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I’m glad to hear that you’re looking into the hair test, but I should clarify that diagnosing mercury toxicity is not as simple as looking at the amount of mercury being excreted in the hair and making a diagnosis off that alone. The reason for this is often the most mercury toxic individuals, like autistic children, show very little, if any mercury being excreted through their hair when they are tested. This is because their detoxification pathways are so hampered that they are unable to excrete the mercury properly.
Instead of just looking at the levels of mercury being shown on the hair test then, we look for deranged mineral transport which is known only to occur in mercury poisoned individuals or pregnant/lactating women. Andy Cutler developed the “counting rules” which are used to determine whether or not one’s mineral transport is deranged. He explains them in his second book Hair Test Interpretation, but if you don’t want to buy the book they are also explained online. Here’s a link to a webpage that explains how the counting rules work. You will have to copy and past the URL since it’s not posting properly: http://home.earthlink.net/~moriam/HOW_TO_hair_test.html