Always tired? Let's find out why

Get scientific insight into the cause and correction of chronic fatigue, low energy, and other common health problems.

How a simple hair test can solve your energy problems (even when you've tried everything else)

Are you always tired, but don't know why? Do tests and exams come back normal, even though you know something's wrong?

If you struggle with chronic fatigue, it can feel like you are on your own.

Most people who are tired all the time have been to several doctors or therapists without getting an answer. Some are told they are fine and just need to eat better, sleep more, exercise, or that it’s a psychological problem simply because the practitioner can’t find a cause. Others are given anti-depressants, hormone medications, iron supplements, or other remedies that do nothing for the underlying problem.

Sadly, many doctors ignore or dismiss concerns about a lack of energy if no immediate cause is found. In fact, chronic fatigue and low energy are so common they are not even considered to be health problems!

Fatigue may not be a medical priority, but it’s not something to ignore.

The problem is that fatigue or burnout is often the beginning of far more serious illnesses such as diabetes and cancer. It is one of the first signs that something is wrong. If chronic fatigue is not corrected, it will eventually lead to degeneration of the body, which can take form as arthritis, heart disease, premature aging, and other health conditions.

Natural and Holistic Approaches to Chronic Fatigue

Many people become discouraged with conventional medicine and look for answers on their own. Hundreds of products and alternative therapies are promoted to increase your energy, ranging from caffeine and other stimulants to various herbs and natural remedies.

But none of these really get to the root of chronic fatigue. Most products sold to increase your energy give you a temporary energy boost but leave you even more exhausted in the long run.

You need to understand the cause

Albert Einstein once said, “If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”

Through my own struggle with chronic fatigue and low energy, I’ve found that if you want to restore your energy at the deepest level and prevent future health problems, the first step is to understand what’s causing your fatigue and lack of energy.

But after being tested for everything from anemia to Epstein-Barr virus and not finding a cause, many people don’t know what to do next.

Yet, a hair mineral analysis will often reveal several causes of chronic fatigue and low energy, even when other tests are normal.

For example, hair analysis can reveal the following causes of chronic fatigue and low energy:

  • low mineral levels (zinc, magnesium, copper, manganese, and others)
  • heavy metal toxicity (lead, arsenic, mercury, and more)
  • metabolic imbalances, such as slow metabolism
  • adrenal insufficiency (exhausted adrenal glands)
  • thyroid imbalances
  • digestive issues
  • sugar sensitivity or glucose intolerance
  • nervous system imbalances, such as overactive fight-or-flight stress response
  • copper imbalance, and more
causes of chronic fatigue hair analysis
Hair analysis can reveal several important causes of chronic fatigue and low energy, even when other tests are normal. The test results above are a good example of what low energy looks like on a hair mineral analysis.

With hair analysis, you’ll get an in-depth look at your body chemistry without having to spend thousands of dollars on testing.

Understanding the problem is half the solution.

When you understand the various causes of your fatigue, you can make changes that get faster and more permanent results. Instead of wasting years with trial-and-error, you can target the underlying problem from the start.

“I could have saved a lot of money if I knew about hair mineral analysis to begin with”

The results amazed me because not only did I receive a wealth of information, but it also correlated with my other test results. And subsequent tests, matching exactly how I was feeling, made me a true believer in its accuracy.

It’s a stressor in itself searching for answers.

Now that I know my path, and I know it’s the right one…that’s a huge stress reliever. Even though I’ve struggled with the diet, I’ve seen great improvements—surprising improvements. I still have issues to resolve but restoring health is a journey. I’m more optimistic now than I’ve ever been.

– Rachel, age 42

What Exactly is Hair Analysis? And What Can It Tell You?

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a laboratory test that measures the minerals and toxic metals in your hair. Mineral imbalances and heavy metal toxicity can explain the underlying cause of chronic fatigue, low energy, and other common health problems.

But blood tests measure minerals too, so how is hair analysis different?

In the blood, mineral levels are kept within narrow limits and do not vary much at all. That is why your blood tests may come back normal even though you don’t feel well or are seriously ill.

