Hair Mineral Analysis – Learn About Your Underlying Health Challenges

hair mineral analysisHair mineral analysis is one of the best kept secrets to attaining better health and it has been performed by laboratories for decades.  Some laboratories are more accurate than others and certain technicians are more adept at interpreting the results than others.  The majority of health challenges are associated with mineral imbalances or toxic metal excesses; hair mineral analysis is a way to learn of our underlying health challenges.   I have recently learned of a lab that Dr. Zoltan Rona uses to help his clients.  Dr. Rona wrote the Foreword for my first book.  He is a medical doctor that implements natural solutions with incredible success; I have great respect for his knowledge and work, and recently for the lab with which he has partnered, called CanAlt Health Laboratories.

As hair grows, it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses.  Hair mineral analysis is a screening test to measure the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and heavy metals.  With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a complete metabolic profile of the human body.   High levels of toxic metals, for example, can inhibit the body’s ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health.

Here are some examples of health challenges that can be associated with mineral imbalances or toxic metal excesses:

  • ADD/ADHD
  • Autism
  • Allergies
  • Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Arthritis
  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Blood sugar imbalances
  • Digestive disorders
  • Headaches including migraines
  • Hair loss
  • Heart failure
  • Hypertension
  • Inability to lose weight
  • Infertility and miscarriage
  • Insomnia
  • Learning disabilities
  • Lethargy or weakness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Osteoporosis
  • Parkinson’s Disease

I recently had hair mineral analysis done by this lab and learned that it was my adrenal glands (stress) that was driving my minor health challenges.  In all of these years, I never knew that my adrenals were so out of balance.  I learned that excess heavy metals are not a problem for me.  And I was able to see the exact minerals I was deficient in and, in some cases, had too much of!  These are details that I had been unable to find through other natural health experts.

How a hair sample is taken:

  • A sample is taken from clean, new hair growth closest to the scalp (hair can be coloured)
  • A sample length of 1 – 1.5 inches is optimal
  • A sample size of about one tablespoon is sufficient
  • It is sealed in a plastic bag and mailed to the lab

I have always used symptoms to tell me what the body needs and will continue to do so, as this method is successful.  But I know that many individuals prefer to see their health challenges in reports.  Therefore, I am now offering this service to clients.  The cost of the hair analysis is $100 and then we will meet to go over the results and recommendations; the cost of that appointment will be $75.  Spring is a time of renewal; consider this option in taking charge of your health and turning things around for yourself or your child.

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15 Factors that Affect Fertility

factors affecting fertilityInfertility is the inability of sexually active couples to conceive a baby after one year of unprotected sex.  Approximately 14% of couples are infertile and the percentage is climbing.  In a nutshell, our world is more toxic than ever before.  Nutrition affects all aspects of health, including fertility.  Please read on to learn about 15 factors that affect fertility; 5 that can negatively impact it, 5 factors that can increase it and 5 vitamins or minerals that can improve it!

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Our Children Are Our Mirrors

The Resourceful MotherNot only do children often look like their parents, they often end up being like their parents.  We can literally view our children as hand mirrors that reflect not only the messages and cues they receive from us but also, our thoughts and actions.

If we are still wounded (incomplete or hurt) from our childhood, we will wound our child, usually without being conscious of it.  If we were not accepted by our parents for who we are, we, in turn, might not accept or value our child for who they are.  If we are worried about being separated from our child, bedtime might be a nightly battleground for us or our child might be worried about starting school and leaving us.  If we are frequently angry, we might teach our child to be angry.  If we have an exaggerated sense of responsibility for our child and allow our mind to work overtime, our child might be busy, restless or unable to fall asleep quickly or sleep soundly.  Unfortunately, whatever we have not dealt with from our past, we pass onto our children.

Whatever character trait we don’t like in our child usually mirrors something we don’t like in ourselves.   Each time a mother sees her daughter lazing about the house, she finds herself getting really angry.  Telling her daughter that she is lazy is not going to incite a work ethic in her; in fact it will accomplish the exact opposite and the daughter will only resent her mother for not seeing the beauty inside her.  When the mother delves into her deeper feelings about this, she realizes that she has a tendency to be lazy and has set this example for her daughter.  The mother has a choice as to whether she accepts her laziness and thereby accepts that aspect of herself or whether she takes steps to change that aspect of herself so that her daughter doesn’t adopt this trait for life.  There are positive aspects of each seemingly negative trait.  The mother may come to the realization that her laziness is a good thing because relaxing in our society is under-rated!  As long as we are accomplishing things at other times of the day, being lazy for a few hours a day can be just what the body and mind require.  When we become less critical of ourselves, we become more supportive of our children.  But if this mother feels that her laziness is too much for her liking, she may decide to start living her life in a way in which she could never be described as lazy and will get one step closer to becoming the energetic, goal-achieving person she wants to become.

One of the biggest tasks in parenting is seeing things from a perspective that does not necessarily come easily to us.  If we can look at each challenge with our child as an opportunity to understand ourselves more than ever before and as potential for further growth, this helps us ease up on our children and prevents us from seeing things as “wrong.”  In fact, this is how we convert our “problem child” into our teacher!

