Body Balance MineralCheck
Plus Lead & Mercury Levels
Health Care Professional Information:
MineralCheck is a simple and reliable test to measure mineral and toxin levels using hair samples. The hair is a valuable diagnostic aid in determining the levels of minerals and toxins. Deficiencies or excesses in the hair often indicate deficiencies or excesses in the body. As protein is made in the hair follicle, minerals are incorporated into the hair. Since the structure of the hair remains unchanged, nutrients are fixed in the hair, and these levels are not subject to change once that piece of hair has grown. Blood mineral analysis is only a good indication of the minerals that are being transported to and from storage areas in the body. Blood is also affected by day-to-day fluctuations due to food, drugs, emotional state or blood drawing technique. The result of hair analysis can be used in addition to symptom evaluation and other tests to initiate or modify treatment.
What are the specific instructions we can provide?
Avoid using MineralCheck if hair is permed, dyed, or bleached within two months since they can affect the result. Discontinue shampoos that contain dyes, colorings, or special chemicals for three days prior to cutting hair sample. Recommend using Johnson & Johnson baby shampoo three days before collecting sample. Hair must be dry when collecting the sample. If the hair is short, stainless steel thinning shears may be used.
What is the normal range of minerals and toxins?
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Haas EM. Staying Healthy with Nutrition: The Complete Guide to Diet and Nutritional Medicine. 1992; Celestial Arts Publishing. Berkeley, CA: 153-168, 255-258.
Savory J, Wills M. Trace Minerals: essential nutrients or toxins. Clin Chem 1992; 38(8): 1565-1573.
Suzuki T, Yamamoto R. Organic mercury levels in human hair with and without storage for eleven years. Bull Environ Contam Toxicol 1982; 28: 186-188.
Werbach MR. Foundations of Nutritional Medicine: A Sourcebook of Clinical Research. 1997; Third Line Press, Inc., Tarzana, CA: 45-78, 135-150, 267-294.
NOTE: California Residents - Business and Professions Code 1246.5 Requires That Any Test that has not been approved by the Federal Food and Drug Administration for sale to the public without a prescription as an Over-The-Counter Test kit must be ordered by a Licensed physician acting on a patient's behalf. All orders for test kits within the state of California
NOTE: New York State Residents New York State health law prohibits the testing of certain specimens collected in or mailed from New York, and prohibits the transmission of data from our laboratory to NY physicians or residents. Therefore, direct receipt of lab results for NY residents is not possible.
International Residents & Orders: Extra shipping charges may be added for international orders. Patients will be contacted by e-mail or telephone to approve charges.