Hair analysis is unique because it is a soft-tissue biopsy.

A biopsy is an analysis of a body tissue—a very different compartment than the blood. Biopsies provide information directly at the cellular level, which is where energy production occurs.

The cells, not the blood, is where the magic happens.

Blood tests may show acceptable levels of minerals, hormones, and other nutrients, but what matters most is what is reaching your cells.

For example, when blood calcium levels drop, your body rapidly responds by taking calcium from your bones and releasing it into the blood. This is why you can have osteoporosis (demineralization of the bone) and at the same time have a normal blood calcium level.

Another example involves toxic metals such as lead, mercury, and others.

When you are exposed to toxic metals, your body removes them from the blood as quickly as possible. They are moved to locations where they can be stored or eliminated—including your hair. Toxic metals tend to only show up in the blood soon after exposure.

What You Will Learn From Your Hair Analysis

IMPORTANT: All information in this article depends on a properly performed hair test. The hair must be tested at a reputable laboratory that does not wash the hair sample at the lab, and the test results must be interpreted using metabolic typing and the stress theory of disease.

hair analysis can measure mineral deficiencies, heavy metal toxicity, stress patterns, thyroid imbalances, diet and supplement needs, adrenal strenght, metabolic imbalances, dietary problems, and more!
Are you lacking vital minerals that are needed for energy production?

Minerals such as magnesium, selenium, manganese, copper, zinc, and others are required in critical steps of the body’s energy cycles. Hair analysis can reveal low mineral levels years before they show up on other tests.

Are toxic metals causing fatigue and other health problems?

Toxic metals such as mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, and others interfere with thousands of enzyme reactions, many of which have to do with energy production. Toxic metals go under the radar because blood tests are not good at detecting them. However, everyone today has high levels of toxic metals in their bodies due to contamination of the food, air, and water. Although no test can detect the total amount of toxic metals in the body, hair analysis is known as a reliable test for toxic metal poisoning.

Why Are Your Hormone Levels Low?

Many people learn they are tired all the time because they have low hormone levels. But instead of looking for a cause, most conventional and natural doctors prescribe daily hormone replacement medication to manage the problem. Meanwhile, hair analysis can reveal several underlying causes of low hormones, including copper and mercury toxicity, and low levels of selenium, zinc, and chromium. 

Metabolic Imbalances, such as Slow Metabolism

Even when hormone levels are normal, many people still suffer from fatigue and other signs of hypothyroidism. This is because other factors can prevent hormones from being utilized within the cells. Hair analysis can show you if your hormones are reaching the cells and having the desired effect.

Adrenal Insufficiency, Adrenal Fatigue, Adrenal Burnout

Adrenal insufficiency refers to the inadequate production of adrenal hormones (aldosterone, cortisol, etc.). When adrenal hormone production is low, chronic fatigue and exhaustion are common. Since the adrenal hormones have powerful effects on your mineral levels, hair analysis can assess the adrenal glands from several angles. It is probably the most reliable test for adrenal insufficiency, a common condition today.

Your Metabolic Type: Are You a Fast or Slow Oxidizer?

Your metabolic type and oxidation rate give you a big picture view of your energy system. Trying to correct fatigue without knowing your metabolic type is a major reason why most nutrition programs fail. Hair analysis can measure your metabolic type and rate with mathematical precision.

Why Anemia Does Not Respond to Iron Supplementation

Many cases of anemia have nothing to do with iron deficiency. For example, without bioavailable copper, iron is not incorporated into hemoglobin. In this case, iron supplementation is a bad idea and can make your health worse. Hair analysis can identify several biochemical imbalances associated with anemia, including copper imbalance, lead toxicity, and cadmium toxicity.

Stress Patterns

Excessive stress from stimulant use, fast-paced lifestyles, worry, lack of rest, nutritional depletion, and other factors activates the sympathetic nervous system, also known as the fight-or-flight response. Over-stimulation of the sympathetic nervous system prevents adequate regeneration of the body and eventually leads to burnout. Hair analysis can show you if you’re stuck in fight-or-flight, and the impact it is having on your health.

