The Detox Project, along with Kudzu Science, issued a press announcement from Los Angeles on Wednesday to announce the release of a revolutionary new technology that will allow anyone in the world to test their own hair to determine their long-term exposure to pesticides for the first time ever.
People all over the country are growing increasingly interested in lowering their toxic exposure and this marks a revolutionary (and SIMPLE!) way to keep tabs on your toxic load. The presence of pesticides in hair can result from an acute exposure (from a significant, occasional exposure) or from exposure to frequent low doses of the pesticides in food, water and even the soil around us.
So, what’s included in the new hair analysis by The Detox Project?
Pesticides in this new test include 4,4′-DDD, 4,4′-DDE, 4,4′-DDT, Acetamiprid, Aldrin, Allethrin, Alpha Hexachlorocyclohexane, Beta hexachlorocyclohexane, Alpha Chlordane, Gamma Chlordane, Cypermethrine, Deltamethrin, Dieldrin, Alpha Endosulfan, Beta Endosulfan, Endosulfan sulfate, Endrin, Fipronil, Fipronil sulfone, Lindane, Heptachlor, Heptachlor epoxide cis, Heptachlor epoxide trans, Hexachlorobutadiene, Imidacloprid, Mirex, Permethrin, Piperonyl butoxide, Tetramethrin, and Transfluthrin.
Hair testing offers many benefits over blood and urine testing:
•Hair testing reveals your exposure to pesticides over a period of 90-120 days, compared to urine which only shows exposure for 14-21 days or blood which shows your exposure for the last 2-3 days.
- It’s also more cost effective to monitor hair over a year- requiring only 4 samples vs 26 for urine or 100 for blood!
- It’s easy to transport and store hair
- It’s simpler to collect hair vs urine or blood
“Hair testing has been used in forensic science for the last 30 years and we are helping to bring this expertise in to the public pesticide testing world. Hair has a memory and this will help our knowledge of long-term pesticide exposure to change forever,” said Henry Rowlands, Director of The Detox Project.
The Detox Project writes on their website that they plan to use this new hair testing technology to help government regulars all over the globe understand the need for better monitoring techniques.
Currently, bio-monitoring techniques only focus on the short term exposure to pesticides in urine or blood.
One test that you may notice is missing from The Detox Project’s hair analysis is indeed glyphosate. Zen Honeycutt, founder and Executive Director of Moms Across America, offers suggestions for labs where you can get your urine, tap water, breast milk or other liquids tested for toxins INCLUDING glyphosate here- http://www.momsacrossamerica.com/test_for_glyphosate
The Detox Project is already known for it’s Glyphosate-free certification, which tests raw ingredients and finished products for glyphosate residue. That certification was launched in March and since then over 200 food brands have jumped on board to have their products certified by The Detox Project.
You can learn more about The Detox Project’s new hair analysis test by visiting their website at https://detoxproject.org/pesticides-in-hair/.