What I Offer
I offer virtual health coaching to migraine sufferers globally. I utilize Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) to give me an accurate 3-month snapshot of your tissue and cellular mineral profile. From this information and other information you provide through the intake process, I develop an individualized mineral balancing strategy that is unique to your metabolism. An HTMA is not required for migraine relief coaching but it is highly recommended.
Insight and Clarity
By gaining an understanding of what is happening in your body and why your migraines occur, your pain will cease to be so confusing.
As a coaching client, you will have access to comprehensive resources (from e-books to videos to inspirational audio files) designed to support you to heal your migraines.
No More Isolation
As your coach, I will be your ally in healing migraines. I will serve as an accessible, dedicated, empathic source of connection for you, every step of the way.
What is Mineral Balancing?
Your hair contains all the minerals present in your body, including nutritional minerals and toxic heavy metals. Hair mineral analysis is a laboratory test that measures this mineral content in the hair. In most cases, the test results reflect how much of these elements are in your tissues and provide a vivid picture of your cellular and tissue mineral levels.
With this information, a world of metabolic events can be interpreted. Not only can your nutritional status be viewed, but the test can also reveal how efficiently your body is working on many levels – including adrenal function, thyroid function, metabolic type, stress response, heavy metal toxicity, hormonal function, chemical sensitivity, and more.
In my coaching practice, I put a special emphasis on copper/zinc balance.
Your Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) Report
1-on-1 Coaching with Marya (includes HTMA report)
This option is best for those wanting personalized, one-on-one support from Marya to help implement the mineral balancing plan. Two coaching sessions are provided. The initial :30 minute session is designed to eliminate triggering supplements and foods and help you to gain leverage to stop migraines without drugs. The second one hour long follow-up coaching session involves review and fine-tuning of your mineral balancing plan. Includes a free copy of “Dissolve Your Migraines Without Drugs” and “30 Days of Inspiration”, a holistic audio journey.
3-Month Chronic Migraine Relief Coaching Package
This option is designed for those who have been suffering from longstanding chronic migraine for years or decades. It allows us to work together over time and to adjust and fine-tune the mineral balancing plan. This package includes an HTMA report, one 30 minute initial coaching session, 1 hour of email support each month for the full 3 months, and 2 additional hour long one-on-one coaching sessions. Includes a free copy of “Dissolve Your Migraines Without Drugs” and “30 Days of Inspiration”, a holistic audio journey.
Build Healthy Habits & Realistic Routines
Although mineral balancing is the bedrock of healing migraine, there’s more to healing migraine than minerals. Getting well also involves reconnecting with your authentic self, managing stress, recovering from traumatic events in your life, and cultivating centering practices that truly rejuvenate you.
Heal your migraines and your life!
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the advantages of hair tissue mineral analysis?
Deficiencies and excesses of minerals are more readily observed in a hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (TMA) than in a blood analysis or urinalysis.
- Hair specimens can be collected more quickly and easily than blood, urine, or any other tissue, using a non-invasive method.
- Hair analysis is more cost-effective than mineral testing through other means.
- Unlike blood, hair is less susceptible to the homeostatic mechanisms that quickly affect trace element levels.
- Long-term deviations of mineral retention or losses are more easily detected in hair than blood.
- Concentrations of most elements in the hair are significantly higher than found in the blood and other tissues.
- Hair provides a record of past as well as present trace element levels, i.e. biological activity.
- Hair provides information of substances entering the hair from the blood serum as well as from external sources.
- Hair is invaluable in the assessment of toxic metal levels.
Which factors contribute to mineral imbalances?
There are many factors to take into consideration, such as:
Diet – Improper diet through high intake of refined and processed foods, alcohol and fad diets can all lead to a chemical imbalance. Even the nutrient content of a “healthy” diet can be inadequate, depending upon the soil in which the food was grown or the method in which it was prepared.
Stress – Physical or emotional stress can deplete the body of many nutrients while also reducing the capability to absorb and utilize many nutrients.
Medications – Both prescription and over-the-counter medications can deplete the body stores of nutrient minerals and/or increase the levels of toxic metals. These medications include diuretics, antacids, aspirin and oral contraceptives.
Pollution – From adolescence through adulthood the average person is continually exposed to a variety of toxic metal sources such as cigarette smoke (cadmium), hair dyes (lead), hydrogenated oils (nickel), anti-perspirants (aluminum), dental amalgams (mercury and cadmium), copper and aluminum cookware and lead-based cosmetics. These are just a few of the hundreds of sources which can contribute to nutrient imbalances and adverse metabolic effects.
