Laboratory Testing

“There is overwhelming evidence that vitamin deficiencies are associated with the chronic disease process and the overall condition of ones health “inadequate intake or subtle deficiencies in several Vitamins are risk factors for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease cancer and osteoporosis.”

Journal of the American Medical Associations (AMA)
June 19, 2002 – Vol. 287. No 23

When your doctors run your labs they’re usually just scratching the surface. The following tests really dissect what’s going on within your body at a granular level.

These tests are life-changing!

I do three different tests. A nutritional test looks at where you are deficient in vitamins and minerals. A cardiovascular shows more than just your basic cholesterol and HDL or triglycerides. It identifies your risk factor or markers for heart disease.

The third test is a test to determine if you are pre-diabetic. Most people in this country are prediabetic.

This test will provide biomarkers for things like glucose, insulin and peptides. Another marker is Leptin that shows how hungry you are. These are all risks for diabetes. These tests are all very important and most doctors don’t run detailed tests like this.

The MRT test shows Food Sensitivities are very different than Food Allergies. With food allergies, you can never consume whatever you are allergic to. In many cases, it would be deadly. With food sensitivities, you can eat those foods but may experience symptoms like rashes, fatigue, headaches, IBS, weight loss, and weight gain

to name a few. It’s basically making your body very inflammatory. Once we know what you are sensitive to, we create an elimination plan.

One final test is a GI Map. This will identify all bacterias and viruses. This test can also tell you if you are gluten sensitive and if you are resistant to any antibiotics. This test is important because we can be exposed to these pathogens through food or water contamination.

Schedule a call with me to determine where to begin.

Click on any item in the list below to learn about tests to optimize your health:

Spectra Cell Laboratories

SpectraCell’s patented, chemically-defined control media contains the minimal amount of each essential micronutrient that is needed to support optimal lymphocyte growth or mitogenic response. The functional intracellular status of micronutrients involved in cell metabolism is evaluated by manipulation of the individual micronutrients in the media followed by mitogenic stimulation and measurement of DNA synthesis.

How will you manage your health and the aging process?

your goal of optimizing-your health is to facilitate the prevention and early detection/ diagnosis of deficiency and disease.

SpectraCell’s Micronutrient testing offers the most accurate, scientifically proven method of assessing nutritional deficiencies.

Nutritional balance plays a key role in optimal wellness, chronic disease prevention and managing the aging process.

  • Do you find yourself feeling stressed, tired and maybe a little depressed?
  • Do you take prescription medicines to alleviate symptoms of certain conditions, but wonder why the condition exists at all?
  • Do you want to boost your immune system now, to may prevent chronic disease later?

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What is Micronutrient Testing?

Micronutrient testing measures how micronutrients are actually functioning within your patients’ white blood cells. Micronutrient tests measure the function of nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.

Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body’s deficiencies. Correlating micronutrient deficiencies not only slows aging and degenerative disease progression, it can also prevent as well as repair cellular dysfunction, and by extension, disease.

SpectraCell’s Micronutrient tests measure the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.

What results will I see?

SpectraCell’s Micronutrient lab results include an overview page with all deficiencies listed, numeric and graphic reports easily identifying deficiencies and repletion and supplementation recommendations.

Click Here To View A Sample Report

Causes of deficiencies can be:
  • Depression
  • Lack of physical energy  and mental focus
  • Broad chronic conditions
Vitamins
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B6
  • Vitamin B12
  • Biotin
  • Folate
  • Pantothenic Acid
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin D
  • Vitamin K
Minerals
  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Zinc
  • Copper
Amino Acids
  • Asparagine
  • Glutamine
  • Serine
Fatty Acids
  • Oleic Acid
Antioxidants
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid
  • Coenzyme Q10
  • Cysteine
  • Glutathione
  • Selenium
  • Vitamin E
Carbohydrate Metabolism
  • Chromium
  • Fructose Sensitivity
  • Glucose-Insulin Metabolism
Metabolites
  • Choline
  • Inositol
  • Carnitine

SPECTROX
For Total Antioxidant Function

IMMUNIDEX™
Immune Response Score

 

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A- Micronutrient test: $290.00 – Test only.

B-Micronutrient test: $470.00 – 20 minute review of your lab results.

C-Micronutrient Test : $675.00 – 90 minute nutrition consultation with review of your results, dietary and supplement recommendations and plan.

THE CARDIOMETABOLIC RISK PANEL IS THE TEST THAT COULD SAVE YOUR LIFE.

Are you ready to take control of your cardiovascular health? Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death. Standard cholesterol tests can miss that YOU are at risk.

