Cliff J. d C. Harvey, Kirsten Beynon
Journal of Holistic Performance
ISSN: 2463-7238 | DOI: 10.26712/280217
Published: 28 February 2017 | Updated: 16 April 2021
Key findings in plain English:
Position Stand | Peer-Reviewed
Hair testing for deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, macronutrients, and determining the presence of toxins and toxicants, and identification of allergies and intolerances, is common amongst practitioners of complementary and alternative medicine. However, the scientific evidence suggests that hair testing is neither universally reliable nor valid for determining these and that ‘energy-based’ testing has no basis in science and cannot be recommended.
It is the position of the Holistic Performance Institute that the use of Hair Testing to indicate the presence of exogenous minerals demonstrates validity, but the evidence does not suggest a meaningful application of Hair Testing to the diagnosis of allergies or any nutrient deficiency. Further research is required for the application of testing for endogenous minerals.
Cliff J. d. C. Harvey
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Harvey CJdC, Beynon K. Hair Testing: Holistic Performance Institute Position Stand. Journal of Holistic Performance. April 2021. DOI: 10.26712/280217
Reviewed and accepted 2017.
Open, post-publication peer-review available.