Adrenals and copper
I had the Wilson, Analytical Research Lab's hair test done, and recently found the same test that Johng had posted several years back from a test done on his son. Cutler and Wilson both also have books on Interpretting hair tests, not so much because of the metals that show up, but by looking at the ratios of the minerals and what they indicate.
Wilson has excellent info on copper. Someplace..in the Cutler book, I was also reading that thyroid is connected to copper. I'll try to find it again. I randomly read tidbits from it every night.
My test results were very similar to Johng's son's tests. Wilson has articles on his site, and the ratio article is where I got the numbers for what Johng's son's test results indicate. The son was 3 years old at the time these tests were done- he has severe allergies, and eczema. What Cutler and Wilson both say, is even if the actual metal doesn't show up as being high- that's not what you look at. For copper- it's the zinc/copper ratio.
Cutler's hair analysis book is based on the Doctor's Data test.
Johng's son's test results, according to Wilson:
Adrenal Gland Exhaustion: A Major Cause of Copper Toxicity
Diminished adrenal activity is perhaps the single most important physiological reason for copper toxicity problems today. When adrenal activity is insufficient, ceruloplasmin (a copper-binding protein) synthesis in the liver declines. Copper that is not bound to a protein cannot be utilized, and so it is that unbound copper begins to accumulate in various tissues and organs.
According to hair analysis research conducted by Dr. Paul C. Eck, 70-80% of people tested reveal weak adrenal glands or what is termed adrenal insufficiency! Individuals with weak adrenal glands tend to store excess copper in various body tissues, principally the liver and brain. Excessive storage of copper, as we have stated previously, eventually results in organ damage.