Nutritional Supplements – Taking incorrect supplements or improper amounts of supplements can produce many vitamin and mineral excesses and/or deficiencies, contributing to an overall biochemical imbalance.
Inherited Patterns – A predisposition toward certain mineral imbalances, deficiencies and excesses can be inherited from parents.
What is the scientific community saying about HTMA?
Hair tissue mineral analysis is supported by an impressive body of literature in a variety of respected national and international scientific publications. Over the past twenty-five years hair mineral testing has been extensive. Each year in the United States alone, federally licensed clinical laboratories perform over 150,000 hair mineral assays for health care professionals interested in an additional screening aid for a comprehensive patient evaluation. This does not take into consideration the thousands of subjects used in numerous continuing research studies conducted by private and government research agencies.
A comprehensive list of scientific research articles using Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis can be found here.
Please read my teacher Dr. Rick Malter, PhD’s article “Quack Busting and ‘Junk Science’” which addresses some of the controversies associated with Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis.
I live abroad. How do I submit a hair sample?
The lab I work with, Trace Elements Inc, has partnerships with labs all over the world. If you live abroad, I will work with Trace Elements to find the closest comparable lab in your country. You will submit your hair sample to them directly and I will get the results. In rare cases a client may have to send their hair sample in to me here in the US for me to submit to Trace Elements.
How Accurate is HTMA Compared to a Blood or Urine Test?
With a properly obtained sample, hair analysis is extremely accurate. Blood tests give information about your mineral levels at the time of the test only. If you’ve just eaten a banana, your test can indicate a high potassium level, even though you may actually need potassium supplementation. On the other hand, hair analysis results indicate your overall level of potassium – your actual tissue and cellular storage levels over a period of time, not just what you ate that day or even that week. So a blood test will only accurately report what is being transported in our blood at the time of the test.
Testing for minerals in urine measures the minerals that are being excreted from your body – not necessarily what has been absorbed as fuel for your body.
So blood and urine tests are like snapshots whereas a hair analysis is the video of your mineral retention.
Which lab do you use for the hair biopsy?
I use Trace Elements Incorporated (TEI) for all my hair tissue lab tests.
TEI is a licensed and certified clinical laboratory that undergoes regular inspections with the Clinical Laboratory Division of the Department of Health and Human Services, HCFA. TEI uses ICP-Mass Spectrometry, the most modern and expensive analytical technique to be applied to routine elemental analysis. TEI performs all testing in a trace element laboratory clean room environment, utilizes the latest microwave temperature-controlled digestion technique and has a highly skilled and professional analytical/support staff. Further, each patient result from TEI is based upon an hourly National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) traceable standard curve, a rigorous quality control validation for every 24 specimens and is compared to a representative reference range derived from the like analysis of an international collection of normal and “healthy” subjects. TEI also performs routine spiked sample recoveries, daily split specimen analysis and voluntarily participates in various interlaboratory test comparison (TC) surveys. Additionally, TEI like many laboratories, participates in an on-going Quality Assurance/Quality Control program and adheres to CLIA guidelines for precision, reliability and overall good laboratory practices. Needless to say, you can be assured that we stand behind our analytical data.s
How do I know HTMA is right for me?
- Your migraines are digestive, hormonal, or chronic.
- You’ve tried everything under the sun and are still suffering.
- You want to know if heavy metals are playing a role in your migraines, and if so, which ones.
- You do not know whether you are copper toxic or copper deficient.
- You want to stop relying on pain meds.
- You eat well but are still getting triggered by food.
- You want to sleep better (or be able to fall asleep!)
- You want more energy for your kids, family, work, and self.
- Your doctor won’t do anything except prescribe suppressive meds.
- You’re concerned about the “side-effects” of your pain meds
- You’re ready to empower yourself to heal your migraines naturally.
How many tests are needed to balance my minerals?
In most cases, a single HTMA test is sufficient to determine a long-term strategy for mineral balancing. However, if your initial test shows that you have high levels of heavy metal toxicity, retesting is valauble to confirm to what extent the heavy metals are moving out through the mineral balancing program. A retest is also valauble but not required at any point after a client has reduced or eliminated pharmaceutical medications (since these all contribute to mineral dynamics), and in general to confirm that the mineral balancing program is reflecting the desired results on a tissue level.