The Pharmanex BioPhotonic Scanner is an incredible diagnostic tool that tests for carotenoid anti-oxidant nutrient levels in your body.
To get a little technical…The device uses what is known as Raman spectroscopy named after Sir C. V. Raman, an Indian Physicist who discovered this incredible technology in 1922. It is a laser technique used to observe electrical vibration of molecules in the body. They have used it in chemistry to provide a structural fingerprint by which molecules can be identified. We can now use it in humans to detect nutrient deficiency.
My colleagues and I call it the nutrition lie detector test.
There are numerous research articles on the topic. Here are 2 that are impressive:
The Journal of Biomedicine Opthamology says: “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 for malignancies or other degenerative diseases associated with oxidative stress.”
In a study that appears in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, the researchers from Yale School of Public Health report that, “the noninvasive technique tracked skin carotenoid changes over a 28-week period that was divided into distinct dietary phases marked by high and low intake of provided fruit and vegetables along with a phase where study participants resumed their usual diets.”
They go on to state, “The palm-reading device, which uses Nobel Prize technology, has the potential to help nutritionists and other medical professionals measure and improve the diets of children and adults alike.”
We are thrilled to have this device to help our patients!
Now we must talk about anti-oxidants in our body. The process of oxidation in the human body damages cell membranes and other structures including cellular proteins, fats and DNA. When oxygen is metabolized, it creates ‘free radicals,’ causing damage. These ‘free radicals’ are factors in diseases such as cancer, diabetes, stroke and heart disease.
A lack of nutrients in our body to combat oxidation puts us in oxidative stress. 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 through our body. We must have adequate levels of anti-oxidants to help combat and reduce our risk to disease, pain and inflammation.
Anti-oxidants are substances that inhibit oxidation. They are substances such as vitamin C or E which effectively neutralize potentially damaging oxidizing agents in a living organism. We get anti-oxidants from the food and drink we ingest. Most come from our vegetables and fruits.
The NIH states we should eat 8-10 servings of fruits and vegetables daily to maintain adequate levels in our bodies! Most of my patients get no more than 2 servings. In fact, only 11% of the U.S. population currently meets the daily recommendations for vegetable consumption, while 20% meet the guideline for fruit. We must eat at least 8 handfuls of veggies and fruit daily. Something like 5 servings of veggies and 3 servings of fruit. Since most individuals struggle and don’t get adequate levels we must supplement with vitamins and minerals to ensure that we maintain optimal levels.
Now we have a way to detect if a patient has adequate levels in their body and we don’t have to do a blood test.
The scanner detects anti-oxidant levels on a scale of 10,000 to 90,000 units. You want to test at 70,000 or above. Most of my patients test at 10,000 to 36,000. This is America!
This is what I call true health insurance as we are maximizing our ability to prevent disease.