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Toxic Metal Hair Analysis

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Updated September 22, 2011

About the test
The Toxic Metal Hair Analysis is a test that assesses hair samples for levels of potentially damaging metals. Hair follicles are exposed to the blood supply when hair is growing, so hair levels reflect metal levels in other body tissues. Some of the metals and other elements that are assessed include:
  • Cadmium
  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Nickel
  • Aluminum
  • Copper
  • Tin
Health conditions this test is used to assess
The toxic metal hair analysis can be used for people who work in industries where they are regularly exposed to metals, such as welding, metal working, mining, battery production, aerospace work, optical fiber and lighting manufacturing, and other high technology and metal manufacturing industries.

Children and post-menopausal women are also more susceptible to illness from toxic metal exposure.

What this test involves
This test involes cutting about 1/4 gram of hair - about one heaping teaspoon. Hair is generally cut at the nape of the neck, and the hair closest to the scalp is used. Because tiny amounts are taken from several places, it is nearly impossible to notice hair was taken.

How can I get this test done?
Talk to your alternative health care professional about your symptoms and ask if this test would be useful for you.

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