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A Powerful but Overlooked Strategy to Prevent Breast Cancer

Posted by Elissa Rodriguez on Wed, Oct 19, 2016 @ 02:46 PM

Womens-Health_cropped.jpgBreast cancer is often caused by a compromised ability to detoxify estrogen. Although this hormone is essential– it contributes to skin, bone, psychological, and reproductive health – excess estrogen and the conversion of estrogen into dangerous metabolites can drive cancers in hormone-sensitive tissues (breasts, cervix, uterus, and ovaries).

Estrogens are a group of structurally similar hormones that are metabolized continuously in the body. Sometimes these forms are protective, and sometimes they are metabolized into harmful forms that can stimulate tumor formation or initiate breast cancer. Whether estrogen becomes protective or damaging depends on micronutrient availability in bodily tissues that drive these metabolic pathways. One example is vitamin B6. This nutrient helps detoxify excess estrogen so that it does not cause tumors. Similarly, magnesium drives the enzyme that removes toxic forms of estrogen from the body. Cysteine – a powerful antioxidant - prevents estrogen from being oxidized into a dangerous form that promotes breast cancer. In short – when the appropriate micronutrients are biologically available, toxic forms of estrogen can be minimized, thus diminishing the potential for breast tumor development. 

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Topics: micronutrients, breast cancer, estrogen and breast cancer, hormone balance, breast cancer awareness

Breast Cancer Prevention or Earlier Diagnosis –Which is Better?

Posted by Elissa Rodriguez on Thu, Oct 13, 2016 @ 07:39 PM

breast_cancer_ribbon.pngThe short answer is - both. Ask most women, and many will tell you that a mammogram is the most powerful tool when it comes to breast cancer prevention. Unfortunately, getting a mammogram is not truly preventive, although it is a very powerful tool for early diagnosis. In other words: mammograms do not prevent breast cancer from developing, even though these procedures facilitate early diagnosis that in turn allows providers to target the cancer in its earlier, more treatable stage. Prevention is dependent on healthy breast tissue, and to be healthy, the body’s detoxification pathways, which are dependent on several micronutrients, must perform optimally. Micronutrient deficiencies compromise this process, leaving the potential for rogue cells to flourish and become tumors. This is also true for other hormone-sensitive tissues (cervical, uterine, and ovarian). Prevention begins by providing the body with the necessary materials (micronutrients) in appropriate amounts to detoxify and repair cellular damage, daily. 


Topics: micronutrients, breast cancer, awareness, early detection, breast cancer preventnion


Posted by Elissa Rodriguez on Wed, Oct 05, 2016 @ 03:58 PM


Why you should know about CoQ10 if you are taking a statin.

Most Americans have heard of statins, a group of drugs commonly prescribed to lower cholesterol levels.  But many people are not familiar with coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10), the micronutrient that is known to be depleted by most people who take statins. In fact, the original patent for statins (AKA “HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors”) acknowledged this as early as 1990; however, this is still not widely known today. CoQ10 (AKA ubiquinone because it is so ubiquitous in the body) is a substance that creates energy, the most fundamental of all cell functions. Tissues with a high energy requirement – heart, liver and muscles – require CoQ10 to work.  If these cells don’t have sufficient CoQ10, a person may eventually experience fatigue, muscular pains, or both. 

Do you know your CoQ10 status? Get your SpectraCell Micronutrient Test today!


Topics: micronutrients, Coenzyme Q10, Cardiovascular Health, Heart Disease, Nutrition, Heart Health, cardiovascular disease, statin, chronic, CoQ10, disease

What is Triage Theory, and why is it important to our health?

