Tissue Mineral Analysis (Mineralogram) TMA is a laboratory chemical analysis made using spectrophotometry on a sample of hair that allows to dose the nutritional-additional mineral levels and the main toxic intracellular minerals found in the organism.
The use of Tissue Mineral Analysis for detecting toxic mineral substances found in the organism has been, already since 1979, has been recognized scientifically acceptable from EPA,the Environmental Protection Agency, the American Agency responsible for environment preservation.
The hair sample cut on the occipital part or the side-parietal to a length of more or less 2-3 cm starting from the scalp,is sent to a qualified laboratory, selected for the professionality and the quality of the analytical methodology adopted.
The equipment used (a spettrophotometer ICP-AES) in an Argon stream generates a plasma (a flame, without combustion) that reaches temperatures between 8.000 and 10.000 °C (Celsius): at this temperature, every mineralized element emits a luminous radiation with a specific wave length , that appropriately measured allows to determine the presence and quantity of the element itself.
The values obtained this way are elaborated and interpreted following the methodology and the schemes invented by the major academics and researchers of hair mineral analysis, as Paul Eck, Lawrence Wilson e David L. Watts.
Tissue Mineral Analysis carried out this way allows us to detect:
1. unconditional levels of the main nutritional minerals, and the possible overshoot, missing or in excess, from the normality range
2. the possible presence of toxic minerals
3. the values of the most important ratio between the various nutritional minerals, that allow us to evaluate some fundamental biological phenomenons, such as
4. the functioning of the oxidative processes at a cellular level:the ratio between the various nutritional minerals allow us to measure the speed of oxidation process, and therefore of energy production, in the organism's cell
5. the activity of the autonomous nervous system, if put in relation especially with managing stress through the endocrine system regulation.
Tissue Mineral Analysis TMA supplies:
1. The detection of the metabolic-oxidative typology(quick or fast)
2. Functional evaluation of the thyroid gland in the area of its regulation activity of energy production
3. Functional evaluation of the adrenals in answer to stress agents and towards the oxidative processes
4. The description of the intervention of SNA in stress management and defining the metabolic individuality (sympaticotony – parasympaticotony)
5. The indication of nutritional choices more appropriate for the recipient of the Analysis
6. The elaboration of a treatment scheme with supplements.
The Tissue Mineral Analysis allows us to know, with a high percentage of approximation the average mineral level contained in our cells in the two/three months before the research. TMA is not to be considered a cold inventory of minerals stacked in the cells, but a dynamic database,through the analysis of the levels of the single elements and the study of the ratios between the most significant minerals,allows to elaborate an all-round evaluation of the health state and a protection concerning the pathological tendencies.The main information you get from the mineralogram concern the metabolic typology. Analysing the levels of some main minerals, as Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium and Potassium, and overall the ratios between the values, it is possible to establish which of the two components of the Autonomous Nervous System is the prevailing one, if the Sympathetic branch or the Parasympathetic one, with the metabolic relapses that this distinction implies.Metabolic classification is even more defined in the mineralographic test through the evaluation of the cellular oxidation,that is the speed with which the cells in the organism burn food substrates to produce energy. the oxidative speed is direct expression of the functionality of two endocrine glands strongly linked to body's energy production: tyroid and adrenal. It's interesting to notice that the peripheral efficiency of an endocrine gland isn't always linked to the level of hormone circulating . Normal levels or even high ones of thyroid hormone can be accompanied by a poor stimulation of the target cells,for example for the lack of cofactors (as Potassium, that seems to take over the permissive role in the transmission mechanism of the hormonal message). This is TMA's originality: through minerals, information on the hormone's activity at cellular level . Another important evaluation that the hair mineralographic test allows to do concerns the type of answer of the organism to stress. Hans Selye,an Austrian born endocrinologist but naturalized Candian, in the 1930's completed a research , extraordinary for its originality and being ahead of its time, regarding the processes through which the organism tries to contrast stress. Selye coined the definition of General Adaptation Syndrome (G.A.S.) to indicate clinical manifestations evoked from the different phases of the organism's answer to the stress agents. The answer to stress starts always with the alarm reaction, to which follow, if the stress stimulus remains, the resistance phase and at last the breakdown phase. To establish for sure the level, the speed of cellular oxidation and the grade of functionality of thyroid and adrenal allows to personalize at its best the curative strategy, with accurate and focused choices of food and supplements, minerals and vitamins. Another field of use of the mineralographic test is the determinating of the presence of toxic minerals in the organism, coming from the environment (food, air, water, professional exposition). Hair os an elected tissue for the deposit of these substances, and therefore represents a major analysis material. Already in 1980 the use of TMA for detecting the toxic mineral substances found in the organism is scientifically recognised appropriate by the EPA, the Environmental Protection Agency, The American agency in charge for the Environment' protection.
Tissue Mineral Analysis is a true and proper biopsy of the body's soft tissue, as the hair truly is , and its average content in minerals reflects faithfully the average values found in other body organs. The difference of the dosage of minerals in the blood tests and the ones of the mineralografic test depend on the fact that it concerns two completely different practices, and therefore it isn't correct to expect stackable results. The blood test shows the quantity of mineral in the blood in that exact moment and in that specified vascular portion, ruled by homeostatic mechanisms that guarantee a certain perseverance in very poor concentration and oscillation.TMA measures the average level of minerals contained in cells during a 2/3 month period. The range of the minerals measured is the one that truly reaches our tissues, and that is involved in the renewing mechanisms an of cells repairing, as in the metabolic processes responsible of energy production.