When I first see a client, I often recommend them to book themselves into their doctor and order a standard blood test (plus some extras which don't traditionally come with a routine blood test - ask me for the list next time you go get one). I like to get a copy of the results and look at them against optimal levels then work out relationships between results which might stand out... I never diagnose anything, it is just to help me get a better idea which potential areas that could be useful looking into or further testing. I also ask LOADS of questions in the first session (and after where necessary, even if via email/text) so we can get a much better idea what might be happening and how the relationship from results might link with the situation/symptoms/lack of optimisation with regards to a certain area of one's health.
The blood test coupled WITH an HTMA test is even better. It provides such a huge array of results and markers to look at, and here we can further find stronger relationships that link between these two tests. I highly recommend to get both tests done then carefully review results, pin-point anything that may be flagged on both which don't come out as "optimal" (not necessarily just according to the reference ranges provided on a typical blood test) then look at further questioning/testing from there IF necessary (for example if on your blood & HTMA test it indicates stress to the adrenals or excess cortisol production, I would then recommend to get a salivary cortisol test so we have even MORE data to work with).
Regardless of the situation, the more data the better, the more we have to work with to make improvements on or adjustments to. The more TANGIBLE the results, the changes and the guidelines to follow to make improvements which we can now MEASURE! The human budy always leaves us guessing, but this means a little less guessing. Better to know than just to guess, right? Faster changes, faster results and it is highly individual so no other person will have the same procotol as you because no other person's physiology is quite like your own.
With regards to the latest InterClinical Laboratories e-newsletter, here is their take on getting a HTMA test done:
Let's look at it a different way - on a cellular level; what do you think would be your mineral status? High copper to zinc ratio? High levels of mercury? Low lithium levels? Are you a fast or slow metabolic type? Whatever people may think about their health status, isn't it always better to know for sure?
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) allows insight into the levels of minerals, heavy metals and additional elements within cells stored in the body. The differences between HTMA and blood or urine testing are many. Urine testing shows only which elements are being excreted. Blood testing shows evidence of what is happening within the cells that minute, and does not represent long term stores. HTMA is like a blue print of cellular storage; 4cm of hair reflects 12-16 weeks of metabolic activity and mineral stores within the body.
Additionally, HTMA is a non-invasive, inexpensive and effective tool which can add an invaluable amount of data to the diagnostic assessment of your patients. HTMA can provide a practitioner with volumes of information on a patients levels of heavy metals, essential minerals and additional elements and indicate metabolic tendencies, areas of concern and predisposition.
What have you got to lose? It is a well-worthy investment which really does tell you SO MUCH about your health and mineral/nutrient status and if heavy metals need to be addressed. Or where you need to focus your attention on, and/or where else you might want to test to get further into the search for your own individual optimal state of health.
Any enquiries about these options and how I can help you please get in touch!