Hair Analysis: Your hair tells the truth about you… but not all of it

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Latest Publications and Research on Hair Analysis

J. Clin. Endocrinol. Metab.  2013 Apr 12  

Cortisol in hair and the metabolic syndrome.

Stalder T, Kirschbaum C, Alexander N, Bornstein SR, Gao W, Miller R, Stark S, Bosch JA, Fischer JE

aTechnische Universität Dresden, Department of Psychology, Dresden, Germany.

Context:While exposure to supraphysiological levels of glucocorticoids is known to contribute to the development of the metabolic syndrome (MetS), the... Read More

Source: PubMed

J Proteomics  2013 Apr 11  

Proteomic analysis of balding and non-balding mesenchyme-derived dermal papilla cells from androgenetic alopecia patients using on-line two-dimensional reversed phase-reversed phase LC-MS/MS.

Moon PG, Kwack MH, Lee JE, Cho YE, Park JH, Hwang D, Kim MK, Kim JC, Sung YK, Baek MC

Department of Molecular Medicine, Cell and Matrix Biology Research Institute, School of Medicine, Kyungpook National University, Daegu 700-422, Republic of Korea.

Androgenetic alopecia (AGA) is the most common and progressive disorder of hair loss with psychological effects. However, the exact mechanisms of bald... Read More

Source: PubMed

J. Chromatogr. B Analyt. Technol. Biomed. Life Sci.    

Quantitative analysis of steroid hormones in human hair using a column-switching LC-APCI-MS/MS assay.

Gao W, Stalder T, Foley P, Rauh M, Deng H, Kirschbaum C

Research Center of Learning Science, Southeast University, Nanjing 210096, China; Technical University of Dresden, Department of Psychology, 01062 Dresden, Germany. Electronic address:

The analysis of steroid hormones in hair is increasingly used in the field of stress-related research to obtain a retrospective index of integrated lo... Read More

Source: PubMed

Forensic Sci Int Genet  2013 Apr 9  

An examination of the utility of a nuclear DNA/mitochondrial DNA duplex qPCR assay to assess surface decontamination of hair.

Date-Chong M, Buoncristiani MR, Aceves M, Orrego C

Jan Bashinski DNA Laboratory, Bureau of Forensic Services, Department of Justice, State of California, Richmond, CA 94804, USA. Electronic address:

The goal of this study was to compare two commonly used methods for the surface decontamination of human hair shafts, and to evaluate the use of a dup... Read More

Source: PubMed

Clin. Exp. Dermatol.  2013 Apr 12  

Inhibitory effect of tianeptine on catagen induction in alopecia areata-like lesions induced by ultrasonic wave stress in mice.

Kim HM, Lim YY, Kim MY, Son IP, Kim DH, Park SR, Seo SK, Lee MS, Mun SK, Kim CW, Kim BJ

Department of Dermatology, Chung-Ang University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

BACKGROUND: Alopecia areata (AA) is characterized by rapid and complete hair loss in one or multiple areas of the scalp. Stress is an important trigge... Read More

Source: PubMed

J Dermatol Case Rep    

Photoletter to the editor: Congenital atrichia associated with an uncommon mutation of HR gene.

Pedrosa A, Nogueira A, Morais P, Duarte AF, Pardal J, Mota A, Azevedo F

Department of Dermatology and Venereology, Centro Hospitalar São João EPE, Porto, Portugal;

Congenital atrichia (CA) is a rare form of irreversible alopecia with an autosomal recessive mode of inheritance, usually associated with a mutation i... Read More

Source: PubMed

Am. J. Epidemiol.  2013 Apr 11  

Host Risk Factors, Ultraviolet Index of Residence, and Incident Malignant Melanoma In Situ Among US Women and Men.

Walls AC, Han J, Li T, Qureshi AA

The incidences of malignant melanoma in situ (MMIS) and invasive malignant melanoma are rising in the United States, but few studies have examined ris... Read More

Source: PubMed

Brain Res. Bull.  2013 Apr 8  

Expression and localization of atrial natriuretic peptide and its receptors in rat spiral ganglion neurons.

Sun F, Zhou K, Wang SJ, Liang PF, Wu YX, Zhu GX, Qiu JH, Zhu MZ

Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Xijing Hospital, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710032, China; Department of Physiology, School of Basic Medical Sciences, Fourth Military Medical University, Xi'an, Shaanxi Province 710032, China.

