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3/2/13 12:20 P

I'd see my MD about this and would have him do the appropriate blood test(s). He'll be able to suggest any necessary changes in your blood-donation plan as needed, but this is something that only a doctor can - or should - determine accurately and safely.

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3/2/13 10:47 A

Call your own personal doctor.

3/2/13 9:59 A

This site, (our experts and our members ) is not the appropriate place to get additional nutrition information on your medically-complex question. Your doctor, who is following your care should be directing you on your testing needs.

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2/27/13 5:44 A

My understanding is that because they hair that is out of the head is 'dead' it will show what "was" , NOT what "is" -

I would be guided by your Dr.

My little grandson had hair testing for allergies, and all the ones that he was tested for from his blood and skin pricks, and found to be allergic to, were confirmed by the hair testing.

My thoughts are that if you go to a 'conventional' Dr and are going to be treated by them, then the testing should be done by them. If you think that their are other things going on, then maybe you should make a double appointment so that you have more time with your Dr and discuss this with him/her, and if your Dr thinks appropriate, perhaps ask for either further tests, OR a referral to a specialist in that field - and maybe a Dietitian?


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WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 949
2/26/13 11:13 P

Before my father passed away he got monthly blood tests to test for vitamin deficits. The hair follicle test, at least according to his doctor, wasn't appropriate when you needed to have the levels for that day, which my father always did.

I guess it would be up to your doctor or whoever is ordering the test on what would be appropriate for you and your condition.

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MEG-NATALIA07 Posts: 679
2/26/13 6:47 P

A blood test can measure a lot of this.


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WHOVIAN85 Posts: 861
2/26/13 5:16 P

I've recently had my blood work done specifically for vitamin deficiency, I could have had the option of the hair testing and food allergies but I have to pay out of pocket for these testings and only opted to get the blood work completed. I was already aware of my anemia and I take 325mg iron daily, but found out im deficient in vitamin D3 as well. They have me on a supplement of 5000u, 2x daily for 2 months and then down to one 5000u daily. Im glad overall I had the testing done, otherwise I never would have guessed id have a vitamin D deficiency.

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2/26/13 3:52 P

Hello all!

I'm wondering if anyone has any experience with vitamin deficiency, and if so, what testing was done to determine what vitamin and minerals were lacking. I'm a 34 y.o. female with Hereditary Hemochromatosis (high iron) and I currently have anemia - go figure! I'm going to have my iron levels retested next week to see where I stand, and to see if I can go back to my every 3 wk blood donations. In the meanwhile, though, I was doing a little research on different deficiencies and think I might have a couple other things going on.

Looks like I have the option of doing a hair analysis or blood panel. What has your experience been with each, and would you recommend one test over the other?

Thanks for any insight!

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