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Webinar - Nutritional Considerations of the Geriatric Patient

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 @ 09:32 AM

Presented by Ron Grabowski, R.D., D.C.Geriatric Patient and Nutrition

What you will learn:
  • Do you know which nutrients are most commonly deficient in the elderly?
  • Nutrient - Drug Interactions commonly seen in the elderly
  • How can certain nutrients support the immune system in the elderly?
  • Case study review

 

Topics: micronutrient testing, Nutrition, immune system, deficiencies, Elderly

YEAR END SPECIAL!!! Micronutrient & Telomere Testing

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Mon, Nov 21, 2011 @ 02:42 PM

MNT & Telomere Testing resized 600Medicine now recognizes that every patient is biochemically unique, and this individuality extends to a patient's nutritional needs. In fact, a person's unique genetic blueprint will influence their nutritional needs and likewise, their nutritional status often influences gene expression. By measuring their comprehensive nutritional status with SpectraCell's micronutrient testing, deficiencies of 33 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants will be uncovered, thus allowing a targeted supplementation regimen based on the results. Correcting deficiencies can slow aging and degenerative disease progression, and the diagnostic epitome of cellular aging is telomere length. When combined with the innovative Telomere test, which tells your patient whether or not their biological age is older or younger than their chronological age, micronutrient testing is an exceptional tool that enables a physician to synergize this intimate interaction of genes and nutrition.

SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. is combining their Micronutrient and Telomere Testing as an end of year special package with the Preferred Pay* pricing option.  Preferred Payment Options offer an upfront co-pay with no balance bill due to the patient. Pricing applies to all Preferred Pay Patients with approved insurance coverage. This offer is good through December 31, 2011. 

*Promotion is not applicable for Blue Cross Blue Shield patients drawn in AL, FL, IL, NC, NM, OK, SC, TX and Cigna patients. This promotion is not available for Medicare patients.

Contact your SpectraCell representative for details at  800-227-5227 or spec1@spectracell.com.


Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Telomere testing, preferred payment option

Vitamin Mystery Solved at Seattle’s Vitality Medical Clinic

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Nov 16, 2011 @ 01:36 PM

Guest Blog by: Vitality MediSpa and Medical Clinic

How do you choose your vitamins?

VitaminsFrom unknown manufacturing processes to mystifying ingredients, trumped up labeling claims, and sponsored research studies, there are few topics quite as confusing as vitamin and mineral supplementation.

Yet most Americans purchase vitamins and supplements one of two ways: either buying them in bulk at a local discount warehouse, or choosing the one with the best-sounding label off the pharmacy shelf.  Neither of these methods is an optimum solution for many reasons, but mostly because every human body is not created equal.

The same is true of vitamin equality—some brands don’t have the right combination of vitamins and nutrients (did you know that some nutrients can cancel out the effectiveness of others when taken together?). Other brands contain fillers, woefully inadequate levels, or non-certified ingredients that aren’t effective no matter how high their dose is.

Inadequate intake or subtle deficiencies in several vitamins are risk factors for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, and osteoporosis.” — The Journal of the American Medical Association

Put simply, taking vitamins and supplements while being “in the dark” about what your body needs is dangerous—causing imbalances, pro-oxidant effects and actually inducing deficiencies in other nutrients as a side effect. Add in some of the recently published reports about the “dangers of vitamins,” and you might think it’s better to avoid vitamins altogether…

Can vitamins really kill you?

Two recent supplementation studies sparked all sorts of “your vitamins may be killing you” headlines in mainstream media last month. Both studies implied that vitamins could be dangerous, yet what the media didn’t make clear is that both studies were based on blind versus targeted supplementation.

VitaminsThe first report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that vitamin E supplements increased the risk of prostate cancer by 17%.1 However critics quickly argued that the vitamin E study was flawed because only one of the eight naturally occurring forms of vitamin E was given, causing an imbalance in alpha vs. gamma tocopherols that ironically is linked to cancer 3,4 (a similar difference exists between Omega 3 and Omega 6 fatty acids).

The second report in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that the incidence of death increased in elderly women who took common supplements such as B vitamins and certain minerals.2 Critics of this study emphasize that actual nutrient levels were never tested; instead the data about pre-existing vitamin levels was estimated from questionnaires.

Micronutrient TestingSo how’s a body to know? Let your body tell you!

There is only one way to know exactly what your optimum vitamin supplementation needs are: a SpectraCell micronutrient test at Vitality Medical Clinic in Seattle.

This incredibly comprehensive blood test analyzes exactly what nutrients are getting inside your cells—not just floating around in the serum around your cells. A SpectraCell test directly measures the functional status of 33 nutrients and antioxidant capacity of T-cell lymphocytes—those cells with a comparatively longer lifespan relative to other cells.

