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I’m not an expert in interpreting hair tests, but here’s what I could gather:
You have 7 bars extending to the right, with the iodine bar practically in the middle. According to Cutler’s counting rules 5 bars or less to the right or left of the 50th percentile mark is indicative of deranged mineral transport, and thus mercury toxicity. Since you only have 7 you don’t meet that counting rule although your results are “unusual.” Cutler’s table on page 26 of HTI goes into this and explains how the counting rules indicate a probability, not a certainty. I’m not sure if you know all this already, but if not hopefully that’s helpful.
Keep in mind also that there are a good amount of people out there who technically don’t meet any of the counting rules, but who still find great benefit from AC chelation. Hair tests are not completely reliable even with Cutler’s counting rules.
Because of all this, the only real way to know whether or not mercury or other heavy metals are a problem for you is to do a trial chelation period. If you respond positively and see improvements then you can be confident you have a HM problem despite the negative hair test result.