Whole Body Thermography
Willow Health Food & Wellness Center is proud to be one of only a few places in Bucks & Montgomery counties, where Whole Body Thermography is offered . It is estimated 1 in 8 women will encounter breast cancer in their lifetime. According to Breastcancer.org:
About 1 in 8 U.S. women (about 12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
In 2016, an estimated 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the U.S., along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
About 2,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in men in 2016. A man’s lifetime risk of breast cancer is about 1 in 1,000.
Whole Body Thermography provides the earliest possible detection and is a true holistic approach to women’s health, particularly for the breasts. It is an adjunct diagnostic screening technique that has evolved over the last 40 years in Europe. Developed by Prof. Arno Rost, it is able to measure the capacity for regulation of the autonomic nervous system and thus identify areas of inappropriate functioning. Unlike other methods of thermography based upon infrared sensors, Whole Body Thermography measures the skin-surface temperature, inputting 119 data-points to a computer memory, which your practitioner then interprets.
Most tests performed by allopathic medicine look at a static, non-dynamic nature of the body. For instance, when you take a blood test, the cells are counted and evaluated at that second, with no regard to whether you have had any emotional or physical stress. In Whole Body Thermography, we are seeing how the body deals with stress. A sick person is not one who has a fever, sweats at night, or gets a rash. A sick person is one who does not react to stressful events or toxins, and this is what shows clearly in Whole Body Thermography. Fevers are mechanism by which the body kills invading pathogens. Whole Body Thermography looks directly at those bodily abilities and shows where interferences are disturbing your body’s natural defenses. The results of a thermography will show you where areas of concern exist and our practitioner who performs the test will go over the results with you. We also have people on staff who can further help you in ways address your areas of concern.
Advances in thermography research have shown that breast cancer is not a local disease, but a sign of a bodies weaken ability to eliminate the cancer cells and mantain homeostatis. Twelve criteria have been identified for suspicion of breast cancer. By simultaneously looking at temperature data from the chest, ovaries, liver, pancreas, stomach, tonsils, teeth and jaws, Whole Body Thermography offers a truly integrative approach to breast health maintenance and treatment of breast pathology. By monitoring self-regulation capability, Whole Body Thermography can “foresee degenerative disease coming” up to 10 years in advance, whereas conventional medicine can detect breast cancer only after it has materialized. Compared to mammography, Whole Body Thermography has the advantages of being non-invasive, without radiation, and not painful, which makes it ideal for breast health screening.
While breast health assessment has been used to illustrate the advantages of Whole Body Thermography, it has also been approved by the FDA as a functional test for inflammatory conditions, peripheral circulation, cancer, thyroid, and neuromuscular disorders. It is equally useful in the adjunctive assessment of the prostate, colon, heart, respiratory and digestive tracts.
If you schedule a thermography screening you will be emailed a confirmation with a link to the following instructions so you can properly prepare for the test and understand what will happen the day of your appointment.
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Come to the appointment wearing comfortable, loose-fitting clothing that can be easily removed. Wear a long-sleeved button-up shirt that covers the chest and long pants, even if the weather is hot or humid. Avoid synthetic fibers and tight clothing. Do not wear a bra or remove it at least 15 minutes prior to the test.
Do not shower or bathe the morning of the test. However, a quick shower using only tepid water is allowable, as is a shower or bath the night before.
Do not use body sprays, skin creams or lotions, or cosmetics the morning of the test.
Do not drink coffee, black tea, or caffeinated beverages, and do not smoke the morning of the test. A light breakfast is acceptable, but nothing piping hot.
Come to appointment hydrated; drink 12 – 16 oz. of water 1/2 – 2 hours before the test.
Do not exercise the morning of the test. This includes running, yoga, Pilates, etc.
Stop taking all non-essential supplements and remedies 24 – 36 hours prior to the test. Continue all prescription drugs.
Refrain from ‘regulative’ and therapeutic practices within 36 hours prior to the test. This includes acupuncture, bio-energetic treatments, therapeutic massage, classical homeopathy, chiropractic treatments, etc.
Refrain from dentistry and dental cleanings at least 3 days prior to the test.
Women cannot be tested during the first or second day of the menstrual period. The lower abdominal points warm up and create false readings.
Remove your glasses when you get to the office, as there are sinus points on the nose that will be tested.
Because electromagnetic radiation affects the nervous system, contact with electronics and wireless technology near the body should be avoided for at least 1 hour before the appointment. This includes wireless devices such as cell phones, cordless phones, computers using wireless internet, wireless printers, mice and keyboards, iPads, etc. Cell phones should be turned off, not just silenced, during the appointment.
Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours prior to the test.
Your Whole Body Thermography Test:
You should plan to be at the center 2hrs. This test can only be performed in the morning/early afternoon. We offer appointments as early as 8AM and some Saturday mornings as well. No appointments will be scheduled after 1 pm.
The whole body screening:
You will be asked to sit in a fairly cool, but not uncomfortable, room for 10-20 minutes. The first skin temperature measurements, of the head and teeth, are done by gentle touch of a temperature-sensing probe to the skin of the face and neck. Then you are asked to partially remove your clothes, which subjects your whole body to a controlled “stress.” The remainder of the measurements are quickly and efficiently made, mostly on the chest, abdomen and back. You are then asked to stand as you are, exposed to the room air for 10 more minutes. According to clinical research, it takes 10 minutes for your body to stabilize and effect the reactions of the internal organs upon the skin. The measurements are then repeated and the test is concluded.
Included with your whole body screen is a Heart Rate Variability test. People have long been interested in the one biomarker that captures their overall health. We’ve seen cholesterol, LDL, BMI and CRP. These go in and out of vogue as researchers find new markers that bring in other factors. Just one marker doesn’t work as our biology is complex and not easy to reduce to a single number.
There is one biomarker, however, that serves as a broad indicator of overall health and fitness: heart rate variability (HRV), or the variation in the intervals between heart beats. If your heart beats like a metronome, with intervals of identical length between each pulse, you have low heart rate variability; this is the result of serious stress. If your heart beats follow a more variable pattern, with beat intervals of varying length, you have high heart rate variability; this indicates good fitness and ability to respond to life. For more info on the Heart Rate Variability test, click here.
Understanding your test results:
Once your test is complete your practitioner will analyze the results. We at Willow Health have experienced practitioners that can work with you after the test and make recommendations as to how you can go about bringing your body back into balance.
Willow Health Food & Wellness Center offers a free consultation after your thermography with the Nurse & the Naturopath.
Download a brochure about Whole Body Thermography