This is very interesting science…hair testing to determine the heavy metal content and mineral levels in your pet. Meet AnimalElite.com.
Recently I had a very interesting conversation with Noa Martinsen founder of AnimalElite.com. Animal Elite provides canine hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (hTMA) lab tests and nutritional consulting to resolve health concerns and improve your dog’s health. The use of hair has advantages over other tissues. Unlike a conventional serum test, whose results reflect the present state of the blood (which can change dramatically from moment to moment), hTMA testing provides the current toxic heavy metal contamination in the body. Blood and urine tests are ideal for acute toxic exposure measurement. Blood testing measures what is absorbed and temporarily in circulation before it is excreted or sequestered for storage in other tissues. Monitoring metals in the urine measures what is excreted only.
In Noa’s clinical experience, hTMA results (across all canine breeds) commonly show dangerously high levels of toxic arsenic and aluminum.
“A hair tissue mineral analysis (hTMA) is considered a standard test used around the world for the biological monitoring of trace elements and toxic metals in human and animal species. hTMA uses the same analytical technology as is used for soil testing and testing of rock samples to detect mineral levels. Hair is one of the defining characteristics of mammals. Like other body tissues, it contains minerals that are deposited as the hair grows. A sample of hair cut close to the skin 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.” — Noa Martinsen
The initial hair test is $150, which includes a consultation follow-up and information package with diet and nutritional supplement recommendations (supplements costs average $40 to $100 for 3 months). Supplements help to replace deficient minerals (in proper levels) and remove toxic heavy metals in your pets body.
In three months, a re-evaluation hTMA is recommended ($125). For maximum benefit, follow-up hair analysis should be performed every three months for the first year. As your dog’s biochemistry improves, supplement needs change. Evaluation testing also monitors detoxification, or removal, of toxic heavy metals in your pet.
Animal Elite works directly with pet owners, or in cooperation with your veterinarian. It’s preventative care and to me, it’s hairy interesting! For more information visit www.animalelite.com.
Wishing you and your pet(s) the best,
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