SpectraCell Blog

Why Do Omega-3 Fatty Acids Affect So Many Functions In Our Body?

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, May 06, 2011 @ 03:16 PM

Omega 3 Fatty AcidsThe answer is simple: cell membrane flexibility.  Every cell has a cell membrane.  When this cell membrane is rigid, it does not work well.  When it is flexible, the chemicals that run our bodies - hormones, proteins, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, fats, etc - can move in and out of cells efficiently as needed, thus making the cells healthier, since the materials they need to function well are available.  When the cells work well, the tissues that are made of cells work well.  When tissues work well, the whole system works well and ultimately leads to overall improved health of the entire person.

For example, when there are enough omega-3 fatty acids available through either diet or supplementation, they will be absorbed into cells in the heart, making their cell membranes flexible, but strong.  Consequently, the heart and arteries are stronger and therefore the entire cardiovascular system benefits.  In fact, in the same way that omega-3 fats make cell membranes more flexible, the dangerous trans fats do the exact opposite - they are absorbed into the cell membranes making them stiff and unable to do their job.  Just as stiff joints or stiff arteries are unhealthy, so are inflexible cell membranes.  And since cell membranes are an integral part of every tissue in the body, the level of omega-3 fatty acids a person has can affect just about everything (see below).

Omega 3 Benefits Here

SpectraCell's HS-Omega-3 Index® measures the amount of two very important omega-3 fatty acids - EPA and DHA - in a person's red blood cells.

Topics: SpectraCell, HS-Omega-3 Index, Omega 3 Fatty Acid, Cardiovascular Health, Heart Disease, health, DHA, Omega 3s, EPA, Women's Health

A Growing Trend: Concierge Practices

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Apr 06, 2011 @ 01:10 PM

PhysiciansConcierge medicine is a relationship between a patient and a primary care physician in which the patient pays an annual fee or retainer. This may or may not be in addition to other charges.

This is a growing alternative to the conventional practice for many reasons: 

  • Physicians are able to freely advise patients as they deem necessary, and to the best of their ability.
  • Patients receive peace of mind and understand that their doctor is providing impartial and wholly objective advice.
  • Physicians have low overhead costs from not having to hassle with insurance companies. These costs are paid by cash via their patient base.  
  • This revenue stream is a predictable cash flow for physicians
  • Physicians are generally more profitable while also being less expensive to the patients because of the fact that both do not have to go through insurance companies.
  • Physicians can see fewer patients and have more personalized time with them.

American Academy of Private PhysiciansTo learn more about concierge practices, visit The American Academy of Private Physicians (AAPP) at www.aapp.org.  This organization is the national association of physicians who provide “concierge medicine,” fee-for-service, and other forms of health care delivery characterized by a direct, financial relationship between private physicians and their patients.

You can also attend the AAPP Summit on Concierge Medicine (April  30, 2011).  Find out more HERE.

What is your opinion on the pros and cons of concierge medical practices?

Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, wellness, Nutrition, health, Patient, Insurance, Concierge Practice, Cash Practice

Forbes Says You Should Know Tim Ferriss in 2011 (and SpectraCell)

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Wed, Jan 05, 2011 @ 02:18 PM

The 4-Hour Body by Tim FerrissRecently, Forbes Magazine published an article on "Names You Need to Know in 2011: Tim Ferriss".

Why Should You Know Tim Ferriss?

He is an accomplished 33 year old author, entrepreneur and public speaker who recently published a #1 New York Time's Best Seller, "The 4-Hour Body". He is also the author of The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere and Join the New Rich. He believes in the power of health and wellness to enrich and prolong our lives.

What is "The 4-Hour Body" About?

According to Mr. Ferris, his book is more than just a diet and exercise guide.  It is a book which combines the expertise and advise of countless doctors, athletes and peers, as well as his own findings.  This book is for men and women to learn more about how they can improve all aspects of their daily lives.

Why Does He Believe in SpectraCell's Micronutrient Testing?

Tim Ferriss "highly, highly recommends" SpectraCell's micronutrient testing which measures 33 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants. He believes in the power of nutrition and its ability to provide better healthcare. There is also overwhelming evidence that vitamin deficiencies are associated with chronic disease processes and the overall condition of one's health. These deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function and contribute to chronic degenerative processes such as arthritis, cancer, Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

What is SpectraCell's Micronutrient Testing?

SpectraCell’s micronutrient testing offers a unique means to scientifically assess the intracellular requirements of micronutrients. It measure the biochemical function of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants, providing a powerful clinical assessment tool.

These tests are designed to provide patients and physicians with the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available. As the only lab that can offer a truly functional intracellular testing, SpectraCell also provides targeted nutrient repletion recommendations for those vitamins and minerals found to be deficient.

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Topics: SpectraCell, micronutrient testing, Antioxidants, diagnostic tools, wellness, Nutrition, deficiencies, health, intracellular, Tim Ferriss

Why SpectraCell?

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Jul 01, 2010 @ 10:59 AM

Why SpectraCell photo resized 600As medicine progresses in the pursuit of health and wellness, patient care is taking on a broader and deeper perspective. Our understanding of the importance of biochemical individuality and the role of subclinical deficiencies in chronic disease conditions continues to grow rapidly. It is the mission of SpectraCell Laboratories to provide the medical community with the information it needs to understand these developments and provide the diagnostic tools it requires to take full advantage of them.

About SpectraCell

SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc., is a specialized clinical testing laboratory company. We were established in 1993 to commercialize a patented, groundbreaking technology for micronutrient testing. 

 

The technology was developed at the University of Texas, by the Clayton Foundation for Research, as a diagnostic blood test for helping clinicians assess the intracellular function of essential micronutrients.

 

Since acquiring the rights to the technology, SpectraCell has become the premier provider of tests for identifying subclinical nutritional deficiencies. Our corporate headquarters recently expanded its state-of-the-art facilities in Houston, TX to encompass 30,000 square feet of laboratory and administrative space. This expansion was undertaken in response to the growth in demand for nutritional and cardiovascular testing that you, our clients, have generated, for which we are sincerely appreciative.

 

Our expanded laboratory enables us to handle increasing volumes while also providing the framework in which we can continue to develop additional tests while continuously maintaining our standards of high scientific quality. In short, we expect to serve you even better in the future. We serve the entire United States and several foreign countries.

 

A Window on Intracellular Function

We are passionate about our business - and committed to our client practitioners and their patients. We believe that optimal individual nutritional status is vital for promoting general health and preventing many specific diseases.

 

 

Topics: SpectraCell, diagnostic tools, wellness, Chronic Disease, health