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Are Nutritional Supplements Harmful to our Health?

natural supplementsAttacks on the natural health industry are increasing and will continue to increase as more and more of us turn towards natural alternatives and away from drugs and chemicals.  The latest “news” was that nutritional supplements are ineffective at preventing disease and can actually be harmful to our health.  More times than not, it is the drug companies and their marketers that are putting out this negative propaganda on natural supplements.  And more times than not, these studies are not based on double-blind, placebo-controlled research.  Interestingly, drugs are the third leading cause of death yet no one has died from taking supplements.  Drugs also deplete the body of good bacteria, causing or contributing to over 200 symptoms, conditions and/or disease.

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Learning to Talk With Your Child Not at Them

happy parentingFar too large of a percentage of parents report not enjoying the job of parenting.  It is very difficult to find pleasure in parenting when our focus is on controlling our child and forcing them to obey the rules all the time.  When we are rigid and tense, our children feel unloved and become loaded with self-blame.  Their need to be accepted as they are goes unmet.  When our children live under the threat of criticism or punishment, their need to feel safe is not met.  When we open ourselves up to the possibilities of our relationship, trust our child and talk with our child not at them, our parenting experience blooms.  Cooperation from our child is fool proof and everyone’s needs are met.

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Vitamin-Infused Popsicles Help Girl with Autism

healthy popsiclesI was teaching pediatric nutrition at CSNN and one of my students shared an incredible story with our class about helping a girl with Autism.  It involved vitamin-infused popsicles. I asked him to share his story with you.

My name is Pedi Mirdamadi.  One of my clients is an 11 year old autistic girl.  Initially, what started off as an effort to help her lose weight has progressed into a loving bond and special relationship that I truly cherish.  Seeing this child on a regular basis allows me to see the effects of food on her behaviour.  Some days she is engaged with me the entire time and we can carry on a conversation.  Other days, she gets off track quite often.  I can see that what she eats is clearly affecting her behaviour; clear indications of food allergies and sensitivities.

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A Commentary on the “You Are Not Special” Commencement Speech

achievementI have always told you how special our children are.  I have always suggested that we tell our children how special they are and treat them as such.  I have always talked about the importance of explaining to our children that we love them no matter what they do, even if they misbehave or make a wrong decision.  Not long ago, there was a commencement speech that went viral.  An English teacher, David McCullough Jr. told a Boston graduation class, over and over, that they were not special.   And I believe he made a number of valid points. If you haven’t already heard this speech, I have included it here. For those of you receiving this blog post via email, please click here.

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The Radiation in your Child’s Laptop and Cellphone is Harmful

kids and technology radiationDid you know the radiation in your child’s laptop and cellphone is harmful? All electronic devices, whether it be cell phones and towers, computers, televisions, cordless phones, microwaves, or high voltage electrical lines are becoming so commonplace and convenient that we are forgetting the adverse health effect that arise from them.

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The Power of Affirmations

bigstock-Stress-Management-in-word-coll-38840914I used to smoke cigarettes in my twenties.  Sometimes people would tell me that I didn’t look like a smoker (hmmm what does a smoker look like?) and they would ask me why I smoked.  I told them that I was rebelling from my childhood and that I would stop smoking, as soon as I became pregnant, believing that it would be entirely easy for me to do so.  As soon as I found out I was pregnant, which luckily was in the first few weeks of my pregnancy, I quit smoking (too bad it didn’t happen before I became pregnant!).  I never desired a cigarette again.  Who quits smoking without ever desiring to smoke again?  Only a person that had unknowingly used the power of an affirmation for over a decade and came to believe, without a shadow of a doubt, that they would accomplish that task, no problem.   This also showed me that whatever we believe and say, in our heads or out loud, is really an affirmation.

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What Does a Nutritionist Do – Part 2

trm_image43After learning how well read my blog was on the role of nutritionists, I thought you might be interested in learning more!   It is incredible to watch the rapidly increasing interest in nutrition, as more and more people are having health challenges and not finding the help they need through conventional means.

I remember being asked to go to a couple’s home to teach the father about feeding his children healthily (I have actually done this a few times!).  He didn’t know that I was there for him, so when I arrived, he tried to excuse himself from the meeting!  I asked him if he could stay, reminding him that the way in which we feed our children for optimal health was as important for him to understand, as it was for his wife.  He reluctantly stayed.  A little while into our meeting, he said “You nutritionists have just found a new way to make money.”  Here was my response: “I wish that there was absolutely no need for nutritionists.  Our ancestors didn’t need nutritionists or people to research food and its effects because their food was unadulterated, pure and nutrient rich.  The problem is that the almighty dollar and the general increased toxicity in the world has created a whole pile of unhealthy food in this world and as a result of consuming it, we are the most sick of any generation in the history of mankind.  This crisis has demanded that we research food and its effects and find healthy food for ourselves because it is no longer omnipresent.  And I can tell you that very few nutritionists are in this business for the money.”  I then proceeded to tell him how much money I was charging him to come out to his home and that I would only be meeting with him once.  I explained that we would set goals for implementing my recommendations and follow up via email, if he so desired.  We talked for an hour and a half and at the end of the meeting, the father said “So what you are saying is that if I were to stop feeding my boys all of this packaged stuff, filled with chemicals, and instead fed my children from an organic garden in my backyard (preserving for the winter) and got my eggs and meat from my brother’s natural farm, my children’s ADD will improve?” “That’s exactly what I am saying” I replied.

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