SpectraCell Blog

Are Nutrient Deficiencies Stunting your Health?

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 10:27 AM

Written by Dr. David J. Blyweiss, Sanctuary Medical Center

 

Micronutrient Testing Can Help.                                                                                  David J. Blyweiss, MD               

Are you struggling with the challenges of a chronic degenerative illness like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, inflammatory arthritis or some other chronic health issue? With overwhelming evidence that nutrient deficiencies suppress normal biochemical/biological reactions in humans including immune system function, it is important for you to understand the scope of what this means to you personally and to your family. We have become nutritionally incomplete at a time of increasing change in our environment. And it is becoming increasingly more difficult to stay healthy in the face of fighting off the stressors, toxins, allergens, infections and the chronic inflammatory/immune system failures I see everyday; in patients from 9 years old to 90.

Dr. Charles Northren MD's work; "The Criticial Significance of Colloidal Minerals" was used as evidence (and was in fact U.S. Senate Document 264), in trying to force Big Agribusiness to put back into the ground that which their plants were taking out, leaving us undermineralised and under nourished. Nothing happened - that was 1936.

It's very easy to blame caffeine containing food and drink for the generations' old osteoporotic epidemic; after all, you lose calcium with every coke or cup of coffee you drink, right? Well we lost it too forty or fifty years before, but we had silicon and strontium and magnesium and calcium amongst other nutrients our very bones needed, in the top soil. These were being absorbed by the plants we were eating and incorporating them into our bodies. Now with unbridled erosion and empty hollow ground we are bereft of these freely given gifts of health.

How do you know which vitamins, minerals or antioxidants you are missing that your grandparents or great grandparents took for granted was in their food? One of the ways is to functionally test your blood to see which micronutrients your cells are actively needing to grow.

The test I prefer is the MNT (Micronutrient Test) from Spectracell, Inc. It doesn't just take a snapshot of what's circulating in your blood at the time of the blood draw, and it doesn't infer results from metabolic waste products. It reflects what your cells need right now to function optimally. I've done the test myself and on the ones I love. It's made a difference.

After your results come in we develop a personalized program that helps supplement your deficiencies.

Dr. David J. Blyweiss is a pioneer in functional medicine, which uses the systems biology approach to manage and alleviate symptoms related to difficult-to-treat diseases by focusing on the underlying causes of the malady, and allowing the body to heal itself. He has been practicing medicine for nearly 30 years. To learn more about the Sanctuary Medical Center, please click here. For more information on about all that SpectraCell has to offer, click here.

Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Arthritis, Antioxidants, wellness, diabetes, immune system, Vitamins, Calcium, deficiencies, Minerals, degenerative illness, cardiovascular disease, caffeine, David J. Blyweiss, MD, Dr. Charles Northren, Sanctuary Medical Center

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


Listen to the webinar or download the slides

Also, visit our Webinar Library in our Clinical Education Centerto listen to all of our archived webinars on various topics and conditions!

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

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

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

Athletes at Risk for Multiple Nutrient Deficiencies

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Jul 07, 2011 @ 04:20 PM

Guest Blog by Arland Hill, DC, MPH, DACBN

Athlete RunningMost athletes become very driven to excel in the sport in which they compete.  These aspirations require great dedication to not only a regimented training schedule, but also to higher intensity levels and training volume.  Regardless of the sport, great demands are placed on the bodies of athletes.  Most of these are secondary to higher levels of oxygen uptake, constant flirting with catabolism and the need to generate energy more frequently.  Most of these are related to nutrient status in some way and underscore the importance of an athlete maximizing their training routine, but also their diet and supplement regimen to stay at peak performance.

The final stages of energy production are dependent on adequate supplies of oxygen.  Without oxygen, fatigue and lethargy quickly set in and the ability to produce ATP, the primary energy molecule, is quickly curtailed.  While this is an issue for some athletes, the opposite is true for the majority of the athletic population.  Most athletes are constantly pushing themselves, thus the need for greater levels of oxygen.  With more oxygen come higher levels of oxidative stress, also termed free radical production.  This is characteristically noted as low or marginally low vitamin E, selenium, glutathione and Spectrox.  This pattern presents as a result of the damage brought forth by oxidative stress.  The lower nutrient profiles are the efforts of the body to offset this damage.  Ironically, this is a pattern similar to that seen in some chronic disease states.

