations that would require the lab to be located within the state itself.

Q. How long does a hair mineral analysis take?

A. It generally takes about 10 days after we receive your sample at our office before you receive your final results. You will receive an email notification when we receive your sample, letting you know that the sample was properly submitted as per our instructions and that things are under way.

Your patience is appreciated as we go through a thorough process to give you the best reporting and interpretive information as possible.

Q. What kind of information do I receive with my hair analysis?

A. You will receive 2 full color charts with up to 36 elements and up to 15 pages of supporting information as follows:

  • 15 Nutritional Elements
  • 8 Toxic Elements
  • Up to 14 Additional Elements
  • An in-depth interpretive break down about what your hair analysis test results are saying.
  • A full health program that, depending on your health requirements could have dietary, nutritional and metabolic lifestyle recommendations.
  • Supplementation schedule, including recommended dosages.

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If you are using our health program support consultant, then you will have someone to work with to implement your health program. This is by far the BEST VALUE and is recommended for anyone that is not trained in proper hair test interpretation.

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Q. What causes heavy metal toxicity or mineral deficiency?

A. There are many factors to take into consideration, such as:

  • Pollution. Cigarette smoke, hair dyes, hydrogenated oils, dental fillings, cookware, industrial pollution and more all contribute to our intake of toxic substances.
  • Stress. Emotional and physical stress can deplete the body of many essential elements while reducing the ability to utilize nutrients.
  • Drugs. Over the counter medications and prescriptions can deplete the body of minerals and increase the levels of toxicity in the body.
  • Diet. Improper diet, aspartame, MSG, refined and processed foods and alcohol can all lead to a chemical imbalance.
  • Genetics. A predisposition toward certain deficiencies and mineral imbalances can be obtained from ones ancestry.
  • Nutritional Supplements. Improper amounts of supplements can produce many mineral excesses and deficiencies.

Q. Who provides health program support for the interpretation of the test data?

A. If ordered, Nutritional Consultant, Dr. Keri Dennis will review the results from the laboratory and draw on their diverse backgrounds to get you the most from your test data.

Her extensive knowledge and understanding of various causes of chronic disease and the alternative approaches that restore health will get you the best possible plan to a healthier and better you.

Q. Can I contact someone with any questions after I receive my data?

A. Yes. Absolutely!

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Q. How much hair is required?

A. The ideal amount would be just over one full tablespoon, or approximately 250mg. Your instructions will be included with your downloadable Hair Analysis Kit.

Q. What if I'm bald due to genetics or chemotherapy?

A. You can use pubic hair and still get accurate results. Underarm or chest hair will work fine.

Q. What if my hair has been dyed, permed or colored?

A. If you color or treat your head hair with dyes or bleaches then use body hair. Underarm or chest hair will work fine. Make sure you record this on your hair analysis test submission form.

Questions About Payment

Q. What forms of payment can I use?

A. Payment for the hair analysis, interpretation and health plan is made by credit card or PayPal online at the time the order is processed. You do NOT need a PayPal account to use your credit card.

You can use the following credit cards during checkout:

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Q. Can I get a refund after I have ordered the hair analysis?

A. Yes! Hair Analysis Kits that have not been submitted to the lab can be submitted for a full refunded for up to 1 year and 1 day.

To review the return request policies for the different services and products offered through this website, please go to our return requests page.

About Children and Autism, ADD and ADHD

Q. What can I expect from the hair analysis for my child?

A. Your hair mineral analysis will provide you with information for the possible sources for these toxins. If you are ordering the interpretation and health program support package, you will have a program to work from to make dietary adjustments to help re-balance your child's health.

Q. How does a hair analysis help my child if he/she has Autism, ADD or ADHD?

A. We believe as do many established research laboratories that our most terrible modern diseases are caused by toxic elements within the human body from our environment and our food.

The validity of research being done by many groups that study developmental disorders have found very credible proof that toxins are responsible for or at least worsen conditions like ADD, ADHD and Autism.

Removing the toxins and their sources will often help to lessen the symptoms that are associated with development problems. Behavioral issues will often improve once toxicity has been reduced and deficiencies have been brought into balance.

Q. Can I use this information with my own doctor?

A. Yes. However not all medical doctors have been properly trained in nutrition and hair analysis interpretation.

If your doctor is not supportive of your desire to seek out natural methods for bringing your child's health back into balance then you have some choices to make. Your decision in who you have looking after your child's medical care is up to you. So by all means, keep looking for a medical doctor that will work with you as you look for answers.

Q. What's the best way to get toxicity out of my child?

A. You will need to make sure that you find out what has or is still putting the toxicity into your child. This will require some detective work on your part, but it's worth it as the sources that are poisoning your child could also be poisoning you and the rest of your family.

Then, you will want to implement a detoxification program into your child's daily lifestyle and dietary plan to remove chemical toxicities from your body.

Take you first step on the road to better health by ordering your hair analysis test now!

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