Hitting the Nutrition Bulls Eye!
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)

Rick Malter, Ph.D
© July, 2014
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Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

Includes a written Lab Test report and a
personal consultation with Dr. Rick Malter.
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1 Hour consultation with Dr. Rick Malter
Buy Now by Contacting Rick at:
calling, 800-882-3015;
or via PayPal





Henry Schroeder, MD observed that “minerals are the spark plugs of life.” The HTMA provides the data that further validates Dr. Schroeder’s wisdom and medical experience. Learning to understand the basic workings of the mind/body’s mineral system makes so many health issues much clearer. We have a better understanding of how stress impacts our mineral system and, ultimately, our mental and physical health. We know that stress quickly depletes magnesium and brings on symptoms of magnesium deficiency. These may include atrial fibrillation and other cardiovascular problems. Glucose regulation and addiction problems also occur with magnesium deficiency.

What we learned over 30 years ago from the research of Drs. Paul Eck and David Watts is that the thyroid and adrenal glands are regulated by minerals, primarily calcium and potassium (thyroid) and sodium and magnesium (adrenals). In fact, the calcium/potassium ratio in a hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) often detects thyroid issues long before blood tests do. Once we learned the basic concepts and principles related to HTMA, it was very easy to understand how mineral imbalances induced by the stresses of life could lead to thyroid, adrenal, cardiac, glucose, alcoholism and other health problems. Under stress, if too much magnesium is depleted from a person’s mineral system, this can bring on a plethora of health problems, both mental and physical.

The HTMA research of Drs. Eck and Watts provided us with a conceptual framework for a much better understanding of the mineral system and how it works. They showed that the mineral system is a dynamic system that changes over time. They showed how the minerals in the system are closely interrelated. They also showed that even one nutrient can have a profound effect on the broader mineral system, starting a cascade of mineral changes within the system.

Understanding the basic conceptual framework developed by Drs. Eck and Watts provides a level of nutrition understanding that is truly unique and clearly shows the mind/body connection via the stress response. Their research shows the close relationship between the nutrient minerals and the stress response – the mind/body connection. An application of these concepts involves vitamin D supplementation. Applying this HTMA conceptual framework, stress and health conditions can become much worse with too much vitamin D supplementation that starts a cascade of mineral changes.

Dr. Rick Malter has the background and unique ability to teach the Eck/Watts HTMA conceptual framework to both professionals and non-professionals. This HTMA conceptual framework leads to a major paradigm shift in nutrition thinking. The person becomes much better able to think in terms of minerals, mineral patterns, and mineral system dynamics. How would a person’s life history, stresses, relationships, diet, supplements, drugs and medications, and toxic metal exposure all affect his/her mineral system dynamics? Thinking in terms of mineral dynamics provides a fresh look at nutrition and health. Thinking in terms of mineral dynamics hits the bull’s eye for most people.

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)

If you have been dissatisfied with traditional health care and are looking for alternative approaches to boost your energy and manage stress, it may be time to consider a Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) test. Dr. Rick Malter is a leading expert in hair tissue mineral analysis and how mineral imbalances can affect your stress and energy. Since 1980, he has 35 years of experience with HTMA personally and professionally. To help you find your mineral balance and feel your best, he starts with an advanced nutritional approach based on your hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA). This accurate laboratory test reflects how nutrient minerals relate to your stress reactions and your energy production. The patterns of nutrient minerals that are shown in a HTMA can be read like a mineral map revealing how a person may be functioning physically and psychologically. Are you a fast or a slow metabolizer? A person’s metabolic type is easily determined by a HTMA. A fast metabolizer responds differently to dietary supplements than a slow metabolizer. There are two major minerals (magnesium and copper) that are rarely assessed by any other laboratory tests besides the HTMA, yet research has shown that these two minerals are vital in supporting good health, energy, and vitality.



An extensive body of research shows how important magnesium is for supporting good health. Magnesium deficiency undermines energy production leaving people fatigued and exhausted. Magnesium is vital for hundreds of important enzymes for the body to function optimally. Magnesium is essential for maintaining a healthy heart rhythm and is nature’s anti-stress nutrient. Major health risks associated with substantial magnesium deficiency are sudden massive fatal heart attacks, serious glucose regulation problems, and anxiety and depression. Thirty-five years ago, in 1980, determining how severe my magnesium deficiency was based on my first HTMA very likely saved my life and restored my health, energy, and vitality. A person’s magnesium status can be strongly impacted by intense stress, either physical or psychological. Also, too much calcium and vitamin D can bring on a significant magnesium deficiency. A HTMA helps to explain how these magnesium deficiency effects can occur.


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A Downloadable Health History Checklist (Adobe PDF)

Health problems with copper are more complicated to explain. Fast metabolizers usually have an absolute copper deficiency, i.e. their HTMA copper level is below the ideal HTMA copper level. Slow metabolizer individuals, especially females, usually have excess stored copper that is often referred to as “copper toxicity”. However, the overall effect of the excess stored copper on the slow metabolizers’ mineral pattern is such that they can’t efficiently utilize copper metabolically. Therefore, in effect, they also experience a deficiency of copper even though they store an excess of copper. Fast and slow metabolizers respond differently to copper supplementation so determining your metabolic type and copper status through a HTMA is very important.

For a more detailed list of copper excess symptoms, click here.