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Clinical Laboratory Biopsy
Tissue assays are performed by Trace Elements (TEI) laboratory. Since 1984, TEI has processed over one million hTMA reports for health professionals worldwide.
The comprehensive 37 mineral TEI lab report includes metabolic and nutritional information on fifteen nutrient and eight toxic minerals, both their actual levels and their relationship with interacting elements (ratios). The report also includes level and ratio information on fourteen additional trace elements whose nutrient requirements and toxicity levels are still being researched. When indicated, the report includes notification of trending toward disease. The report also provides corrective dietary and supplement recommendations (based on your results).
Trace Elements, Inc. [TEI] is a federally licensed and certified laboratory. Clinical Laboratory License No.: 45-D0481787 U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, State of Texas Department of Health, CLIA 1988.
The hTMA Report Includes
- Toxic Elements
- Toxic Ratios
- Nutritional Elements
- Significant Ratios
- Food and Supplement Recommendations
The toxic elements section displays the results for each of the reported toxic elements. Since it is acknowledged that there are no safe levels of the toxic heavy metals tested, it is preferable that all levels be as low as possible and within the white reference section. Any test result that falls within the upper colored areas should be considered as statistically significant, but not necessarily clinically significant. Further investigation may then be warranted to determine the possibility of actual clinical significance. The toxic minerals (heavy metals) are well-known for their interference upon normal biochemical function. These toxins 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 tissue accumulation occurs to excess.
Toxic Elements: This chart shows arsenic, lead and aluminum levels above the established reference range. Arsenic has been found high in some seafood obtained from coastal waters, particularly shellfish. Other sources include arsenic rich soils, herbicides, arsenic containing insect sprays, burning of arsenate treated building materials in fireplaces, coal combustion, and smelters. Lead and aluminum are known neurotoxins and are prevalent in our air, water and soils.
This section displays the relationships between the important nutritional elements and toxic metals. Each toxic metal ratio result should be in the upper white area of the graph, and the higher the better. Toxic ratios that fall within the colored area may indicate an interference of that toxic metal upon the utilization of the nutritional element.
Every person is exposed to toxic metals to some degree. The retention of these toxic metals, however, is dependent upon the individual's susceptibility. The balance of the protective nutrient minerals within the body in relation to the heavy metals can frequently be the determining factor to this susceptibility. As an example, the accumulation of lead will have a more detrimental effect upon body chemistry when sufficient levels of calcium, iron and sulfur are not available. By examining the toxic metal levels in relation to the protective minerals, the extent to which the heavy metals may be involved in abnormal chemistry can frequently be seen. This is done by examining the toxic ratios.
Toxic Ratios: This chart shows a low Ca/Pb, Fe/Pb and S/Pb levels. When calcium (Ca), iron (Fe) and sulfur (S) levels within the body are sufficient, they are able to produce an antagonistic or protective response to the adverse affects of lead (Pb). However, when these protective minerals are low in relation to lead, the protective action of them upon lead may become markedly reduced, allowing lead to accumulate in the body.
Extensively studied, the nutrient minerals have been well defined and are considered essential for many biological functions. They play key roles in such metabolic processes as muscular activity, endocrine function, reproduction, skeletal integrity and overall development. This section of the report shows nutritional mineral levels that may reveal moderate or significant deviations from normal. The white area of the graph's mineral levels represent the established reference ranges as determined from statistical analysis of healthy people. A mineral level that is outside the reference range can be identified.
Nutritional Elements: This chart shows excess copper. Copper is an essential nutrient for hemoglobin synthesis and is a constituent of many important enzymes. TMA studies show that a large percentage of the population has excessive tissue copper levels. This varies geographically based on soil zinc levels, hard or soft water and the use of copper water pipes. Copper toxicity can occur when there is a deficiency of the antagonistic nutrients such as zinc, iron, vitamin A, and some of the B vitamins.
The significant ratios section displays the important nutritional mineral relationships. The balance of minerals is as important, if not more so, than the individual mineral levels. The ratios reflect the critical balance that must be constantly maintained between the minerals in the body for healthy metabolic function and optimal cellular energy production.
Continuing research indicates that metabolic dysfunctions occur not necessarily as a result of a deficiency or excess of a particular mineral, but more frequently from an abnormal balance (ratio) between the minerals. Due to this complex interrelationship between the minerals, it is extremely important that mineral ratios be determined. Once these imbalances are identified, corrective therapy may then be used to help reestablish a healthy biochemical balance.
Significant Ratios: This chart shows a high Ca/K ratio. High calcium relative to potassium will frequently indicate a trend toward hypothyroidism (under-active thyroid). The mineral calcium antagonizes the retention of potassium within the cell. Since potassium is necessary in sufficient quantity to sensitize the tissues to the effects of thyroid hormones, a high Ca/K ratio would suggest reduced thyroid function and/or cellular response to thyroxine. If this imbalance has been present for an extended period of time, the following symptoms associated with low thyroid function may occur; fatigue, depression, dry skin, over-weight tendencies, constipation, cold sensitivity.
Food and Supplement Recommendations
Food recommendations include types of food which should be reduced as they may contribute to increased mineral imbalances, and foods which should be increased to help improve mineral deficiencies. Supplement recommendations are provided to help correct and improve mineral levels and ratios. The purpose of the recommendations are to re-establish a normal balance of body chemistry through individually designed diet and supplement suggestions, enhancing the body's ability to utilize the nutrients efficiently and resulting in improved energy production and health.