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Stress Overwhelm: What We Can Learn from a HTMA and the Mineral System

Rick Malter, Ph.D A hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is an excellent lab tool for assessing how a person is being impacted by stress. The mind/body stress response reflects both psychological and physical reactions that can have a profound effect on a person’s health. There are reciprocal relationships between the mind/body stress response and a person’s nutrient mineral system. The parts of a hair nutrient mineral pattern that are most significant in regard...

Viruses, Nutritional Immuno-Modulators and Metabolic Types

As Viewed through Hair Tissue Mineral (HTMA) Patterns - By David L. Watts, Ph.D., Director of Research TEI Laboratories & Head Research Consultant InterClinical Laboratories The immune system is a complex network consisting of cells, tissues and organs and their coordination is required to protect the body from infectious pathogens and non- infectious foreign substances.  It is essential for the immune system to be at its optimum for resistance to invading...

Mastering Sodium

InterClinical eNews July, Issue 108 Characteristics of sodium In this article we look at the latest research on sodium, including storage, and an individual’s ability to absorb and utilise it independent of intake. Sodium is the sixth most abundant element in the earth’s crust and the second most abundant element in seawater. An adult human body contains about 250g of sodium and any excess is naturally excreted by the body. About 85% of...

Mastering Chromium

InterClinical eNews June 2020, Issue 107 Characteristics of chromium Chromium is the eighth largest classical element in the earth’s crust.1 The human body’s total content is approximately 6 milligrams. 8 It is widely distributed in the atmosphere, soil, water, animals and plants in the form of chromite. Chromium is a biologically active element that is at its highest in body tissue at birth and declines with age. 8 The first major research on...

Mastering Selenium

Selenium is a naturally occurring metalloid element that is essential to both humans and animal in trace amounts. Of all the elements, selenium has one of the narrowest ranges between dietary deficiency and toxic levels.  Selenium status of populations, animals and crops varies markedly around the world.17 Selenium is a trace element that until 1957 was thought to be only toxic. Gradually, it became clear that selenium plays an important role...

Ferrous Bisglycinate – The Gentle Iron

InterClinical eNews August 2019, Issue 95 Iron deficiency anaemia affects a significant portion of the Australian population. Those at higher risk of developing a deficiency include children and teenagers; pregnant, breast feeding or menstruating females; vegans and vegetarians and endurance athletes. Whilst dietary intake is important to help maintain adequate stores, in those with depleted iron levels it can be hard to replenish by diet alone so oral iron supplementation is routinely recommended to help improve iron stores. In this...

True Cinnamon and Cassia – exploring their anti-diabetic properties.

InterClinical eNews June 2019, Issue 93 Cinnamon has a long history of domestic and medicinal use going back several hundred years. It is has been used in Ayurvedic and Traditional Chinese medicine since ancient times and has recently received researchers attention due to its extensive range of medicinal properties such as anti-diabetic, antimicrobial, antiviral, antioxidant, gastro-protective and cholesterol lowering properties. (1) Of the approximately 250 species in the genera, the bark...

Zinc puts out the fire in chronic infections

InterClinical eNews January 2019, Issue 88 In this month's issue, we take a look at new research on the role of zinc in moderating the immune system's response to chronic infections. Australian researchers wanted to know what moderates the activity of pro-inflammatory interferon IFN-L3.    Study Design  To better understand the regulation of pro-inflammatory interferon IFN-L3 in acute and chronic disease, researchers at the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital developed an in vivo / in vitro model to examine a range of potential inducers and inhibitors of IFN-L3 lambda interferon's activity within...

Pyrroluria  -  Medical Condition or Biomarker?

InterClinical eNews March 2019, Issue 90 This month's issue explores the evidence for Pyrroluria, and asks the question - is it a discrete medical condition or is it a biomarker of other pathology? We take a look into the history, research findings and treatment options.  Detection  Hydroxyhemopyrrolin-2-one (HPL) or "mauve factor" was first discovered in 1958 in the urine Dr Hoffer's psychiatric patients. It was named after the colour it appeared in chromatograph assays. It was later identified by a fellow researcher, Irvine, as...

Chronic Beryllium Disease  – Who is at Risk? 

InterClinical eNews February 2019, Issue 89 In this month's issue, we take a look at all things beryllium. We consider its properties, commercial uses, populations at risk from contamination and the consequences of short-term and long-term exposure.      Beryllium's Properties   Beryllium is a very strong, lightweight, corrosion resistant and heat absorptive material. It generates and absorbs neutrons, conducts electricity and is transparent to X-rays. This unique set of properties make it highly desirable for a number of industrial uses. (1)  Industrial Uses  Beryllium...