Your Nutritional Needs

Each person has unique nutritional needs depending on their metabolic type, mineral balance, and other factors. Taking random supplements can easily upset your body chemistry and make matters worse. Hair analysis and nutritional balancing is a scientifically-valid way to determine which foods and supplements you need the most.

Copper Toxicity!

Copper toxicity is a common problem today, especially among women. Copper is intimately related to female organs and hormones, such as estrogen. When copper accumulates in the body, or when a synergistic factor is missing for copper metabolism, it can cause a set of symptoms that include fatigue, anxiety, depression, emotional sensitivity, skin conditions, mood swings, insomnia or trouble sleeping, and more. Hair analysis can measure your copper level and several indicators for hidden copper toxicity.

Hair analysis can also reveal:

  • Dietary problems, such as imbalances caused by vegan and vegetarian diets, excessive carbohydrate consumption, inadequate protein intake, and eating or drinking foods and beverages that are high in toxic metals.
  • Toxicity from personal care products, such as aluminum containing anti-perspirants.
  • Occupational exposure to toxins, such as iron, copper, manganese, and others.
  • Reduced cell permeability, which impairs transport of nutrients in and out of the cell.
  • Impaired elimination of toxins, a sign of low energy production.
  • Sugar intolerance and problems metabolizing carbohydrates—trends for hypoglycemia and diabetes.
  • Mineral imbalances associated with behavioral and emotional problems.
  • Trends and tendencies for dozens of common health conditions.

Most tests for chronic fatigue are worthless

Naturopaths and functional medicine doctors offer a battery of tests to investigate the cause of chronic fatigue and low energy. Common ones are tests for hormone levels, vitamins and minerals, neurotransmitters, organic acids, tick-borne infections, allergies, and so on.

But this can be very costly. A single visit to a top wellness center in the US can easily cost over $2,000.

Besides the cost, these tests don’t tell you how to correct the problem at the deepest level. They give you a small piece of the puzzle that often leads to using superficial or toxic remedies.

In contrast, hair analysis gives you the big picture of what is needed to rebalance your body chemistry and restore cellular energy production.

Hair analysis not only shows you what’s wrong. It also gives you a roadmap to correct the underlying imbalances without using drugs, hormones, or stimulants. Using hair analysis to restore cellular energy production is a science that’s been developed and refined over 45+ years.
 

Hair analysis and nutritional balancing can help you do the following:

  • uncover biochemical imbalances that are causing fatigue and other health problems
  • determine your unique nutritional needs
  • restore your cellular energy production without stimulants, hormones, or heavy exercise

My Struggle with Fatigue and Exhaustion

Destructive habits in my youth left me feeling exhausted by the time I graduated college. I tried one dead-end remedy after another until I did a hair mineral analysis.

The test showed me what was causing my fatigue and helped me understand what I needed to restore a naturally high energy level. My energy gradually improved, and other health problems mysteriously vanished.

Today, I offer hair analysis and nutritional balancing programs to clients across the United States, helping them resolve a wide-range of physical and mental health problems.

Brian Brezinski, Nutritional Consultant in Northern Virginia
"I much enjoyed Brian's face-to-face consultation. I was able to get all my questions answered through Zoom, where he gave an option for a phone-call or video appointment. Brian shared his own experience, and you can tell he wants to help others and provide them with optimal support when entering this new health journey."
- Stephanie

Typical Results with Nutritional Balancing and Hair Mineral Analysis

Here's What You'll Get

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) Test for 20 Minerals and Toxic Metals

You’ll get accurate readings for the levels and ratios of 20 minerals and toxic metals in your hair—presented in a chart that graphically illustrates your results. Your results provide the roadmap that guides the rebalancing of your body chemistry.

Hassle-Free Coordination of Your Hair Collection Kit (Online Orders)

A hair collection kit will be shipped directly to your home with instructions for taking your hair sample. It will include shampoo and a pre-addressed envelope with postage that you’ll use to mail your hair sample to Analytical Research Labs in Phoenix, Arizona. Alternatively, you can have your hair sample taken at my Northern Virginia office.

