Micronutrient testing is something that was just being discussed in another thread. In that thread, I specifically mentioned the company SpectraCell and my uncertainty about
whether testing is really useful.
Just a few minutes ago, I happened to find the following video by Pam Popper, ND, PhD. She discusses why she feels such testing is often useless and she even names SpectraCell directly.Testing For Micronutrients/www.youtube.com/watch?v=FzdyjvAbOr0
I have no idea whether micronutrient testing has been useful to others or not. Personally, I've had plasma testing for vitamins and minerals, as well as hair analysis for minerals and metals.
In my case, I've not been able to observe any benefits from either the information the tests yielded or the expensive supplements prescribed. To me, it seems only the labs and the doctors selling the supplements have benefitted.Can anyone else point to demonstrable benefits from micronutrient testing and/or supplementation?
NOTE: I'm not talking about
something simple like lab values, as some of those can be easily manipulated. And, manipulating biomarkers is not the same as the arresting, regression, or elimination of disease.
Rather, I'm asking about
tangible benefits that improved the quality of life, improved a health outcome, or regressed some pathology. These might include improved duration or quality of sleep, improved blood pressure, loss of excess body fat, or the improvement/elimination of pain, seizures, tachycardia, Type 2 Diabetes, etc.