By Dr. Heather Kneale January 2018
Hair analysis is much more than a test for minerals. From a small sample of hair, you can learn about your metabolic rate, immune system, adrenal and thyroid glandular activity, carbohydrate tolerance, energy levels and tendencies for over 30 illnesses, often revealed long before they show on x-rays and blood tests.
1) Measures Your Energy Level
We need energy to have good health. Many minerals are required for the production of energy within your cells. When energy is low, the body systems can break down. When energy production improves, symptoms and conditions can improve by themselves. The program helps to restore energy.
I started the program 13 years ago due to severe infections and debilitating fatigue. Brushing my hair took all my energy. I was not able to take care of my baby which was heart breaking. Crippling fatigue was a daily experience. My energy was extremely low and was revealed on my hair test. After a year on the program, I started to get a good day here and there and it just continued until eventually fatigue was something in my past!
2) A Window into your Cells
Nutritional physiology takes place at the cellular level, not within blood or any other location. The hair analysis provides information directly about cellular activity-the main site of nutritional metabolism.
3) Your Visual Hair Analysis Patterns
We use a system of interpretation that yields a lot more information when we evaluate your visual patterns on a properly performed hair mineral analysis. Dr. Eck (founder and biochemist of ARL) calibrated charts used to assess these visual patterns.A hair analysis pattern is a combination of mineral levels and/or mineral ratios that reveal how your body is responding to stress. One visual pattern is the oxidation rate. Another is the four low pattern. Others are the Na/K ratio, Ca/Mg ratio, calcium shell, burnout patterns, and many more. Our experience with over half a million tests is that they are valid and extremely useful. There are at least 50 visual patterns that can be seen on a hair mineral analysis.
CASE STUDY: Client, S.Q, 37 years old, started the program in 2008. On his first test it showed a 4 low pattern which is a low energy visual pattern. He was addicted to drugs, alcohol, and cigarettes. He suffered from extreme joint pain throughout his body, anxiety, arthritis, ADD, dandruff, depression, extreme fatigue, headaches, hostility, irritability, low self-esteem, mood swings, mind racing, and weight loss. 5 months on the nutritional balancing program his joint pain and muscle cramps disappeared. He felt calmer and was less plagued with mental symptom. He had more energy. On his second hair analysis he came out of a 4 low pattern and released a whole lot of cadmium (10 times more than his previous test). Cadmium can be related to arthritis and joint pain.
4) Determine your Oxidation Rate
Some people metabolize carbohydrates and fats at a more rapid rate than others. The oxidation rate refers to the burning of foods in your body and how your body converts the foods you eat into energy. It is most helpful to understand hundreds of symptoms and is used as a guide for your dietary and supplement recommendations. Anxiety, irritability, aggressiveness, and gaining weight in the stomach area are common signs when someone is in fast oxidation. Fatigue, sweet cravings, low blood sugar, depression, low blood pressure, constipation, gaining weight on the hips and legs can be due to slow oxidation. The nutritional balancing program helps to balance your oxidation rate.
5) Your Autonomic Nervous System Assessment
Hair mineral analysis can evaluate and guide the correction of the activity of your autonomic nervous system. Problems with this nervous system are very widespread and can cause hundreds of symptoms such as digestive issues, inability to eliminate metals, poor sleep, blood sugar problems and others.
6) Your Glucose Tolerance
Many minerals are involved in the metabolism of carbohydrates including manganese, zinc, and chromium. The NA/K and the CA/MG ratios which are ratios on the hair mineral analysis also provide information about glucose tolerance. Toxic metals interfere with glucose metabolism. Insufficient carbohydrate metabolism reduces cellular energy production and can lead to many serious health conditions. The program can help improve diabetes, hypoglycemia, or other glucose issues.
7) Detect Toxic Metals in your Hair
Hair analysis is one of the few accepted methods to detect chronic toxic metal poisoning in your body. It is not a drug test. Toxic metals can contribute to heart problems, degenerative diseases, fatigue, depression, anxiety, infections and at least 1000 more symptoms! Metals that are deeply buried may require a year or more before they are revealed on the hair mineral analysis.
- Aluminum toxicity: Sources: cookware, aluminum cans, under arm deodorants, cosmetics, water supplies. Symptoms-flatulence, headaches, dry skin and mucous membranes, tendency for colds, decaying teeth, anemia, burning pain in head relieved by food, heartburn, loss of memory, and mental confusion.
- Copper toxicity: Causes and sources: zinc deficiency, congenital (from mom), birth control, vegetarian diets, and adrenal gland issues. Adrenal activity is needed to stimulate production of ceruloplasmin, the primary copper-binding protein. Decreased adrenal activity can cause insufficient ceruloplasmin production in the liver. Because of this, copper can accumulate in your body and cause problems. 70-80% of hair tests show weak adrenals glands. Common signs of copper toxicity: adrenal insufficiency, any phobia, allergies, hair loss, anxiety, arthritis, autism, yeast infections, high cholesterol, fears, headaches, high blood pressure, hypoglycemia, hypothyroidism, infections, inflammation, panic attacks, PMS, schizophrenia, and anemia: can contribute to an iron deficiency that does not respond to iron therapy (taking iron doesn’t help your anemia improve). Copper is required to convert iron so that it can be utilized. We call this type of anemia a “copper anemia” because a copper imbalance is the cause of the anemia.
