Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
From Interclinical laboratories, HTMA measures the levels and comparative ratios of nutrient and toxic minerals found in hair.
In Australia, we use Interclinical laboratories as our primary source of HTMA’s. The samples they receive are sent to TEI (Trace Elements Inc) in the United States.
We prefer results from either of these sources (or other companies who use TEI), but can use other HTMA results too in most circumstances.
If you have results from another laboratory, please contact us so that we can determine whether or not we can use these tests.
For more information on the best way to get hair samples, please check this video. Interclinical themselves have a great guide too, which you can review here or TEI have a great resource on their website here.
If you are in a country other than Australia, please contact us to find your best local supplier who uses the TEI laboratories, or order via Even Better Now who use TEI but offer services around the world.
Blood tests are important in determining mineral balance – Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) gives only part of the picture.
Whether you are living in Australia or overseas, below is a list of the bloods we use:
- Iron studies (including Iron, Total Iron-binding Capacity (TIBC), Transferrin, Ferritin, Saturation)
- Plasma Zinc
- Red Blood Cell Magnesium (RBC)
- Serum Copper
- Serum Ceruloplasmin
- Ideal/useful extra’s:
- Retinol or Vitamin A
- Vitamin D (25[OH])
The last two may need to be manually added to your cart if ordering DIY tests (iMedical especially) – we are still learning about how accurate of a representation this gives us for Vitamin A levels, so if in doubt, leave it off.
You may be able to get the blood results done through one of your existing physicians and they may bulk bill them. Many don’t want to do tests just because you ask for them, but generally if they can give adequate reasoning to Medicare as to why you need the tests done, they MAY consider it.
Queenslanders: please use Sullivan Nicolaides, NOT QML where you can. QML test RBC magnesium in a unit we cannot use.
Adults can order via iMedical and select one of the options below. It may end up less fuss and cheaper to do this than travelling to/waiting at/seeing your GP and then going back again to get the results.
If you live in Queensland, your best option to order your own tests is ‘MAG 2 Qld’ – it is more expensive than for other states, but one single blood draw and they provide the correct units for us to use.
All other states can order the ‘MAG 2’ option.
I have listed details for options in countries I have the resources for. Residents in other countries may have other requirements so please contact us to discuss the tests if you cannot get them via ways you would normally do so in your country.
Canadian’s have some more challenges with requesting tests – many physicians will not do them, and depending on where you live, you are more restricted with what you can request yourself. Options to investigate via your GP/health care provider (or possibly DIY) could include:
- Gamma Dynacare
- Or you may find it best to work with a Naturopath through this clinic.
Limited options exist at this time for DIY blood tests, but please contact us if you are needing help to source options, as I may have resources to help.
Request A Test – This option is a bit more expensive than Ulta Labs, but it is available in a wider range of States, and also includes Vitamin A & D.
Ulta Labs – This option is less expensive than Request A Test, but it is not available in all States.