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General Category => Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health => Topic started by: Peyt on May 22, 2017, 12:19:49 am

Title: Best way to test Boron
Post by: Peyt on May 22, 2017, 12:19:49 am
Hi,
Does anyone know what is the best way to test Boron?
I am looking at my Hair and Urine test (both from Dr. Data) and the information is contradictory.
On the hair test my boron is 8.3 which is very High (normal range is 0.40 -3.0)  , yet on the urine test it shows as 0.92 (normal range is 0.4 - 3.5)
This is confusing... how can boron be so high on the hair but on the low side on the urine test?
Does anyone have any information as far as what is the best way to test and interpret result for Boron?
Thanks so much,
Peyt
Title: Re: Best way to test Boron
Post by: Cataceous on May 22, 2017, 01:24:02 am
Hair testing in general should be considered suspect: Kempson review article. (http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ivan_Kempson/publication/51020962_Hair_analysis_as_a_biomonitor_for_toxicology_disease_and_health_status/links/0fcfd50907ae16390f000000.pdf)

I don't know about urine testing for boron.
Title: Re: Best way to test Boron
Post by: eddy88 on May 22, 2017, 01:37:43 am
There are several sources that say hair testing is extremely accurate, then there are sources that say it is unreliable.

In a Dr Data hair test (I used this once), they want you to only use the first inch closest to the scalp, as it reflects the most recent timeframe.  They say the hair test is only accurate if the sample was not washed before testing.  I don't know if Doctors Data washes the hair or not.
Title: Re: Best way to test Boron
Post by: Cataceous on May 22, 2017, 01:48:00 am
There are several sources that say hair testing is extremely accurate, then there are sources that say it is unreliable.
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It can be very accurate and useless at the same time. For most things being tested there's no easy way to find what the accurately-measured value means regarding the subject's health. There are too many sources of contamination and too much variation between individuals to make such judgments. Even the water with which you wash your hair can influence the results. These tests do have some use when applied to larger populations.
Title: Re: Best way to test Boron
Post by: PeakT on May 22, 2017, 04:32:15 pm
Hi,
Does anyone know what is the best way to test Boron?
I am looking at my Hair and Urine test (both from Dr. Data) and the information is contradictory.
On the hair test my boron is 8.3 which is very High (normal range is 0.40 -3.0)  , yet on the urine test it shows as 0.92 (normal range is 0.4 - 3.5)
This is confusing... how can boron be so high on the hair but on the low side on the urine test?
Does anyone have any information as far as what is the best way to test and interpret result for Boron?
Thanks so much,
Peyt

Hair testing is just one tool in the toolbox.  What does the Dr.'s Data report say?  They put whether or not it is considered reliable, possible sources of contamination and things you should look into and consider.  I haven't had an issue with Boron, so I've never gotten that report back.