4. Follow-up testing
A great value of HTMA is with follow-up testing. A good interval is from 3 to 6 months. Less than 3 months is not likely to show enough change.
This is especially useful for metal detoxification programs. Metals are stored in different body compartments – mercury in the brain, lead in the bones, aluminium in the white blood cells and in the brain. Metals will also be stored in fat cells.
Safe and effective detoxification requires appropriate chelating compounds to capture metals inside cells, the cell environment and in plasma, and carry them to the liver and kidney. The liver needs support to process these compounds plus adequate bile flow to carry them out to the bowel, the bowel needs effective transit time plus support to ensure the toxins are not re-absorbed.
As the metals are detoxified they will show up as rising levels in the hair, which is best monitored until they are shown to be cleared.
Other aspects of a wellness program can be watched as well.