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InterClinical Laboratories Newsletter
Clinical Updates for the Healthcare Professional
It detects not only nutritional imbalances contributing to
health issues, but also assesses metabolism and endocrine
function in the body, as the mineral patterns found in the
ecently, European researchers performed a
hair reflect the internal metabolic environments. These
prospective study involving over 6,000 British civil
HTMA patterns are greatly influenced by the endocrine
servants who did not have diabetes. A median
glands and are largely a reflection of endocrine activity
follow-up at ten years found over 500 cases of
that contributes to absorption, retention and excretion of
individuals now diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. It was
found that blood glucose levels increased and insulin
sensitivity decreased three to six years before the
People can be classified into two main metabolic types:
diagnosis. It was also found that beta-cel function
fast (sympathetic dominant) and slow (parasympathetic
increased in order to compensate for increased glucose
dominant). Depending on whether the person is
levels four years before diagnosis. The researchers
sympathetic or parasympathetic dominant, stress of any
concluded that prevention would be more effective
kind (eg emotional, il ness, exposure to toxic metals or
before the glucose and insulin levels became unstable
chemicals) can cause overactivity or underactivity of the
and that more research is needed to identify those at this
adrenal glands and lead to endocrine imbalance. The
early stage of development. The World in Medicine.
majority of adverse health conditions have underlying
Foreshadowing Diabetes. JAMA 302,2, 2009.
metabolic disturbances involving the neuroendocrine
system – that conversely contribute to nutritional
Comment: Many health problems begin years before they
imbalances. The different metabolic needs of patients can
become clinical. The early signs and symptoms may be
be identified through patterns revealed in HTMA,
minor or sub-clinical and therefore, go undetected until
enabling responsible nutritional therapy to be prescribed
they ful y manifest. As stated by the authors “more
research is needed to successful y identify people at anearly stage.” The value of HTMA is that it has predictive
The Trace Nutrients practitioner product range addresses
value for identifying underlying and subclinical trends in
the need for metabolic support with special formulations
nutritional imbalances that are associated with many
that balance the requirements of sympathetic overactivity
chronic degenerative health conditions. HTMA can be a
or parasympathetic dominance (see insert on Sym-Pack V,
significant and valuable tool for detecting early changes,
as wel as providing information for effective prevention.
Season’s Greetings and Happy New Year
DIRECTOR’S MESSAGE: InterClinical Laboratories would like to acknowledge you, the health care professionals and practitioners who use our services. We thank you wholeheartedly for your support in 2009, a year that was difficult and chal enging for many people. Because of your continued Hair Tissue support, we are able to achieve our goal of making a difference in people’s lives by Mineral Analysis delivering high quality, affordable healthcare solutions, through natural and nutritional medicine professionals, that are based on solid scientific evidence. Nutritional We look forward to a great year in 2010. Our national seminars, which were a resounding Products success this year, wil continue next year. (If you missed out in 2009, we have created a special DVD compilation set, with presentation notes - so please contact us for details). Practitioner New for 2010: We are pleased to introduce our Online Practitioner Education Program. Education Please see page 3 of this newsletter for details on how to register. Wishing you and your patient’s a safe and enjoyable time over the festive season. Research and Good health and happiness for the year ahead. Development Kindest Regards, Ian Tracton, Director, InterClinical Laboratories
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Diabetes and ITP Caused There are excel ent constituents in natural nutritional medicine that canby Helicobacter Pylori be used to improve a patient’s HCL production and digestive function.
This is a very interesting case study involving a gentleman who was
InterClinical Laboratories produces two digestive support formulae –
admitted to a hospital with cold sweats and shivering. Eventual y they
HCL Plus and Digestive-Zyme. HCL Plus contains synergistic nutrients
found his HbA elevated along with low platelets. Despite treatment
and botanical extracts that support the synthesis and secretion of HCL.
with antidiabetic agents his HbA continued to rise and he was
Digestive-Zyme provides nutrients and botanical extracts that
experiencing recurring hypoglycaemic episodes. Even though antibod-
normalise pancreatic digestive enzyme production and secretion.
ies against insulin were not found, they did however detect antibodies
Both these products are designed to support nutrient absorption from
against insulin receptors. The patient was eventual y diagnosed with
foods and as wel as enhance the absorption of other Trace Nutrients
Type B insulin resistance syndrome. They also found antibodies
supplements, such as the multi-nutrient metabolic support packs and
against platelets since his platelets continued to drop. Eventual y they
specialty vitamin and mineral formulae (for more information see the
discovered that the patient had helicobacter pylori (H pylori) infection. back page of this Newsletter and/or contact InterClinical Laboratories).