Hair Analysis Interpretation Report

You’ll receive my analysis of your test results based on Dr. Lawrence Wilson’s interpretation system. This is an advanced interpretation system that will give you deeper insight into your health. This report is non-technical and easy to read—you don’t need a PhD to understand your results.

Complete Program Instructions

We’ll design a comprehensive health program that’s customized for you based on your hair mineral analysis results and health history. Your program will include:

  • Specific dietary guidelines for your metabolic type, including drinking water recommendations.
  • A few carefully targeted nutritional supplements, designed to balance and strengthen your body chemistry.
  • Lifestyle recommendations for rest, sleep, exercise, stress reduction, mental training, and more.
  • Instructions for home-based detoxification and healing procedures.
  • All of this in a PDF report so you have a clear record of your program recommendations.
50-Minute Consultation to Review Your Test Results and Program

I’ll spend about an hour helping you understand your test results and program. We’ll discuss your specific needs, and I’ll answer any of your questions. You’ll choose between a phone, video, or in-office consultation.

Resources

I’ll provide you with any relevant resources, recommended reading, worksheets, and links related to your test results to help you understand your individual needs

Your hair collection kit will include everything you need to get started, including instructions, shampoo, a scale, and a mailing envelope.

When you join my practice, you'll also receive:

All-Inclusive Email and Phone Support (6 Months)

You are welcome to call or email me if you have questions or run into any trouble.  The first 15 minutes of all communications are free of charge. This way you can avoid the problems and pitfalls of trying to figure out everything on your own.

 *All-inclusive support applies only if you are following the program that we set up for you.

10% Discount on Endomet Brand Supplements

Endomet designs nutrient formulas to correct specific hair analysis patterns. You’ll save up to $500 per year on supplement costs when you order supplements directly from Endomet Labs. As my client, the lab will credit you with a 10% discount on every order.

Low Retest Pricing

I want to make it affordable for you to continue your program after you’ve started. In addition to discounts on supplements, future testing is discounted to $200.

Premium Bonuses (Available with Premium Package)

Premium Bonus 1: Laboratory Interpretation and Health Report Booklet (worth $27)

This 15-20 booklet gives you a detailed explanation of your test results, including a toxic metal assessment, stress analysis, and insights into your metabolic type, dietary issues, energy level, immune system, adrenal and thyroid function, autonomic nervous system balance, and trends for over 50 common health conditions. Click here to see a sample laboratory report.

Premium Bonus 2: 30-Minute Follow Up Consultation (worth $75)

After you have started your program, you’ll likely have many more questions. You’ll be able to book a follow up consultation at any time during the first month to ask questions, talk about the program and your progress, or for general support.

You can regain your full energy level

Getting started is easy. All we need is a small sample of your hair—collected from the root—and you can learn what nutrients your body needs to optimize your energy.

1. ORDER YOUR HAIR TEST

Use our at-home kit to send your hair sample to the hair analysis laboratory.​

2. GET ANSWERS

Your test results show you exactly what nutrients you need the most, based on key biochemical factors.​

3. REGAIN YOUR ENERGY

With a nutrition program personalized for your unique needs, you can start having the best health of your life.​

Why Do Hair Analysis with Me?

The success of hair analysis depends on the proper interpretation of the test.

If the test is not interpreted properly, the corrective program will not be effective.

Most practitioners who offer hair analysis use the test solely to detect toxic metals or mineral deficiencies. Then they may suggest taking a supplement of whichever mineral is low. This approach is called replacement therapy.

But improving mineral balance is not as simple as replacing minerals that appear deficient.
Minerals interact with each other in complex ways. Supplementing with one mineral affects the balance of all the other minerals. The failure of replacement therapy is one reason some professionals have a negative view of hair analysis.
 
In the 1970s and 1980s, Dr. Paul Eck pioneered a completely different way to interpret and utilize a hair mineral analysis.