The cellular metabolism and cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels) are very intricately linked.  For various reasons – not just age – our metabolism changes.  Our personal chemistry controls these changes and they can be measured in SpectraCell’s CardioMetabolic panel, which covers the three main areas of keeping a healthy metabolic profile your whole life:

  • Glycemic Control, Lipid Profile, and Vascular Inflammation.
  • Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women.
  • 50% of people who have a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels (PER NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH)

The CARDIOMETABOLIC test identifies risk factors for heart disease and stroke beyond cholesterol and lipoprotein size. The LPP particle element of this test provides information on your levels of inflammation in the entire body, C-reactive protein, as well as a marker, homocysteine, specifically in the vessels. Also, this test provides a complete particle count and insulin value to assess blood sugar metabolism and risk for metabolic syndrome. Research has shown that there are different sizes of LDL and HDL particles and some are more dangerous than others. Although we think of the LDL as “bad” cholesterol, the larger buoyant LDL particles float through the vessels without causing harm. It is the small dense LDL particles that are prone to oxidation (damage) leading to plaque formation.

Why should you get tested?

Standard cholesterol testing only gives you part of the picture leaving many people with “normal” cholesterol numbers unaware that they are still at risk for a heart attack.  The National Cholesterol Education Program introduced new risk factors that are responsible for many individuals at risk for cardiovascular disease.

  • Have been diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes
  • Are already taking cholesterol-lowering medications
  • Have been diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome (high blood pressure)
  • Are overweight
  • Have high LDL – the bad cholesterol
  • Have low HDL – the good cholesterol
  • Have high triglycerides
  • wellness and prevention
NCEP New Risk Factors:

Small, dense LDL: these atherogenic particles are easily oxidized and penetrate the arterial endothelium to form plaque. Lp(a): this small, dense LDL is involved in thrombosis.

What Are Lipoprotein Particles?:

RLP (Remnant Lipoprotein): is very atherogenic, has a similar composition and density of plaque, is believed to be a building block of plaque and does not need to be oxidized like other LDL particles.

HDL2b: positively correlates with heart health because it is an indicator of how well excess lipids are removed.

Research has shown that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic depression

What Everyone Needs To Know About Pre-diabetes And Why

An increased risk of Diabetes Type 2 now affects millions of people. Typically people don’t have symptoms of pre-diabetes. Pre-diabetes develops through a combination of factors that are still being investigated. For sure, lifestyle factors (food, exercise, stress, sleep) play a role, but family history and genetics certainly do as well.

Pre-diabetes is a condition where the body cannot efficiently metabolize foods, especially carbohydrates, resulting in impaired glycemic (blood sugar) control which may progress to diabetes when not properly treated or addressed through lifestyle changes.

Pre-diabetes Risk:

The Pre-Diabetes Biomarkers identify metabolic abnormalities that may progress into diabetes.  Pre-diabetes is a condition where the body cannot efficiently metabolize foods, especially carbohydrates, resulting in impaired glycemic (blood sugar) control which may progress to diabetes when not properly treated or addressed through lifestyle changes.

Glucose – a snapshot of blood sugar at the time of blood draw

Insulin – correlates to the efficiency with which a person can metabolize carbohydrates; high fasting levels indicate insulin resistance and possible pre-diabetes

Hemoglobin A1C – long term (2-3 months) marker of glycemic control; also considered a marker of accelerated aging

C-peptide – a measure of endogenous insulin production; useful in distinguishing between type 1 and type 2 diabetes

Adiponectin – a hormone that enzymatically controls metabolism; high levels beneficial and indicate efficient cellular energy production

Leptin – called the “satiety” hormone because it regulates the appetite centers in the brain to decrease hunger; chronically high levels linked to obesity and can indicate leptin resistance (dysfunctional appetite regulation)

Metabolic syndrome traits – A diagnosis of metabolic syndrome is confirmed if any three of the following six traits exist in a patient: (1) high triglycerides (2) high glucose (3) low HDL (4) high blood pressure (5) high waist circumference or (6) increased small dense LDL

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Metabolic Risk:
  • Insulin
  • Glucose
  • Hemoglobin A1c
  • C-Peptide
  • Adiponectin
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • SpectraCell’s unique CardioMetabolic Risk Score estimates a patient’s risk of developing diabetes and associated conditions
Vascular Inflammation Markers:
  • ApoB 100
  • Lp(a)
  • C-Reactive Protein-hs
  • Homocysteine
Cardiovascular Risk:
Lipid Panel:
  • Total Cholesterol
  • LDL & HDL Cholesterol
  • Triglycerides
  • Non-HD Cholesterol (calc)
Lipoprotein Particle Numbers:
  • VLDL Particles
  • Total LDL Particles
  • Non-HDL Particles (RLP, small, dense LDL III & IV)
  • Total HDL Particles
  • Large, buoyant HDL 2b

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Want Better Health? Start Today! Get the CARDIOMETABOLIC test kit today to start your road to prevention!
What Is Included?