Posted by Elissa Rodriguez on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 @ 01:31 PM

cells2.jpgTriage Theory states that the body uses whatever nutrients are available to ensure that the most basic and pressing metabolic functions are fueled first; if a needed nutrient is not available, the body compromises long-term health to ensure short-term critical function. This is analogous to a triage situation in any emergency room: prioritizing a patient’s needs based on the severity of his or her situation/ condition. In the same way, our bodies naturally “triage” on a daily basis. Cells will sacrifice nutrients from non-survival functions for immediate physiological needs. For example, nutrients will be diverted from tissue repair to meet a more critical need such as fighting off an infection or secreting cortisol to deal with an imminent stressor. When an adequate supply of necessary nutrients is available to all cells, short-term and long-term health is preserved.  However, when not enough of these nutrients are available  – and this is often the case given the prevalence of a nutrient-poor diet, stress, and other lifestyle habits that impact nutrient intake and absorption - the stage for the development of chronic disease is set, negatively impacting long-term health.

  • LINK TO ABSTRACT Plasma folate, vitamin B-6, and vitamin B-12 and breast cancer risk in BRCA1- and BRCA2-mutation carriers: a prospective study.


Topics: micronutrients, Cancer, Nutrition, chronic, DNA breakage, Triage Theory, disease

Estrogen Metabolism and its Clinical Applications

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 12:50 PM

SpectraCell's Educational webinar series hosted every month addresses how various diagnostic tools can aide in improving patient outcomes. To view our complete webinar library, please be sure to visit by clicking here.

One of our most recent webinar presentations is highlighted below.  The presentation gives the viewer a detailed look into understanding methylation processes and key components that may or may not affect estrogen metabolism presented by Dr. Karan Y. Baucom an expert in the field.

Estrogen Metabolism and its Clinical Applications

Presented by Karan Y. Baucom, MD

  • Overview of the methylation process and its effects on clinical conditions
  • Understand key components of the biochemical pathways affecting methylation and estrogen metabolism
  • The role of nutrition in the methylation process and estrogen metabolism
  • Case Study Review

Click on the image below to view SpectraCell's webinar on "Estrogen Metabolism and its Clinical Applications."




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Topics: SpectraCell, Hormones, Methylation, Estrogen, Metabolism

Study suggests testosterone therapy in men not harmful to prostate...

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, Mar 06, 2015 @ 11:04 AM


Recent finding suggests testosterone therapy in men not harmful to prostatetestosterone

In a recently published study, 1023 hypogonadal men who received testosterone therapy were monitored for an average of 5 years for prostate cancer. The authors concluded that “testosterone therapy in hypogonadal men does not increase the risk of prostate cancer” although the authors did explicitly note that there was not control group in this study of men not taking testosterone.

Similar conclusions were reported in a different review of a testosterone replacement therapy in men, although the effect of testosterone on cardiovascular disease and events was much less clear. Whether or not to treat men with testosterone remains equivocal, as highlighted in the clinical decisions case study listed below.
(Journal of Urology, January 2015)
(Therapeutic Advances in Drug Safety, October 2014)
(New England Journal of Medicine, November 2014)

LINK to ABSTRACT Incidence of prostate cancer in hypogonadal men receiving testosterone therapy: observations from 5-year median followup of 3 registries.
Adverse effects of testosterone replacement therapy: an update on the evidence and controversy. LINK to FREE FULL TEXT
Clinical decisions. Testosterone-replacement therapy.

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Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient, Hormones, Testosterone


Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 @ 03:11 PM

SpectraCell is expanding their hormone and thyroid test menu. hormones

Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease - mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health and appearance.  An imbalance of one hormone can initiate a cascade of events that alters other hormones, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is key. Thyroid hormones directly regulate every cell in our body as most basic functions like metabolism, emotions and thinking. The below components have been added to our already established hormone and thyroid test.

Estrone sulfate (E1) – Included in our male and female hormone profiles

This estrogen has very strong tissue proliferative effects and may be linked to estrogen dominant conditions like fibrocystic breasts, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. It will create either dangerous or beneficial metabolites, depending on a person's nutritional status.

Estriol, unconjugated (E3) – Included in our female hormone profile

Estriol is a weak estrogen that is very high during pregnancy, but also plays an important role in non-pregnant women by opposing the growth of cancer cells promoted by the stronger estrogens E1 and E2.  Estriol is also known to alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or urinary incontinence.