He found that in order to improve the balance of minerals, one must work with the body’s mineral system.

Over the course of 25 years, he developed the principles of nutritional balancing science—a system for balancing the minerals in the body to improve cellular energy production.

This approach involves using the test as a whole-system analysis, rather than viewing each mineral reading as a separate test. When the test is interpreted using this principle, we can recommend nutrients in a balanced and holistic way.

There are not many doctors or nutritionists who are trained to use hair analysis in this way. Although I am not a doctor, I’ve been using this system for over seven years and I consult with doctors who have decades of experience with hair analysis on a regular basis.

The mineral wheel demonstrates the complex ways in which minerals interact with each other. The wheel was designed by Dr. William Albrecht, a soil scientist.

Five Reasons to Order a Hair Analysis Today

  1. Avoid wasting years of trial and error. In most cases, it will take several years to fully regain your health, so there’s no time to waste with ineffective and superficial therapies. With hair analysis and nutritional balancing, you can get on the right path from the start.
  2. Track progress. When using a product or therapy, it is hard to tell if the results are superficial or if the therapy is working at a deeper level. With hair analysis, you’ll have benchmarks and guidelines that show you that you are improving. You’ll be able to track changes in your body chemistry and monitor your progress.
  3. Save money on testing and doctor visits. To learn everything that a hair analysis can tell you, it would probably take a dozen tests and cost thousands of dollars. And even then, you would not receive as much useful information. No other test can provide as much useful information as hair analysis—GUARANTEED!
  4. True prevention. With hair analysis, you don’t have to wait until you are sick to take action. Hair analysis can reveal imbalances years before they manifest into symptoms or more serious health problems.
  5. Avoid creating imbalances that make your health worse. Taking random vitamins and supplements without any data from your body can easily create imbalances that disturb your sleep, lower your energy, make you more emotional, and cause other health problems. With hair analysis, you can be confident you are taking your health in the right direction.

Why didn't my doctor recommend a hair analysis?

There are several reasons why most doctors do not offer hair analysis. One of the main reasons is that hair analysis is based on a different paradigm than modern medicine. Let me explain.

The modern medical system is based on a diagnose-and-treat paradigm. Medical doctors are trained to identify or diagnose a recognized disease and then to use a specified remedy to treat the disease. It is a disease-centered system.

Hair analysis and nutritional balancing, in contrast, is a health-centered system. The goal is to improve a person’s health—not manage their disease.

If doctors were to use hair analysis, they would have to learn an entirely new and complex system. If they started using hair analysis, then most of their drugs and surgery would become obsolete.

Of course, this will never happen because the pharmaceutical industry controls medical education and the medical licensing boards. There is an enormous financial interest in preserving the drug-based and disease-based medical system. Even natural doctors rely heavily on the diagnose-and-treat model, although their treatments and remedies are usually less toxic than conventional medicine.

"There is now a considerable body of literature on the use of hair in forensic science, in the diagnosis of disease states, and in the assessment of nutritional status."
Stevens, B. J.
Determination of Aluminum, Copper, and Zinc in Human Hair. Atomic Spectroscopy 1983; 4:45

Frequently Asked Questions

What is hair analysis?
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a laboratory test for 20 minerals and toxic metals in your hair. The balance of minerals in your hair can tell you about your adrenal and thyroid activity, metabolic type, stress patterns, dietary issues, and much more. Most importantly, hair analysis provides the information needed to recommend vitamins and minerals with precision and accuracy.
What minerals are tested for?
Nutrient minerals tested are calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium, phosphorus, cobalt, molybdenum, and lithium. Toxic metals tested are lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum, and nickel.
How accurate is hair analysis?

Hair testing equipment (ICP Mass Spectrometers) measures hair mineral levels with an accuracy of plus or minus about 3%.  This is about the same (or a little better) than the level of accuracy of most blood tests. The same technology is used for soil testing and testing of rock samples for mineral levels. It is the gold standard for testing minerals in biological samples.

What laboratory do you send your hair samples to?