CardioMetabolic Panel Option A- $ 250.00 – 20 minute review of your lab and a personalized diet plan.

CardioMetabolic Panel Option B: $ 375.00 – A full assessment of your lab with personalized diet intervention, a healthy meal plan and supplement recommendations.

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How Fast Are You Aging?

Telomeres are at the end cap of each Chromosome where your DNA genetic information is- A window to your cellular aging.  Shorter Telomeres imply your cellular age. Telomeres are affected By many things including Stress, Unhealthy social life, diet, Over exercising, lack of sleep to name  a few.

**Studies have shown that short telomere is associated with Risk of CVD, cancer. Testing telomere may be a useful biomarker for Risk assessment.

How do you measure Telomere Length? 

Scores are calculated  from the white blood cells / T- Lymphocytes-  based on the average sample of the American population in the same age group. The higher the telomere score, the “ younger” the cell. An above average score is desirable.

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Does Diet affect on the length of the telomere?

Yes, diets high in unhealthy fat, processed foods, and/or sugar will affect the telomere. Intermittent fasting has shown to improve the score

Are lifestyle modifications helpful?

Yes –  these include the following factors: Ideal body weight, Fat percentage, sleep, anaerobic and resistance exercise, stress reduction, tobacco and recreational drugs and increased intake of alcohol.

How to reduce the rate of Cellular aging?

Reduce oxidative stress by reducing all the risk factors:

  • Reduce oxidative stress
  • Correct micronutrient deficiencies, especially vitamin D
  • Change sedentary lifestyle/increase physical activity
  • Avoid weight gain or obesity
  • Correct insulin resistance

Telomere Testing – $390.00

Includes 30 minute review and recommendations

MTHFR- ( Methylenetetrahydrofolate ) is an enzyme responsible for the metabolism of Folate fand homocysteine . The product of this reaction through MTHFR is converting homocysteine a potential toxic amino acid to methionine a useful amino acid.
Why this genotype is important:
  • Certain mutations in the gene coding for MTHFR produce an enzyme that has reduced activity.
  • Reduced activity can lead to elevated levels of homocysteine (a.k.a. hyperhomocysteinemia), especially when folate levels are low.
  • High homocysteine (>13umol/L) may double the risk of developing illness or complications.
  • MTHFR genotyping can provide information about potential causes of elevated homocysteine and approaches for addressing it.
  • Based on MTHFR and homocysteine results, physicians can develop dietary and medical recommendations – increased intake of folate alone or in combination with vitamins B6 and B12 are recommended.
  • Based on the results, recommendations for methotrexate dosage can be adjusted.
Risks Associated with MTHFR Variants/High Homocysteine:
  • Cardiovascular Disease
  • Cerebral Vascular Disease (Stroke)
  • Venous and Arterial Thrombosis
  • Methotrexate Toxicity for Cancer Therapy
Who Should be Tested?
  • Those with high homocysteine levels.
  • Those who have a familial history of cardiovascular disease, stroke or thrombosis.
  • Those who are candidates for long-term methotrexate therapy

MTHFR Genotyping – $240.00

Includes 30 minute review and recommendations

Already know your ApoE Gene Type?

Everyone has a different genetic blueprint. Why to expect same diet and exercise plan to fit all?

Find out what your gene type is to:

  • Prevent and in many cases reverse chronic diseases
  • Prevent and live healthy

ApoE gene is involved in in the metabolism of Triglycerides and Cholesterol. About 45% of the population carry one or more of the high risk variants within ApoE gene . The result of this Apolipoprotein E gene can have an important implication in the strategie and treatment for an individual’s Cardiovascular Disease.

Get Tested Now!

Apolipoprotein Genotyping – $240

Includes 30 minute review and recommendations

GI Map

Gi Map is an easy At-Home DNA stool test. The panel is a Comprehensive Collection of immune, digestive and microbial markers. In addition, it screens for all pathogenic, commensal bacteria, opportunistic pathogens, fungi, viruses and parasites.