RunningIt is almost impossible to train at a higher level and not undergo some degree of catabolism.  The key however is to minimize this breakdown process and compliment it with an anabolic, or building response.  Maintenance of an anabolic state is imperative to continued progression.  Many areas are sacrificed when the balance between anabolism and catabolism is lost.  One area that appears to be most affected is protein balance.  Protein balance can be monitored through glutamine stores.  Glutamine, the most abundant amino acid in muscle tissue, is rapidly processed during higher intensity activity.  The affects don’t just end at muscle tissue however, but cross over into gastrointestinal health and immune function.  This in part explains why athletes become more susceptible to changes in immune health when they are really pushing themselves.

BikingThe ability to perform at the highest level requires the immediate need to produce energy.  Energy production is not one step, but multiple.  Moreover it is a factor of being able to derive energy from all the major macronutrients; carbohydrates, fats and protein.  These macronutrients require many of the B vitamins as well as some of the minerals to help produce energy.  Apart from those nutrients, the last step in energy production, also known as the electron transport chain, requires reliable amounts of CoQ10.  Conversely, energy production cannot be limited to just the energy production pathways, but must also be linked to the delivery of oxygen as the aerobic energy cycles are far more efficient.  This requires healthy red blood cells, for which the nutrients B12, folate, iron and copper are required.

While athletes trying to achieve excellence must put in the necessary hours of training, they must also properly fuel their body and monitor the need to support it nutritionally.  Routine micronutrient testing provides a window into the metabolic needs of the athlete helping them to achieve maximum performance.

Dr. Arland HillArland Hill, DC, MPH, DACBN - Complete Care Chiropractic and Wellness   

For more information about Dr. Hill, please visit his website or his blog. Or, contact him at 281-557-7200.

 

 

 

Topics: micronutrient testing, Coenzyme Q10, folate, Vitamin E, Selenium, B Vitamins, Copper, Vitamin B12, supplements, immune system, deficiencies, Glutamine, Glutathione, Iron, Oxidative Stress, Spectrox, Energy, Free Radicals, Athletes, Performance

WEBINAR: Using Advanced Diagnostic Testing in a Concierge Practice

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Tue, Apr 12, 2011 @ 02:03 PM

WellnessRegister for our upcoming April 21st webinar on "Using Advanced Diagnostic Testing in a Concierge Practice" by Shelena C. Lalji, M.D.

Topics Discussed:

* Review of today's nutrient lacking foods

* Discuss the correlation between nutrient depletions and prescription medications

* Evaluation and implementation of diagnostic nutritional testing with medical grade supplements

* Detail the role of "8 Steps to Wellness" - providing patients complete health care with diagnostic tools including SpectraCell, BHRT and Allergy testing

* Explain how to incorporate all modalities in self-pay practice for optimal patient care and patient retention and referral

CLICK HERE to register for this webinar

Also, register for future webinars hosted by SpectraCell HERE.

Topics: micronutrient testing, diagnostic tools, wellness, supplements, Nutrition, deficiencies, Concierge Practice, webinar, Dr. Shelena Lalji

The Role of Micronutrients in Neurology

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Mar 09, 2011 @ 10:30 AM

Nervous SystemKnow Your Personal Nutritional Needs:

A single deficiency – mineral, vitamin, antioxidant or amino acid – can set off a cascade of events where metabolic processes are disturbed. Conversely, repletion of such deficiencies can and often do resolve clinical neurological symptoms such as migraines and neuropathy.

Migraine Prevention:

Anyone who has experienced migraine headaches knows how debilitating they can be. Fortunately, nutritional intervention can be very successful in migraine prevention. Although the mechanism of action is not totally understood, several nutrients that facilitate energy production at the cellular level may also benefit the treatment of migraine headaches. Supplementation with coenzyme Q10, a powerful antioxidant that aids energy Headachemetabolism, may reduce both the frequency and intensity of migraine headaches. Similar results occur with magnesium and vitamin B2, since they also help mitochondria (energy-producing centers in our cells) function properly. “Mitochondrial dysfunction” is one possible trigger to migraine headaches.

