John Bumpus is a hair tissue mineral analysis practitioner (hTMAP) and nutritional consultant that specializes in integrative mineral balancing, and natural detoxification.

John's Integrative Mineral Balancing program supports and promotes optimal cellular health, through the simple and time-honoured practice of nourishment. His paradigm-shifting philosophy of the “inner physician” reminds us that the body wants to heal itself.

Integrative Mineral Balancing is a comprehensive and holistic nutritional approach that enables the inner physician to promote natural detoxification. It achieves this by providing the raw materials necessary and directly addressing the primary cause of toxin build-up — undernourishment.

Everything on Earth is just a combination of the 103 chemical elements, or minerals. Arranged in various ways - they make up our bodies, our food and water, trees, animals, air...
— Buckminster Fuller

More Than “Just” a Nutritional Program.


Integrative Mineral Balancing is much more than a "typical" nutritional program or diet – it's a lifestyle. And any good lifestyle comes with practice and development. When John designed the Integrative Mineral Balancing programs, he handpicked specific protocols to enhance its effectiveness.



Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis

Identify your Metabolic Blueprint

Hair tissue mineral analysis is a non-invasive mineral biopsy that measures, with scientific precision, the mineral content of the body using a hair tissue sample.

Hair tissue mineral analysis identifies potential health and micronutrient imbalances by pinpointing mineral levels, ratios and their relationships.


Cellular Detoxification

Purify and cleanse

Nourish your cells with what they need so they can let go of what is no longer serving their function.

Uncover unique protocols designed to enhance the body's organs with the elimination of heavy elements at the cellular level.


Cellular Nutrition

Optimise your biochemistry

Experience cellular nutrition with pharmaceutical grade, high quality supplements and herbal support designed for your unique biochemistry and metabolic rate. 

Discover your metabolic type and nourish your bodies life-force at the cellular level. 



Develop your spirituality

This powerful meditation technique addresses
the multidimensional nature of reality in the vital, mental, supramental and communal

Experience a creative and profound way to integrate, and expand your inner physician.

There is only one type of disease = Cellular disease

Humans are fundamentally made up of tiny units called cells. As a living organisms, humans are made up of approximately 70 trillion living intelligent cells compromise the human body at any one time. We generate about 200 million cells per minute, and approx 300 billion new cells every day. They are the source of the body’s energy supply and what keeps you functioning at optimal health. In fact, without cells, there would be no functioning at all. As soon as the cells lose any of their capacity to produce energy for the body, the result is a decline in health and the emergence of degenerative conditions.

Cellular Nutrition is a revolutionary scientific concept which explains the primary cause of disease. At the most basic level, disease and its symptoms reside first at the cellular level. In this model, unhealthy cells cause unhealthy organs, unhealthy organs lead to deficient metabolic activities, and this in turn leads to symptoms, which we name disease.

Healthy cell life produces what we call “vitality” – a healthy level of energy and resistance to stress. These cells are the most basic units of life which make up our bones, blood, tissues, brain, tissues, organs, organ systems and thus the organism.

The concept of Cellular Nutrition explains that the primary cause of today’s most common chronic diseases, including various forms of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, arthritis, cancer, and others, is a chronic deficiency of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and other specific nutrients at the cellular level. Cellular Nutrition defines an optimum daily intake of specific micronutrients as a basis for supporting and promoting optimal cellular physiology and structure.

There are more than 70 micronutrients that are essential for cellular functions. They include; 40 minerals, 16 vitamins and 21 essential amino acids. These essential nutrients have been chosen based on scientific criteria for the nourishment of the fundamental unit of the human organism — the cell.

The cell is immortal. It is merely the fluid in which it floats which degenerates. Renew this fluid at intervals; give the cell something on which to feed (nutrients) and, so far as we know, the pulsation of life may go on forever...
— Dr. Alexis Carrel, Nobel Prize Winner

What is Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis?


ARL Sample Hair Test

Testing provided by Analytical Research Labs. Other HTMA services are available from TEI if preferred.

An expression of Cellular health

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA), is a non-invasive mineral biopsy that measures the mineral content of a hair tissue sample at a cellular level. 

HTMA is a standard test used worldwide for the biological monitoring of trace elements and toxic metals in human and animal species. This same technology is used for the testing of rock and soil for mineral levels in the agriculture industry. 

As a screening test, HTMA measures the levels and ratios of elements found in the hair tissue with scientific precision and accuracy, including both the essential nutrient minerals as well as toxic elements, commonly referred to as "Heavy Metals".

HTMA provides a cellular blueprint that enables an advanced nutritional program to be designed that aids in the progressing of development, balancing biochemistry, and identifying the correct dietary and supplementation protocols that are essential for each individual’s metabolic needs at the cellular level. 

Hair may provide a continuous record of nutritional status.
— Maugh, T. H. Hair: A Diagnostic Tool to Complement Blood Serum and Urine. Science 1978; 202

Benefits of Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA)

Hair tissue mineral analysis indicates potential health and nutritional imbalances by pinpointing mineral levels and ratios at the cellular level.

These nutritional elements or micronutrients are the "raw materials" that each and every cell requires. Cells are the fundamental living units of our body, and minerals are essential for adequate nourishment. They promote optimal function, structure and development of the body as a complex whole and living cellular organism.

