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SPECTRACELL ANNOUNCES NEW PRODUCT ENHANCEMENTS

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 @ 03:11 PM

SpectraCell is expanding their hormone and thyroid test menu. hormones

Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease - mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health and appearance.  An imbalance of one hormone can initiate a cascade of events that alters other hormones, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is key. Thyroid hormones directly regulate every cell in our body as most basic functions like metabolism, emotions and thinking. The below components have been added to our already established hormone and thyroid test.

Estrone sulfate (E1) – Included in our male and female hormone profiles

This estrogen has very strong tissue proliferative effects and may be linked to estrogen dominant conditions like fibrocystic breasts, endometriosis and uterine fibroids. It will create either dangerous or beneficial metabolites, depending on a person's nutritional status.

Estriol, unconjugated (E3) – Included in our female hormone profile

Estriol is a weak estrogen that is very high during pregnancy, but also plays an important role in non-pregnant women by opposing the growth of cancer cells promoted by the stronger estrogens E1 and E2.  Estriol is also known to alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes or urinary incontinence.

Reverse Triiodothyronine (Reverse T3) – Must be ordered individually

As the name implies, Reverse T3 opposes the biological action of T3.  It slows metabolism and renders T3 in the body biologically inactive. The rate of rT3 production relative to T3 will increase in times of stress (high cortisol) and in the presence of nutrient deficiencies, inflammation or certain medications.

To learn more about how to get tested, please visit our GET TESTED page HERE.

Topics: SpectraCell, Thyroid, micronutrient, Hormones

The Endocrine Disorder in America NO ONE is Talking About

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Jan 22, 2015 @ 09:16 AM

thyroid resized 600There are currently about 25 million Americans diagnosed with some sort of thyroid disorder.  Thyroid disorders tend to be more prominent in women and the probability of a thyroid disorder occurring is four times more likely in women than in men. 

 

What exactly is the thyroid?

  • A butterfly shaped gland in the neck
  • Makes T3 , T4 and calcitonin (calcium regulating hormone)

Symptoms of a Thyroid disorder

  • Weight gain, even though you are not eating more food.
  • Increased sensitivity to cold.
  • Constipation.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Joint or muscle pain.
  • Depression.
  • Fatigue (feeling very tired)
  • Pale dry skin.

Watch SpectraCell's webinar on
Integrative Diagnostics for Managing the Thyroid HERE                                                  

Topics: SpectraCell, Thyroid, weakness, Hormones, Weight Gain, endocrine disorder

SpectraCell Launches NEW Products!

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 @ 10:13 AM

spectracell, hormones, micronutrient, genetics, cardioAt SpectraCell Laboratories we are always looking for ways to look at the overall health of a patient and in turn providing you with the tools necessary to provide a customized treatment plan where the focus is "Balance is Key" to healthy living.

SpectraCell Laboratories, the leader in functional nutritional testing is proud to announce the launch of our new comprehensive hormone testing and CardioMetabolic with a Pre-diabetes panel to its menu. Below you will find a brief description of each of the tests we are now offering to our clients.     

CARDIOMETABOLIC TESTING 

SpectraCell Laboratories, primarily known for its functional nutritional testing, now offers a complete Cardiometabolic Panel to measure risk of heart disease and diabetes.   The new panel, which includes SpectraCell’s advanced Lipoprotein Particle Profile™,   reports several clinically relevant biomarkers in three areas:  (1) Glycemic control  (2) Lipid Metabolism and (3) Vascular Inflammation.  Each patient is given a pre-diabetic risk score ranging from 1 to 8 depending on their results. As a clinician, you can monitor both their specific biomarkers as well as their composite risk and treat accordingly.  Assessing cardiometabolic function is the first step in treating it. 

HORMONE TESTING

Complete male and female panels are now available.  Both end-point steroid hormones as well as precursor hormones are included so the precise place of imbalance in the complicated hormonal cascade can be pinpointed.  Several peptide hormones are also included as well as a complete thyroid panel, including thyroid antibody testing.  Like nutrients, an imbalance of one hormone can initiate a cascade of events that alters other hormones, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is essential.

For more information on our new tests or to receive a product guide booklet, complete form

Topics: SpectraCell, diabetes, Thyroid, micronutrient, Hormone, Cardio, Metabolic

The Thyroid: What, Where and How

Posted by SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. on Fri, Aug 31, 2012 @ 10:49 AM

The Fatigue SolutionExcerpt from Eva Cwynar, M.D.'s new book, "The Fatigue Solution"

The simplest way to describe your thyroid and its function is to compare it to a furnace that is run by a thermostat (the pituitary gland). Together, they regulate how much energy and stamina you have on a daily basis. The amount of thyroid hormone you have affects how well you have slept, how you feel when you get up in the morning, and how effectively you will make it through your day.

Thyroid function affects every cell in the body. It is the main regulator of basal metabolism, which is the amount of energy needed to maintain essential physiologic functions when you are at complete rest, both physically and mentally. If your thyroid gland is not producing optimally, your cells cannot properly take in the nutrients they need, receive the right amount of oxygen, or get rid of waste materials efficiently. Thyroid hormones also affect your heart, muscles, bones, and cholesterol, to name just several of its jobs.

Introducing the 3s and 4s:

There are two main hormones produced by the thyroid:

  • Triiodothyronine, known as T3
  • Tetraiodothyronine, known as T4

You many have noticed a portion of the word "iodine" in each of the hormones above. That's because the function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, found in many foods, and convert it into thyroid hormones. Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body that can absorb iodine.

These cells combine iodine and the amino acid tyrosine to make T3 and T4. The normal thyroid gland manufactures both T3 and T4; it produces about 80 percent T4 and about 20% T3. However, T3 is about four times as potent as T4. T4 is actually a precursor to T3. While traveling through the liver, T4 loses one of its iodine molecules, which converts the T4 to T3.

There is one more factor we have to mention to complete this process, and that is Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH), which is produced by the pituitary gland in the brain and gives that gland its thermostat-like function. So the thyroid is the furnace that provides the "heat" in the form of the T3 and T4 hormones and the pituitary gland is the thermostat that goes on and off according to the amount of heat in the body. TSH tells the thyroid to raise or lower the heat. The process goes like this:

T3 and T4 travel through the bloodstream, producing heat

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The pituitary gland senses the heat; the thermostat shuts off; TSH production slows down

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The body cools as the level of thyroid hormones decrease

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The pituitary senses the decrease in temperature; the thermostat pops on; TSH production increases

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The furnace produces more heat.

When  your body temperature drops, your metabolic rate drops, too. You produce less energy, and you store more calories as fat - in other words, you gain weight. You also suffer from fatigue, irritability, and the inability to concentrate.

Learn more about this topic below:

Also, to learn more about Dr. Eva Cwynar, visit her website: www.dreva.com

 

Topics: Fatigue, Thyroid, Hormones, Dr. Eva Cwynar

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