Our trace mineral analysis takes two forms: 1) Hair testing for trace minerals and toxic metals and 2) Provocative challenges with a chelating agent.
Hair testing for minerals provides an excellent screen for the metals we need as well as the heavy toxic metal we do not need. Dr Rudolph wrote the first scientific paper looking at hair mineral patterns in degenerative diseases back in 1977 (paper #20) showing how certain deficiencies are present in certain illnesses. The reason we use hair over blood is that hair is actually a fingerprint of living tissue whereas the blood is a simply a sewer pipe. The Hair tests not only guides us in what the patient is deficient in but also suggests if further testing is needed for toxic metals.
Provocative testing is sort of self descriptive. We infuse a chelating agent (usually EDTA) over 3 hrs into the blood and then collect the patients urine for heavy metals. The chelating agent biochemically nudges the metals from the organs with a higher the amount in the urine meaning a higher amount in the body. This is the gold standard for measuring the degree of heavy metal toxicity present. Based upon the results, we can recommend whether treatment for heavy metals is needed or not.