Hair tissue mineral analysis is an invaluable analytical test that measures the mineral content of a hair sample and allows a correct program of diet and supplementation to be designed for the individual’s specific metabolic needs. Because of this unique ability, a hair analysis has the potential to save thousands of dollars, in contrast to wasting time, energy and money on "see how you feel if.." methods. These "shotgun supplementation" methods and are harmful and deceptive.

High levels of toxic elements, which can and are measured by an HTMA, inhibit the body’s natural ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential for health and are proven to be correlated with many types of diseases such as autoimmune conditions, autism, and Alzheimer's disease.

The results of a hair tissue mineral analysis when combined with a properly designed nutritional balancing program impacts development, weight and body composition, genetic expression (nutrigenomics), glucose tolerance, nutrient metabolism, microorganism diversity, organ and glandular vitality, poor mineral absorption, heavy metal exposure and overall development.

Micronutrients are needed only in minuscule amounts, these substances are the “magic wands” that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones and other substances essential for proper growth and development. As tiny as the amounts are, however, the consequences of their absence are severe. Iodine, vitamin A and iron are most important in global public health terms; their lack represents a major threat to the health and development of populations the world over, particularly children and pregnant women in low-income countries.
— World Health Organization

What's your hair trying to tell you?

A sample of hair, when cut close to the scalp, provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place at the cellular level over the past three to four months. This is because the root of the hair below the skin's surface contains living cells, where hair grows.  These cells depend on a transportation medium, the blood supply, for the nourishment they require for adequate functioning, structure, growth and development.

As these cells grow and divide, minerals are sealed into the growing hair shaft, creating a reservoir of elements. If your health, lifestyle, diet or environment has created a mineral imbalance or toxic mineral excess, it will be recorded in the hair shaft.  An HTMA can indicate potential health imbalances and assist in designing nutritional programs that are unique and effective. This is because mineral levels in the hair tissue provide a reliable indicator for the mineral stores in the whole body. This is especially true when interpreted correctly, and the hair has not been washed at the lab. 

Information from the hair analysis, along with dietary and nutritional evaluations, will provide the basis for the nutritional balancing program to establish and maintain optimal levels of wellness. By balancing tissue mineral levels and ratios with lifestyle modifications, proper diet for your oxidation rate, herbs, nutritional supplements and detoxification protocols, many physical and behavioural health conditions can be prevented or reversed.

Why Test for Minerals?

Minerals are involved in nearly every metabolic process in the body – which means they are absolutely necessary for growth and development. 

Minerals are essential to the human body, but unlike vitamins, minerals cannot be made by the body and must be obtained from the environment through our nutrition. In fact, minerals are required to utilize vitamins and enzymes properly. They function as co-enzymes and catalysts, which enable the body to perform its natural functions such as energy production, growth, regeneration and development.

The human body, just like all other expressions of organisations in nature, must maintain its proper chemical balance. This balance depends on adequate mineral levels and ratios. The level of each mineral in the body affects every other mineral, and if these mineral imbalances or inadequacies are not acknowledged, there will be a chain reaction of imbalances and deficiencies that lead to illness, and malnourishment.

Data have been compiled from the available world literature on the accumulation and bioconcentration of selected toxic trace metals in human hair and nails and other mammalian hair, fur, nails, claws, and hoofs. The toxic trace metals and metalloids include antimony, arsenic, boron, cadmium, chromium, cobalt, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, selenium, tin, and vanadium. These have been tabulated by toxic metal, geographic area, subjects, sex, age, exposure gradient, analyses in ppm, and authority, from over 400 references. . . The various uses of hair for biological monitoring are reviewed for correlating with environmental exposure gradients, diseases associated with excesses and deficiencies, geographic distribution, and historic trends . . . . It appears to be that if hair and nail samples are collected, cleaned, and analyzed properly with the best analytical methods under controlled conditions by experienced personnel, the data are valid. Human hair and nails have been found to be meaningful and representative tissues for biological monitoring for most of these toxic metals.
— Jenkins, D. TOXIC TRACE METALS IN MAMMALIAN HAIR AND NAILS. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, D.C., EPA/600/4-79/049 (NTIS PB80103997), 1979

Is there a difference between blood and hair tests?

The hair is a storage organ and to some degree an excretory tissue. Measuring the mineral content of blood gives a good indication of the minerals being transported around the body. However, blood cannot accurately measure minerals stored in tissues. This is because mineral levels are kept at a relatively constant level in the blood, even when an imbalance is present due to the bodies innate buffering mechanisms.

The balance is maintained at the expense of other tissues such as the hair. What this means is that the hair will change first, sometimes years before the blood. HTMA is best used in conjunction with other appropriate pathology tests for the most comprehensive metabolic picture. However, as a screening test, it is very economical with the information that can be gleaned and may help prevent the occurrence of a chronic condition.

Birth defects are traced to improper dietary habits of the mother; hair weakness or poor scalp health is another birth defect that a mother passes on to a child.
If one is born with a thick shock of hair and keeps it until adulthood and then somewhere along the way loses it, it is his own doing, his own neglect of proper diet, including minerals.
— Dr. Melvin E. Page in Body Chemistry in Health and Disease

Please note: The laboratory we work with is a fully accredited and government certified clinical facility. ARL uses only the most sophisticated instrumentation available today - the Perkin Elmer Elan 9000 ICP Mass Spectrometer, to assess mineral levels in parts per million or parts per billion. This laboratory does not wash or rinse hair samples, like many others, providing more accurate results and information.