This book has been a truly valuable resource for many of us in the autism community. At Fight Autism and Win we consider Hair Test Interpretations: Finding Hidden Toxicities a pivotal book for those that want to learn how to understand hair test results more deeply than the basic interpretations they may receive. This books helps you know what to be concerned with, sources of various metals and how they make affect your health.
This book is a wonderful asset to our bookshelves!
-Jan and Tressie
Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities is a practical book. The book starts out telling you how to interpret a hair test for mercury and other heavy metals. It provides a step by step discussion of this with figures to make this easy to do. It gives examples using actual hair test results from real people.
Mercury interferes with how the hair element results come out? mercury is often low and other minerals take unusual values. It is crucial for proper hair test interpretation to know how to recognize mercury's characteristic signature.
Mercury often causes retention of certain minerals. Arsenic, antimony, tin, titanium, zirconium and aluminum are elements many people retain too much of when they really have a mercury problem.
Hair tests are worth doing because a surprising number of people diagnosed with incurable chronic health conditions actually turn out to have a heavy metal problem. Heavy metal problems are easy to correct. Hair testing allows the underlying problem to be identified and the chronic health condition often disappears with proper detoxification.
Essential element levels contain much useful information about hormones as well as nutritional problems. High hair levels do not always mean high body levels. interpretation is specific to each element. Some of the essential elements can be toxic if they show high hair level, others actually show high hair levels when the body is deficient and needs more of them. Excessive stress, poor digestion, adrenal issues and thyroid problems all show up in hair tests long before they can be identified by other laboratory methods.
There are over seventy example hair tests with background information and interpretation. All of these tests are actual results from real people, with complete details of their health situation, what they are doing about it, and in many cases how they responded to different treatments. Several families are presented with hair tests and health histories for all members, one including identical twins. Several of the cases have before and after hair tests showing the effects of different treatment regimens on test results.
Hair Test Interpretation: Finding Hidden Toxicities also contains a discussion of what to do based on the test results, e. g. how to chelate heavy metals.
Preface: This book explains how to properly interpret a hair test and gives specific examples of how to do this using Doctor’s Data Laboratories and Great Plains Laboratories tests.
This book is intended for a broad audience, including physicians, other kinds of licensed health care practitioners, and laymen. Physicians have their own special language to describe health care concepts. While this language is clear, precise, and standardized, it is also not understood by laymen. In order to make this book accessible to as many people as possible, I have used common laymen’s terms for health care concepts and conditions in most cases. I have mentioned the proper medical terminology in many cases but it simply isn’t practical to do this throughout the book.
This book is a practical book. It provides detailed academic style information only in those areas where that is important so readers can understand things in order to be able to use the methods described in this book. For example, I do go through the details of how to calculate probabilities so that people who routinely use tests with a different format can come up with their own counting rules for the labs they use. In other areas little information is provided in the interest of brevity. I cite references only when you might actually want to verify them or check out what else they say, not simply to produce a long important looking academic style bibliography that nobody will ever read.
Because the book is intended to be useful in a practical sense, some material is repeated if it is relevant in several sections so that people don’t have to go flipping through the book when they are trying to look up one specific thing. For example, the effects of low magnesium are repeated under all the toxic elements that can cause magnesium levels to be reduced, and how to determine the amount of vitamin B-6 to use is repeated wherever relevant.
The book starts out telling you how to interpret a hair test for mercury and other heavy metals. I provide a step by step discussion of this with figures to make it easy to do.
Next, I actually interpret some example hair tests that are particularly compelling in terms of them being real people diagnosed with horrible diseases that have no good treatments who turned out to have a heavy metal problem instead. This should provide some motivation to study the rest of the book carefully.
Following the introductory examples are some graphs giving my best estimates1 regarding what fraction of sick people have heavy metal poisoning or other specific problems underlying their conditions. This is very useful in understanding why a hair test is worth doing early on.
Having explained how mercury affects hair test results, I discuss the other toxic element, how useful hair testing is for checking them, how likely the test is to be falsely normal2 or falsely positive3 (and why this might happen), and give a brief description of what kinds of things happen with people who have too much of each toxic metal in them.
Once I have discussed the toxic elements, I discuss the meaning of the essential element levels as measured in hair. High hair levels do not always mean high body levels – for example, hair zinc levels go up when the body can’t hold it in. Some of the essential elements can be toxic if they build up to a high enough level. I discuss briefly what the essential elements do for us, and what happens to people who end up with toxic levels of them.
Then I provide information on what other kinds of information you can derive from a hair test regarding how someone’s body is working, such as whether they have too much stress, poor digestion, have adrenal issues or thyroid problems.
Following this I provide many, many example hair tests – actual case studies – with interpretation and background information as to what is going on with the person whose test it is. All of the tests used in this book are real tests from real people and accurate information is provided about what was going on with them, what they did, and what happened.
After the examples of useful, informative hair tests I provide examples of why you need to make sure the right test is ordered and the right information written on the test order form by showing an assortment of hair tests for a family of four where some tests were ordered improperly and the interpretation changed when a corrected test report based on accurate age, sex, and type of test desired was issued.
Following this, I provide a very brief discussion of what to do based on the test results, e. g. how to chelate heavy metals. Hopefully this discussion will help you avoid the use of harmful or ineffective protocols, but it is BRIEF and necessarily omits much detail. Anyone wishing to actually pursue any of these would be wise to consider researching other materials (e. g. Amalgam Illness: Diagnosis and Treatment).
Finally, I provide an appendix with the equations and numerical probabilities that underlie the counting rules approach, as well as an appendix providing information on how to deal with tests from other laboratories if you cannot possibly get a doctor’s data or great plains laboratory test.
Peer review is considered an important part of modern medicine. This book has been peer reviewed by relevant experts and I have addressed all the reviewers’ concerns.
-Andy Cutler PhD PE
Footnotes 1) Made by comparing published information from which underlying causes can be determined with patient reports regarding success or failure of proper detoxification to bring significant lasting improvement. Since outcome studies for alternative medicine treatments based on politically incorrect diagnoses (for example, how many autistic children are cured by mercury chelation) are not yet available in the mainstream medical literature I rely on patient or caregiver reports when these are numerous and informative enough to generate good statistical data). 2) This is referred to as alpha error in statistics. 3) this is referred to as alpha error in statistics.