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Tara Stepan

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We Wish You a Happy New Year and a Successful 2012

Posted by Tara Stepan on Fri, Dec 23, 2011 @ 11:14 AM

2012During this time of year, our thoughts turn to those who have made our success possible!

We want to thank our valued clients and their patients. We greatly appreciate your ongoing relationship with us and know that we are committed to assisting you in any way we can.

As always, if you'd like to discuss how we can support you, please call us at 1.800.227-5227 or visit us online.

We hope you've had a good year, and we wish you the best for 2012!

'Nutrient Deficiencies Say More than Just the Absence of a Nutrient' by Dr. Arland Hill

Posted by Tara Stepan on Thu, May 12, 2011 @ 10:35 AM


Dr. Arland HillMicronutrient testing can be a real asset to the practicing clinician trying to help restore basic metabolic needs of their patients.  After all, nutrients power the various metabolic processes.  Without their availability, metabolic function is slowed or in some cases even brought to a stand still depending on the level of the nutrient deficiency.  Research has shown that over time, lack of nutrients can be lead to dysfunction and ultimately disease states.  Sometimes just restoring a single nutrient deficiency can have profound impact on the health of the patient and really help turn a corner, but this is the exception rather than the rule.

The true utility of SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing lies not in the analysis of individual nutrient deficiencies, but rather in the concept of observing patterns of nutrient deficiencies.  This is not to say that looking at individual nutrient deficiencies is not valid, but rather is an emphasis on the idea that with pattern identification, one can better have an idea of where to focus attention.

To better understand this concept, it is ideal to take a clinical scenario that may present.  Let us look at dysglycemia, or blood glucose dysregulation.  Those dealing with this condition are a fast growing segment of the population.  Yet these individuals don’t just manifest dyslglycemia overnight.  Rather they transition through a continuum that often begins with symptomatic reactive hypoglycemia, leading on to insulin resistance and ultimately diabetes if left untreated.  What if you had a method to tell your patients that they were in this pattern and that by addressing some of their nutrient deficiencies, you could help delay or even prevent the onset of dysglycemia.  A micronutrient test showing a nutrient pattern of nutrient deficiencies including B3, zinc, chromium, alpha lipoic acid and of course glucose-insulin interaction would suggest this very thing.

This is just one example, but it illustrates the breadth of information contained in the reports of the micronutrient test.  The reports provided by SpectraCell are not just a window into the intracellular health of the patient, but a tool with predictive abilities when appropriately assessed.  Noting the patterns within the test moves beyond the notion of just nutrient restoration, but allows one to see systems that must be supported to regain complete health and wellness.

Arland Hill, DC, MPH, DACBN                                                                 Complete Care Chiropractic and Wellness


Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Alpha-Lipoic Acid, zinc, B Vitamins, wellness, Nutrition, diabetes, Glucose Intolerance, health, Chromium, metabolic processes, Dysglycemia, Blood Glucose Dysregulation

Blue Cross Blue Shield Insurance Provider Update...

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

Effective Date resized 600

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