The role of oxidative stress in causing migraines is not totally understood, but studies do show that low levels of specific antioxidants, such as glutathione and lipoic acid are associated with migraine occurrence. Correcting specific deficiencies specifically B3, B6, B12 and folic acid can produce dramatic results for reducing the pain and frequency of migraine headaches.

A Healthy Nervous System:

Antioxidant therapy has the potential to contributeHealthy Nervous System to preventing or mitigating many neurologic disorders. SpectraCell Laboratories can measure a person’s total antioxidant function with their SPECTROX test, in addition to measuring the performance of individual antioxidants. Since nutrients play multiple roles, a comprehensive assessment of nutritional status is key.

Minimizing Neuropathic Pain:

Damage to nerves in the limbs but outside the spinal cord causes the painful condition called peripheral neuropathy. Although potentially debilitating, there is overwhelming evidence that neuropathy responds well when specific nutrient deficiencies are corrected. In some studies, vitamin B1 and vitamin B12 significantly reduce neuropathic pain. High levels of oxidative stress increase neuropathic pain, which explains why the powerful antioxidants cysteine, vitamin E and lipoic acid may be successful in treating neuropathy. The pain reducing effects of carnitine and omega-3 fatty acids has been proven in several trials.

Keeping Our Nerves "Insulated":

NerveNerves are covered with a protective coating called myelin, much like the insulation that coats electronic wiring. If the myelin sheath deteriorates, neurological problems arise, which is what happens to people with multiple sclerosis (MS). A key enzyme needed to manufacture this protective coating contains serine, an important amino acid needed for neurological health, which is why serine deficiency may cause neurological problems. Research shows that patients with MS have lowered calcium levels and that symptoms of MS are more severe when blood levels of vitamin D are low. Copper deficiency can cause symptoms seen in MS patients as well.

Reducing the Risk of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's:

Nutritional deficiencies have been linked to sReducing Riskeveral neurodegenerative diseases. For example, research shows that over half of people with Parkinson’s disease are deficient in vitamin D. Research also shows that the administration of coenzyme Q10 slows the neurological deterioration seen in Parkinson’s disease. Similarly, a higher intake of vitamin C and vitamin E can slow the progression of dementia that is seen in Alzheimer’s patients. Evidence confirms that copper deficiency contributes to the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Share with us your experience with the role micronutrients have played in neurology disorders with your patient population! Do you have a particular success?

Topics: micronutrients, Coenzyme Q10, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, B Vitamins, Copper, Antioxidants, Migraines, Omega 3 Fatty Acid, deficiencies, Neurology, Oxidative Stress, Spectrox, Alzheimers, Nerves, Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinsons disease

SpectraCell's 2011 Educational Webinar Series

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, Jan 21, 2011 @ 12:23 PM

2011 Webinar SeriesJoin SpectraCell's 2011 Educational Webinar Series Every 3rd Thursday of the Month

Topics:

  • February 17th - Using Advanced Diagnostic Tools for Cardiovascular Health by Peggy Watson, M.D.   REGISTER HERE...
  • March 17th - Case Study Review: Treating Your Most Common Patient Complaints by Ron Grabowski, R.D., D.C.   REGISTER HERE...
  • April 21st - Using Advanced Diagnostic Testing in a Concierge Practice by Shelena C. Lalji, M.D.   REGISTER HERE...
  • May 19th - Nutritional Considerations of Hormone Balance by Ron Grabowski, R.D., D.C.   REGISTER HERE...
  • June 16th - Clinical Implications of Vitamin D and Calcium Deficiencies by Ron Grabowski, R.D., D.C.   REGISTER HERE...

Time:

8pm eastern - 7pm central - 6pm mountain - 5pm pacific

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Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Vitamin D, Cardiovascular Health, diagnostic tools, Calcium, deficiencies, Case Study, Hormones, Concierge Practice