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Toxic & Essential Elements (Special Product)

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Toxic & Essential Elements

Hair Elements

Hair Elements analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, especially methylmercury and arsenic, and the time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. This non-invasive screening test requires only .25 grams of hair. 

Analytes Tested

Analyte CPT
Aluminum; hair 82108
Antimony; hair 83018
Arsenic; hair 82175
Barium; hair 83018
Beryllium; hair 83018
Bismuth; hair 83018
Boron; hair 83018
Cadmium; hair 82300
Calcium; hair 82310
Chromium; hair 82495
Cobalt; hair 83018
Copper; hair 82525
Germanium; hair 83018
Iodine; hair 84999
Iron; hair 83540
Lead; hair 83655
Lithium; hair 80178
Magnesium; hair 83735
Manganese; hair 83785
Mercury; hair 83825
Molybdenum; hair 83018
Nickel; hair 83885
Phosphorus; hair 84999
Platinum; hair 83018
Potassium; hair 84999
Rubidium; hair 83018
Selenium; hair 84255
Silver; hair 83018
Sodium; hair 84302
Strontium; hair 83018
Sulfur; hair 84999
Thallium; hair 83018
Thorium; hair 83018
Tin; hair 83018
Titanium; hair 83018
Uranium; hair 83018
Vanadium; hair 83018
Zinc; hair 84630
Zirconium; hair 83018


This test is useful for

  • Toxic Element Exposure
  • Excessive Fish Consumption
  • Alopecia
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Malabsorption
  • Hypertension
  • Impaired Glucose Tolerance
  • Kidney Function
  • Parkinson's-like Symptoms
  • Sexual Impotence or Decreased Testosterone Production
  • Vision Problems

Turnaround Time

10 to 12 days

Demo report

* Toxic and Essential Elements are available from Hair, Serum, Stool & Urine. Kindly contact us for the demo report.  

Detailed Information

A specialist and pioneer in essential and toxic elemental testing since 1972, Doctor's Data has been validated as a supplier of trace element results for the certification of a hair reference material to the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

With respect to its contained elements, hair is essentially an excretory tissue rather than a functional tissue. Hair element analysis provides important information which, in conjunction with symptoms and other laboratory values, can assist the physician with an early diagnosis of physiological disorders associated with aberrations in essential and toxic element metabolism.

As protein is synthesized in the hair follicle, elements are incorporated permanently into the hair with no further exchange or equilibration with other tissues. Scalp hair is easy to sample, and because it grows an average of one to two cm per month, it contains a "temporal record" of element metabolism and exposure to toxic elements.

Nutrient elements including magnesium, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium are obligatory co-factors for hundreds of important enzymes and also are essential for the normal functions of vitamins. The levels of these elements in hair are correlated with levels in organs and other tissues.

Toxic elements may be 200 to 300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of recent exposure to elements such as arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, lead, antimony and mercury. The CDC acknowledges the value of hair mercury levels as a maternal and infant marker for exposure to neurotoxic methylmercury from fish.

Through recent vast improvements in technology, instrumentation, and application of scientific protocols, hair element analysis has become a valuable tool for providing dependable and useful data for physicians and their patients. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stated in a recent report that "...if hair samples are properly collected and cleaned, and analyzed by the best analytic methods, using standards and blanks as required, in a clean and reliable laboratory by experienced personnel, the data are reliable." (U.S.E.P.A. 600/4-79-049)

Hair, however, is vulnerable to external elemental contamination by means of certain shampoos, bleaches, dyes, and curing or straightening treatments. Therefore, the first step in the interpretation of a hair element report is to rule out sources of external contamination.

Hair element analysis is a valuable and inexpensive screen for physiological excess, deficiency or maldistribution of elements. It should not be considered a stand-alone diagnostic test for essential element function and should be used in conjunction with patient symptoms and other laboratory tests. 

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