The BioPhotonic Scanner is a tool that uses a laser to test for nutrient levels, including antioxident levels, in the body. The results are used to recommend specific supplements to meet the needs of the patient.
What is the BioPhotonic Scanner and what is it testing for?
Dr. Douglas DeSalvo: Well, the BioPhotonic Scanner is an incredible diagnostic tool that I was introduced to a couple years ago, and it tests for what we call carotenoid antioxidant nutrient levels in your body. Now most individuals are going to say, “What? What are antioxidants?” I’ll answer that in a minute, but first let’s talk about the device and the research behind it.
To get a little technical, but not too technical, the device uses what is known as Raman spectroscopy. Dr. C.V. Raman was an Indian physicist who discovered this technology in 1922. It is a laser technique used to observe electrical vibration of molecules in the body. That’s pretty cool. The other devices that he developed are using chemistry to provide a structural fingerprint by which molecules can be identified. Now we have a way to measure molecules in human bodies to detect nutrient deficiency. I and my colleagues call it the nutrition lie detector test.
There are numerous research articles on the topic, and I am just going to quote two very impressive articles. One is from the Journal of Biomedicine in Ophthalmology, and here they state, “We find the Raman technique to be precise, specific, sensitive, and well suitable for clinical, as well as field studies. The noninvasive laser technique may become a useful method for the correlation between tissue carotenoid levels and risk of malignancies or other degenerative diseases associated with oxidative stress.” Now I know that’s a mouthful, but basically what they are saying is that the laser technique is picking up nutrient deficiency that can be correlated with malignancy or degenerative diseases.
Here’s another study. It appeared in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Researchers from Yale School of Public Health report that the noninvasive technique tracks skin carotenoid levels or changes over a 28 week period and they determine that they could evaluate patients with fruit and vegetable intake at either deficiency levels or adequate levels. They go on to state that the palm reading device uses Nobel Prize technology and has the potential to help nutritionists and other medical professionals measure and improve diets of children and adults alike. Pretty impressive.
Now we’d like to ask what are antioxidants?
Dr. Douglas DeSalvo: Well, first we have to talk about the process of oxidation in our body and what that means to our health. Oxidation is any chemical reaction in the body that destroys tissue. The process of oxidation in the human body damages cell membranes and other structures, including protein, fats, and even DNA. When oxygen is metabolized, it creates free radicals. Free radicals cause damage and are factors in diseases such as cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Lack of nutrients in your body to combat oxidation puts us in what we call oxidative stress.
Think of it this way. Like an apple turns brown when exposed to air, our cells can rust when we breathe due to oxidative stress. When there are too many free radicals circulating in our body, we have oxidative stress or we are in oxidative stress. This means we must have adequate levels of antioxidants to help combat and reduce our risk of disease, pain, and inflammation. Antioxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation. They are substances such as vitamin C or E which effectively neutralize potentially damaging oxidative agents in a living organism. We get antioxidants from the food and drink we ingest. Most come from our vegetables and fruits. In fact, the National Institute of Health says we should eat 8 to 10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily to mean adequate levels in our bodies.
Most of my patients get no more than two. In fact, many of the listeners are going to say, “Yeah, I don’t get any more than two.” 11% of the US population currently meets the daily recommendations of vegetable consumption, while 20% meet the guideline for fruit. Now we have a way to detect if a patient has adequate levels in their body, and we don’t even have to do a blood test.
How can we protect ourselves if we are deficient in antioxidants?
Dr. Douglas DeSalvo: Well, like I said above, our first mode of defense is healthy organic veggies and fruits. I say organic because we don’t want pesticides and herbicides from conventional food. They are toxic and they create oxidation. We must eat at least eight handfuls of veggies and fruits daily. Something like five servings of veggies and three servings of fruit would be good. But since most individuals struggle to get adequate levels, we must supplement with vitamins and minerals to ensure that we maintain optimal levels.
With the scanner, it’s detecting your antioxidant levels on a scale of 10,000 to 90,000 units. We want to test around 70 or above of what we call platinum level. Most of our patients test at 10,000 to 36,000, and this is America. Like I said, only 11% of the population gets adequate levels of fruits and vegetables. When we supplement with specific vitamins and minerals, this is what we call true health insurance. We are maximizing our ability to prevent disease in this way.
Please tell us about the research that validates supplements.
Dr. Douglas DeSalvo: The research proves that supplements are necessary. The Journal of Family Practice, which all internists read, and Medical Economics post articles that state Americans get inadequate levels of vitamins and minerals in food. The Journal of the American Medical Association published a study stating that lack of vitamins and minerals contribute to disease. Other studies state that lack of vitamin and mineral increase mortality due to cancer, diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. Other studies demonstrate things like decreased walking speed in women and more relative to other functional deficits that we experience as human beings.
It just makes sense that our bodies will react if we are being broken down by oxidative stress, so it is important to supplement with vitamins and minerals. It is important to supplement with products that are studied or have valid studies behind them to produce results.
Why do you use Pharmanex in your practice and what are your patients saying?
Dr. Douglas DeSalvo: Well, Pharmanex is a company that has been around for many years and we use it because of their stringent process of formulating their supplements. It really all starts with how they evaluate the raw material they source. They use very expensive liquid gas chromatography machines to analyze organic compounds and herbs that they buy from their sellers. These are million dollar machines, and as a result, they end up rejecting 70% of what they analyze because of impurities found in these products. Their goal is to stay free of toxins like lead and other impurities.
They use the same machines to analyze their supplement compounds and it’s just like making sure the recipe to a meal has the right amount of food and spices to ensure a great taste. Pharmanex uses these machines to make sure that their supplements are perfect and consistent with research to support their effectiveness. There are numerous research articles to support their health claims. Their research is of such high quality that their products are listed in the Physicians’ Desk Reference. This is where all medical professionals can research or reference medications as well.
Pharmanex has 75 PhDs on their staff, and they have affiliations with institutions like Stanford to do more research. I don’t know of any other supplement company that I can rely on for such high standards. Further, I’ve found that my patients love the effects from my supplement recommendations, and they routinely report that they feel better. They have more energy, improved sleep, weight loss, just to mention a few.
You can google antioxidants in any disorder, such as anxiety. I have a patient who has anxiety issues and he tested 12,000 on the scanner, which is dangerously low. He now tested over 40,000 after just a few months, and he feels he has much more control over his anxiety. I have another patient who has reported the same. Then we have other patients, such as Linda, who is spending $400 a month on supplements and she tested at about 30,000. Now her score has doubled and we decreased the cost of her supplements dramatically. Then there is Karen who had weight loss issues, and she reported after being on our LifePak formula, she lost 12 pounds without even trying. Then there was Cheryl who related that during the winter months, when everybody was getting sick in her office, she didn’t get sick.
This is pretty incredible. I never worked with any other supplement company that produced such consistent results.
If you are interested in speaking with Dr. Douglas DeSalvo please visit www.desalvochiropractic.com or call 415-898-6888 to schedule an appointment.