11 Reasons to Work with Me
As more practitioners are now adopting HTMA in their practice, it's common for some to simply get an "HTMA certificate" and then call themselves an HTMA practitioner. It's imperative to work with someone experienced, as it takes years of dedicated practice to understand the various and complex nuances of HTMA.
HTMA is at the very core of the work I do. I've specialized in this field for many years, and have worked on many thousands of HTMA assessments and protocols.
I am frequently hired to teach many of today's Functional Diagnostic Nutritionists, Functional Medicine Doctors, HTMA Practitioners, Osteopaths, Naturopaths, Gut Healing Experts, Health Coaches, and more. I continue to be the mentor behind numerous practitioners of HTMA.
My research and work has led the way in increasing copper toxicity awareness and support over the years. Since 2014, I've provided the Internet's most comprehensive support site on the topic (www.coppertoxic.com), as well as the additional education and support resources at https://www.coppertoxicitysupport.com. Many of today's 'copper' practitioners have been influenced by my work in this field. In addition, I also support global research endeavors, and currently am the head HTMA consultant for an international study on copper toxicity.
I care deeply about maximizing the educational tools and support options available to support those struggling with copper toxicity.
A lot of practitioners offering HTMA are "married" to the lab they work with, or the singular approach of their teacher. There are various schools of HTMA thought, and often they are pitted against each other. My training comes from numerous mineral / orthomolecular / and functional medicine masters, and I incorporate what I feel are the best teachings from all. As a researcher, my trainings are further added to my own exhaustive years of research and knowledge.
Included among my early mineral mentors was Dr. Rick Malter Ph.D (arguably the world's foremost expert in this field for 4 decades and who in turn was taught HTMA directly by the very pioneers of nutritional HTMA science - Dr. Paul Eck and Dr. David Watts).
Dr. Malter and myself consulted closely together for several years before we created a small circle of expert practitioners that would meet annually in Sedona to share / learn from each other, including such experts as Dr Robert Selig, Dr Karen von Merveldt Guevera, Rachel Neumann and others. Several of these experts now offer their teachings through our annual HTMA Virtual Summit event.
Much of my passion is in helping people understand to to better protect and support their health and energy with minerals and safe detox. Mineral Mastery is a powerful nutrition education program designed to broaden both public and medical community awareness on this role that minerals play in health. While originally designed to empower the "every day person", because of it's uniqueness in content and research, many wellness / nutrition practitioners have taken the program to advance their training.
...and which follows all proper testing protocol and procedures. It does NOT chemically wash the hair sample (as many labs do). IMPORTANT: There are various types of "Hair Analysis" - not all are suitable for nutritional balancing, and some approaches even questionable. TEI has advanced the understanding of mineral ratios and loss patterns beyond that of its competitors, and also offers a more comprehensive panel of heavy metal test results (testing levels of 36 essential minerals and toxic metals).
I am an Authorized Provider of Hair Trace Mineral Analysis by Trace Elements Inc. (Clinical Laboratory License No.: 45-D0481787 U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, State of Texas Department of Health, CLIA 1988)
The over-automation of HTMA is one of the reasons why many people end up more confused than ever when they get their results. Most HTMA services simply provide an 'automated lab report'. Such automation often misses many of the essential personal factors (such as medications, supplements, exogenous exposures, symptoms, and more) that must be considered for a proper analysis.
I care about personalized attention! In the Premium Report / Personalized Protocol I write for clients, I personally spend about 4 hours of my professional time going through the case and providing explanation and guidance on a personal level. This report considers your specific symptomology & health history, interprets your charts, gives you an explanation of both the physical and psychological effects that mineral imbalances may be causing you, and provides detailed supplementation and step by step detox guidance.
In a field where many hair analysis providers just pass on an automated report (or in some cases are even selling their Hair Analysis service with barely a skeletal understanding of key HTMA concepts), I am a strong advocate for maintaining the integrity of authentic nutritional hair analysis and providing a truly personalized approach.
It was the life-altering event of seeing how copper toxicity (and faulty medical guidance by her physician) saliently affected a loved one and destroyed our family. This led me onto the mission of educating and bringing awareness to copper toxicity and this field of mineral balancing. My hope is to create a more informed world where similar outcomes can be avoided and people are given informed guidance before it's too late. Millions are suffering from vast amounts of mis-information when it comes to nutrition as well as hair analysis, and this further fuels my passion to bring the real science of mineral-based health and nutrition to the forefront.
