Biocellular Assessment(BCA) – Patient Instructions

You have been scheduled for a test called a “Biocellular Assessment” or “BCA”. This laboratory test will be providing valuable information about the underlying biochemistry of your body. This test analyzes small amounts of your blood, urine, and saliva. In order to assure accurate BCA results, it is very important for you to follow the instructions below.

  • Fast for 12-14 hours prior to your test. In order to do so, please complete your dinner the evening prior to your test no later than 5:00-6:00 p.m. After dinner, brush your teeth and refrain from eating or drinking anything until after your test. (This includes chewing gun, candy, and water) If you are presently on any type of regular medications (example: blood pressure medicine or insulin), take your medications as prescribed with only a small amount of water.
  • Refrain from using any toothpaste, mouthwashes, or mouth rinses at both bedtime and the morning of your test. Also, avoid use of any lipstick or makeup around your mouth and lips. Such substances can change the chemistry of your mouth and your saliva.
  • On the morning of your test, obtain a sample of your first morning urine. Try to obtain a mid-stream specimen; (urinate a small amount first, and then obtain the remaining urine in your specimen cup). If a specimen cup was not provided for you in time for your test, thoroughly wash a glass jar and lid (in the dishwasher is best) and bring that into the office instead. Some individuals may have to get up during the night or early morning to urinate. If this happens to you at 4:00 a.m. or later, collect this urine in your specimen cup and keep refridgerated.
  • When you arrive at our office, a small amount of blood will be tested. A specimen cup will also be given to you to collect a small amount of your saliva. Swallow any saliva that may already be in your mouth. Close your mouth gently and allow saliva to accumulate. Expectorate into the cup. Do not bring up post-nasal drip.
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    We are all surrounded by electromagnetic fields (EMFs).  The sun and earth produce their own natural forces which we cannot escape.  But modern lifestyles and technologies have now chronically exposed humans to fields much different.  For example, AC electric fields from house wiring and corded appliances, power lines and radio frequencies are part of everyday living.  Cellphones, cordless phones, Wi-Fi routers, baby monitors, smart meters and Bluetooth devices are everywhere.  The real fact is that these EMFs are unavoidable and exposure now starts during pregnancy and infancy, right until death.  We are living in an environment of electro smog….

    There is huge controversy over what health risks EMFs may or may not produce.  Most international health organizations, scientific bodies and pro-technology groups state that EMFs, at current levels and forms, do not significantly harm humans or animals.  Specific correlations with diseases like cancer, immune dysfunction or cognitive decline have not been shown statistically to be relevant.  So the general viewpoint is that all this exposure is safe.  These conclusions are readily available on the internet, if one wants to read the data presented.

    However, there are many other researchers, physicians and anti-EMF groups that disagree with these conclusions.  They point out that most studies have not been done for long enough periods of time and that the layering of multiple different types of EMF exposure simultaneously, have not been taken into account.  The frequency, power density, strength and duration of exposure are felt to alter the health risks and need to be factored in with more relevance.  Also, the sensitivity to EMFs may be varied form person to person, based on their own individual constitution and age.  Kind of like the old saying, “One man’s food is another man’s poison”.

    Some research has shown that EMFs alter voltage gated calcium channels in the outer membrane of cells, resulting in mitochondrial dysfunction, oxidative free radical stress and possibly DNA damage.  The result being that some people report a variety of health issues from both long and short EMF exposure.  Ringing in the ears, dizziness, heart palpitations, headaches, insomnia, foggy thinking, chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, pain syndromes and hormone imbalances are some examples.  More serious conditions like brain cancers, neurological defects, auto-immune disease and dementia are also being discussed by the anti-EMF groups.  The jury is out on all of this, but certainly, the sides are very polarized.

    So what does one do?????  Well…. the cat is out of the bag.  EMF technologies are not going away.  You cannot hide anywhere from EMF exposure.  Whether you believe that EMFs are safe or harmful, here are a few basic tips…..Try replacing wireless devices with wired versions.  Reduce cellphone use and don’t wear it in your bra or pocket.  Use the speaker in the phone and keep it in Airplane mode most of the time.  Reduce laptop use and use wired equipment.  Get as much electrical junk out of the bedroom and far away from your bed.  Try not live near cellphone towers.  Shut Wi-Fi routers off at night.  It is not clear if the advertised shielding devices out there actually work.  Have lots of houseplants, eat a diet rich in anti-oxidants, get outside in nature and get grounded, sweat, stay well water hydrated, and smart phones are not toys for the kids.  There are many other tips available if one researches them.  May the force be with you……

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