> I read somewhere that they can't get accurate analysis if you color your hair, is that right?
Yes apparently so, but Cutler says that the easiest way to get around this is to use pubic hair. Although many of the labs say that you should only use hair from the back of the head (because this is what they standardize their tests with) apparently any body hair will do and many people have been obtianing accurate hair results with pubic hair.
> When I was first diagnosed with candida my doc drew blood and had it sent off and it checked for vitamins, minerals, amino acids, mtabolites, fatty acids, antioxidants.
OK thats great. Were you deficient in any aminos? Did you supplement any?
> Came back I was deficient in calcium, B12 and zinc. Everything else was fine. I've been giving myself B12 shots on and off for the past year and supplementing the others.
Thats great about the B12. But I would be *very* surprised if these were all you were deficient in.
Blood testing is certainly good, but hair testing will still give you an "extra look" so to speak. Its a very cheap/quick/convenient test to do.
> If this keeping my temps up doesn't give me the improvement I'm hoping for I might ask him about the hair test
Ok but bear in mind that most practioners don't know how to read a hair test, which may mean he deems it unnecessary. My nutritionist deemed my hair test so "unspectacular" that she didn't even give it to me! It took me 4 months to get it off her, and it is by far the most informative test I have ever taken. It should be compulsory IMHO for anyone with any chronic illness.