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Hair Analysis

This is a review and will contain both scientific and non scientific information

Hair analysis is a scientific evaluation of a persons hair. Blood testing is considered by many to be unable to test for mineral and some vitamin content. Proponents for hair testing claim that hair stores the amounts of chemicals in the body at the time of the cutting sample of the hair tested and is more accurate than blood testing for certain compounds.

I believe hair analysis should be considered a wise use that can show items the doctor will not test for or cannot obtain from medical tests. With that said, the choice of the quality of the lab and its results should be considered as an indicator and not used without further support. In my case my complaints to my doctor for chronic fatigue and brain fog were treated as hypochondria. A hair analysis reported that I had high copper levels. Subsequent tests by my doctor including; looking for a copper ring around the iris of the eyes and a liver biopsy failed to find high copper in my body. Yet, whenever I eat foods that are high in copper (apples, fish oil, tuna fish, fish) my fatigue and brain fog increased, then I take zinc and manganese and my fatigue and brain fog decrease. So for me I still use and rely on my doctor, but I also look for any information I can obtain to verify his tests or to help my health.

1. This is a remarkable report that claims ones emotions can now be evaluated with a hair analysis. "...When studying a hair analysis to determine one's personality, it is wise to view the emotional characteristics that are revealed, as an indicator of that person's current response to stress.That stress may be mainly biochemical, or it may be due mainly to various other factors." http://www.arltma.com/Articles/EmotionalStatesDoc.htm

2. "Hair analysis may refer to the chemical analysis of a hair sample, but can also refer to microscopic analysis or comparison. Chemical hair analysis may be considered for retrospective purposes when blood and urine are no longer expected to contain a particular contaminant, typically a year or less.[1] Its most widely accepted use is in the fields of forensic toxicology and, increasingly, environmental toxicology.[2][3] Several alternative medicine fields also use various hair analyses for environmental toxicology but these uses are controversial, evolving and not standardized." http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hair_analysis I find it interesting that scientist will accept it as a forensic test on the dead, but not on the living.

2. This is a report from quack watch that states hair anlysis is not accurate with numerous findings and quotes from FDA and AMA disputing its accuracy.  http://www.quackwatch.com/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/hair.html FIRST they are correct that there is not consistancy between labs and that some labs are less accurate than others. SECOND although they use this to claim all hair testing is wrong is typical of the false and misleading information spouted by Quack Watch, AMA and FDA who numerous scientists and doctors believe is biased to protect big pharm and commercial food industries. SEE samples of how truthful Quack Watch and the FDA are.a false claim by Quack Watch , FDA's list of safe foods, note scientist and doctors all over the world report that Aspartame and Monosodium glutamate (MSG) are dangerous excitotoxins yet FDA lists them as safe. If MSG and Aspartame and similar sweetners were banned as toxic poisons as they are, the commercial food industry would lose billions of dollars, we would be healthier and would not need doctors as much. You do the math.


 
 
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