I don't believe in making clients wait weeks on end to get an appointment. Though my practice is extremely busy (I'm often working 12 hour days 6 days a week!), I do my best to be available to everyone, as much as I can. You always have access to me via email, and if you desire a phone or Zoom consult, it can usually be arranged within the week.
I have support options for every budget. The basic HTMA test is on par or priced even lower than most competitors. As you go into the Silver, Gold, and Platinum Value Packages, you'll find even greater value with various support bonuses included.
Most experts charge hundreds of dollars per hour for their time. When you consider I put in at least 4 hours of my professional time into the Premium Report/Protocol giving you personalized attention, you'll see that I'm trying to make this knowledge as accessible as possible to everyone.
Note: If you find an HTMA service that's cheaper, check to make sure - are they just offering you some automated report? With HTMA, you typically end up getting what you pay for.
Please note that Rick is not a medical doctor. Rick provides natural health protocols (based on HTMA data) that aim to address mineral-based imbalances in the body. These often manifest as symptoms such as fatigue, digestive issues, depression, anxiety, hormone imbalance, insomnia, etc...conditions of which the root cause often remains a mystery to conventional practitioners. The goal here is to educate, improve awareness, and promote wellness through personalized guidance. Working with Rick does not create a "doctor-patient relationship".
EDUCATION & SUPPORT
Too many people are content turning a blind eye to this epidemic that affects millions. It's time we elevate the conversation and raise awareness. At stake is our health, our relationships, and the lives of those we love.
Rick's international work in this field is dedicated to supporting those affected by copper toxicity, and increasing nutritional education and awareness. The more the public becomes informed about the silent epidemic of copper toxicity and its long list of health consequences, the more those affected will be able to find support, and the more people will be empowered with knowledge to proactively take steps to limit their build-up of excess copper.
It's unconscionable that women still aren't receiving proper informed consent to certain birth control methods, including the copper IUD, and that many doctors still flat out deny the idea of copper toxicity and the effects that continue to destroy so many lives (some examples).
Rick's work is behind much of the awareness today surrounding copper toxicity. With Rick's launch of www.coppertoxic.com in 2013/2014, today hundreds of thousands of people are receiving information that wasn't readily available prior, more practitioners are being trained to understand this epidemic and safe treatment approaches, discussion groups are increasing, HTMA is becoming more widely recognized, and support on a global scale has and continues to increase.
My "Why" For What I Do
... over the years to being a voice for change and a global leader advancing education in the field of mineral-based health, including for the millions affected by the silent copper toxicity epidemic). Through my work, and furthering the decades of pioneering research by such brilliant doctors as Carl Pfeiffer Ph.D, Paul Eck, George Watson Ph.D, David Watts Ph.D, and Rick Malter Ph.D., I am passionately dedicated to creating a better world for our women, children and future generations where similar events as what happened to my family can be avoided, where people receive more fully informed health guidance in general, and where the bridge of understanding between nutrition and psychology is strengthened.
In a landscape where doctors still rely on the blood level to determine mineral status, where people fall victim to the 'HTMA is quackery" message without researching further, where copper IUDs are given to women as a 'safe' alternative without fully informed consent, where most doctors and counselors remain untrained to recognize the mental health effects of mineral imbalances, and where the Internet is flooded with articles that sell people on nutritional concepts which are factually dangerous to health, it is my mission to awaken nutritional consciousness through education to include the central role that mineral imbalances play in physical and mental health, energy, and relationships.
Widely held misconceptions that as long as one eats healthy one doesn't have to worry about mineral deficiencies; that taking a multi-vitamin provides good insurance against deficiencies; that a copper IUD is a ‘safe’ option for women’s birth control because it's 'non-hormonal'; that supplementing with extra calcium is great for bone health; that nutrition and mental health have little or no relation; that a proper detox can be done in a few weeks; that blood tests are a reliable measure of the body’s nutrients…all of these beliefs are so far from the truth and, until they are dispelled, only perpetuate the suppression of finding real answers to many of today’s most common health complaints, both physical and mental.