I use Analytical Research Laboratories (ARL) in Phoenix, Arizona for hair testing. ARL is CLIA-certified and is one of only two labs that use proper testing techniques. This means that they do not wash the hair sample at the laboratory–a practice that has been shown to produce erratic results.

How much hair is needed?

The lab needs 125 mgs of hair (about a tablespoon). A scale is included in the kit to ensure you send enough hair.

What type of hair is needed?

The ideal sampling location is the back of your head (nape area). This is where hair grows most consistently. Beard hair or pubic hair can also be used if sufficient head hair is not available.

Will hair sampling create bald spots?

You must cut your hair sample from as close to the scalp as possible. This will provide the most recent information. However, sampling can easily be done in a way that is not noticeable and does not affect your hair style. All of this is explained in the instructions.

Can I sample hair that has been dyed?

Some dyes contain minerals, so it is best to take the sample before dying your hair or allow the hair to grow out an inch or so before sampling.

Permanents and bleach treatments damage the structure of the hair, so it is best to allow the hair to grow out an inch or more before taking a sample.

More Details

I have seen hair analysis for as low as $89 dollars? What’s the difference?

You can order hair analysis directly from some labs at very low prices. However, you will then have to pay someone to interpret the test and make recommendations. I offer everything in one package. I will price match any comparable offer.

Are there any hidden or additional costs?

No. You will get everything above for a one-time fee of $300. If you decide to follow the program that we set up for you, you will need to purchase supplements. However, there is absolutely no obligation to follow the program or purchase supplements. You’ll make an informed decision after you review your program and speak with me. Even if you decide not to follow our program, the information you will receive from the test alone is very valuable.

How long does it take to get my results and program?

You can expect to have your results and program about two weeks after you’ve mailed your hair sample to the lab.

Will I receive my results and program via mail or e-mail?

BOTH.

How often is a new test needed?

If you decide to follow our recommendations, we suggest doing a follow up test in four months. This is needed to ensure the dietary and supplement program is still correct for you as your body chemistry changes. After that, testing can be done every six months, in most cases. The fee for a retest is $200 for adults and $180 for children.

How long does it take to get better?

Many people notice improvements within a few days to a few weeks. However, deep and permanent correction of body chemistry takes longer. To replenish 20 to 30 minerals and eliminate dozens of toxic substances requires two or three years or more depending on how well you are able to follow the diet, supplements, lifestyle, detoxification protocols and mental training exercise. Your health will tend to continue to improve as long as you remain on a program.

Do you work with children?

Yes, but I am only accepting children from existing clients.

I live outside the USA, can I still do a hair analysis?

At this time, we are only serving clients within the USA.

Do you accept insurance?

No, although I can give you a receipt that you can submit for possible reimbursement.

Get to the Root of Chronic Fatigue and Low Energy

Nutritional balancing is extremely helpful for chronic fatigue, adrenal burnout, and other low energy conditions. In most cases, you can recover your full energy level by addressing and correcting the multiple causes of low energy. By improving your energy level, you can also clear up many other health problems. Order a hair analysis today and discover what’s causing your fatigue!

Basic Package

$279

Hair Mineral Analysis Test
Hair Analysis Interpretation Report
Diet Plan for Your Metabolic Type
Custom Supplement Program
Lifestyle Recommendations
Detoxification Protocols
50-Minute Consultation (Phone or Video)
All-Inclusive Email Support (4 Months)
10% Discount on Supplements
Bonus 1: Lab Interpretation Booklet
(worth $27)

Bonus 2: 30-Minute Follow Up Consultation (worth $75)

Premium Package

$299

Hair Mineral Analysis Test
Hair Analysis Interpretation Report
Diet Plan for Your Metabolic Type
Custom Supplement Program
Lifestyle Recommendations
Detoxification Protocols
50-Minute Consultation (Phone or Video)
All-Inclusive Email Support (4 Months)
10% Discount on Supplements
Bonus 1: Lab Interpretation Booklet
(worth $27)
Bonus 2: 30-Minute Follow Up Consultation
(worth $75)

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