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WEBINAR: Correlating Micronutrient Testing with Common Pathologies

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Mon, Jun 25, 2012 @ 03:13 PM

Micronutrient TestingPresented by: Ron Grabowski, R.D., D.C.

Topics of Discussion:
  • How do these results relate to the peer reviewed literature?
  • Correlating nutrient deficiencies with scientific evidence
  • Back to BioChemistry: Linking medications with deficiencies
  • Case Study Review: Addressing patient concerns
    • Diabetes Mellitus
    • Headaches
    • Inflammatory Bowel
    • Thyroid Function

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Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, diabetes, deficiencies, Headache, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Thyroid

Success Story for Micronutrient & Telomere Testing

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Jun 21, 2012 @ 10:08 AM

Executive Medicine of TexasRecently, Dr. Walter Gaman of the Executive Medicine of Texas, recommended to a renowned supermodel, who recently overcame cancer, to start taking care of her body from the inside out.  He recommended some “cutting edge tests” within their Platinum Executive Physical which includes, “exams from micronutrient testing to telomere analysis which reveals your real age on a cellular level.”  

This is a great example of a physician and patient taking charge of their health by using SpectraCell's micronutrient and telomere testing.  She was very happy with her physical and, "…when [she] learned [she] had hypothyroidism and anemia and a few vitamin deficiencies, it was actually a relief to learn what was causing [her] to feel tired and to be able to address the issues and fix them. [She] now has homework to pump it up nutritionally and to implement changes in [her] physical level to achieve [her] personal best.”

Read the article here: “Supermodel Emme and Executive Medicine of Texas Join Forces to Urge Americans to Take Charge of their Health”

Topics: micronutrient testing, Cancer, Telomere testing, deficiencies

Case Study: 25 Year Old Female with History of Infertility

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 @ 10:16 AM

MotherPreviously treated for ogilomenorrhea, acne, menorrhaggia, cold intolerance, obesity with gradual weight gain and Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome

In September 2003, the patient was very interested in becoming pregnant. She was counseled in and utilized Basal Body Temperature charting with adjunctive use of the LH ovulation kit. She and her husband were counseled on focused sex for five days before and three days after ovulation. After more than a year and a half of unsuccessful attempts at pregnancy, the physician performed SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing in June 2005. Her results returned gross deficiencies of vitamins B1 (Thiamin), B6 (Pyridoxine) and E (alpha-tocopherol). She was also grossly deficient in Zinc, Serine, Glutamine and Coenzyme Q10 in addition to revealing a Glucose-Insulin interaction consistent with insulin resistence frequently found in PCOS. Her Antioxidant Function was remarkably low at 38.1% demonstrating increased potential for oxidative damage. All of the abnormalities were present despite the patient taking excellent prenatal vitamins, fish oil, chromium and NAC. Based upon her deficiencies found with SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing, she was placed on adequate replacement for each of the gross and even the marginal deficiencies in June 2005.

PregnancyClinical Outcome:
She and her husband subsequently became pregnant very quickly within a month and she attended her first obstetrics appointment on August 2005. She delivered a 8lb. 7oz. viable baby boy at 38 and a half weeks by vaginal delivery after being induced for mild preeclampsia.

As a result of performing SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing, her physician was able to identify key nutritional deficiencies in this patient which occurred despite the patient following a good diet and taking good prenatal vitamins and other nutritional supplements. Her physician safely supplemented her during her pregnancy knowing that the patient and thus the baby did in fact need these nutrients. This helped allay fears of over supplementation and facilitated optimal growth and development of what proved toFertility become an extremely healthy and happy young male child.

Approximately 85% of women will become pregnant within one year of trying. This young lady had been unsuccessful for 21 months before her nutritional deficiencies were identified and supplemented and then became pregnant shortly thereafter. She would have probably had to undergo fertility treatment as do many women with PCOS. The 27 year old white female with PCOS and infertility is forever grateful for the existence and utilization of SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing.

Interested in learning more about women's health and infertility?

Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Fertility

Autoimmune Update: CoQ10, A New Biomarker for Parkinson's Disease?

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Jun 06, 2012 @ 05:37 PM

Parkinson's DiseaseGuest Blog by: Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson (D.C.)

As I have explained in another post, my father, grandfather and grandmother all had Parkinson's disease. This study shows promise for current sufferers and adds credence to the concept of why cell membranes need adequate antioxidant protection.You can be sure I take several different antioxidants in addition to eating a large variety of vegetables and fruits known to be rich in antioxidants. It's easy to obtain antioxidants if you eat a lot of colorful fresh fruits and vegetables.

Sir William Richard Gowers Parkinson Disease sketch 1886 2Autoimmune diseases such as Parkinson's disease, Hashimoto's and Celiac disease are all on the rise in the United States and throughout much of the world.

