Innovative Health Assessment Technology
by Angie Kiger
The BioPhotonic Scanner is a unique nutritional testing tool that gives an accurate, quantifiable and objective measurement of antioxidant levels in the body. Antioxidant levels are a critical biomarker, an indicator of general health similar to monitoring cholesterol levels or checking blood pressure.
Antioxidants are molecular compounds that help protect our cells from damage caused by harmful environmental chemical compounds called free radicals, which come from sources such as polluted air or heavily fried foods. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), recommends consuming five to nine servings of a wide variety of fruits and vegetables each day to obtain the amount of antioxidants required to fortify the body from cancer-causing agents such as free radicals.
The scanner provides a baseline reading of a patient’s antioxidant level, which in turn provides a guide of what action steps need to be made to improve or maintain the proper level. These action steps are taken through modifications of the patient’s current diet, lifestyle and supplement regimen. The patient then re-measures their level 30 days afterward to track progress.
When compared to other current biometric testing methods, such as blood or urine samples, the scanner is more convenient, less expensive (typically between 20 to 30 dollars for an initial scan), and provides immediate results.
To obtain analysis from the scanner, a person must place their hand over the front of the device for a 30-second interval. The machine analyzes the level of carotenoids in the body. Carotenoids are organic pigments, primarily obtained through the consumption of a wide range of plant foods. The amount of carotenoids in the body directly correlates to the overall antioxidant protection a person has. Dr. Richard Cutler, Director of Anti-Aging Research at the NIH, further explains, “The amount of antioxidants you maintain in your body is directly proportional to how long you will live.”
The technology was developed and patented through the University of Utah, a school with significant contributions to medical research and innovation, including the introduction of the first artificial human heart. In 2003, Susan Mayne, PhD, a Yale University researcher, was given one million dollars in funding from the NCI to use the scanner to study nutritional biomarkers in relation to cancer. Dr. Lester Packer, an antioxidant researcher at the University of California at Berkeley, states, “Scientists now believe that free radicals are causal factors in nearly every known disease, from heart disease to arthritis to cancer to cataracts. In fact, free radicals are a major culprit in the aging process itself. By controlling free radicals, antioxidants can make the difference between life and death, as well as influence how fast and how well we age.”
The device has been featured on news programs from several major networks, including CNN, FOX, ABC and NBC. It has also been profiled on The Dr. Oz Show.
Sometimes referred to as the “Ultimate Nutritional Lie Detector,” the BioPhotonic Scanner can be an effective behavior modification tool to help motivate patients to take responsibility for their health, and make the necessary changes to improve it.
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Angie Kiger is a licensed massage therapist, based in Columbus. Connect via AngKiger@sbcglobal.net.
Getting Started Locally
Here are some Central Ohio locations that have the BioPhotonic Scanner:
Anti-Aging Wellness (Upper Arlington)
4700 Reed Road, Suite F2
Gentle Waters (Mount Vernon)
48 Public Square
Peak Brain Performance (Worthington)
97 East Wilson Bridge Road