I have been doing HTMA for about 5 years now and it still amazes me how this one test can be so helpful. I have seen some truly amazing healing with HTMA!
What is HTMA?
Hair tissue mineral analysis tests for crucial minerals like magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium, zinc and copper. It also tests for toxic metals like mercury, arsenic, cadmium, and aluminum- all of which can create massive health issues. HTMA’s main focus is on the ratios of the main minerals. The ratios show us trends in metabolism, thyroid health, adrenal health, hormonal balance, blood sugar balance, and cardiovascular health.
A properly read HTMA can help you to determine your gut function, liver health, if you’re using up nutrients due to stress (like infections, mold, etc), and more!
How to Test HTMA
Only certain health care practitioners can order HTMA, and most conventional doctors will not even bother testing it. Since it’s considered to be “alternative health”, it’s not a well-known test in the medical world. They’re not really concerned with true nutrient status unfortunately! We offer HTMA through our site, and you can order right here.
What’s Included in an HTMA Consult
This depends on the practitioner, but at Sassy Holistics, this is what you’ll get with an HTMA package:
- The HTMA test itself
- Our written analysis and chart, plus the raw lab results
- A 1 hour phone consult to go over results and to make a plan
- A written plan with our recommendations after our phone call
- 3 months of email support to go over basic questions, or to tweak your protocol
- A 10 page general health guide for more items to focus on
How Often Should We Retest HTMA?
Hair tissue mineral analysis shows us about 3 months of time- it’s a very solid view on what your body has been doing when it comes to your mineral levels over a longer period of time (versus blood or other tests). The main reason why we retest the HTMA every 3-4 months is huge- you want to make sure that you are still needing the program that you were originally put on!
Retesting ensures that we’re either on the right track still and do not need to deviate too much from what we are doing, OR it could actually be that things have shifted so significantly that it would be time to change everything around.
I’ve also seen in just 3-4 months where the minerals get significantly better and then we can move onto the next stages of healing depending on what the person is going through- usually more detox support for things like EBV, parasites, heavy metals, etc. Retesting gives us the best insight on how strong a person is getting in the process and when we can start introducing more into the healing program.
We also offer a retest discount price if you test within 6 months of your first test!
FAQ About HTMA
Can we do this if we dye our hair?
4-6 weeks of new growth is preferred. The sample is that is needed is as close to the scalp as possible. If your hair dye has bleach or peroxide, you will have to either wait for new growth (or leave a hidden section un-dyed) or you can send fingernails or pubic hair. We encourage scalp hair though as that is the most accurate sample. The lab does not accept beard, armpit, or other hair.
Can we do this if we’re pregnant or nursing?
Absolutely! It’s never too soon to work on replenishment of minerals, and I encourage women to do HTMA even before they think about conception. We have special suggestions for those that are pregnant or nursing since we cannot always use the same items as everyone else. HTMA can help to regain your strength quicker after childbirth or help to build up nutrient stores before you hit the postpartum period.
Are there restrictions on location?
We cannot accept samples from NY state, but the rest of the US is absolutely ok. There are some restrictions on international clients though, so email me if you have questions, or we’ll talk about it when you order.
What if I am very sensitive to new things?
My favorite phrase is “turtle speed”, and we use that approach with pretty much everyone at this point. We didn’t get sick overnight, so rushing the healing process doesn’t always work out. We go low and slow with our recommendations, and at the pace that YOU need.
Why can’t we just do blood tests?
Blood, saliva, urine, and stool samples are only able to show that exact moment in time that they were tested. They are a snapshot of what is going on, and they can change significantly within minutes or hours. A hair sample shows us about 3-4 months of time so it gives a MUCH better view on how you are using your minerals.
Here are some comments from our happy clients- you can read the rest here.
“As far as functioning, i am doing better than i ever can recall, I can get through the day without being totally physically exhausted and i never remember being like that…overall compared to where i started it is night and day-i know i have a long way to go but i was really bad off. i feel this saved my life–i think everyone needs the service you provide, i tell them but no one i know listens-but it could spare people a lot of misery now and in the future i think”
“My son with ASD had a MASSIVE turnaround using the HTMA process with Kristin. His symptoms (anxiety, sensory issues, inability to concentrate, lack of social skills, basically just a miserable kid) have dissipated by 75%. It’s truly amazing. “
“Working on a plan with my HTMA has restored my faith in healing with food. I had been to a family dr, naturopathic dr, integrative medicine dr through out the course of 3 years and didn’t feel any better. Tired, insomnia, headaches/migraines 3/4 weeks a month. Thyroid checked out fine, adrenals checked out fine, minerals (blood tests) checked out fine, but I still felt crappy. Through a serendipitous interaction on FB I found out about a Kristin and her process this summer and got my HTMA done in July. I started with a healing crisis (increased insomnia, headaches, heart palpitations, anxiety) which spooked me a little but had great communication with Kristin and we made a few adjustments to my plan and by my second month I was sleeping so much better, and handling stress so much better, and by the 3rd month I was able to implement my full plan. Years of not taking care of myself will take more than a couple of months to fix, but I saw more progress in those three months than in the years before it with the random drs. Because I had to go slow I waited to get my second HTMA done until 6 months after instead of three so that’s this month. I’m excited to see where’s it at and what to do next.”