"Studies show that the incidence of multiple sclerosis in Padova, Italy, has risen from less than 100,000 cases in 1979 to over 400,000 in 1999. In Finland, incidence of type 1 diabetes has more than doubled in children in the past 30 years. Additionally, in the United States, celiac disease is more than four times more common today than it was 50 years go. Be sure to read my blog post entitled:
Ten Things You Didn't Know About Gluten and Autoimmune Illness

"These studies show an alarming trend that we believe is occurring throughout the United States and the world. Researchers think that this increase is due to a combination of genetic predisposition and environmental factors. It is imperative that more research projects are developed to explore what in our environment is causing this increased prevalence. Additionally, there is a need to identify more biomarkers in women to determine predisposition to autoimmune diseases so that prevention might be a possibility." (An excerpt from Virginia Ladd's testimony, March 4, 2009)

Autoimmunity is a result of a misdirected immune system that causes one's own immune system to attack the self. There are over 80 known autoimmune diseases. Some of the over 80 autoimmune diseases are lupus, type I diabetes, scleroderma, celiac, multiple sclerosis, Crohn's disease, autoimmune hepatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, Graves' disease, myasthenia gravis, myositis, antiphospholipid syndrome (APS), and Sjogren's syndrome.

The headline for this blog post refers to a study in which 22 patients with Parkinson's Disease were compared to 88 age-matched controls that did not have Parkinson's. Functional levels of several antioxidants - coenzyme Q10, glutathione, selenium, vitamin E and lipoic acid - were measured using SpectraCell's micronutrient testing. A deficiency of CoQ10 occurred in 32% of Parkinson's patients while only 8% of controls were deficient in CoQ10. Interestingly, this was not true for any other antioxidants, leaving authors to conclude that measuring CoQ10 status could determine which Parkinson's patients would benefit from CoQ10 supplements, which has proven to slow the progression of Parkinson's in various clinical trials. (Journal of Neurological Science, April 2011)

LINK to ABSTRACT Coenzyme Q10 deficiency in patients with Parkinson's Disease.
LINK to ABSTRACT Coenzyme Q10 for Parkinson's disease.

Dr. Karl Johnson

Dr. Karl R.O.S. Johnson, D.C. - Help My Chronic Condition & Pain

For more information about our client Dr. Johnson, please visit his website or his blog. Or contact him at (586) 731-8840.

Topics: Coenzyme Q10, Autoimmunity, Parkinsons disease

The Importance of Nutrition on Weight Loss

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Mon, Jun 04, 2012 @ 11:57 AM

Micronutrient TestingBelow is a list of various nutrients that affect a person's ability to gain or lose weight.

  • Zinc - reduces leptin, a beneficial hormone that regulates appetite, which is reversed by zinc repletion.
  • Asparagine - this amino acid increases insulin sensitivity which helps the body store energy in muscle instead of storing it as body fat.
  • Biotin - boosts metabolism by improving glycemic control (stabilizes blood sugar) and lowering insulin, a hormone that promotes fat formation.
  • Carnitine - carries fatty acids into cell so they can be burned for fuel; Helps reduce visceral adiposity (belly fat).
  • Calcium - inhibits the formation of fat cells; Also helps oxidize (burn) fat cells.
  • Lipoic Acid - improves glucose uptake into cells, which helps a person burn carbohydrates more efficiently.
  • Chromium - makes the body more sensitive to insulin, helping to reduce body fat and increase lean muscle.
  • Vitamin B5 - taking B5 lowers body weight by activating lipoprotein lipase, an enzyme that burns fat cells. One study linked B5 supplementation to less hunger when dieting.
  • Magnesium - low magnesium in cells impairs a person’s ability to use glucose for fuel, instead storing it as fat; Correcting a magnesium deficiency stimulates metabolism by increasing insulin sensitivity. Magnesium may also inhibit fat absorption.
  • Glutamine - reduces fat mass by improving glucose uptake into muscle.
  • Cysteine - supplementation with this antioxidant reduced body fat in obese patients.
  • Inositol - supplementation may increase adiponectin levels.
  • Vitamin B3 (niacin) - treatment with B3 increases adiponectin, a weight-loss hormone secreted by fat cells; Niacin-bound chromium supplements helped reduced body weight in clinical trials.
  • Vitamin A - enhances expression of genes that reduce a person’s tendency to store food as fat; Reduces the size of fat cells.
  • Vitamin E - inhibits pre-fat cells from changing into mature fat cells, thus reducing body fat.
  • Vitamin D - deficiency strongly linked to poor metabolism of carbohydrates; Genes that are regulated by vitamin D may alter the way fat cells form in some people.
  • Vitamin K - poor vitamin K status linked to excess fat tissue; Vitamin K helps metabolize sugars.

Download our 1-page flyer which illustrates the information above, HERE!

Weight Loss Document

Also, learn more about micronutrient testing and the importance of correcting vitamin deficiencies in our Clinical Education Center.

Topics: Asparagine, Cysteine, zinc, Vitamin D, Carnitine, Magnesium, Vitamin E, Vitamin A, B Vitamins, Vitamin K, Weight Loss, Calcium, Lipoic Acid, biotin, inositol, Glutamine, Chromium, Weight Gain