DESPITE THE WARNINGS given 40 years ago, the findings from four decades of research since, and the hard evidence provided by...hundreds of thousands of HTMA profiles; and despite countless women testifying how the pill or copper IUD has devastated their health and lives and pleading for their doctors to listen, the conventional medical HTMA community continues to deny that birth control usage (and subsequent resulting mineral imbalances) could have a link to many of the most serious and prevalent health conditions we are seeing today. Those affected deserve to have a voice.
DESPITE THE FUNDAMENTAL FACT that stored bio-unavailable minerals and metals do not stay in the blood... the medical field continues to rely on serum blood tests for diagnosis or a measure of progress, falsely promoting the idea that blood serum provides an accurate indicator of mineral toxicities.
DESPITE MINERALS BEING THE BASIS to all nutrition (not to mention, life itself), most nutritionists still pay almost no attention to assessing a client's mineral status before designing so-called "customized" nutritional programs.
DESPITE nutrient depleted soils, organic produce sprayed with toxic copper sulfate, rampant low HCL production in the gut which impairs nutrient absorption, and environmental toxins / metals which block cell receptor sites preventing nutrients from effectively getting into the cell, we're led to believe that if we simply eat a "healthy diet" our nutrients will be balanced (and this is simply not the case).
DESPITE bio-unavailable copper playing a primary role in everything from anxiety to depression to schizophrenia, the mental health community continues to prescribe dangerous psychotropic drugs without first looking at or even acknowledging that a remedy could exist through the safe and holistic correction of a mineral imbalance. While tissue calcification affects over 3/4 of the population and is an underlying factor in the common degenerative bone diseases we see so often in old age, it also plays a role in human psychology, yet again this connection too is largely ignored in mainstream discussion and counseling. Calcification goes beyond the obvious - bone and tissue. What if a trauma or copper toxicity induced calcium shell calcifies the pineal gland - our third eye that connects our physical body to the astral plane. Logic, self awareness, and perception of our connection to Universe then diminish. We shut down emotionally, becoming more rigid. The implications of how minerals affect relationships is just as profound.
Understanding these concepts means first accepting that our minerals affect far more than just our physical body, and the reverberations of this extend far beyond that which is taught in standard nutrition or psychology. It also means adjusting nutrition in a targeted way unique to each individual, in ways that prevent excess calcification or the build up of copper or other toxins from occurring. It's time we show the courage to place health and understanding before profits and outdated dogmas. We must learn beyond what we've been taught. Too many lives have already been hurt or destroyed as a result of medical ignorance (no matter how well intentioned), and the health of our future generations, especially our young women, is most at risk. Leaving outdated medical and nutritional beliefs behind, let's open ourselves to knowledge which can truly serve the greater good of people. When women receive fully informed consent to birth control, when nutritionists understand the essentialness of program design based on the targeted rebalancing of specific minerals, and when the medical system allows for greater conversation on the role mineral imbalance and adrenal health plays in disease, what are the possibilities for our world in terms of reducing illness, increasing human energy, and saving relationships and lives? More and more we are seeing forward-thinking practitioners using HTMA as a tool to serve their clients. However until HTMA is much more widely accepted as an effective and essential screening tool for mineral imbalance and subsequent correction, and until the fact is broadly recognized that mineral imbalances play a key role in both physical and mental health, this risk to ourselves, and our loved ones, will continue; and health answers will remain elusive. After having lost those I love most to conventional medical ignorance surrounding copper imbalance, it is my mission to bring awareness and evidence-based nutritional guidance to those most at risk while also providing mineral education to both the public and medical communities.
Any health practice or dogma, by way of rigid restriction or forced application, that takes not into consideration a person’s bio-individually unique nutrient or bio-mechanical structural status, risks eventual damage to one’s system. Taking into account a person’s physiological limitations and their nutritional deficiency and toxicity profile through evidence-based testing is essential for designing intelligent and safe movement and dietary protocols."
~ Rick Fischer
I believe it's imperative that each one of us takes responsibility for the health of our minds and bodies so that we may live life embracing our passions rather than battling disease; I believe the health of our body is influenced greatly by the health of our mind, while the health of our mind is affected by what we feed our body - we must work on both for true health to prevail; I believe we owe it to our loved ones and especially our children to set an example for health so that they grow up in an environment that bestows upon them every possible opportunity for health, and healthy inspiration." ~Rick Fischer
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