June Drennon, CCT
Certified Clinical Thermographer 2008
Tampa Bay Thermography
June Carver Drennon has been certified as a Clinical Thermographer since 2008 and operated a successful thermography business in Tennessee for approximately ten years. Additionally, she owned a clinic in the wellness field for the past fifteen years and has certifications in Colon Hydrotherapy and Electro-Lymphatic Drainage Therapy.
She is passionate about working with both men and women who care about the state of their health. She enjoys helping people empower themselves so that they may be proactive and possess the health and wellbeing that they desire.
She believes that knowledge is power and that it is important to have the information to avoid creating an environment that inhibits a healthy lifestyle. She is excited to now be offering Thermography in the Tampa Bay area because it is an excellent tool to identify risk factors and help monitor developing pathology.
WHY CHOOSE THERMOGRAPHY?
Thermography is a highly sensitive study of the largest, most intelligent and most available organ of the body: the skin. Thermography analyses skin temperature changes on the surface of the body.
The skin is like the body’s central processing unit; it’s a communication hub that functions as an interactive, bi-directional network of interconnections, sharing information between all systems, including the neurological, immune and endocrine functions and pathways. The skin has the information, and thermography functions as the monitor, measuring and evaluating the metabolic signals and telling the story as it happens.
The skin offers us non-verbal communications about our health that we can see with our naked eyes; color changes can indicate a lack of oxygen, trauma, exposure to chemicals, radiation, hot and cold conditions, embarrassment and stress. It also betrays signs of alcohol and tobacco abuse. These signs, along with visible skin disorders are often a sign of morbidity or advanced damage, even psychological disorders. Thermography, however, gives us a different, more telling look at the skin that we cannot see!
The skin is constantly experiencing dynamic change. Change that emits from the body as subtle voltage variations, and thermography is the interface offering another set of eyes for the invisible, unique non-verbal communication. Not only is the skin a recipient of signals, it also produces hormones that are released into circulation. Even before the patient or provider is aware, the skin is already shouting: “There are issues here!” The value of thermography is that what otherwise would be an invisible warning can only be seen with an infrared device.
The human body is miraculously programmed to maintain and heal itself as long as we don’t abuse it. Thermography, or infrared imaging with its heightened sensitivity, allows us the ability to observe the body in the process of prioritizing problem areas so we can ask the question and see the answer to: “What are you doing?” We can then investigate with focused guidance.
Whether we realize it or not, we unconsciously look at people’s skin to evaluate their general health. Now we can intentionally and uniquely observe the skin for that very purpose. So you see, thermography is not just a device that sees heat, it is also an exciting observer of our most intelligent, revealing, dynamic and familiar organ: our skin.
If you are a believer in Mindful Wellness, we invite you to discover the unspoken communication revealed by clinical infrared thermography.
Excerpted from an article by Carol Chandler, D.O.M.
UNDERSTANDING HOW THERMOGRAMS ARE DIFFERENT
Thermography images the physiology of the breast where other tests image the structure. For example, an x-ray of your heart will show how big it is and where it is in your chest, whereas an EKG will show the function of the heart. Thermography “shows” the function of the breasts and how healthy they are.
Many other tests are after the fact; and only see what is already there. They can identify a mass, if it is large enough, but cannot distinguish the difference between a benign lump and a cancerous tumor. A tumor must be fed by blood vessels and that vascular formation starts many years before the tumor begins to grow. The vascular feed produces heat which can be seen with thermal imaging. This is an indication that either your body is preparing to produce a cancerous tumor or the mass that is present is most likely cancerous.
There is a large margin between healthy breasts and breast cancer and it’s helpful to know where you fall within that spectrum. There are many factors that can contribute to unhealthy breasts such as dense and fibrocystic breasts, calcifications, lymph congestion, inflammation, thyroid dysfunction, hormone imbalances and more. This can lead to a possible unfavorable diagnosis down the road.
It makes sense that there are also many things that we can do to avoid dis-ease but knowing your risk factors should be at the top of everyone’s list. With proper risk assessment, you can develop an action plan for improving your health or even reversing existing developments. Knowledge is power so the best thing to do on your journey to health and well-being is to take action!
If your body was moving in the direction of developing a disease, wouldn’t you want to know that before the diagnosis, or would you rather find out after the fact? Don’t you think a better option is not getting that diagnosis in the first place?
It’s important to know what’s happening so you can make positive changes to increase your breast health. Thermography is an excellent tool for you and your health care practitioner to help identify specific challenges and then monitor the results of the changes you make.
EXPLANATION OF THERMOGRAPHY
Thermography is an infra-red picture of the body that measures heat and blood vessel patterns. It is able to pick up inflammation, infections, and functional concerns throughout the body that may not be otherwise evident. It can be particularly helpful for evaluating the health of the breasts. Unlike all of the technologies that are currently available for evaluating the breasts (mammography, MRI and ultrasounds), thermography shines as a preventative tool rather than screening for breast cancer. Thermography is a physiological test that evaluates the health of the breast. It does not mine for cancer. It does not show the anatomy, but rather the physiology. Thermography is able to pick up physiological changes as early as five to ten years before a tumor actually develops that can be picked up by mammography. The beauty of finding these changes so early is that simple diet, lifestyle changes and supplements can reverse those patterns usually very quickly and stop the progression to cancer.
Once a tumor forms, the findings on thermography can be variable. Sometimes we see very hot angry looking patterns that are highly concerning. Other times, the patterns can look benign and may even appear cold if the tumor has reached a place of central necrosis.
What we have learned about all the tests used for breast evaluation–mammography, MRI, US, and thermography–is that no test is perfect. None should be used as a stand-alone test. We have learned this the hard way by using mammography as the “gold standard” and stand-alone test for decades. But long-term studies have shown that the value of mammography has been highly overrated, and its drawbacks and shortcomings highly underrated. In fact, mammography has been shown to miss up to 50% of tumors, especially in women with dense breasts. Its specificity is even worse by identifying “suspicious” areas that require a biopsy, leading to unnecessary biopsies 80% of the time! The other tests can all miss tumors as well.
Research has concluded that multiple tests need to be done to obtain the best sensitivity and specificity. That’s why in addition to thermography, I always recommend an anatomical test also be done yearly–generally an ultrasound along with physical examination. If there are any symptoms such as lumps, further investigation must always be done including a biopsy for a tissue diagnosis.
Christine Horner, MD, FACS