Desert Health Specialists

Month: July 2016

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Micronutrient Test

Micronutrient Test

SpectraCell’s Micronutrient test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available. It focuses on measuring your nutritional deficiencies at the cellular level. The micronutrient test assess how well your body is utilizing the 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites needed for good health, performance, and recovery. This test provides personalized information about yExample graph of Spectracell's Micronutrient Testing - Dr. Nathan Papadeasour health and gives us a functional approach in how to address the clinical condition you might be experiencing. Common conditions can be seen below and the list of potential nutrient deficiencies along side.

You might be asking yourself right now why do I need to get tested against all these mineral and vitamins, I take a multi vitamin. Below you will read a brief out of JAMA (The Journal of American Medical Association) summary regarding why getting tested for micronutrients is so important.

“Although the clinical syndromes of vitamin deficiencies ar unusual in Western societies, suboptimal vitamin status is no. Because suboptimal vitamin status is associated with many chronic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases, cancer and osteoporosis, it is important for physicians to identify patients with poor nutrition or other reasons for increased vitamin needs”

– JAMA, Jun 19, 2002 – Vol 287. No 23. pg.3124

As you see majority of the supplement qualities are subpar and no absorbable leaving most of us taking those supplements vulnerable to nutritional deficiencies. Getting tested for micronutrient deficiencies is a quick easy blood draw and in a couple weeks your results will be in to go over with one of the Physicians. The Physicians at Desert Health Specialist have several treatment options once your results are back that they will discuss with you to help get your nutrients back to optimal

To Get Tested Call

(480) 237-389

SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Test includes:


  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Folate
  • Pantothenate
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K


  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Copper

Amino Acids

  • Asparagine
  • Glutamine
  • Serine

Fatty Acids

  • Oleic Acid


  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Cysteine
  • Glutathione
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E

Carbohydrate Metabolism

  • Chromium
  • Fructose Sensitivity
  • Glucose-Insulin Metabolism


  • Choline
  • Inositol
  • Carnitine


for Total Antioxidant Function


Immune Response Score

Common Deficiencies found when using Spectracell's Micronutrient Test - Dr. Nathan Papadeas




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Dr. Nathan Papadeas treating a patient with an acupuncture treatment to help relieve their pain

Acupuncture, the New Natural Pain Treatment

Acupuncture, the New Natural Pain Treatment

Acupuncture is a 2000 thousand year old traditional Chinese Medicine technique used to stimulate ones own natural healing.  This medicine is based on balancing two opposing forces the yin and the yang.  When these two opposing forces are not in harmony it may cause imbalances in the body such 5 acupuncture needles placed in the lower back of a patient by hand, Dr. Nathan Papadeasas pain or illness.  This life force called Qi (chee) flows through specific pathways, called meridians throughout your body allowing the yin and yang to be balanced.

Acupuncture uses tiny sterile needles placed in specific points to release the blocked Qi and stimulate ones own natural healing response. It can effect have effects on the nervous system, immune system, digestive tract, pain response, and even the endocrine system.  By unblocking the Qi it can resolve pain, improve well- being, aid in sleep, and even improve digestion.

How do we use Acupuncture

At Desert Health Specialist we treat a multitude of conditions using these traditional Chinese techniques. The main focus of our treatments is to relieve your pain. We use a technique we based off the book “The Gunn Approach to Chronic Pain”. This treatment is very similar to dry needling done by physical therapists, but with being trained in traditional oriental medicine we are able to come our lady laying peacefully during an acupuncture cupping treatment, Dr. Nathan Papadeasknowledge in how meridians flow through the body the our “Gunn treatment” giving patients the most therapeutic benefit.

Acupuncture, the New Natural Pain TreatmentAnother therapeutic treatment we combine with many of our acupuncture treatments is cupping. Cupping helps by releasing the fascia and bring blood to the area of pain. When combining this treatment with the “Gunn Treatment” we notice patients start to recover faster.

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  2. The Gunn Approach to Chronic Pain by C. Chan Gunn
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