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Monday, June 28, 2010

Success with improving health by use of the Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

"Went to my doctor yesterday for more nasal spray for hayfever and to check up on blood tests he had me do a few weeks ago. It was rather funny because he couldn’t stop congratulating me on how healthy I was.

Blood Pressure below norm, cholesterol at 2.1, and the rest of the tests, whatever they were for, were all fine and dandy. I guess a lot of people my age (70) are on medication of some sort or other.


So I guess your vitamins and minerals plus my lifestyle, which is very active, are a good combination.

Many thanks,"
Sylvia (permission given to publish)
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Gary:
What I like about the ICL Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is that it takes out a lot of the guessing about what may be underlying chronic health problems or just getting old too soon!

Let me give you a quick run through of some of the more interesting indicators in Sylvia's HTMA:

Sylvia's "bekow norm" blood pressure is probably mostly due to her Na and K still being too low (refer the chart above).  Na (soduim) and K (potassium) regulate fluid balance and thus blood pressure.  Low blood pressure may be incorrectly regarded by some health professionals as being "healthy"; but this is true only to a point.  Healthy blood pressure remains around 120/80 for a person wishing to live life to the full.  People with low blood pressure tend to be tired, have trouble concentrating, have more dizzy spells, more falls and more car accidents.  Having said this, BP lower than 120/80 would be than BP of, say, 150/100 or higher.

I assume Sylvia's doctor is responding to a healthy increase in her blood pressure as a result of increasing her intake of salt and potassium.  This can be confirmed by a repeat of the hair tissue analysis later on.

The salt prescribed to increase her sodium levels is Himalayan Sea Salt and not ordinary refined salt which should be restricted in most cases.  Potassium is increased by a supplement and eating high potassium foods.

Cholesterol is regulated by the liver.  The minerals Zn (zinc) and Cu (copper) are used by the liver to power the enzymes that manufacture cholesterol.  An imbalance and/or deficiency/excess of either of these minerals will result in cholesterol abnormalities, including high total cholesterol and imbalances between HDL and LDL variants of cholesterol.  In Sylvia's case, there was a significant imbalance between Zn and Cu which we have taken steps to correct.

Cu is antagonistic to Fe (iron).  In her case, we can assume Cu is depressing Fe.  This will be a factor in iron deficiency-related fatigue, especially when in the presence of trace levels of mercury.  Iron levels should be steadily improving with the dietary and supplement interventions.

If a woman has a history of chronic iron deficiency that fails to respond well to iron and B12 supplementation the reason may be to do with a problem with Cu retention and not to do with her Fe.

Incidentally, Cu excess is commonly seen in women who are taking oestrogen, either as HRT or birth control.  Again Cu and Zn are used in the production of oestrogen and progesterone.  If a woman is oestrogen dominant, she will tend to retain Cu and lose Zn.  If she is progesterone dominant, then she will lose Cu and retain Zn.  The health consequences of messing about with a woman's hormones can be numerous and significant.

The toxic ratios chart (above) shows how even tiny amounts of elements like Hg (mercury) can interfere with the bioavailability of important elements like Fe and Se (selenium), especially when the good ones are already depleted.

Thank you, Sylvia, for allowing me to share this with others.

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