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New York State and mineral testing?

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Does anyone know anything about this?

I asked my chiropractor about mineral testing. He said he is all for it and would do it with all his patients who want it, but that NYS does not allow practitioners to order mineral testing. He said he didn't know if I could order mineral testing on my own or not. He said he recommends Great Smokies (which I looked up and it is now called Genova).

Does anyone know about this NYS rule?
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I've heard of it, it's a weird thing. I like the doctor's data Hair Elements test, I order through direct lab services, they act as a doctor to order from doctor's data, but either way, I've heard of people shipping to a friend in another state and bypassing the issue that way.
so some mineral tests are hair, some are urine. Are there blood tests too?

Which testing method is most accurate?
I think accuracy is different for different minerals in different ways, and it depends whether you're looking for a a recent/current exposure to something like lead, or older exposures or overall nutritional status.

Iron--blood, definitely. But some stuff is specifically held fairly constant in the bloodstream, and going out of the normal range indicates that your body has totally lost the ability to compensate--it becomes an acute problem very quickly.

Using blood, if that's what you want to do, you need to know what you're doing. You can test whole blood, serum, or red blood cells to look at things and some are not helpful because they're held constant in ways the others aren't. I only know a bit on which ones for which minerals.

Hair tests can show some things in different ways--since my issue is the mercury in my amalgam fillings, I like hair tests. They use a roundabout method of determining that mercury is the issue, but I don't think a blood test for mercury would've shown anything for me or the kids. Old lead exposures can also show up. Sometimes the ratios of various minerals are more important than the actual values for hair tests.

If you want to read more on hair test, Andy Cutler's Hair Test Interpretation book is a good one.
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