Work with a practitioner who has studied HTMA chart interpretation in-depth and understands the dynamic interrelationship of minerals. Too many medical professionals attempt to offer HTMA to their clients, without fully understanding how to interpret the results. Any M.D. can open an account at a testing lab, but this alone does not qualify them to interpret HTMA. HTMA looks simple, but is infinitely complex - it requires years of dedicated practice, and is certainly far more complex than looking at any one mineral level alone to determine toxicity or deficiency. A good practitioner will be able to speak to you about the interrelationship of minerals, mineral ratios, patterns, hidden toxicities, the dichotomy between a true deficiency and a toxicity-induced deficiency such as with copper, conditions of intracellular loss such as with magnesium or potassium, and the effects both physical and psychological of mineral imbalances.
Many labs offer HTMA, however, only Trace Elements Inc (TEI) and Analytical Research Labs (ARL) specialize solely in it and adhere to proper testing procedures.
TEI and ARL are distinctly different from other medical labs that offer HTMA in the way in which they test and interpret results, and as such, are the only two recommended labs for HTMA.
TEI and ARL are the only labs which do not wash the hair sample, a procedure which can throw off key mineral levels by 30% or more. They work with tightly defined reference ranges, and utilize a nutritional balancing approach inclusive of the overall mineral picture.
While any HTMA test can provide insight into deficiencies and toxicities, when it comes to nutritional balancing of essential nutrient minerals I choose only to work with these two labs.
Look out for practitioners who simply pass on the computerized lab report to you, even if those reports are from TEI or ARL.
Computers have limitations, and to my knowledge, no program exists that can match the accuracy of a properly trained practitioner when it comes to analyzing hair tissue mineral data.
Even though the chart data (as seen in the pic) is highly accurate, I often see suggestions on the computerized report that would be of great disservice to a person's health. Automated lab reports are based on face-value readings, and HTMA charts should never be read at face value.
Most HTMA services out there will only provide you with an automated 'Profile 2' lab report - if you spend your money on that report you need to understand that caution is required in following the suggestions contained therein.
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Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, Specialized Certification with High Honors