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Why do I need a blood draw for the SpectraCell Micronutrient Test (MNT)?

Short answer: Because the MNT is performed on lymphocytes It is necessary to collect whole blood taken from the vein because the SpectraCell micronutrient test is performed on living white blood cells. These cells, called T-lymphocytes (also called T-cells) are a very special type of cell that can be stimulated to grow under certain conditions, which is exactly what the SpectraCell micronutrient test does – it grows (cultures) your cells in different nutritional environments and mea... Read More
at Friday, May 26, 2023

Autism, Muscular Problems, and Breathing

Autism, Muscular Problems and Breathing – the surprising ways vitamin C deficiency can show up in autistic children and how its correction can save heartache and money. Classic vitamin C deficiency is typically associated with scurvy, the disease known in colonial times to be linked to trans-Atlantic sailors that was corrected by consumption of citrus. In fact, the once pejorative term ‘limey” was given to British sailors who prevented scurvy with the addition of lime ju... Read More
at Friday, April 7, 2023

Sex Hormones 101

Hormones 101 An Overview of the Three Most Commonly Known Sex Hormones That Affect Health:  Estrogen, Testosterone and Progesterone Hormones and nutrients work together to create balance in the body.  One cannot exist without the other. Micronutrients regulate, synthesize and detoxify hormones. Like nutrients, hormones work in balance and affect each other profoundly. Following is a primer on basic hormones that affect our health: Estrogen Estrogen actually exists in three main f... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Friday, January 20, 2023

Nutrient Deficiencies May be at the Root Cause of PCOS

Nutrient Deficiencies May be at the Root Cause of PCOS          Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) is a disorder that still remains an enigma to many healthcare professionals.  It is the leading cause of infertility in young women, yet there is not one single cause, which is partly the reason why there is no highly effective singular treatment.  Like other ‘syndromes’, it is marked by a cluster of symptoms, of which infertility is ... Read More
at Thursday, January 5, 2023

Why does SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test not need FDA approval?

Why does SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test not need FDA approval? SpectraCell’s intracellular Micronutrient Test is a Lab Developed Test. For highly specialized, complex, proprietary laboratory tests that are only performed by a single laboratory, FDA approval is neither appropriate nor required.  FDA approval applies to lab tests that are extremely common, widely available from different labs or commodity type analytes, such as blood sugar testing or pregnancy tes... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Monday, December 5, 2022

Targeted repletion may be the competitive edge every serious athlete needs

: From baseball to bodybuilding – targeted repletion may be the competitive edge every serious athlete needs.   The key word being “targeted.”  We all know athletes, particularly college and professional athletes, will push their bodies and skill to the edges of potential, and beyond.  The physical discipline and mental focus in elite athletes can be extreme.  Every improvement in physiology can potentially move the athlete into new realms of performance.... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Tuesday, August 16, 2022

Methylation 101

What is methylation? Biochemically speaking, methylation is the process of adding or removing a methyl group – which is a single carbon attached to three hydrogens – to a molecule.  It is a simple chemical reaction that can totally alter the biology of a person – for better or worse – depending on where the methylation occurs. Methyl groups are chemically inert, but adding them to a protein (the process of methylation) changes how that protein behaves in major wa... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Want to Maintain a Healthy Weight? What You Need to Know About Micronutrients and Fat Metabolism

If you are like most people, you are probably aware of how various diets emphasize different macronutrients.   Low fat or low carb?  That is a macronutrient question.   Only three macronutrients exist – fats, carbohydrates and protein.  Some consider water a macronutrient, which is debatable.    Spectracell goes deeper.  Much deeper.   Spectracell’s focus is micronutrients, of which there are dozens.   Examples of ... Read More
at Thursday, June 2, 2022

A Targeted Supplementation Plan May Alter What You Believe About Taking Vitamins

What is targeted supplementation? This concept, quietly endorsed by mainstream medicine, may alter what you believe about taking vitamins. A very common misconception about taking supplements is that if some is good, more is better.  This is unequivocally not true.  In 99% of people taking supplements, they have neither tested their blood for specific nutrient deficiencies, nor have they tailored their supplements to their own biochemistry.  The truth is, supplements –... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Thursday, March 3, 2022