Spiral ganglion neurons (SGNs) are the primary auditory neurons in the inner ear, conveying auditory information between sensory hair cells and the ce... Read More

Source: PubMed

Food Chem    

Stable isotope analysis of cattle tail hair: A potential tool for verifying the geographical origin of beef.

Liu X, Guo B, Wei Y, Shi J, Sun S

Institute of Agro-Products Processing Science and Technology, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, Comprehensive Key Laboratory of Agro-Products Processing, Ministry of Agriculture, P.O. Box 5109, Beijing 100193, People's Republic of China; College of Food Science and Engineering, Northwest A&F University, Yangling, Shaanxi 712100, People's Republic of China. Electronic address:

Stable isotope ratios of cattle tail hair were investigated for their potential to classify beef from different regions in China. The d(13)C, d(15)N a... Read More

Source: PubMed

Chem. Biodivers.    

Congruence of Phytochemical and Morphological Profiles along an Altitudinal Gradient in Origanum vulgare ssp. vulgare from Venetian Region (NE Italy).

Giuliani C, Maggi F, Papa F, Maleci Bini L

Department of Biology, University of Florence, Via La Pira 4, IT-50121 Florence, (phone: +39-055-2757399; fax: +39-055-2757398).

Plants of Origanum vulgare L. ssp. vulgare from the Veneto region (NE Italy) were selected to study the variability of the essential-oil composition f... Read More

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Can a comparative hair analysis be used to prove or disprove maternity? My friend could submit some of her hair along with strands of her mother's hair [circa 1995] and a large sample from a braid of her grandmother's hair cut before she died in 1950. She would like to know whether she is a natural daughter or adopted. If possible to determine, advice as to who could make such a test would be greatly appreciated.

The hair analysis results only varied when they were sent to labs that washed the hair sample before testing it. It was also shown that hair close to the scalp and then ends of the hair were sent in which obviously will show different results as the hair growth is from two different periods of time. As long as the lab does NOT wash the hair sample before testing, results have been demonstrated to be consistent and reliable. Hair mineral analysis testing is not meant to be looked at as a "diagnostic" test rather it shows various stress patterns in the body. It can be used as a guide to help balance the body which in turn makes the body healthier so it can deal with what it needs to. Along with eating the right foods, getting enough rest, drinking enough of the right kind of water, it can make a huge difference in someone's life. [I stumbled across this years ago when nothing else I tried had worked for the fatigue and other issues I had. Turns out I was copper and manganese toxic among other things and balancing my body based on hair mineral analysis helped sort out those issues and changed my life.] If approached in the right way (looking at stress patterns and balancing the body) it can be an immensely helpful tool in increasing energy and vitality levels. It is not a quick fix for most people but done consistently over time can make a huge difference.

This article is very damaging to the few practitioners that take Hair Mineral Analysis very seriously. The information provided in the article is misleading and incorrect. I was very ill and mainstream medicine had made my case even worse by prescribing medication that had absolutely no relevance to what was making me sick in the first place. A simple hair test provided me with very important information about what was actually wrong with me. I was full of lead from different sources. [work related] The hair test revealed my grossly elevated levels and the group at Test Your Hair made recommendations to lower and release the lead. I feel amazing now. So the hair test probably saved my life. So like the other person mentioned below arming yourself with a hair test is definitely an option you don't want to miss out on.


Would you please give me the official name of the lab you used for your hair analysis. I am female and I have thinning hair for quite a few years. I want to do something about it, and I believe that hair analysis would be the best place to start.


I am interested in doing the same thing. Did you get a response on your post? from Walter J? or anyone else? Or did you find out anything else along those lines? Would love some information!

I need information about hair analysis. I almost died from ammonia poisoning in August. I had been sick on and off for about a year and I know I was being poisoned with other chemicals or gasses. Can anyone help me?


I used the Carlson Company they have a great web site they are out of Colorado. They will test your hair for what you need. just let them know what you suspect also I tested for what they suggested and found more than I was looking for. It was money worth spending. After seeing doctor after doctor that was not helping me the Carlton Company helped me.


I look at it this way getting a test done from a reputable lab can only benefit you and add to your ability to choose for yourself what treatments you feel you need and do not. There is nothing wrong with supplementation and if the test tells you that you are low on something that has also been confirmed by blood work then you are probably low. If the test shows something that hasn't been tested for in blood or tissue samples it also gives you another avenue to take toward ruling out potential problems or correcting them. Blood work doesn't tell the truth either not alone anyway. Why not be armed with as many options that are available to you.

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