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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Is your Hair Dye making you Sick?

One of the most disturbing findings from reviewing hundreds of Hair Tissue Mineral Analyses over the last few years, is the high rate of contamination by heavy metals such as Arsenic, Mercury and Lead. These are nasty contaminants that are implicated in many health issues such chronic fatigue, arthritis, osteoporosis, cancer and neurological conditions such as Parkinsons.

When a test indicates the presence of one or more heavy metals in the body, we then set about trying to identify the possible sources of contamination. We need to stop more of these toxins getting into the body otherwise measures to decontaminate will be compromised.

Common sources of contamination include treated timber, contaminated water supplies, paints and solvents, pesticides and hair dye. Occupational exposure is high in mechanics, welders, famers, horticulturalists and people working in the mining and petrochemical industries. There may also be a link with high consumption of chicken and pork, or eating vegetables grown in chicken manure. Chicken flesh and chicken manure may contain arsenic due to the addition of antibiotics such as Roxarsone (controls coccidial intestinal parasites) into chicken and pork feed. While levels of arsenic in meat may be within “aceptable limits” this does not take account that the human body works a bit like a biological filter, slowly accumulating toxins that it may have difficulty excreting.

One significant group that has continued to confound me is women who have high levels of arsenic and/or lead with no obvious sources of environmental contamination.

At last, I think I have found out the source: Hair Dye. What is common among these women is the use of hair products to conceal greying hair and/or for colouring, such as Henna. These may be their main environmental sources of lead and arsenic. Some of these products are known to contain arsenic and lead.

Please refer to the “Toxic Elements” charts alongside this article which are from cases of possible contamination by hair dye.

The scalp is very active tissue with a profuse blood supply. Placing chemicals on the scalp is an effective way to mainline them into the body. This may occur during the hair dying process and during period touch-ups. As the years pass, the heavy metal accumulation in the body may begin to seriously damage health.

The most sensible course of action, in cases of suspected contamination by hair dye, is to stop dying the hair and to age Greysfully while commencing a programme to gently chelate (remove) any contaminants that may be lurking deep within the body.

If you suspect you may have heavy metal poisoning, a blood test is of limited value. Heavy metals will only show up in a blood test if the metal is being tested for - and only if there has been significant recent exposure. Incidentally, the half life within the body for heavy metals such as lead is estimated to be from 10-15 years. The most reliable test to determine if there are heavy metals in the body from a significant past exposure, or small exposures over a long time, is the ICL Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.

If you are interested in getting a ICL Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis, give me your mailing address and I will send you details about how to go about it. Write to Gary Moller, 15 Heaton Terrace, Wellington, 6021, or email:


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