The GI-Map  uses multiplex, automated DNA analysis and a list of FDA cleared pathogens to detect and identify GI microbial Nucleic acids and validate pathogens that cause colitis or gastroenteritis, intestinal permeability, Microsporidia (which are a group of spore-forming unicellular parasites.), and inflammations related to microbes.

Placing Order:

After you order a test kit, getting and completing the test is your responsibility.

The At-Home DNA stool test only requires 1 day and 1 sample which will be sent to your door. 🙂

GI Map Stool test:

Option A – $ 359.00 – GI Map – 35 minute review of results and recommendation.

Option B – $ 488.00 – GI Map w/ Zonulin add on – 35 minute review of results and recommendation.

LEAP

Food Sensitivities: An Under-Diagnosed Source of Inflammation & Symptoms.

Food-induced inflammation is so relevant to the health of so many patients, that its importance cannot be overstated. Food sensitivities represent an important source of inflammation in chronic inflammatory conditions such as:

  • Irritable bowel
  • Migraine
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Attention deficit
  • Hyperactivity
  • Obesity
  • Many other challenging conditions
  • Wellness

Fully addressing sensitivities can produce a major improvement in outcomes, especially in your treatment-resistant patients.

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MRT®: The Best Way to Identify Hidden Inflammatory Foods

Food sensitivity reactions may be delayed by hours or even days after ingestion.

Food sensitivities are dose-related. This means a small or moderate amount of a reactive food may not cause any noticeable symptoms, but a larger amount does. Or perhaps when you eat 2-3 moderately reactive foods at the same time, you get symptoms. But if you ate only 1 of those foods you would not.

Why MRT® is the Gold Standard for Food Sensitivity Testing:

MRT® is a functional “endpoint” test, meaning it measures and quantifies the endpoint of all inflammation generating sensitivity pathways – mediator release from white blood cells.

Aside from the fact that most food sensitivity blood tests have very limited clinical value, thus eating plans based upon them will also have limited clinical value, for the vast majority of patients, ROTATION DIETS ARE VERY DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW. Therefore, patient compliance is typically poor, and outcomes are less than optimal. Rotation diets, though effective, are not the best way to maximize outcomes. So what is The LEAP eating plan?

What Do Results Show?

It is the most test (sensitivity 94.5% & specificity 91.7%) and the most comprehensive test available for determining food sensitivities and has helped thousands of people identify their triggers and put an end to their suffering.

Research has shown that patients with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), migraine headaches, fibromyalgia, chronic depression, and many other conditions have higher than normal levels of these mediators circulating throughout their bodies. For many, the “trigger” that causes the mediators to be released can be linked to foods or chemicals in their diet.

Irritable Bowel Syndrome:
Migraine:
Urticaria/Hives:
Eczema:
ADD/ADHD:
GERD:
Inflammatory Arthritis:
Fibromyalgia:
Chronic Fatigue:

5-7 days
7-10 days
5-8 days
5-7 days
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7-14 days
14-21 days
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LEAP Anti-Inflammatory Eating Plan:

LEAP is so much more than just a computer generated rotation diet based on the results of a blood test. It is a complete system of developing a healthy, anti-inflammatory eating plan for each patient.

  • LEAP maximizes the value of the information MRT® provides
  • Incorporates the patient’s history
  • Includes the patient’s food preferences
  • Is easier to follow
  • And gets greater patient buy-in and adherence and consistently produces the best outcomes in the shortest time

LEAP dietary care provides the opportunity to get the maximum benefit from your testing. If you want the best, you can have it with LEAP. LEAP has helped thousands of patients across the country turn years of suffering into a bright, happy, healthy future, free of the symptoms that once seemed an inescapable part of life. Even world-class athletes have used LEAP to help them be their absolute best.

LEAP Into Better Health by choosing one of the options below:

OPTION A – $ 695.00 – 30 minute consult reviewing test interpretation of lab results to implement a plan on your own.

OPTION B – $945.00 – Initial consultation with two 30 minutes follow-ups with in-depth lab interpretation and personalized supplement and diet intervention recommendations.

OPTION C – $1200.00 – Initial 90 minute consultation to review materials and assessment and food recommendations with three 30 minute follow-ups to review food diary and add appropriate foods based on signs and symptoms.

What You Get (Besides gaining your health back and feeling incredible 🙂):

Each online lab test purchased includes:

  • MRT LEAP blood test of  170 most common foods and food chemicals. Results provided within 2-3 weeks of blood draw.
  • 50 page LEAP booklet with test information with in-depth information on common and hidden sources of reactive foods, additives and chemicals, reactive food alternatives, and more!
  • Laminated wallet-sized card listing your reactive foods for quick reference