Feb 24, 2017; by Briana McDonald; (UtopiaSilver.com) With the cost of health care on the rise I can’t help but ask myself if any of it is a necessary expense. Aside from true emergencies like a broken bone or if you are involved in some kind of accident and need emergency care- what are you really insured for? Real health insurance is proper nutrition, i.e. eating well, supplementing when necessary, and daily exercise. These are all much cheaper per year than what we have been paying to insurance companies.


“The Rising Cost of Healthcare”

Health insurance for just 1 person can run around $100 per month which equates to about $1200 per year. Most of the time in this year, you may visit the doctor’s office a handful of times. If you’re like me, it’s few and far between. If you are insuring a family of 3 or 4 you’re looking at anywhere from $400-$700 per month.  The kicker here is all this money is being dumped into health insurance but yet, nothing is going into your body. Unless you’re eating fan-freaking-tastic every day, you probably aren’t getting enough nutrients from food alone (not to mention food nowadays has almost 50% less of the nutrients that it used to have, so supplementation is almost a necessity.) I can’t help but wonder, are you really insuring your health? Or are you insuring someone else’s paycheck?

“An Ounce of Prevention is worth a pound of cure”

You can spend 10 times the amount of time, energy, and finances to heal from something when a problem arises rather than keeping your body healthy in the first place. Our habits form the people we have become. We don’t have to make big changes all at once rather make a few small changes at a time. Once you get the ball rolling and start feeling better, the road to health gets easier and less confusing. Most people don’t even know where to begin when it comes to supplementation and figuring out what their body needs. Everyone’s body is different, and we are all more or less deficient in one area than another so there is no “magic bullet” for everyone. One of the best places to start is a hair and mineral analysis.

Hair + Mineral Analysis

Trace mineral analysis is a test which measures the mineral content of your hair. Mineral content of the hair reflects the mineral content of the body’s tissue. If a mineral deficiency or excess exists in the hair, it usually indicates a mineral deficiency or excess within the body, or an issue with bio-unavailability.


  • If your hair reveals elevated calcium level two or three times normal, then your calcium level within the body may be elevated also. This can be caused by too much calcium in forms- especially citrate or carbonate- that are difficult for the body to absorb). If this is the case, a strong tendency exists for Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries due to calcium plaque buildup), Arthritis (caused by excess calcium being deposited in the joints) and/or stiff and inflexible muscles (caused by excess.
  • If your calcium level is low, then a tendency exists toward Osteoporosis (de-mineralization of bone), increased tendency to bone fractures, dental cavities, periodontal disease, and muscle cramps, etc.
  • Various mineral imbalances frequently lead to metabolic dysfunctions before any symptoms become manifest. Therefore if you can predict such a dysfunction, it may be correctable before it develops into a full blown health problem.

Last, but not least, to save money. Rather than scatter-shooting with random minerals and amounts, an analysis will allow you to target what your body actually needs.


  • Depression
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Hyperactivity
  • Headaches
  • Hypertension
  • Arthritis
  • Hair Loss
  • Anemia
  • Thyroid Disturbance
  • Prostate Disorders
  • Digestive Disturbance
  • Diabetes
  • Musculo- Skeletal Disorders
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Skin Rashes
  • Emotional Problems
  • Allergies


When one is found ill and no explanation can be found, or when the cause seems to be found, but the usual therapy is not wholly effective a Hair analysis opens up a whole new vista for the solving of your own particular problem by recognizing your biochemical individuality.

Even if you are not experiencing a severe problem, abnormal changes in body chemistry and nutritional deficiencies may result in early subtle changes in the body such as:

  • White spot in fingernails- indicates a possible zinc deficiency.
  • Longitudinal ridging in nails- indicates an iron deficiency.
  • Brittle hair and nails calcium and copper imbalance.
  • Deep Groves across nails- calcium deficiency.
  • Stretch Marks- zinc deficiency.
  • Lack of growth- zinc deficiency.
  • Mood Swings- Possible toxic metal accumulation such as lead, mercury, or cadmium.

The above indicators are early signs of metabolic disturbances and may lead to serious problems if left unchecked.


  • Improper diet such as excessive in-take of refined carbohydrates and sugars, strict vegetarian diets or other exclusive diets.
  • Taking vitamins and minerals which are not compatible with your current body chemistry.
  • Medications.
  • Birth control pills.
  • Stress.
  • Accumulation of toxic metals from the environment, job or hobby.
  • Inheritance of mineral patterns or mineral absorption problems.

Hair analysis is an invaluable screening tool which allows a correct program of diet and supplementation to be designed for each individual’s specific needs. Never before has there been available a metabolic blueprint with such a degree of applicable scientific accuracy. For further information, see your naturopathic doctor or nutritional consultant, such as Dr. Ken O’Neal .


  • Hair analysis is the most efficient means of determining exactly what minerals you do need.
  • Although rare, taking too much of any one vitamin or mineral can sometimes be harmful. For example, too much iron can cause liver damage as well as too much of the less absorbable forms of calcium, such as citrate or carbonate.
  • Women’s premenstrual headaches and cramps are often caused by too much copper or not enough magnesium in their system.
  • Arthritis can be caused by lead, cadmium, or mercury poisoning and consumption of too much of the less absorbable forms of calcium.
  • Mercury toxicity in a mother’s system can damage or cause death for her unborn child.
  • Eating the wrong diet can contribute to many kinds of diseases, such as constipation, diverticulosis, diabetes, and even cardiovascular disease.
  • Adolescent acne can also be caused by a bad diet and/or lead or copper poisoning, as well as a zinc deficiency.
  • Approximately 80% of our population lacks the enzymes and natural stomach acids to digest their foods properly, which leads to mineral and vitamin deficiencies of all kinds.
  • Hyperactive children often have too much lead or other toxic minerals (such as mercury from vaccinations) in their systems.
  • Obesity is frequently caused by chronic blood sugar problems, which are precipitated by deficiencies of chromium, vanadium, and magnesium.
  • Magnesium supplements may prevent brain damage of alcoholics.
  • The male Prostate gland contains more zinc than any other organ in the body; because of this adequate zinc levels are important for a healthy prostate and male potency.
  • Diuretics often prescribed for patients with high blood pressure and heart trouble can decrease their potassium and magnesium levels.

If you want real health insurance, look to nature for your bodies needs. We are made up of all the same nutrients found in food and our soil. When we become ill, our bodies are not telling us that we are deficient in prescription drugs because that is not what we are made of. We are deficient in trace minerals, vitamins and nutrients. Invest in yourself and invest in your health for real health insurance.