What is in a Hair Mineral Analysis Report?
Apart from the usual identification information, the first thing most people look at is the pair of graphs on the first page, see above. The levels of the nutrient minerals (in blue) should be between the two pointers for the reference range. Anything above or below is incorrect. In the graph above all but Phosphorous and Boron are with in the acceptable range, but Boron is very low. Many people will be surprised to find that their calcium is too high, and magnesium is too low.
The next graph (shown above in orange) shows the levels of the main toxic minerals. These are within the reference range – which is fine. Above the line would be classed as high, and need investigation as to why the levels are raised. Often imbalanced ratios can be corrected by suitable supplementation so (for instance) a raised mercury level doesn’t necessarily mean start saving for a mercury-free dentist!
Those two graphs are just the beginning of what you will see. Click here to download an example.
The graph at the bottom of the first page shows the levels of “Additional Minerals” – including: Germanium, Barium, Bismuth etc – these are considered as possibly essential, but further studies are underway to gain better understanding of their purpose.
Over the page you will find the significant ratios, with indication as to whether they are low, high or in an acceptance range. These ratios are:
- Calcium / Phosphorous
- Sodium / Potassium
- Calcium / Potassium
- Zinc / Copper
- Sodium / Magnesium
- Calcium / Magnesium
- Iron / Copper
As I’ve said many times, it’s not just the actual levels of the minerals that are important. It’s the ratios. So a high Calcium could result in the Calcium/Phosphorous and Calcium/Magnesium ratios being outside (higher than) the acceptance range.
Similarly, the toxic ratios are calculated and compared to acceptable ranges. In the list below the toxic mineral (second of the pair) can interfere with the functions of the nutrient mineral (first).
- Calcium / Lead
- Iron / Lead
- Iron / Mercury
- Selenium / Mercury
- Zinc / Cadmium
- Zinc / Mercury
- Sulfur / Mercury
- Sulfur Cadmium
- Sulfur / Lead
For instance, the results of these toxic ratios (not shown here) show that the iron/mercury, selenium/mercury and zinc/mercury ratios are higher than the acceptance range, because – referring to the toxic minerals – mercury is a little high in relation to the levels of iron, selenium and zinc. Ratios NOT within the acceptance range suggest that a toxic mineral is “interfering with” the nutrient mineral.
The charts are followed by textual information, including:
- Metabolic type indicated by this mineral pattern
- Trends of potential health conditions such as: anemia, arteriosclerosis,colitis, depression, diverticulosis, headaches, hypertension, insomnia, joint stiffness, osteoporosis (Please note, trends towards, not diagnosis – for that you would need to see your doctor.)
- This is then followed by comments on points of interest – such as how an excess of one mineral can contribute to a deficiency in another, or how an unacceptable ratio can be associated with various health complaints. This section usually runs to two or three pages.
- Following on from this is a section on supplements and foods that are contraindicated by the current mineral pattern. For example, someone with an already excess calcium should avoid vitamin D, because it increases calcium absorption.
- Dietary suggestions follow on, including how certain foods affect the metabolic type demonstrated by this profile, and mineral sources in foods that should be avoided or increased.
- Finally a recommended supplement program is devised, designed to correct the imbalances found in the report.
You can download a sample report here, and the above examples of what is in a hair mineral analysis will probably make more sense.
There are different HMA reports available and obviously you’ll understand that quality and amount of information provided will be different depending on the company you choose. I tried using a cheaper company than the company to which the information on this site relates (the company my college recommended). The cheaper report took much longer to arrive, which upset my client, and when it finally arrived it didn’t contain anywhere near the quality of information that you’ll find in the example from the company I currently use – as obviously I switched back!
I hope this has been helpful if you have been considering the test. There are some FAQs on my website and/or you can download a free ebook for more detailed explanations than I’ve been able to supply here.