The results? An in-depth 4-6 month picture of your body’s nutritional history from the inside out, along with a close indication of overall immune function—both of which enable the physicians at Vitality Medical Clinic to create a customized vitamin program designed specifically for your body’s nutritional needs.

And because Vitality’s vitamin programs prescribe only medical grade supplements (also known as “neutraceuticals”), you can be sure that you are finally giving your body exactly what it needs, in the most healthy form possible, with the greatest chance of preventing future health conditions.

Micronutrient testing is quite simply the only objective, scientific approach to vitamin and mineral supplementation.

For more information about Vitality MediSpa and Medical Clinic, please visit their website or blog. Or, contact them at 206-622-5300.

Sources:
1Klein EA ,Thompson IM Jr, Tangen CM et al.  Vitamin E and the risk of prostate cancer: the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT).  JAMA 2011;306(14):1549-1556.
2Mursu J, Robien K, Harnack LJ et al.  Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women: The Iowa Women’s Health Study.  Arch Int Med 2011;171(18)1625-1633.
3Helzlsouer KJ, Huang HY, Alberg AJ et al.  Association between alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, selenium, and subsequent prostate cancer.  J Natl Cancer Inst.  2000;92(24):2018-2023.
4Lippman SM, Klein EA, Goodman PJ, et al.  Effect of selenium and vitamin E on risk of prostate cancer and other cancers: the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT).  JAMA. 2009;301(1):39-51.

Topics: micronutrient testing, Vitamin E, B Vitamins, vitamin, supplements, Chronic Disease, deficiencies, Omega 3s

SpectraCell Addresses Recent Headlines Regarding Vitamin Supplements

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 @ 10:30 AM

Micronutrient TestingHeadlines on the possible risks of vitamin and mineral supplements have bombarded mainstream media recently, and sparked controversy over whether doctors should recommend supplements to their patients. SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing quashes these concerns. For the past 18 years, our testing indicates that over 90% of patients have functional micronutrient deficiencies, which compromise immune function and cause disease. Testing nutritional status allows an appropriate, individualized repletion program based on actual deficiencies.

SUMMARY OF PUBLISHED STUDIES

Specifically, two reports were published in October that raised concerns over supplements. A paper published in the Journal of the American Medical Association concluded that vitamin E supplements increase the risk of prostate cancer by 17%.1 Critics argue that the vitamin E study was flawed because only one of the eight naturally occurring forms of vitamin E was given, causing an imbalance (alpha vs. gamma tocopherols) that ironically is linked to cancer. 3,4

Another widely publicized report in the Archives of Internal Medicine concluded that the incidence of death increased in elderly women taking common supplements such as B vitamins and certain minerals.2 Critics of this study emphasize that actual nutrient levels were never tested and the data was subjective at best, since vitamin levels were estimated from questionnaires. Authors concluded that many commonly used dietary supplements increase mortality, causing such headlines as “your vitamins may be killing you” in mainstream media. The study implies vitamins to be dangerous, when in reality the study reinforces the need for targeted versus blind supplementation.

In both reports, it was mentioned (but not emphasized), that the findings were not based on patients with pre-existing nutrient deficiencies…a caveat ignored by most media stories.

PillsMORE IS NOT ALWAYS BETTER

The “more is better” philosophy can be dangerous when it comes to supplements, since blind supplementation can cause imbalances, create pro-oxidant effects and actually induce deficiencies in other nutrients as a side effect. Micronutrient testing directly measures the functional status of 33 nutrients, plus antioxidant capacity. Since our tests perform a functional cellular analysis on T-cell lymphocytes with a long lifespan relative to other cells, the results give a 4-6 month nutritional history, and are closely indicative of overall immune function as well.

Micronutrient testing is the objective, scientific approach to vitamin and mineral supplementation. For more information, go to www.spectracell.com or call 1-800-227-5227.

 

1Klein EA ,Thompson IM Jr, Tangen CM et al.  Vitamin E and the risk of prostate cancer: the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT).  JAMA 2011;306(14):1549-1556.
2Mursu J, Robien K, Harnack LJ et al.  Dietary Supplements and Mortality Rate in Older Women: The Iowa Women’s Health Study.  Arch Int Med 2011;171(18)1625-1633.
3Helzlsouer KJ, Huang HY, Alberg AJ et al.  Association between alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, selenium, and subsequent prostate cancer.  J Natl Cancer Inst.  2000;92(24):2018-2023.
4Lippman SM, Klein EA, Goodman PJ, et al.  Effect of selenium and vitamin E on risk of prostate cancer and other cancers: the Selenium and Vitamin E Cancer Prevention Trial (SELECT).  JAMA. 2009;301(1):39-51.


Topics: micronutrient testing, Vitamin E, B Vitamins, supplements, deficiencies, Controversy