Omega 3 Testing
Measures percentages of omega-3 fatty acids EPA, DPA and DHA as a potential indicator of various health risks.
DHA Testing
Indicates whether mothers are providing adequate DHA levels to their infants through breastfeeding.
Hair Cortisol Analysis
Provides a complementary method of monitoring stress and cortisol exposure in the body over longer periods of time.
IgG Food Sensitivity
A valuable tool often used to help design elimination diets for patients with several chronic conditions.
Hair Mineral Analysis
Provides the basis for a nutritional balancing program to establish and maintain optimal levels of wellness.

Case Study: The Impact of Hair Mineral Analysis

Hair Mineral Analysis (HMA) is a crucial diagnostic tool that provides insights into potential heavy metal contamination from our environments. The analysis of a hair sample for various minerals and heavy metals, can provide practitioners a detailed look at an individual's biochemical environment and exposure risks.

The story of a seasoned stained glass artist, "the Artist", highlights the essential role HMA plays in uncovering hidden health hazards and fostering safer practices.

Background

The Artist, a 64-year-old professional in stained glass, has been devoted to her craft for nearly 29 years working indoors with ventilation believed to be sufficient. However, her passion brought unforeseen consequences. She suffered from abdominal and digestive issues, mental fogginess, and significant energy loss—symptoms that impacted her daily life and work.

Discovery through Hair Mineral Analysis

An HMA performed by our lab revealed unexpectedly high levels of lead and cadmium, indicating a serious occupational health risk.

The artist's lead levels were alarmingly high at 125 parts per million (ppm), far exceeding the 2-3 ppm level that many naturopathic doctors would already consider concerning. Similarly, her husband, although not directly involved in soldering, showed lead levels at 86 ppm. In contrast, a former student showed a much lower level of 19 ppm.

Additionally, another glass worker, who had not engaged in the craft for the past 12 months, registered lead levels below 1 ppm, suggesting that while her immediate exposure had reduced, the long-term deposition in organs and bones was likely contributing to ongoing health issues.

Health Implications

Lead and cadmium are known for their detrimental effects on health, causing a range of issues from neurological damage to kidney dysfunction. The prolonged exposure experienced by the artist and her partner highlights the need for stringent safety protocols in environments where these metals are used.

The Link to Stained Glass Artistry

Lead is well-known for its harmful effects on health, including cognitive and gastrointestinal issues. For the Artist, the primary source of exposure was linked to soldering in stained glass work. Although she used a fan to minimize inhalation risks, the elevated lead levels in her hair suggested the need for more stringent safety measures.

Contrasting Cases

The case of another stained glass worker, who had not been active in her craft for the past year, offered additional insights. Despite previously working in the same environment, her lead levels were below 1 ppm. The lower levels may suggest that while lead had deposited in her organs and bones, causing ongoing health issues, the new hair growth sampled reflected reduced levels circulating in her bloodstream.

Implementing Safety Measures and Re-testing

In response to these findings, the Artist decided to implement new safety protocols, including wearing gloves to minimize direct contact with lead. She plans to retest her lead levels after three months to evaluate the effectiveness of these measures.

This case study emphasizes the transformative power of Hair Mineral Analysis. Not only did the test pinpoint the source of the Artist's health issues, but it also enabled her to make informed decisions regarding her work environment and personal health management.

HMA is a vital tool for identifying and mitigating environmental risks, crucial for anyone working in environments with potential heavy metal exposure. For practitioners and individuals alike, understanding these risks can pave the way to a healthier and safer lifestyle.

At CanAlt Labs, we encourage all practitioners and consumers involved in professions or hobbies with potential heavy metal exposure to consider regular hair mineral analysis. This practice not only aids in early detection of toxic exposures but also helps in formulating targeted interventions to mitigate these risks.