testing for mineral deficiencies?

Discussion in 'Health and medical' started by Lacustral, Feb 23, 2004.

  1. Lacustral

    Lacustral Guest

    What's the best kind of testing for mineral deficiencies? is it better to get testing through a
    doctor -- like blood tests that only a doctor can order -- or is urine or hair testing accurate?

    thanks Laura
     
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  2. markd

    markd Guest

    What is your concern about your mineral status, is it a general view to
    making sure it is ok? A doc will do blood and/or urine tests depending on
    what mineral is in question, based on observable symptoms that suggest a
    problem. As for hair tests, please read this as to what faith might be
    placed in them:

    http://www.quackwatch.org/01QuackeryRelatedTopics/hair.html

    >What's the best kind of testing for mineral deficiencies? is it better to get testing through a
    >doctor -- like blood tests that only a doctor can order -- or is urine or hair testing accurate?
    >
    >thanks Laura
     
  3. Species

    Species Guest

    Lacustral wrote:

    > What's the best kind of testing for mineral deficiencies? is it better to get testing through a
    > doctor -- like blood tests that only a doctor can order -- or is urine or hair testing accurate?
    >
    > thanks Laura

    Actually taking the minerals and seeing how they influence your psychological state can be effective
    to a degree. You have to be cautious and know what you're doing, though.
     
  4. markd

    markd Guest

    The way I would do this is to confirm with a docter my copper syndroms, which might be from some
    other source. Taking a shotgun approach doesn't seem to be really helpful,ie. looking at everything
    at once in the absence of specific symptoms. As for urine tests, these only show how much is being
    shed from the body at any given time. How would you know if that is a problem or not and how could
    you deduce from this the amount stored in the body? Some minerals are not lost through the urine but
    through the gut, that is why it is better to measure directly what is in the blood or other body
    stores. But speciffically looking at your symptoms to which you relate copper, get the doctor to do
    the best test for copper levels, if it is concluded there is indeed concern copper is involved in
    the first place.

    >I want to check a lot of different minerals -- for example, I have a lot of symptoms of copper
    >deficiency, but I don't want to just take copper supplements because they can be bad for you if you
    >aren't copper deficient.
    >
    >There are various labs that advertise urine tests for 50 different minerals or so, for only about
    >$90. Is the testing that a doctor would order better than what these labs offer?
    >
    >thanks Laura
     
  5. In misc.health.alternative Lacustral <[email protected]> wrote:
    > What's the best kind of testing for mineral deficiencies?
    > is it better to get testing through a doctor -- like blood
    > tests that only a doctor can order -- or is urine or hair
    > testing accurate?

    There are analysis laboratories that will perform
    elemental hair analysis. Reputable firms usually work
    primarily via physicians, although there are probably
    exceptions, as per usual...

    --
    _o Kristofer Dale, _ \<,_ ragged individualist,
    _____( )/ ( )_____ statistic at large...

    p.s. Learn and live, http://www.vitaletherapeutics.org
     
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