As one of the most respected and experienced leaders in the hair tissue mineral analysis field, Analytical Research Labs, Inc. (ARL) has been setting the professional standards that have been emulated for decades by national and international hair testing and interpretation laboratories. ARL, which pioneered the field of hair tissue mineral analysis interpretation, has earned the respect and endorsement of health care professionals throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe and Asia.
Providing a mineral blueprint of one’s biochemistry, a hair tissue mineral analysis can provide pertinent information about one’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity.
A hair tissue mineral analysis performed by Analytical Research Labs, Inc., is a screening test for the level of 20 minerals and toxic metals in a sample of hair. It is a tissue mineral biopsy that is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive and extremely accurate. The laboratory uses only the most advanced and sophisticated instrumentation available today, the Perkin Elmer Elan 9000 ICP Mass Spectrometer to assess mineral levels in parts per million or parts per billion.
A hair tissue mineral analysis is considered a standard test used around the world for the biological monitoring of trace elements and toxic metals in humans and animals species. The same technology is used for soil testing and testing of rock samples to detect mineral levels.
Hair, like all other body tissues, contains minerals that are deposited as the hair grows. Although the hair is dead, the minerals remain as the hair continues to grow out. A sample of hair cut close to the scalp provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place over the past three to four months, depending on the rate of hair growth.
Why is the ARL Hair Analysis Unique?
Several factors combine to make the ARL hair tissue mineral analysis the best in the industry.
Analytical Research Labs one of only two laboratories that do not wash the hair at the laboratory. Washing hair samples at the laboratory has been shown to erratically wash out the water-soluble elements. This creates much less accurate results. In a 2001 study in the Journal of the AMA (Seidel, S. et al., Assessment of Commercial Laboratories Performing Hair Mineral Analysis, JAMA, 285(1) Jan 3:67-72.) the two laboratories that did not wash the hair, of which we were one, showed superb reliability.
ARL uses technologically advanced testing instruments, including the Perkin Elmer Elan 9000 ICP Mass Spectrometer.
Known controls are tested at the beginning, middle and end of every batch of hair samples to insure the accuracy of the results.
ARL automatically retests any reading that is out of a normally expected range.
Test results are printed on an easy-to-read graph, unlike many of the other laboratories.The printed graph includes the mineral results, major mineral ratios and the oxidation type.
ARL offers the only complete individualized test interpretation by the method developed by the late Dr. Paul C. Eck, ARL’s founder. This 15-20 page report is unique as it includes information related to one’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, immune system, autonomic balance, glandular activity and metabolic trends, a personal dietary supplement program, basic diet recommendations and other information that can be inferred from the test results.
ARL offers the only personalized transition dietary plan based entirely upon the results of one’s hair tissue mineral analysis. This 25 page report includes three transition diets, menu plans and a wealth of information covering food preparation, eating habits, changing one’s habits, cooking, shopping and other valuable information.
Laboratory Test Results and Complete Interpretation $169
Includes a detailed explanation of results along with vitamin and supplement recommendations. Also includes hair sampling and a half hour consultation to discuss test results.
Online Orders $189
Upon ordering, detailed instructions will be emailed on how to mail your hair sample to us. A short health history will be taken by email, skype or phone. Cost includes shipping of the hard copy of your results to your home address, as well as a half hour consultation via phone or skype to discuss test results.