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Chemical hair analysis

 

What hair reveals about health

Medical hair analyses have been carried out under the supervision of doctors for many years now (Michael Grenzeback: Die Haare - Spiegel der Gesundheit, F. Ehrenwirth Verlag, 1986).

A detailed analysis of 21 minerals, trace elements and contaminants costs CHF 301.-

Hair analyses for more than 25 years

Hair analyses have been performed in the USA for 25 years now - a report on an unusual diagnostic technique.

If your hair is lacklustre or brittle and your hairstyle won't stay in place, a visit to the hairdresser will not always bring the desired results. You might be better off seeing your doctor. Why? Because hair tells us much more about the state of our body than we might think.

Among other things, hair is an excretory organ and can provide information on our nutritional status or metabolic functions. Through the roots, hair is connected to the metabolic system and like other cells it absorbs some of the transported substances. As soon as the hair cells are expelled from the hair root, they keratinize and seal in the absorbed substances.

Hair may therefore be regarded as a kind of "chemical diary" whose entries cannot be subse-quently changed. In the USA a process has been developed as part of the space programme by which the mineral content of hair can be determined to a high degree of accuracy. The hair analysis shows the substances that are absent from the body, those that are in over-abundance and those that are toxic.

Hair often reflects clinical syndromes

For this reason hair often reflects clinical syndromes such as weight problems, migraine, skin rashes and sleep or concentration disorders. Already stated above. More and more doctors and natural healers in Germany - Dr. Jürgen Juchheim, specialist in general medicine and natural healing processes in Munich, for example, sees plenty of links between the environment, nutrition and health.

In his opinion many conditions - allergies, rheumatism, fatigue, depression, headache and high blood pressure, for example - are diseases of our modern society associated with poor diet or high exposure to heavy metals from the environment.

In an empirical study Dr. Juchheim has shown through an analysis of hair that cardiac infarct and stroke patients are often extremely deficient in calcium, magnesium, zinc and selenium. On the basis of the many analyses she has carried out Katja Akerberg, director of the first private laboratory in Germany for hair analysis, is able to recognize certain common mineral patterns that are characteristic of particular conditions, including psychosocial disorders. She distinguishes three metabolic types: the "slow burner" (lacklustre, tired, exhausted, without initia-tive), the "fast burner" (hyperactive, nervous, fearful, anxious) and the "mixed burner" (moody, tired, depressive). "The three types are characterized by different mineral deficiencies or surpluses, which have an effect on their general well-being, the appearance of their skin and hair, their mood and their ability to concentrate."