As a vegetarian one of my concerns is if I am getting enough nutrients in my diet.
As a modern day human, I wonder about the toxic exposures in my environments.
There’s a lot of questions I have as a health conscious person, and these aren’t questions I can get answers to from my traditional health care professionals. (Trust me, I’ve tried).
When Jeff Sherman, Master Herbalist, mentioned that he had a new device in his office that used hair samples to run a health analysis, I was interested. When I watched the video byCell Well Being I was hooked, and I knew that I needed to do a test-run of this service.
In Jeff’s office in Thousand Oaks, he began by plucking four hairs from my head. Although I was not initially pleased, the rest of the procedure was painless and easy. My hair sample was electronically scanned and sent to a lab in Germany; then the results were sent back to us – all within 15 minutes.
While everyone’s results will be different, I thought I’d share a brief look into my own results and comprehensive report to get the gist of what this service offers.
The test revealed that I had issues and deficiencies in the following:
Omega 3. This did not surprise me because I stopped eating fish due to my western guilt over the decimated oceanic eco-system. As I want to live (period) I have recently purchased some krill oil supplements.
Amino Acids. As a vegetarian, I was not shocked by these results. I was hoping that by consuming copious amounts of beans and rice from Chipotle, and by occasionally using Brags liquid aminos, I would have gathered all of my proteins. Alas, this was not the case. I’ve since purchased amino acid supplements.
Vitamins: Vitamin A, Vitamin B6. The report gave me an “advisory” level of importance and listed foods to ingest like avocados, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, and eggs. I’m confident that I can address these dietary concerns through food.
Minerals: Manganese, Magnesium, Copper, and Iron. I knew, based on symptoms I’ve had in the past, that I was in need of manganese and magnesium. But copper? Who knew? I’ve sense learned that copper is necessary for proper mental functioning (ie: who wants to avoid depression? I do!). I’ve learned that I can increase my copper intake by eating shellfish (sorry ocean) and green leafy vegetables. The report indicated that increasing my intake is a priority.
Food Additives: While I was of the mind that they’re all bad, there are some that are particularly bad FOR ME. The report gave me a list. The ones that I recognize from my label reading are sodium benzoate, glycine, and locust bean gum.
EMFs and radiation. I am an iPhone junkie. I make calls, text, take pictures, send e-mails, and shop on Amazon on my iPhone. In addition to limiting my exposures to my iPhone (I can’t even conceptualize what that would look like) the report also indicated that I could do things like eat pumpkin seeds.
Foods to Avoid: I’m not sure if this list changes over time as my diet and environmental exposures change or if this is my list for life, but here’s my “NO” list:
I think I’ll only miss the blueberries, really. I'll have to read more labels to avoid sunflower oil as I've noticed the popularity of sunflower mystery blends in packaged health foods. I already knew that I needed to avoid rice due to the arsenic content...
When I did another test with Jeff, it indicated detectable levels of arsenic of my system. I attribute the arsenic in my system to my high levels of rice consumption. As a result of these findings, my trips to Chipotle will look a little different.
The test also addresses parasites, funguses, viruses, and chemicals.
Currently running at $65 for the test and report, I think this service is well worth the time and money if you’re wondering what effects your food and environment are having on your body. It also includes a 90 day plan and a physical and emotional self-assessment.
For more information on Cell Wellbeing, contact Jeff Sherman's office.
What effects are your environmental exposures and food intake having on your body? Let us know in the comment section below.