Hair Mineral Test - Recognition
1. The six international authorities, which recognize the use of hair test.
- Queensland Government, Environmental Health Unit, Public Health Services, Queensland Health. (2002). Environmental Health Guidance Note – Mercury.
- The European Commission. (2001). Position paper on mercury. Chapter 5.
- The U.S Center for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (1999). Toxicological Profiles. Mercury. Chapter 6, Analytical Methods.
- The U.S Environment Protection Agency (1997). Mercury Study. Report to Congress. EPA-452/R-97-007
- The World Health Organization (1990) International Programme on Chemical Safety (IPCS), Environmental Health Criteria 101, Methylmercury, World Health Organization. ISBN 92 4 157101 2. (Book)
- The United Nation Food and Agriculture Organization and the World Health Organization (2003), Joint FAO/WHO Expert Committee for Food Additives and Contaminants 61st meeting. (P.136)
2. Hair dye will not affect the level of mercury in hair
A research jointly conducted by the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency clearly stated that there are no difference in the level of mercury in hair in subjects with or without hair dye.
3. Research by the University of Hong Kong
We have provided our testing service to the University of Hong Kong in a research of autism and mercury exposure. Results indicate that Hong Kong children’s exposure to mercury is higher than adults in European Countries or U.S. Also, the level of mercury in hair is higher in autistic children than that of normal children.
- Ip P, Wong V, Ho M, Lee J, Wong W., Environmental mercury exposure in children: South China's experience. Pediatr Int. 2004 Dec;46(6):715-21.
- Ip P, Wong V, Ho M, Lee J, Wong W., Mercury exposure in children with autistic spectrum disorder: case-control study. J Child Neurol. 2004 Jun;19(6):431-4.