Testing your nutrient and toxic element levels

As you know, Hompes Method philosophy states that symptoms are caused by too much bad stuff being in your body, combined with inadequate levels of good stuff.

Nutrient and toxic elements illustrate this principle perfectly.

Nutrient elements

Your body is unable to produce essential elements such as zinc, calcium, selenium, copper and magnesium, yet is uses-up small amounts of these each day.

As such, these elements must be regularly consumed in your food to make up for daily losses. Toxic exposure can lead to nutrient minerals being used up faster, which creates even more demand.

Unfortunately, poor gut function, or a diet that lacks adequate minerals, can lead to low levels of one or more minerals (this is VERY common).

Conversely, in some cases, certain nutrient elements may actually accumulate and become too high.

Great examples are copper and iron, which are necessary for life, but highly toxic when present in excess.

A huge variety of symptoms can develop as a result of both mineral deficiencies and excess, as you can see from this table, which is taken directly from The Hompes Method book.

Please pay special attention to the main symptoms of deficiency and risk factors columns.


As you’ll see, it’s possible to assess your nutrient mineral levels with good accuracy using either hair or blood samples.

Toxic elements

“Metal toxicity” is a significant environmental health concern.

A toxic load of lead, cadmium, mercury or arsenic is capable of rendering considerable damage to your brain and nervous system over time.

A recent EPA study showed that 100% of new-born babies had mercury in their blood (as well as 200 other known toxins!).

Whilst this paints a grim picture, the good news is that we have the technology and knowhow to help you eliminate these toxins. First, however, we need to know which ones have accumulated in your body.

Toxic elements produce their many negative effects through various mechanisms and have particularly negative effects on your hormone, nervous and immune systems.

They also interfere with energy production in your cells, which can and does lead to a wide variety of symptoms.

Everyday symptoms associated with metal toxicity are varied and may include:

  • Fatigue
  • Mood swings
  • Twitching
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Chronic infections
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Memory and focus problems
  • Digestive disruption
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Candida overgrowth (I’ve seen oral thrush clear up in a week after a client had his mercury amalgam fillings removed)

“Genotoxicity”, in which your chromosomes can be damaged, is linked to the free radical generation abilities of cadmium, lead and nickel. The cancer-inducing effects of arsenic seem to be related to the inhibition of DNA repair.

Hair testing for nutrient and toxic elements

Hair tests are simple and inexpensive to perform and can be done in the comfort and convenience of your own home.

Hair reflects a longer interval of time than most tissues and body fluids because it takes time to grow out.

Toxic heavy metals and essential trace nutrient elements are found in hair in levels many times higher than those found in any other tissue and this neat characteristic makes hair testing a sensitive way to detect your body ‘s status of many trace elements.

When toxic heavy metals are elevated in hair, it’s important to investigate where your exposure is coming from.

Blood testing for nutrient and toxic elements

Red blood cell and whole blood toxic element levels are good indicators of body pools of essential nutrient elements.

Red blood cell element levels are good indicators of body pools of essential elements such as magnesium, potassium, and zinc.

Magnesium is involved in over 300 chemical reactions in the body, including all ATP transformations and therefore all cellular energy production. Depletion from food sources has resulted in a near epidemic of magnesium insufficiency.

Selenium is required by the enzyme glutathione peroxidase, which maintains the oxidative balance in all tissues. Low selenium, therefore, can directly influence an individual’s antioxidant protection.

Zinc deficiency may cause sexual impotence, retarded growth, hair loss, and immune system depression.

The US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other regulating agencies have deemed whole blood to be the correct specimen for assessing current toxic element exposure to aluminum, arsenic, cadmium, lead and mercury.

Whole Blood generally reflects increased or recent exposure to toxic elements. Thus, when levels are elevated, we help you investigate your source(s) of exposure to these toxins so you can get rid of them!

The nutrient and toxic elements blood test process

Unlike the majority of other tests in the Hompes Method Testing Toolkit, the nutrient and toxic elements test requires a full blood draw.

A small blood sample is collected and sent to the laboratory for analysis. Results are returned in approximately 7-10 working days.

Ordering a nutrient and toxic elements test

If you are a new customer you must first complete, sign and return the Hompes Method client intake paperwork.

Hair test

If you are an existing customer and we’ve recommend you run a hair test, simply click here or fill in the form below to place your order.

Blood test

If you are an existing customer and we’ve recommend you run a blood test, simply click here or fill in the form below to place your order.