October 2012 Newsletter - What's Your Blood Telling You?

Fall Greetings!  The Fall is here and Winter is just around the corner.  As we look outside we see how nature is preparing for the coming changes.  Whether or not we think about it, our body is getting ready for the changes also.  Here are a few suggestions on supporting our body for the new season: http://brwellness.blogspot.com/2010/09/foods-for-autumn-nutrition-ideas-for.html

This year’s fall is special for me as I open my new office in Mequon.  I have consolidated into one space so I can more efficiently (and less stressfully) serve my clients.  I am excited to share space with wonderful practitioners and healers.  Meet them here http://www.brwellness.com/contact.htm.

I also want to take a moment to thank and acknowledge those who joined me this month doing the purification program.  Great job!  I heard many wonderful stories of success and “not having felt this great for years!” 

What’s Your Blood Telling You?

Not that I like to brag or anything, but I recently had my blood work done and the results were fantastic.  Despite eating all those eggs, red meat, and butter my cholesterol and triglycerides were all at excellent levels along with everything else.  Not only were the levels “normal” but the vast majority of them met the more important criteria of being “optimal.”  If you remember from past discussions – optimal is what we want.

The typical scenario I encounter is a client who does not feel quite right, goes to the doctor for a blood test, and then is told everything is "normal." This is because according to the lab it is. However, there is a significant difference between “normal” and “optimal.” The lab range tells you results for that lab and if you are in range it means you are within the normal curve of 95% of that lab's population. This does not mean you are healthy or optimal, just within the 95% confidence interval (remember Statistics class!) and termed "normal." By the way, who generally gets their blood tested? Yes, people who think there is something wrong!

As a Certified Technician in Whole Foods Nutrition, I am trained to analyze basic blood test results, interpret nutritional status, and identify areas where supplementation may be helpful. Rather than looking at the blood test results in terms of being outside or inside of a pathological range, we look at optimal ranges. If you are not optimal - either excess or deficient - that implies a specific nutritional status that should be addressed. With the results from these tests we are able to design a food plan and a nutritional support program specifically for you.


October Special – Free Blood Chemistry Analysis

Do you want to be optimal?  As an October Move-In Special I am offering a free blood chemistry analysis.  All you need is a recent (within 1-2 months) blood chemistry report from your doctor. 
If you do not have one you have two options - request one through your doctor or what I would recommend as it is likely more cost effective is to use DirectLabs.com.  That is who I used.  It is not covered by insurance but for those of you with high deductible policies it is a great deal.  I had several tests done that cost around $250 that would have been over $800 had I gone to the lab my doctor recommended.

From DirectLabs I recommend the Comprehensive Wellness Panel which was under $100.  If you add in Vitamin D it was around $140.  You can check them out at www.directlabs.com.

Here’s a testimonial of how helpful this can be:
"After a routine blood screening ordered by my Internist, I learned that I was anemic and that some of my other counts were off. I was sent to a Hematologist and a GI doctor. Eight vials of blood, an endoscopy, colonoscopy, and small intestine camera study later, it was determined that I had no blood or GI cancer, and that I should go to Walgreens, buy some iron pills, and come back in 2 months to be retested. Instead of going to Walgreens and taking the over the counter, highly constipating, stomach upsetting synthetic iron pills, I went to Bernie. He reviewed my numbers, gave me iron capsules that didn't cause any ill side effects, and several other supplements as well.
When I went back to the Hematologist today to get my results he couldn't believe the improvement and asked me what I was taking. He had NEVER seen such a dramatic improvement in such a short time. He even asked for Bernie's contact information he was so impressed. When I asked him if I should continue taking the iron supplements (you can have too much iron) he told me to "ask Bernie, and follow his advice." I am obviously thrilled, relieved, and VERY grateful to Bernie!"

Reminder My New Location is Open - One New Location to Better Serve You

My new space is now open.  The address is 10040 N. Port Washington Road with easy access off both the Port Washington Road and Mequon Road exits off I-43. Phone numbers and e-mails will remain the same.

I am part of the Well Body Wellness Center sharing office space with several fantastic practitioners. We have acupuncture, massage, skin care, and life coaching. 

Bernard Rosen, PhD is a Nutrition Consultant and Educator. He works with individuals, groups, and at corporations to create individualized nutrition and wellness programs. His office is in Mequon, WI. To learn more or to schedule an appointment, e-mail at bernie@brwellness.com, call (262) 389-9907 or go to www.brwellness.com.