It can be difficult to determine root causes for complex medical conditions such as autism, ADHD, depression, behavioral disorders, gastrointestinal symptoms, inflammation, chronic fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances, skin conditions, and multiple chemical sensitivities. Functional lab testing can be a very helpful tool in uncovering system imbalances that are driving various health conditions.
For both adults and children experiencing complex or chronic health concerns, one very comprehensive lab test that I highly recommend is the Organic Acids Test (OAT). This noninvasive urine test provides important insights into the body’s cellular metabolic pathways. By measuring over 70 urinary organic acid by-products, we can get a good read on one’s vitamin and mineral status, neurotransmitter health, mitochondrial energy production, Continue reading “Benefits of the Organic Acids Test (OAT)”
At Village Green Apothecary, we are proud of our extremely knowledgeable and thoughtful staff. We encourage you to come into the store to meet everyone. One of our talented nutrition experts is Amanda Buxbaum. She is a Licensed Nutritionist with a Masters Degree in Human Nutrition from the University of Bridgeport, with a special interest in fitness, weight loss and wellness. Amanda’s approach is gentle and patient-centered with the goal of maximizing joy and self-direction as central to the goal of healing and health. Her background as an actuarial analyst gives her the analytical edge when studying the current health research and problem-solving with patients. Amanda is also a Certified Nutrition Specialist and is in her fifth year of teaching nutrition at Montgomery College.
Amanda has worked with nutrition clients on issues from IBS and other gastrointestinal issues, to a variety of cancers, and a host of neurological issues such as ADD, depression, anxiety, bipolar, schizophrenia, MS, ALS, and Alzheimer’s, as well as many other health issues. If you are interested in seeing Amanda for a nutritional consult, click here.
Amanda is also the point person at Village Green for SpectraCell testing. One of the tests offered through SpectraCell is a nutrient analysis, where a simple blood test measures levels of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential micronutrients in your white blood cells (lymphocytes). This analysis measures blood nutrient levels over a 4-6 month period (rather than a snapshot of nutrient intake). Did you know that the Journal of the American Medical Association connects nutrient deficiencies to disease processes? Village Green offers free blood draws on Fridays and discounted testing rates. To learn more about the various tests offered by Spectracell, email Amanda or call her 1-800-869-9159, ext. 1019.
Why do we get sick? Can we blame it on age? Is it because a co-worker or family member shared their germs? Maybe it’s because we are genetically at risk? Each of these factors has some influence on your wellness, but the bigger influence may be your micronutrient status. Micronutrients are the small compounds we identify as vitamins and minerals and include vitamins A, C, D and minerals such as calcium, magnesium and zinc. Everybody needs them and everybody should be getting their own required amount of them. The U.S. National Academy of Sciences has given us a system of nutritional recommendations to follow for wellness, and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration now monitors these guidelines. Their purpose is to inform us on how much nutrition a normal, healthy person needs to be healthy… but these guidelines are very general. Some questions that should be asked are, “What does a normal, healthy person look like?” and “Does every normal, healthy person need the same amount of nutrients?” Continue reading “The Key to Optimal Health: Understanding Nutritional Deficiencies”
Join us this Sunday as host Dr. Kevin Passero and his special guest Dana Laake discuss the cutting-edge biomedical approach to treating the underlying deficiencies and symptoms of ADHD and autism.
Dana Laake is a licensed nutritionist who has provided preventive and therapeutic medical nutrition services for over 25 years. Her practice includes nutritional evaluation and treatment of the full spectrum of health issues affecting children and adults. Dana holds a Master’s degree in nutrition from the University of Maryland and is the co-author of The Kid Friendly ADHD and Autism Cookbook.
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Last week’s show was on diet and supplements to support healthy cholesterol levels. Click to listen.