CWI Antioxidant Emphasis
According to Dr. Richard Cutler, MD, the former director of Anti-Aging Research at the National Institute of Health: “The amount of antioxidants we maintain in the tissues of our bodies is directly proportional to how long we will live.” There is now a mountain of evidence in the peer-reviewed medical literature noting the critical importance of antioxidants.
Because we are committed to a comprehensive and holistic approach to health care (inclusive of mental health as well as general medical issues), we use a device called a Biophotonic scanner to measure the tissue level of carotenoids in the palm of the human hand. The reason that we do so is that we commonly find that this biomarker is low in many of our patients, and it is our assessment (supported by the peer-reviewed medical literature) that supplementing the patient with a proven anti-oxidant, multi-vitamin, multi-mineral, fish oil combination which produces documented changes in the total body antioxidant level (and confirmed by an increase in the scan score) is a smart thing to do. (Specific supplements are selected based on age and weight of patient as well as clinical conditions.)
- The Biophotonic scanner was developed by Dr. Werner Gellermann, a physicist from the University of Utah, and it has been used in research nationwide including at the Yale Cancer Center, a comprehensive cancer center designated by the National Cancer Institute. It is essentially a Raman spectrometer tuned for the specific frequency of carotenoid molecules. These carotenoid molecules absorb a photon at the frequency of 473 nanometers and reflect it back at 510 nanometers. The number of reflected photons with this frequency shift is measured, and thus the accurate carotenoid count can be calculated. This device and technique is supported in the peer-reviewed literature.
- Dr. Cady has written the definitive paper on this device that is used internationally, as well as specifically at Cady Wellness Institute.
- Research can be done on low antioxidant status (or low carotenoid status) and the disease/affliction of your choice, at the National Library of Medicine, funded by the US Government, which is free to everyone on the planet.
- In psychiatry, there is a huge mountain of literature on low antioxidant status and a number of conditions thought to be exclusively “psychiatric” – but which may, in fact, have biological underpinnings. Here’s a handful of searches on low antioxidant status with:
- In addition, in terms of attending to the general medical needs of our patients, we also key in on this area because of the correlation of poor antioxidant status with:
- Cancer risk including:
- Dermatological conditions:
- Eye health:
- Heart disease
- Gastrointestinal/”gut” diseases and problems:
- Inflammation (in general)
- Neurodegenerative diseases:
- Here are some articles on antioxidants to get you started:
- A role for fruit content in energy-restricted diets in improving antioxidant status in obese women during weight loss. Crujeiras AB, et al. Nutrition Jun 2006.
- Evaluation of oxidative stress in autism: defective antioxidant enzymes and increased lipid peroxidation. Meguid NA et al. Biol Trace Elem Res. Oct 2011.
- Fruit and vegetable juices and Alzheimer’s disease: the Kame Project. Dai, Q et al. Am J Med. Sep 2006.
- Increased oxidative stress and altered activities of erythrocyte free radical scavenging enzymes in autism. Zoroglu SS, et al. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. June 2004.
- Lycopene and heart health. Bohm V Med Nutr Food Res. Feb 2012.
- Nutritional and metabolic status of children with autism vs. neurotypical children, and the assocaiton with autism severity. Adams JB, et al. Nutr Metab (Lond) Jun 2011.
- Oxidative stress in autism. Chauhan A, et al.
- Plasma antioxidant capacity is reduced in Asperger syndrome. Parellada M et al. J Psychiatr Res. Mar 2012.
- Targeting oxidative stress components in the therapeutics of epilepsy. Azam F, et al. Curr Top Med Chem Feb 2012
- Total plasma carotenoids and mortality in the elderly. Akbaraly TN, et al. Br J Nutr. Jan 2009 (This study found a three-fold risk of death in elderly men in the lowest quintile of plasma carotenoids).