Your Nutritional Status

The Best Testing Options for Nutritional Evaluation

Oligo Scan – Vitamin, Mineral & Heavy Metal Assessment

The Oligo Scan is an advanced device that allows practitioners to test patients for mineral imbalances, vitamin levels and heavy metals toxicity.

The oligo Scan is a non-invasive medical device offering on the spot, instant results, allowing for an accurate assessment of one’s Nutritional status, evaluation of Excess and deficiency in minerals, risk of heavy metal toxicity, assessment of oxidative stress and free radical damage.

Utilizing Spectrophotometry, this is a quantitative analytical method of measuring the absorption or the optical density of a chemical.

It is based on the principle of absorption, transmission or reflection of light by the chemical compounds over a certain wavelength range.

Spectrophotometry is used in many areas: chemicals, pharmaceuticals, environment, food, biology, medical / clinical, industrial and others.

In the medical field, spectrophotometry is used to examine blood or tissue.

The Oligo Scan reports on 21 different minerals, 7 vitamins and 15 different heavy metals.

The minerals include calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, silicon, sodium, potassium, copper, zinc, iron, manganese, chromium, vanadium, boron, cobalt, molybdenum, iodine, lithium, germanium, selenium, sulphur & Fluor. Vitamins: A, B6, B9 (folate), B12, C, D & E. The heavy metals include aluminium, antimony, silver, arsenic, barium, beryllium, bismuth, cadmium, mercury, nickel, platinum, lead, thallium, thorium and Gadolinium.

Limitations to the Oligo scan Test

This test can only be done via an Oligoscan certified practitioner in their clinic. You will need to do a Google search in your local area to find a practitioner or simply ask the question in the Balanced Babes support group and we can try and find you a practitioner. 

Sunshine Coast Oligo Scan Appointments

To book an appointment at the Alexandra Headland Clinic, simple click the below button.  Test is $125 for on the spot results and interpretation.


Hair Mineral Analysis Test

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a quantitative test that measures the mineral composition of hair, (precise to parts per million). It is a safe and non-invasive test that reflects the level of nutrients and toxic elements in body tissue.

This test is performed at home, by which you will receive a Test kit in the mail and take your own sample of hair and send it back to the laboratory, with results returning to your prescribing practitioner within 2-3 weeks

What is tested?

17 minerals: Boron, Calcium, Cobalt, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Geranium, Iodine, Lithium, Magnesium, Manganese, Molybdenum, Selenium, Strontium, Vanadium, Tungston, Zinc
18 toxic metals: Aluminium, Antimony, Arsenic, Barium, Beryllium, Bismuth, Cadmium, Mercury, Nickel, Lead, Palladium, Platinum, Silver, Thallium, tin, titanium, Uranium, Zirconium

Cost of the Test is $260 which includes your pathology bill and a 30 minute Consultation with a Balanced Babes Naturopath

Upon Payment your practitioner will order your Test, which will arrive at your designated location within 5 business days. Once your practitioner has received your results, you will be contacted and an appointment scheduled with your practitioner to go over your results.

Blood Tests

Another option to assess your Nutritional Status is to work with your GP, however this option as some limitations:

  • Blood results for Nutritional’s are not as accurate
  • Not all GP’s are willing to investigate these, however some will happily test for you including offering Medicare rebates
  • The reference ranges set by your results are highly invalid

Blood Tests to consider investigating:

Iron Studies

Serum Zinc


Serum Copper

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12

Red Blood Cell Folate

Urinary Iodine

Recommended Reference Ranges Vs Ideal Reference Ranges

Please note that the reference ranges which doctors go by to interpret your results are based on the average results of those who are having bloods taken. HOWEVER, the average person who is seeking medical investigation is generally doing so as they are unwell, so the population sample is taken from sick, unwell people, completely skewing the average results to being of a very low standard and not reflective of good health.  

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