Even though the vital importance of nutrient minerals has been known for decades, for most people, information about minerals has been fragmented and limited. Calcium and sodium are familiar to most people. However, most people are unaware that nutrient minerals are closely interrelated with each other and help to regulate vital health functions — the stress response, heart rate and rhythm, blood pressure, blood sugar. nerve transmissions, muscle tone, and energy production within cells.
Forty years ago, my mineral mentors, Drs. Paul Eck and David Watts, began their research into nutrient minerals that were measured in a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA). What they quickly discovered is that the nutrient minerals appear in distinct patterns within a HTMA. In other words, the minerals don’t deposit randomly in the hair follicles. They deposit in meaningful patterns that are closely related to a person’s health condition. The most basic HTMA patterns have to do with a person’s metabolic type — fast or slow. These HTMA patterns are closely related to how a person is impacted by stress. These HTMA patterns also relate to a person’s capacity to produce energy without which, life is a struggle.
Everyone has a nutrient mineral pattern that is easily determined by a HTMA. The extensive HTMA research of Drs. Eck and Watts led them to recognize that nutrient mineral balances were especially important for supporting good health. They also learned that these vital balances can be easily thrown off, increasing a person’s risk for a deterioration of their healthy functioning. Eck and Watts learned that a HTMA could reveal a person’s mineral imbalances that put their health at risk. They also learned that the HTMA could serve as a guide to choosing dietary supplements that could help a person to restore better mineral balances. As vital minerals came into better balance, healthier progress was likely to occur. A person’s energy capacity would increase and they would experience more resilience in dealing with stress in life.
The HTMA research of Eck and Watts took nutrition science to a whole new level. HTMA patterns and the changes in HTMA patterns over time led them to a much clearer understanding of how these vital nutrient minerals operated within the mind/body’s system. It became evident that a radical change was needed in thinking about nutrition in general and minerals in particular. The history of science shows that such fundamental changes in concepts and paradigms are very difficult to bring about. This is why HTMA still is not widely used. It requires careful study and an open mind. Here at the Malter Institute, we have developed the knowledge and expertise to train people to understand and effectively utilize HTMA test results for their own personal use or for their patients and clients.