Top 12 Reasons to Use Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) in a Holistic Health Practice

In the vast world of holistic health, practitioners continuously seek methodologies that offer accurate and comprehensive insights into their client’s health. 

As you’ll discover below, Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) isn’t just another diagnostic tool—it’s a window into the deep intricacies of individual cellular health. 

There are many ways to assess nutritional status, including symptom questionnaires, iridology, kinesiology, diet sheets, computer analyses, blood tests, etc.

Why use a controversial tool such as measuring tissue mineral levels in hair?

Here are the top 12 reasons:

1. A Window into The Cells

Nutritional physiology occurs at the cellular level, not within blood or any other location. What you eat is less important than what is reaching your body cells. Tissue mineral analysis is unique in that it provides information directly about cellular activity – the main site of nutritional metabolism.

2. Detecting Toxic Metals

Toxic metals are a serious problem today, contributing to many metabolic disorders and distressing symptoms, including fatigue, infections, glandular activity, glucose intolerance and many others. While routine blood tests cannot detect chronic heavy metal poisoning, tissue mineral analysis is one of the few methods approved by the Environmental Protection Agency for detecting toxic metals in the body.

3. Understanding Emotions

Biochemical imbalances can contribute to many mental and emotional conditions. There is no other known tool that even comes close to tissue mineral testing to predict, explain, and suggest nutritional solutions for common challenges such as anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, phobias, insomnia, etc.

4. Rebuilding the Body’s Energy Mechanism

Having an adequate energy level is essential for health. All body activities, including healing, depend upon adequate energy synthesis. Tissue mineral analysis can be used to assess the efficiency of the body’s energy system and the oxidative system and recommend nutrients and foods that will assist in rebuilding the energy system.

5. Determining Oxidation Types

Dr. George Watson discovered that some people burn food at a more rapid rate than normal and some at a slower rate. Knowing a person’s oxidation rate, as he called it, can help decide which foods are most needed and which nutrients would be most helpful to restore balance. Giving the wrong nutrients can make your health problems worse. Tissue mineral analysis can be utilized to determine an individual’s oxidation rate with mathematical precision.

6. Identifying Trends

One of the most useful concepts in health care is to be able to identify trends before they occur so that action can be taken to avoid them. Twenty or more trends can be identified from a properly interpreted tissue mineral analysis. The ability alone to identify trends makes tissue mineral analysis an invaluable test.

7. Exact Amounts of Supplements and Proportions Of Foods

One problem in designing nutrition programs is determining how much and which nutrients and foods to recommend. Because of its mathematical nature, hair mineral analysis offers a way to determine supplement dosage and proportions of foods with greater accuracy.

8. Assessing Organ, Gland and Tissue Function

Levels and ratios of tissue minerals relate to the activity of specific organs and glands. By calculating ratios on a tissue mineral test, the function of major glands and organs can be assessed, often long before abnormalities appear on X-rays and blood tests.

9. Constructing A Picture of One’s Body Chemistry

Though not done by many who claim to understand hair analysis, the correct interpretation of the hair test allows the construction of a metabolic picture of how your body is functioning and how it is responding to stress. No other simple test allows for the construction of this metabolic blueprint.

10. Monitoring Progress

A common problem in nutritional therapy is determining if a person is actually improving, especially if some symptoms persist or new symptoms arise. Repeat tissue mineral tests and comparison with previous tests can often provide answers as to whether improvement is occurring, why some symptoms persist, and what to expect in the future.

11. Superiority Over Blood Tests

Blood tests will always be valuable in determining cholesterol, hemoglobin levels, and many other parameters. However, blood tests cannot provide the information that hair analysis offers. There are several reasons why.

Mineral levels in blood are ten times less than they are in the tissues, making measurement difficult. Also, the body keeps blood levels within very narrow limits for various reasons, so readings vary. Still, little and less information can be gleaned.

Blood tests fluctuate daily due to foods eaten the previous day, emotional states, etc. Hair analysis will not vary from day to day and provides a long-term metabolic blueprint. Understanding this difference avoids much confusion, and the long-term reading can be used to a definite advantage.

12. Accuracy and Reliability

While some criticism of the accuracy of tissue mineral testing has been made, procedures exist to make the test as accurate or more accurate than blood tests. No test is 100% accurate.

Tissue mineral analysis is not new. It has been around for about 60 years and is used in every industrial and university chemistry lab. New computer-controlled instruments make excellent reliability possible.

Source: Analytical Research Labs Inc. 

A Note to Practitioners 

Dedication to holistic health means always striving to provide the most effective, individualized care possible. HTMA stands as a testament to that dedication, offering deep, actionable insights into the cellular health of our clients. But understanding the science is just the beginning. To truly harness the potential of HTMA, a practitioner must have the expertise to interpret and apply the findings effectively.

Consider enhancing your practice with my specialized HTMA Success course and coaching. With my guidance (based on over 15 years of expertise), you can master the art and science of HTMA, ensuring your clients benefit from this powerful diagnostic tool to its fullest extent. 

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