As a functional practitioner, you would not use a one size fits all approach. The same holds true with identifying the factors to address in each “R” of the 5 R program.
Why use Cell Science Systems for your 5R approach? Here’s why:
What does your patient need to REMOVE?
Of course toxins, chemicals, environmental stressors, bacteria, parasites, processed foods, and true food allergies, are to be removed when applicable, but what about adverse reactions to foods and ingredients that contribute to inflammation? Suggesting your patient follow a standard elimination diet to identify food triggers is a long, potentially over-restrictive process that involves guesswork on your part and your patients’ part and may not even uncover the actual food culprits. Symptoms occurring from sensitivities could show up days after ingesting the offending food. And do our patients always feel inflammation after consuming food triggers? No. But inflammation is an issue when consuming food sensitivities, whether noticeable or not.
- The Alcat Test identifies the foods and ingredients triggering an innate immune response that contributes to inflammation, oxidative stress, and unwanted symptoms.
What does your patient need to REPLACE?
In this “R” we Identify the need for digestive enzymes, HCl, bile support, and nutrients needing repletion. You may be accustomed to recommending bile promoters like dandelion or turmeric/curcumin and bitters like cardamom and fennel. With regard to fiber and prebiotics, you may tend to suggest psyllium, onions, and garlic. If you are not aware of their reactivity/non-reactivity by testing these foods/botanicals, you may unknowingly be suggesting your patient consume more pro-inflammatory foods/ingredients and making your patient feel worse, not better. If you know artichoke, milk thistle, and asparagus are non-reactive, you can feel confident that you are replacing what is needed and suggesting botanicals/foods that would not contribute to inflammation.
- The Alcat Test provides options for bile promoters, bitters, fiber, and prebiotic foods.
Micronutrients often suggested in this “R” are folate, B vitamins, vitamins A, C, D, E, and K and minerals such as magnesium and calcium. How would we really be sure which nutrients are depleted or in higher demand without testing? You may not realize your patient is deficient in iron. You may assume your patient is consuming a sufficient amount of B12 or you might decide to suggest extra vitamin D unnecessarily. Suggesting supplementation with no knowledge of nutrient status and which micronutrients need repletion and which do not, may result in subclinical or overt deficiencies, toxicity, and/or poor outcomes for your patient.
- The Cellular Micronutrient Assay assesses micronutrients and their impact on cellular function at the cellular level. It provides insight into an individual’s long-term nutritional status (over ~6 months) versus short-term variability in the serum (snapshot). Assessing micronutrient status within cells where metabolism occurs and the functional response to micronutrients provides the information practitioners need to effectively use targeted nutrition therapy.
What nutrients does your patient need to REPAIR?
Oxidative damage is recognized as an underlying factor in many chronic diseases including autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, chronic kidney disease, neurodegenerative diseases, and cancer. Addressing inflammation and oxidative stress with targeted nutrition is part of the repair process. Emphasizing the patient specific nutrients, botanicals, and phytonutrients that are most protective, that is, those that best provide the antioxidant/anti-inflammatory effect and prevent oxidative damage individually for each patient, is vital. Coenzyme Q10? Vitamin C? Resveratrol? Curcumin? Quercetin? Without testing, would we really know which antioxidant/anti-inflammatory nutrients, botanicals, and phytonutrients that are most protective? When supplementing, we and our patients like to get the most “bang for the buck.” Assessing the nutrients’ impact on cell proliferation allows you to make the best choice for each patient.
- The Redox Assay is a measurement of the cells’ resistance to oxidative stress and its overall antioxidant capacity.
- The Antioxidant Protection Assay (APA) determines which specific antioxidant nutrients that support the patient’s cells to resist oxidative stress.
By eliminating guesswork involved with identifying the best repertoire of foods/nutrients to suggest, testing offered by Cell Science Systems supports you and your efforts to use effective therapies in your patients.