Reverse Triiodothyronine (Reverse T3) – Must be ordered individually

As the name implies, Reverse T3 opposes the biological action of T3.  It slows metabolism and renders T3 in the body biologically inactive. The rate of rT3 production relative to T3 will increase in times of stress (high cortisol) and in the presence of nutrient deficiencies, inflammation or certain medications.

To learn more about how to get tested, please visit our GET TESTED page HERE.

Topics: SpectraCell, Thyroid, micronutrient, Hormones

The Endocrine Disorder in America NO ONE is Talking About

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 09:16 AM

thyroid resized 600There are currently about 25 million Americans diagnosed with some sort of thyroid disorder.  Thyroid disorders tend to be more prominent in women and the probability of a thyroid disorder occurring is four times more likely in women than in men. 


What exactly is the thyroid?

  • A butterfly shaped gland in the neck
  • Makes T3 , T4 and calcitonin (calcium regulating hormone)

Symptoms of a Thyroid disorder

  • Weight gain, even though you are not eating more food.
  • Increased sensitivity to cold.
  • Constipation.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Joint or muscle pain.
  • Depression.
  • Fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • Pale dry skin.

Watch SpectraCell's webinar on
Integrative Diagnostics for Managing the Thyroid HERE                                                  

Topics: SpectraCell, Thyroid, weakness, Hormones, Weight Gain, endocrine disorder

The Role of Nutrition in Hormonal Health

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 10:57 AM

Hormone Balance Logo resized 600Micronutrients profoundly affect hormonal health.  It is difficult to achieve hormonal balance if micronutrient status is inadequate, and like nutrients, hormones affect cellular metabolism, energy production, detoxification efficiency and mental health so balance is Key. 

Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease - mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health and appearance.  An imbalance of one hormone can initiate a cascade of events that alters other hormones.  
  • Fatigue & Energy Levels
  • Cardiovascular health (Blood pressure, clotting, lipids)
  • Neurology (migraines, sleep, pain)
  • Mental Health (depression, anxiety, cognitive function)
  • Immunity (infections, autoimmune disease)
  • Metabolism (blood sugar regulation, tissue repair)
  • Bone density (Osteoporosis)
  • Physical appearance (skin, muscles, hair)
SpectraCell Laboratories offers comprehensive male and female hormone panels that reveal the overall state of hormonal balance in a patient.

A comprehensive look at your hormone status is key.


Topics: SpectraCell, Vitamins, micronutrient, Hypothyroidism, Hormones, Menopause, infertility, Women's Health

SpectraCell Launches NEW Products!

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

spectracell, hormones, micronutrient, genetics, cardioAt SpectraCell Laboratories we are always looking for ways to look at the overall health of a patient and in turn providing you with the tools necessary to provide a customized treatment plan where the focus is "Balance is Key" to healthy living.

SpectraCell Laboratories, the leader in functional nutritional testing is proud to announce the launch of our new comprehensive hormone testing and CardioMetabolic with a Pre-diabetes panel to its menu. Below you will find a brief description of each of the tests we are now offering to our clients.     


SpectraCell Laboratories, primarily known for its functional nutritional testing, now offers a complete Cardiometabolic Panel to measure risk of heart disease and diabetes.   The new panel, which includes SpectraCell’s advanced Lipoprotein Particle Profile™,   reports several clinically relevant biomarkers in three areas:  (1) Glycemic control  (2) Lipid Metabolism and (3) Vascular Inflammation.  Each patient is given a pre-diabetic risk score ranging from 1 to 8 depending on their results. As a clinician, you can monitor both their specific biomarkers as well as their composite risk and treat accordingly.  Assessing cardiometabolic function is the first step in treating it. 


Complete male and female panels are now available.  Both end-point steroid hormones as well as precursor hormones are included so the precise place of imbalance in the complicated hormonal cascade can be pinpointed.  Several peptide hormones are also included as well as a complete thyroid panel, including thyroid antibody testing.  Like nutrients, an imbalance of one hormone can initiate a cascade of events that alters other hormones, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is essential.

For more information on our new tests or to receive a product guide booklet, complete form

Topics: SpectraCell, diabetes, Thyroid, micronutrient, Hormone, Cardio, Metabolic