Upon appropriate treatment and eradication of the H pylori thepatient’s platelet level returned to normal along with a reduction
Hair Mineral Patterns and Goiter
in HbA and normalization of his insulin level. After six months,
This study explored the relationship between the local mineral
antibodies against insulin receptors were no longer detectable and the
geology of residence and whether these local minerals could be
patient no longer required glucose regulating drugs. Case Report.
related to thyroid disorders. Researchers found that “The geologo-
Eradication of insulin resistance. Imai, J, et al. Lancet 374, 2009.
geomorphorigical factors of the habitat, such as geological formations (mineral composition, structure, the degree of rock metamorphism),
Comment: H. pylorus is estimated to affect half the world’s population
tectonics, the history of geological development, relief, paleorelief,
being more prevalent in less developed countries. However, it is also
were found to be of considerable importance in the formation of the
estimated to affect over twenty-five percent of the population in
human trace element status. Both deficiency and excess of trace
developed countries. H pylori is related not only to gastritis, ulcers and
elements was shown to be of pathogenetic value in the development
gastric cancer but may also be related to immunological disorders,
of thyroid disease.” They found that residences located in areas of
such as diabetes and rheumatoid arthritis. HTMA studies have shown
carbonate rocks were particularly vulnerable to thyroid disease. Hair
that a chronic elevation of the sodium/potassium (Na/K) ratio (greater
Trace Elements in Patients with Goiter. Farkhutdinova, LM, et al. Klin
than or equal to 5:1) is associated with inflammation. Often the
inflammation is associated with gastritis and therefore, may be associated with H pylori infection, as H pylorus is known to cause a
Comment: From HTMA studies we have also found a relationship
chronic low-level inflammatory response. Tests for confirming H pylori
between geographical areas around the world that are associated with
include; biopsy, carbon urea breath test, blood antibody, or stool
HTMA patterns and disease susceptibility. Dr.I Rosborg and
antigen tests. H Pylori is commonly found in individuals with low
col eagues from the Department of Occupational and Environmental
hydrochloric acid production. Recent studies have shown that
Medicine at Lund University found in 2003 that the mineral concen-
consumption of broccoli sprouts can reduce H pylori colonies in the
trations differed in groups residing in acid and alkaline regions in
southern Sweden. They found that hair calcium levels were higher ingroups living in alkaline areas compared to those living in acid regions. Antacids and Pneumonia
This helps to support the above study in that it is wel known thatexcess calcium accumulation is associated with hypothyroidism via
It is interesting that observational studies reported in J.A.M.A. found
that the use of acid suppressing medications such as proton pumpinhibitors (PPI’s) increased the risk for hospital-acquired pneumonia. Hair Mineral Patterns and Metabolic
Records of about sixty-four thousand patients hospitalized over a three
to four day period revealed that hospital-acquired pneumonia was significantly more common in those receiving acid suppressing drugs
Researchers to the Ajou University in Suwon, South Korea studied
compared to those not using the drugs. Apparently about half of the
the hair mineral patterns of over three-hundred individuals. After
patients in the group were receiving acid suppressors. Acid-Suppressive
performing cross-sectional analysis for the relationship between
Medications Linked to Increased for Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia.
mineral patterns and metabolic syndrome, they found that hair
Fairchild, DG. Physician. Physician’s First Watch, May 27, 2009.
calcium, magnesium and copper levels were significantly lower in thegroup with metabolic syndrome compared to levels found in normal
Comment: Normal HCl is not only necessary for digestion but also acts
groups. Sodium and potassium levels were higher in the affected
as a barrier to micro-organisms entering the body. It also impacts the
group. Their report concluded, “As part of the metabolic syndrome, the
pH of the body and when deficiency causes a shift of the pH toward
optimal calcium and magnesium concentrations in hair tissue may
the alkaline side. Alkalinity enhances the predisposition for viral
reflect decreased risk of metabolic syndrome.” Hair Tissue Mineral
susceptibility as wel as bacterial colonization in the stomach or smal
Analysis and Metabolic Syndrome. Park, SB, et al. Biol.Trace Elem.Res.
intestine. As stated in the previous paragraph, H Pylori colonization
can contribute to autoimmune responses related to diabetes and possibly other health conditions.
Comment: This study adds support to our findings that Sympatheticmineral patterns may be indicative of, and/or increases the risk for thedevelopment of metabolic syndrome. For more information see the ICLNewsletter Vol. 12, No. 4, August/September 2008, MetabolicSyndrome X – As Defined Through Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)Patterns.
Get to the root of your patients health problems more quickly!
