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ABOUT HAIR SAMPLING
Instructions For Collecting Hair Sample
Instructions For All Tests
All instructions for fasting, when applicable, and for preparing, collecting and mailing samples to their respective Laboratories are included on the following documents:
The "Specimen Collection Kit Instructions and Checklist." Be sure you print and check off each box after completing each instruction to assure you have not missed any that apply to you. This document can be obtained by clicking on this blue link to go directly to the "New Client Instruction" webpage for new clients (Refer to Step 4) or to the pop out "Retesting" Webpage under "Forms & Questionnaires" for all other clients (Refer to Step 1).
Instructions are also included in each Lab Kit for hair, saliva, urine and stool, specific to each test.
Hair testing also requires the instructions on this web page.
For Blood testing also click on this blue link forinstructions for fasting. This link will take you directly to the pop out web page titled, "Fasting Instructions." under "Specimen Collection Info."
CLICK ON THE PDF DOCUMENT TO THE RIGHT TO PRINT A COPY OF THE "ABOUT HAIR SAMPLING" INSTRUCTIONS ON THIS WEB PAGE
HAIR SAMPLING IMPORTANT NOTICE!
Please Read And Follow All Of The Instructions On This Web Page At Least THREE (3) DAYS BEFORE The Hair Sample Is Taken. Fasting Is Not Required.
Please read these instructions at least THREE DAYS BEFORE the hair sample is taken and follow all the instructions provided precisely as written. Though the information enclosed refers to other areas of the body, in addition to head hair, where a specimen sample could be taken, only head hair is to be used, unless prior approval has been obtained from Dr. Smith.
The sample should be taken between four and twenty hours AFTER washing. Hair should be dry when it is being sampled. Otherwise, it cannot be weighed correctly. This allows the hair to re-equilibrate after washing. Hair that has not been washed for four or five days is prone to environmental contamination.
Most shampoos, rinses, conditioners, tints, sprays and other hair products do not affect the test for three reasons. First, most of these products do not contain metals, which is what the hair test also measures.
Second, the hair is only 10-15% porous. This means that not very much is absorbed by the hair itself (the scalp is porous and can absorb many chemicals). Finally, most shampoos are only applied for 15-30 seconds, not long enough for much absorption to take place, but please AVOID the following shampoos:
Grecian Formula contains lead and could elevate this reading.
Head and Shoulders shampoo contains zinc and could elevate zinc readings.
Selsun Blue shampoo contains selenium and could elevate this reading.
If you have been using these shampoos, wash your hair daily for three days with a our pure Hair Shampoo and Hair Conditioner. Then, your hair sample can be taken on the fourth day.
Shampoo and Conditioner — Then continue using our pure, organic Hair Shampoo and Hair Conditioner, thereafter, for regular use so you no longer expose your hair and scalp to toxic ingredients of other brands. The FDA allows manufacturers to label products “Natural” or “Herbal” even if there is only 10% herbs or whole raw food (natural) ingredients included and the other 90% are chemical preservatives and additives, such as isolated or synthetic vitamins/minerals, metals or other chemicals.
Heavy Sweating — Heavy sweating just before sampling can increase sodium and potassium readings. So be sure you are not sweating when washing hair for sample collection.
Swimming Pool — Swimming in pools can increase copper and sodium readings. So avoid swimming for 72 hours before taking hair sample and be sure hair has been wash 2-3 times prior to last wash before sampling.
Home or Professional Color Treatments Dye/color products do not alter the test significantly. However, it is best to have washed the hair at least 6 to 8 times after home or professional color treatment before taking sample.
Permanent or Bleach Treatments After a home or salon permanent or bleach treatment, ideally it would be best to let the hair grow for 6 to 8 weeks before taking sample.
HAIR SAMPLE COLLECTION SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS
Instructions for actually cutting or shearing the hair to collect the sample to be sent to our Lab are on the back of the "Order Form" in the Lab Test Kit, under the title, "Instructions for Hair Sampling."
The accuracy of a mineral analysis depends upon many factors. While the laboratory is responsible for the technical aspects of the test, the results will only be as good as the raw material or sample that is received. For this reason, the more care that is exercised by the person taking the hair sample, the better the results will be.
HEAD HAIR VS. PUBIC HAIR The best tissue for sampling is one that is clean, fast-growing and that grows evenly. Head hair fulfills these requirements better than any other type of hair. The normal values have been established based on head hair samples.
HOME SAMPLING In the event that head hair is not available, pubic hair or other body hair may be used. Our Hair Analysis Laboratory has performed comparison testing to determine the differences in the mineral readings between head and pubic hair samples.
The study found that:
The major ratios are the same in the pubic and head hair samples. However, all of the levels tend to be higher in pubic hair.
The difference may be due to the slower growth rate of pubic hair and that it is more protected from the elements than head hair. We ask that you do not mix sources, such as half head hair and half pubic hair. This will cause inaccurate readings. Once pubic or other hair is used as a sample, it is important that the hair is collected from the same area for accurate re-testing comparisons.
Reminder: Only Head Hair is used, unless prior approval has been obtained by Dr. Smith.
USING OTHER BODY HAIR Hair from a beard, other body hair or finger nails could be analyzed, but the laboratory has not performed extensive testing on these. CUT HAIR SAMPLE, DO NOT SHAVE HAIR FOR SAMPLE TAKING Hair shaved off by an electric shaver is definitely not acceptable. Particles of metal from the blades become mixed with the hair. QUANTITY Be sure to sample enough hair. As you cut small pieces of your hair, lay them on the scale in the circle with an X. When you have a sufficient amount of hair, the paper scale will tip to the other side. One of the most frequent problems occur when too little hair is sent (less than 500 mg). Either the client must be contacted to send more hair, or the sample must be diluted, which reduces the accuracy. Also, the laboratory normally keeps some hair to rerun any mineral that falls outside a reasonable range. If the sample is too small, extra hair cannot be saved.
SCISSORS Your scissors should be clean and sharp. Steel scissors are better than aluminum scissors. Cutting hair will dull scissors, which must be sharpened or replaced when this occurs. If plated scissors are used, be sure the plating is not peeling off, which could contaminate the sample.
SHORT HAIR Short hair can be a challenge. A thinning shears is often helpful. Thinning will allow a more even sampling without leaving any "holes" in your hair. Thinning shears are best when the hair is less than 1 1/2" long. One method is to make a cut with the thinning shears, then pull the scissors away from the head, holding them parallel to the head. The cut hair will come away in the scissors and can be scraped into the envelope.
RETEST SAMPLES When a re-test is necessary, the sample should be taken from the same area as the original sample, if at all possible. This assures continuity from sample to sample. However, it is not necessary to find the precise strands of hair for the next retest. Simply take the sample from the same general area. Also, head hair cannot be compared to pubic hair, so be sure that the second hair sample is from the same origin as the first sample.
ANIMAL HAIR SAMPLES Instructions for taking samples are the same, however, before sending in a sample for an animal to our Lab, please call Advanced Clinical Nutrition for specific instructions.
Reference: Eck Institute of Applied Nutrition and Bioenergetics, Ltd.
Information provided in this website is for nutritional educational purposes only and not for the diagnosis, or treatment of any medical condition, disorder or disease.
Copyright 2004 Dr. Donna F. Smith -- Last Website Update: OCT 31, 2017 11:45 AM CST