Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
Being the analytical type and always on the lookout for ways to heal my CVD, I decided to have a look at this tool. Ordered the kit, harvested some hair in accordance with instructions and mailed it off along with $150 (yikes). Did the same for my son who has disc problems.
Got the report back today. It came in two parts - a general report focussed on metabolic typing and a "doctor's report". The doctor's report has everything the general report has so I'll ignore the latter.
The charts show values and reference ranges for a range of minerals, classified as nutritional, toxic and additional, and a set of ratios, classified as significant, toxic and additional.
The following are apparent from an inspection of the charts:
- Sodium, potassium and Manganese are all low, though just in the reference range
- Despite supplementing 400mg of magnesium per day it is only in the low end of the reference range
- Mercury is well into the high range (too much amalgam methinks)
- Ca/P ratio is good, Na/K ratio is low, Ca/K ratio is off the chart and Na/Mg ratio is too low - these tell me that I need to increase both sodium and potassium
- Zn/Cu and Fe/Cu ratios are good so I've got these three right
The takeaway here is that I need to work on increasing Mg, Na, and K.
The report provides recommendations. Among these it says that Vitamin D is both a thyroid and potassium antagonist and aid retention of calcium. So I need to look at reducing Vitamin D supplementation. Will get a blood test first to see my current level
It also recommended foods high in potassium, thyroxine and methionine. Methionine is a common feature of Chris Masterjohn's writings so I'll have to review those. I recall this means marrow, bone broths, connective tissue etc. Good thing I've been having chickens feet for breakfast the past week
Next step is a blood test to check vitamin D and lipids then to get more Na, K and Mg and look at reducing Vitamin D. Also need to research Mn a bit to see if I should supplement
Four years Primal with influences from Jaminet & Shanahan and a focus on being anti-inflammatory. Using Primal to treat CVD and prevent stents from blocking free of drugs.
Eat creatures nose-to-tail (animal, fowl, fish, crustacea, molluscs), a large variety of vegetables (raw, cooked and fermented, including safe starches), dairy (cheese & yoghurt), occasional fruit, cocoa, turmeric & red wine