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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

Why Standard Blood Tests Are Not Enough

  Your labs came back normal but your body still feels "off." Now what? Many of us have experienced the frustration of feeling sick and receiving normal bloodwork results.  If a similar scenario has happened to you or anyone you know, it's possible the bloodwork you're getting may not be telling you the whole story about what is truly going on with your health. Unfortunately, this happens all too often with standard bloodwork.  The truth... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Friday, September 24, 2021

Knowledge is Power – Boost Mental Health and Immunity by Doing This

Even the word pandemic sounds ominous. Fear is eerily present now in a way never seen in recent history. People wearing masks trying to keep germs at bay, staying home to reduce exposure to pathogens—it takes a mental toll. Here’s a suggestion—realize that fear is augmented by the unknown. If you want to really take a look at how to stay healthy, learn about your immune system. Not the immune system—YOUR immune system. How do you do that?  Her... Read More

In Europe, Countries With the Most COVID-19 Cases Have the Lowest Vitamin D Levels

Now that COVID-19 has been around for several months, researchers all over the world are starting to collect large amounts of data on case demographics and clinical characteristics. One recently published study from the United Kingdom summarized the number of cases and fatalities of COVID-19 from twenty European countries and correlated it with the average vitamin D levels of each of those countries. Interestingly, the countries with the highest levels of vitamin D were those in the way... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Friday, May 29, 2020

Could Vitamin K Deficiency Increase COVID-19 Complications?

  Consider this—over 8000 medical papers on COVID-19 have been published in 2020 alone—the majority of which have been published just in March and April. As the amount of clinical data grows, we will learn more nuanced aspects of this novel pandemic—one of which will be how micronutrient status may impact COVID-19.  In a recently e-published paper, a team from the Netherlands studied the level of vitamin K in over a hundred people admitted to the hospital wi... Read More
Posted by Nichole Herms at Monday, May 4, 2020

The Role of Micronutrient Testing in Conjunction with Standard Lab Tests by Ron Grabowski, DC, RD

Listen to Dr. Grabowski’s take on uncovering nutrient deficiencies to help explain the results of commonly ordered panels.      Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Thursday, April 13, 2017

Vitamin B6 the common deficiency you may NOT know about!

Vitamin B6 is a water-soluble vitamin and is part of the vitamin B complex group. The vitamin is needed to metabolize proteins and is important for a healthy immune system, nerves, bones and arteries.  Vitamin B6 is a complex of three similar molecules: Pyridoxine, Pyridoxal and Pyridoxamine.  All are present in foods and converted into pyridoxal-5-phosphate, the most active coenzyme form.   Vitamin B6's primary functions are in protein metabolism, transferring amino acid and s... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Friday, September 6, 2013

YEAR END SPECIAL!!! Micronutrient & Telomere Testing

Medicine now recognizes that every patient is biochemically unique, and this individuality extends to a patient's nutritional needs. In fact, a person's unique genetic blueprint will influence their nutritional needs and likewise, their nutritional status often influences gene expression. By measuring their comprehensive nutritional status with SpectraCell's micronutrient testing, deficiencies of 33 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants will be uncovered, thus allowing a targeted supplementatio... Read More
Posted by Elissa Rodriguez at Monday, November 21, 2011