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Invasion of the Body Scanners Monday

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

A quick way to determine whether you’re eating enough vegetables or need to take a vitamin supplement is coming to the Mountain Chalet in Aspen on Monday.

The Pharmanex Biophotonic Scanner will be set up at the lodge for quick, free assessments of antioxidant levels for anyone interested. Patented in 2000 at the University of Utah, the scanner uses a low-power blue laser light to give participants a “Body Defense Score,” which indicates the level of antioxidants used for fighting disease.

Pharmanex representative Sandy Hagopian said the American Medical Journal recommended this summer that everyone take a supplement along with healthy eating habits. She said a Body Defense Score helps determine how to improve one’s health.

“The only accurate way to determine antioxidant levels [before the Biophotonic Scanner] was to surgically remove 6 inches of skin from the body,” Hagopian said. “With the scanner, we can see what antioxidant levels are in front of a laser beam.”

The scanner’s laser light is shined directly into the palm of the hand. The machine delivers a Body Defense Score, which is measured against a Body Defense Index, within 30 seconds. A score of below 10,000 is classified as “weak,” anything between 10,000 and 17,500 is considered “marginal,” and 17,500 to 25,000 is “average.”

A reading above 25,000 is “optimal.” Hagopian said there are six such scanners in existence, and all are traveling the United States.

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“People need to know what their blood pressure is and what their cholesterol is,” she said. “This is something everyone needs to know, and one day a lot of people will.”

The Pharmanex Biophotonic Scanner will be at the Mountain Chalet starting at 11:30 a.m. At noon Pharmanex representatives will begin a presentation on the scanner and why getting an accurate reading from it is important.