HTMA is ideal for everyone, as related in my new book: Detox & Heal Your Thyroid

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) | Trace Elements

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis ("HTMA", is a screening test that measures the mineral content of your hair. This type of hair tissue mineral analysis is much more than just a test for minerals, it provides you with clear and valuable insights into your personal health journey! 

I recommend all my clients get at least one HTMA so we can see the basis of exposures and mineral content as well as occasionally throughout a wellness journey to recheck our progress! 

PROFILE 3  (For Retest Only)


This is a retest tool, providing the Multi-Element Assay of your hair or other sample which looks at 36 Elements, includes: Comprehensive Patient Evaluation and Doctor/Practitioner copy. 




• Copy of the current and previous test results (graphic illustration of levels and ratios).

• A complete individualized evaluation and comparison of current mineral levels and ratios with previous test data. Each evaluation will include discussion of changes in mineral patterns, as indicated.

• Recommendations of specific foods and food groups, along with an explanation of why each food is suggested

• Modifications to supplement recommendations as indicated from the tissue mineral analysis and other accompanying clinical test data and history. 




• File copy of the current and previous test results (graphic illustration of levels and ratios).

• Modifications in supplement recommendations.


Element Panels

Elements routinely tested in Profiles 1, 2 & 3

Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Copper, Zinc, Phosphorus, Iron, Manganese, Chromium, Selenium, Boron, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Sulfur, Uranium, Arsenic, Beryllium, Mercury, Cadmium, Lead, Aluminum, Germanium, Barium, Bismuth, Rubidium, Lithium, Nickel, Platinum, Thallium, Vanadium, Strontium, Tin, Titanium, Tungsten, Zirconium.


Frequently Asked Questions

What is hair mineral analysis?

Why use the hair? Why not use the blood?

Why test for minerals?

What can cause a mineral imbalance?

Can vitamin requirements be determined from a mineral test?

What does my office receive when I order a complete hair analysis profile?

Is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis supported by research?

Q.   What is hair mineral analysis?

A.    Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA), is an analytical test which measures the mineral content of the hair. The sampled hair, obtained by cutting the first inch and one-half of growth closest to the scalp at the nape of the neck, is prepared in a licensed clinical laboratory through a series of chemical and high temperature digestive procedures. Testing is then performed using highly sophisticated detection equipment and methods to achieve the most accurate and precise results.

Q.    Why use the hair? Why not use the blood?

A.    Hair is ideal tissue for sampling and testing. First, it can be cut easily and painlessly and can be sent to the lab without special handling requirements. Second, clinical results have shown that a properly obtained sample can give an indication of mineral status and toxic metal accumulation following long term or even acute exposure.

A HTMA reveals a unique metabolic world: intracellular activity, which cannot be seen through most other tests. This provides a blueprint of the biochemistry occurring during the period of hair growth and development.

Q.    Why test for minerals?

A.    Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process.

Zinc is involved in the production, storage and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.

Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. A deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of heart attacks, anxiety and nervousness.

Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, depression and lethargy.

Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.

In the words of the late author and noted researcher, Dr. Henry Schroeder, trace elements (minerals) are "...more important factors in human nutrition than vitamins. The body can manufacture many vitamins, but it cannot produce necessary trace minerals or get rid of many possible excesses."


Your results may vary from those listed above.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.


Since I do not know everything about your medical history and medications, please consult with your health care practitioner before implementing any new protocols and supplements. Do not construe any information listed on this site as a substitute for actual medical advice. The info you receive from your test is not intended to replace medical advice by your doctor. Naturally With Karen does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. I offer nutritional programs and supplements that support your health. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Forrest Health, Inc. are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a medical condition, see your physician of choice.


*Orders from The State of New York will not be accepted and will be issued a refund

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Profile 3


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