Why hair screening?
Hair holds information about your lifestyle for a very long time, unlike blood or urine which only provides a recent body status. For many years now, hair has been used as the biological sample of choice when wanting to look at longer periods of time, for instance, hair has been used to detect cocaine use in 1000-year-old Peruvian mummies.
Currently, we understand that head hair grows at a rate of 1cm per month, and with that knowledge, we can establish a timeline of a person’s lifestyle for the last couple of months, provided the hair has not been cut. At Hair Diagnostix, we have developed a technology, which allows us to be even more precise and look at an individual’s body diary even throughout a 24h-period. With this information, we developed a methodology capable of detecting abnormal levels of this metal in a single strand of hair! For this purpose, we use some rather complex instruments based on a technique called mass spectrometry.
Platinum is a toxic substance that is used during the chemical production process of silicone-based materials. After production, small amounts of Platinum remain as a contaminant in silicone-based implants. As soon as an implant ruptures or starts to leak, platinum, in addition to silicone, is also released into the body, and this can now accurately be detected in hair.
How do we know what levels of platinum are abnormal?
To answer this question, we did some extensive literature review and now we can confidently conclude that platinum serves no biological purpose, and it is not produced by your body. To further validate this, we collected hair samples from 55 Dutch women without breast implants and established a baseline level.
Even if this group of people showed very low levels of platinum, we were still able to find certain amounts of this metal in people’s hair due to their individual lifestyle such as their diet, workplace, or even from external contamination. Using these values as a reference, we generated a baseline level to express the normal expected levels of platinum in hair. We then tested women who have breast implants (which mostly had reported some symptoms or general feelings of being unwell) and we saw that their levels were higher than normal. This research was performed by a team of highly skilled scientists with diverse scientific backgrounds and we are more than happy to answer any doubts you may have, without any of that complicated scientific lingo! Feel free to pop by the FAQ on our webpage or contact us directly at email@example.com.