If you are interested in receiving a sheet on toxic metals sources and symptoms, please email me and I will get one out to you Toxic Metals Sources and Symptoms Sheet
8) Assess your Organ and Gland Activity
Mineral levels and ratios reflect the activity of your glands such as the thyroid and adrenal glands. By calculating your ratios on a hair mineral analysis, organ and glandular activity can be assessed. The adrenal and thyroid glands are the main energy producing organs in your body. They work together to produce energy. If both of these glands are under-active, you can experience fatigue or lack of energy and many other symptoms. If they are overactive, you can experience energy but only for a limited amount of time as it is unstable (feel like you crash and burn in between having some energy). On the nutritional balancing program the goal is to help these glands so that they are functioning at optimal levels so you have the maximum amount of energy to enjoy your life.
9) Understand your Behavior
Hair mineral analysis is a powerful tool to identify and correct biochemical causes of any mental and behavioral conditions. All toxic metals are neurotoxic (toxic to the nerves or nerve tissues). We’ve helped many clients with depression, anxiety, phobias, insomnia, fatigue, mood swings, attention deficit disorder, learning disorders, and many more.
K.C. age 67, started program in February 2010 due to schizophrenia (diagnosed as a teenager) and obsessive/compulsive disorder. She heard voices constantly and took medications to help her cope. Her first hair test showed an elevated zinc level (this is a hidden copper toxicity indicator). After 4 months, she got a retest that showed copper toxicity. It was twice the ideal level. She also showed mercury eliminating. After 6 months on the program the voice hearing went away and she felt physically and mentally better than she had in decades. We can heal at any age. There is no age limit for healing.
10) Any Dietary Problems you might have
The test contains a number of indicators that your diet is inadequate or imbalanced. For instance low protein intake is often seen with low phosphorus in most cases. Low phosphorus is related to arthritis, fatigue, fragile bones, tooth decay, poor wound healing,and weak muscles. A high CA/MG ratio is related to sugar problems in your body due to eating too many carbohydrates. Eating fish is related to mercury toxicity which has many symptoms such as hair loss, loss of appetite, blushing, depression, skin problems, fatigue, hearing loss, insomnia, memory loss, migraines, mood swings, nervousness, thyroid dysfunction, vision loss and others. Nickel is found in hydrogenated vegetable oils, commercial peanut butter, teas, margarine, and others. Possible conditions associated with nickel are heart problems, low blood pressure, nausea, vomiting, skin problems, muscle tremors and others.
M.C. 48 years old, one of my clients, showed eight times the acceptable amount of nickel on her hair analysis. She was drinking a lot of tea and eating commercial peanut butter; both of these products contain nickel. She had symptoms of nickel toxicity which were skin issues and nausea.
11) Reduce the Guesswork for your Nutritional Therapy
A hair mineral analysis offers a method of reducing the guesswork in recommending you a diet plan and supplement dosages. For instance, a very low calcium and magnesium level with an elevated sodium and potassium level on a hair mineral analysis indicates an alarm stage of stress in which the body excretes calcium and magnesium. One needs more calcium, magnesium, copper, zinc and vitamin A. Giving excessive vitamin C or B vitamins can worsen the body chemistry.
A pattern unique to this program is the 4 low pattern. Dr. Paul Eck discovered that these clients needed calcium, magnesium and zinc. Giving a 4 low client B vitamins, adrenal or thyroid glandular products, large amounts of vitamin C, or Vitamin E does not work for these clients and can make them not only feel worse but cause a greater imbalance in their body chemistry (exactly what we do not want to do).
12) Monitor your Progress
Comparing the results of repeated hair mineral analysis over a period of time is an excellent way to monitor your changes in body chemistry and to also make sure that the program is still correct and you’re heading in the right direction. We recommend getting retests every 4 to 6 months.
M.L. 68, just emailed me this week. Below is a copy of her email which she allowed me to share:
Today my new rheumatologist at Stanford told me there is no sign of my lupus now, all the labs are normal. Is that amazing or what!? Kidney function is normal.
I may have told you that my cardiologist at Stanford told me my arteries are clear now and I don’t need to see him regularly but call him if I have a problem. I’m dumping doctors left and right.
Best to you, M.L.
Please click on link to see a copy of my hair test in 2008. I had been on the program for almost two years.My hair test 2008 with copper of 65!
Visual patterns on my hair test 2008: slow oxidation rate increasing (improving metabolism and energy), calcium shell improving (able to use calcium better for the bones, nervous system, calming down the body, fat digestion, and others), tremendous amount of copper eliminating (about 26 times the ideal), lower Na/K ratio (retracing an old infection/pattern), all amigos coming down (this is the aluminum, oxide form of iron and manganese). The amigos can cause many health issues. One of the goals of the program is to get rid of toxins and balance the major patterns, ratios, and mineral levels.
After releasing this large amount of copper I started to sleep better after years of insomnia. What a blessing it was to sleep after decades of excruciating long nights. Paranoia and anxiety disappeared also!
Nutritional balancing programs can relieve biochemical stress to help restore health. By correcting hair mineral analysis levels and ratios with proper diet, supplementary nutrients and lifestyle modifications, many physical and behavioral health conditions, including those of long-standing, will improve.
If you live in the United States, I can send you a free hair analysis form kit to get started. Please click on this link Free Hair Analysis Form Kit or go to this link for instructions on how to send a hair test How to Send in a Hair Test.