Is it Autoimmune Thyroid Disease or is it Heavy Metal Poisoning?

There is a very strong association between high levels of toxic metals and the two autoimmune thyroid diseases Hashimoto’s thyroiditis and Graves’ disease. In Hashimoto’s, the thyroid gland is underactive due to anti-thyroid antibodies blocking the thyroid gland from making hormones. In Graves’ disease, the thyroid antibodies stimulate the thyroid gland, making it overactive. There is strong evidence that mercury accumulates in the thyroid gland, making mercury one of the environmental triggers of these disorders. In fact, if you have an autoimmune thyroid disease, it is highly likely that you also have higher levels of mercury in your body than the average person. Conversely, people who have higher levels of mercury in their bodies have an increased risk of developing an autoimmune thyroid disease.

Elevated thyroid antibody levels are also very common in people with lupus, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, pernicious anemia, and type 1 diabetes. This suggests that heavy metal toxicity may be a common thread linking these disorders. If you have heavy metal toxicity, you are at an increased risk of developing one of these autoimmune diseases, and if you have one of these diseases, you are at an increased risk of developing another one.

In addition to mercury, high levels of copper, manganese, aluminum and sometimes chromium and selenium are found in autoimmune thyroid disease. If you have autoimmune thyroid disease, it is highly recommended that you determine whether you have high levels of mercury and/or other toxic metals in your body.

Do a Hair Mineral Analysis Test to Identify Hidden Toxicities

A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is a simple, non-invasive screening test that can be used to find out if you have a heavy metal problem. This is especially useful if your program of supplements and lifestyle changes is not showing consistent positive results or is working a little more slowly than you would like. An HTMA test will help you find hidden toxicities, help you identify the source of exposure to heavy metals, and will suggest ways to balance the essential minerals and eliminate the toxic metals.

Hair Analysis test report

It is important to note that may people get better through detoxification, even when diagnosed with a serious illness such as an autoimmune disease. Removing toxic metals can relieve some of the symptoms of the disease, and sometimes even slow down the progression of the disease entirely.

An HTMA can give you the extra information needed to take additional control of your health. I recommend a hair tissue mineral analysis test once or twice a year as a way to receive information that you can use to fine-tune your program and either hasten your return to health, or lessen your symptoms.


Introducing the Comprehensive Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis by Trace Elements Inc.
Hair Analysis Report

A hair analysis usually needs to be obtained through a health care professional (which can be expensive - $200 and up). However, we offer a service that allows you to get a comprehensive hair tissue mineral analysis from a federally licensed laboratory called Trace Elements, Inc. The cost is only $125.

Each hair analysis contains a detailed 10-15 page report from the laboratory itself, which shows bar graph readings indicating high, low and reference range levels for toxic metals, essential minerals and significant mineral ratios.

It also includes a metabolic profile, recommendations for diet and supplements based on individual results.

Unlike some labs that test hair tissue analysis, Trace Elements, Inc. does not wash the hair at the lab. Washing the hair removes some of the loosely bound minerals and can reduce some mineral readings by 50 percent or more. The hair sample is prepared in their licensed clinical laboratory by using a series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results.

Hair Analysis test report

The Comprehensive Hair Tissue Analysis report details graph results for 8 toxic heavy metals/elements, 15 nutritional minerals/elements, 15 additional elements, 7 significant mineral ratios, and 9 toxic metal ratios. Once you purchase the hair analysis from us, we send you a hair sample kit with instructions on how to take the hair sample.

hair analysis test report

To view a sample of the bar graph measurements for each mineral element and significant ratios, click here or the bar graph images above.

Nutritional Elements: Extensively studied, the nutrient elements have been well defined and are considered essential for many biological functions in the human body. They play key roles in such metabolic processes such as muscular activity, endocrine function, reproduction, skeletal integrity, and overall development.

Toxic Elements: The toxic elements or "heavy metals" are well-known for their interference upon normal biochemical function. They are commonly found in the environment and therefore are present to some degree, in all biological systems. However, these metals clearly pose a concern for toxicity when accumulation occurs to excess.

Additional Elements: These elements are considered as possibly essential by the human body. Additional studies are being conducted to better define their requirements.

Significant Ratios: If the synergistic relationship (or ratio) between certain minerals in the body is disturbed, studies show that normal biological functions and metabolic activity can be adversely affected. Even at extremely low concentrations, the synergistic and/or antagonistic relationships between minerals still exist, which can indirectly affect metabolism.

Toxic Ratios: It is important to note that individuals with elevated toxic levels may not always exhibit clinical symptoms associated with those particular toxic minerals. However, research has shown that toxic minerals/metals can also produce an antagonistic effeect on various essential minerals, eventually leading to distrubances in their metabolic utilization.

To view a sample of the detailed explanation of results patient report, please click here. For a complete overview of the various sections covered in the Comprehensive Hair Analysis Report, please click here.

To view complete details of the elements measured and to order the Comprehensive Hair Mineral Analysis, please click here.

For a list of FAQ’s about hair analysis, please click here.

Once you purchase the hair analysis from us, we send you a hair sample kit with instructions on how to take the hair sample. You then send the hair sample to the Trace Elements lab, and the lab sends us the detailed report/results, which we then mail to you (there is an option for emailing the results as well to save time).


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