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Cancer and Hair Mineral Patterns
Afterwards, bone density begins to diminish natural y to some degree
Metal omics can be described as a field that studies bio metals. as we age. The term osteopenia was defined in 1992 by the WorldA metal omic study was published exploring metals or minerals in Health Organization (WHO). A group of experts came up with the term,relationship to cancer risks. The study included tests of twenty-four based arbitrarily upon bone density being approximately one standard essential and toxic metals in the scalp hair samples of one hundred deviation below that of an average thirty-year-old female. The defini-twenty-four cancer patients and eighty-six control subjects. The tion has been very controversial since it originated. Dr. Cummings. ofassociations of cancer with minerals were statistical y analysed with the University of California, San Francisco stated, “There is no basis, no multiple logistic regression analysis. Results of the study demonstrated biological, social, economic or treatment basis, no basis whatsoever forthat several minerals were significantly correlated to cancer, using one standard deviation.” WebMD states” Bones natural y becomepositively or inversely. The study concluded that their research thinner as people grow older. Some people who have osteopenia mayfindings suggested that some minerals such as arsenic, selenium and not have bone loss. They may just natural y have a lower bone density.”probably iodine, zinc, sodium and vanadium contribute to the regula- Other experts also state “Expanding the disease to include a new tion of cancer and that a metal omics study using multiple logistic condition, osteopenia, or pre-osteoporosis, with boundaries so broadregression analysis is a useful tool for estimating cancer risks. they include more than half of al women over 50.” Further, others haveMetal omics Study Using Hair Mineral Analysis and Multiple Logistic argued that the term osteopenia could be used to incorrectly label Regression Analysis: Relationship Between Cancer and Minerals. individuals as having a disease, thereby making it easier to treat themYasuda, H, et al. Environ. Health Prev.Med. 24,5, 2009.
with new drugs that they may not need. As a result, mil ions of womenmay be exposed to bone drugs at a large expense, with little or no
Comment: At TEI (InterClinical Laboratories) we have noted HTMA evidence that the drugs are safe or even effective. patterns associated with various types of cancers, as have otherresearchers. With further research and pattern recognition, HTMA may Machines for testing bone density have largely been developed and serve as a significant tool in defining the relationship of mineral promoted by major drug companies who produce alendronate drugs. patterns and cancer.
There are now approximately eight to ten-thousand bone-measuringdevices throughout the US compared to about eight hundred in 1995. Diet and Violence
Some drug companies promote their use by doctors, by making them
Bernard Gesch is a nutrition and criminology researcher at the available for relatively little cost and often reimbursing the doctors forUniversity of Oxford. He can certainly be considered a forward thinker the scans themselves. Eventual y, insurance companies began reim-and has taken his hypothesis of improving diet to reduce violence into bursing for bone scans as wel , along with the expensive prescriptionthe mainstream by applying his ideas to prison inmates. In 2002 he bone drugs. Bone density studies are done in different ways by differ-published the results of a double-blind trial involving over two ent machines and can produce wide variations. Smal portablehundred prisoners in Aylesbury, England. His study revealed that those machines that measure bone density at the wrist are not as reliable. who received nutritional supplements had significantly fewer Experts at an FDA hearing agreed that a better way than T-scores wasincidences of violent acts compared with a placebo group. In fact, needed to assess a persons risk for fracture and that many women areviolent acts were reduced thirty-five percent in the supplement group. being prescribed drugs they do not need. Many physicians, scientistsWith more significant funding Gesch has now begun an even larger and and experts in the field of osteoporosis are pushing to scale back bone more ambitious three year study involving over one-thousand prisoners testing. in three prisons in the U.K. The Theory? Diet Causes Violence. The Lab? Kel eher, S. Seattle Times. June26, 2005.Bone-Strengthing Drugs MayPrison. Bohannon, J. Sci. Vol 325. Sept. 2009.
be Overperscribed. Health Day. Jan18, 2008.
Drugs for Pre-osteoporosis: Prevention of Disease Mongering?
Comment: As stated by Gesch, “the idea of a link between diet and Alonsi-Coel o, P, et al. BMJ. Jan 2008antisocial behaviour is not new. As far back as 1892, the Italian Comment: There are over thirty factors associated with proper bone
criminologist Cesare Lombroso reported that many bomb-throwing integrity which need to be considered when forming an appropriate
terrorists suffered from pel agra.” Other researchers such as Pauling, prevention and therapeutic regimen for individuals that are at increased
Hoffer, Osmond, Shaus and others have also written about the risk of fractures. Thousands of HTMA tests of individuals have revealed
relationship between nutrients and psychiatric conditions, as wel as two distinct categories of mineral patterns related to osteoporosis;
diet and behaviour. However, Gesch’s study is wel designed, and Type I Osteoporosis is found in people
Bisphospinates (Fosomax) Bad breath (Halitosis) Cancer and Oral Health Canker sores Diabetes Oral Cancer Oral Piercing Pregnancy Bisphosphonate Medication (Fosamax, Actonel, Boniva, Aredia, Bonefos, Didronel, Zometa) (Osteonecrosis of the Jaw) Overview If you use a bisphosphonate medication—to prevent or treat osteoporosis (a thinning of the bones) or as pa