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post #1 of 5 Old 10-10-2014, 08:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hair Mineral Analysis?

I have never heard of it until now reading a blurb about on the interwebs. Has anyone actually spent the money (looks to be about $150+) to have it done and found the report to be useful?

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I have always heard of it as a sort of hoax.....that the hair does not actually show the CuRRENT state of health. Hoax is not the right word, but it is not a reliable source of information.
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I've heard that's it unreliable at best and misleading at worst. There are blood tests available for a some mineral/vitamin statuses but blood tests are not accurate for all due to how the body stores and utilizes some items. Your best bet would be to get blood tests done through a vet who understands which tests will give you worthwhile information and how to interpret them. Cost probably won't be much different than this $150 hair analysis.
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It was nothing that I had intended on trying.
I just never heard about it before so was thinking it must not be commonly used.
Just curious :)
Thanks for the info!
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I haven't used it, and TBH haven't looked into it deeply, I have generally got by with diet analysis. The chief nutritionist at FeedXL(worth looking up) wrote an article some time ago on different methods of nutrition analysis, and found pros & cons to all - HT, blood tests, soil tests and diet/pasture analysis. So far as I remember, none of them are fully accurate and it depends on a number of factors as to what may be the most appropriate/accurate in a given situation. Different minerals show up in blood that aren't in hair, & vice versa. Just because a mineral is present in soil doesn't necessarily mean it will be well assimilated in a plant, or from there, a body either.
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