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Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Provider Update...

Posted by Tara Stepan on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 @ 02:18 PM

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Recently, many regional Blue Cross Blue Shield plans had implemented various restrictions, delayed payments, reduced coverages and made burdensome requests for additional documentation for our nutritional testing.

We are pleased to announce that we have successfully resolved the various coverage and reimbursement issues, and we can once again extend our "Preferred Payment" option for micronutrient testing to Blue Cross Blue Shield patients in most states. Due to policy restrictions, patients drawn in the states of TX, IL, NM, OK, SC and TN will remain ineligible for "Preferred Payment".

As in the past, there is no change to our insurance payment policy for advanced cardiovascular testing which includes the state-of-the-art Lipoprotein Particle Profile™ (LPP™). Blue Cross Blue Shield patients IN ALL STATES are eligible for our "Preferred Payment" option for LPP™.

We thank you for your patience and continued loyalty while we worked to resolve the various insurance issues.

Please contact your local representative or call our corporate office at (800) 227-5227 if you have any additional questions.

Topics: micronutrient testing, Insurance, Blue Cross Blue Shield

Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Depression

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Oct 20, 2010 @ 03:44 PM

What Are Omega-3 Fatty Acids?

Omega 3 fatty acids are nutrients absolutely necessary for human health. Since our bodies cannot synthesize omega 3 fatty acids, it is essential that we obtain them from our diets, hence they are commonly called essential fatty acids. The most common source of omega 3 fats is coldwater fatty fish such as salmon, but other sources include seafood, nuts, eggs and fish oil supplements.

There are two major omega 3 fatty acids – DHA and EPA – that have gained considerable attention in recent years because they seem to benefit almost every organ system in our bodies.

Mood DisordersDepression and Mental Clarity:

The majority (about 60%) of our brain and nerves are composed of fats, and it is well documented that poor fatty acid status contributes to both the incidence and severity of depression1151.

EPA and DHA are the most predominant omega-3 fatty acids in our brains and consequently, the most biologically relevant when it comes to mental health251. High DHA concentrations, for example, enhance serotonin, a feel-good hormone that gives a sense of well being. Impaired mental focus, disturbed sleep patterns and other common depressive symptoms often respond well to fatty acid supplementation.

The ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids (n6:n3) is equally important. Studies show that the more severe the depression, the higher the n6:n3 ratio typically is, but also the more effective fatty acid (or fish oil) supplementation can be.

Topics: SpectraCell, HS-Omega-3 Index, DHA, Depression, EPA

Special 2010 Promotion from SpectraCell

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Tue, Oct 12, 2010 @ 01:12 PM

SpectraCell's Preferred Payment Options offer an upfront co-pay with no remaining balance due from the patient. In addition, we are pleased to offer additional promotional options (valid through December 31, 2010). Pricing applies to all Preferred Pay Patients with private insurance coverage.

Preferred Patient Options:

Advanced Nutritional & Telomere Testing - $300*

  • Comprehensive Nutritional Panel - identifies functional cellular deficiencies of 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
  • Telomere Testing - measures the length of your patient's telomeres revealing their true cellular age. Studies have shown a direct correlation between telomere length and cardiovascular health.

Advanced Nutritional & Cardiovascular Testing - $160*

  • Comprehensive Nutritional Panel - identifies functional cellular deficiencies of 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants.
  • Lipoprotein Particle Profile™ Plus - advanced technology which accurately measures both the size/density and number of lipoprotein particles. Measuring the lipoprotein subgroups is the only way to accurately assess cardiovascular risk - according to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP).

Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Assessment - $100

  • Lipoprotein Particle Profile™ Plus - advanced technology which accurately measures both the size/density and number of lipoprotein particles. Measuring the lipoprotein subgroups is the only way to accurately assess cardiovascular risk - according to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP).
  • ApoE Genotyping - reveals genetic markers critical for determining treatment strategies to decrease patient cardiovascular risk.
  • HS-Omega-3 Index® - measures percentage of EPA and DHA levels. In addition to determining a patient's risk for Sudden Cardiac Death, there are potential benefits of omega-3 oils in a wide range of medical conditions.

*This promotion is not applicable for Cigna or Blue Cross Blue Shield patients insured through TX, IL, NM, OK, SC and TN.

Contact SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. at 800-227-5227 or your representative for more details.

2010 Promotion

Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Telomere testing, lipoprotein particle profile, ApoE Genotyping, HS-Omega-3 Index

Intracellular Function of Essential Nutrients

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, Oct 08, 2010 @ 04:15 PM

Apple-A-DayNutrient deficiencies may be induced by a variety of conditions, in addition to inadequate intake. With a functional deficiency, a nutrient may be present, but it may not be properly activated, it may not be properly localized, or it may not have sufficient cofactors to function at a normal level of activity. Underlying reasons for a functional nutrient deficiency include inefficiencies or deficiencies in the following:

  • absorption by the gastrointestinal tract
  • transport to the appropriate tissue
  • transport through the cell membrane into the cell
  • intracellular activation storage
  • concentration or activity of cofactors

Other factors contributing to nutrient deficiencies include intracellular inhibitors that may be present, tissues that may have increased metabolic needs, or hyper-excretion, such as loss zinc through sweat during intense physical exercise.

Thus, a functional deficiency includes anything that may reduce the concentration or the efficacy of a nutrient. No matter what the underlying cause, the result will be a defect in the biochemical pathways that depend upon the optimal function of that nutrient. A deficient or defective pathway may operate at a sub-optimal level for many months or even years before a clinical symptom may become apparent.

Because micronutrient testing evaluates the function of a nutrient rather than just the concentration present in blood or tissue, the clinical consequences of any of the problems listed above will be more likely to be detected by SpectraCell's micronutrient testing than by conventional serum concentration measurements.

Read more about nutritional deficiency testing HERE

Topics: micronutrients, micronutrient testing, deficiency, intracellular