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Food Sensitivity Testing
Gut Function Testing
Preliminary testing is the blood work I use to get a comprehensive idea of what’s going on initially. I use this information to suggest further testing and supplement protocols if needed. If indications of disease are discovered, I will suggest a referral to the appropriate medical professional and work with you on the nutritional goals to support healing.
My panel screens for thyroid, kidney, liver, and immune function, as well as glucose, serum testosterone and iron status.
Biomarkers include: CMP, CBC, GGT, uric acid, phosphorus, HgA1c, insulin, lipid panel, TSH and free T4, testosterone free and total, iron panel, LDH and isozymes, homocysteine, immunoglobulins, and vitamin D 25OH.
This panel requires 12 hours of fasting prior to the blood draw and can be drawn at any labcorp location.
The preliminary panel costs $250 and is paid out of pocket upfront. However, I can provide a list of CPT codes to request reimbursement from insurance. However, there is never any guarantee whether or not it will be covered or to which extent.
The LabCorp panel is custom made, thus there is no further information online. If you have further questions please reach out and ask. My email is email@example.com.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food sensitivities are pervasive and frequently mis-diagnosed or simply over-looked. This is because food allergies are easy to assess, simply eat a food and see if you react within a a few hours. However, food sensitivities are not so simple. Symptoms can manifest 1-4 days after consuming the food. The primary cause is the inflammatory reaction to the food which manifests in hundreds of different ways throughout the body and often as regular symptoms like headache, fatigue, GI disturbance, skin rashes, chronic pain, brain fog, and others. Removing these foods helps reduce the inflammatory burden in the body, allowing function to resolve and symptoms to subside.
The MRT or Mediator Release Test is like the Cadillac of food sensitivity tests, offering insight on over 170 different foods AND chemicals. It uses a patented technology that can screen your for all types of immunologic reactions to foods other than IgE or conventional food allergy. Thus it picks up on underlying immune reactions that may be difficult to pin point with symptoms alone. Being able to test chemical irritants also provides insight into sensitivities that may not show up with food particles, and thus deepens my ability to personalize a diet that will most likely reduce inflammation and aid in restoring balance.
The cost for the MRT test is $385.00 billed directly through my portal. Insurance billing is not available for this test, but you can always request a receipt if your insurance is willing to provide reimbursement.
Gut Function Testing
Gut health is intricately connected to so many components of the body and can be implicated in a myriad of presentations. More often you might see the typical GI symptoms such as bloating, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, etc. However, you can also see the gut playing a role in symptoms such as depression, anxiety, hormonal imbalance, inflammation, cardiovascular disease, memory issues, and others. This points to the fact that many people benefit from getting a closer look at their gut and should consider testing if they want to feel better.
The GI map is one of the most accurate and advocated stool tests in the Nation. This test can be utilized to disclose a number of underreported conditions such as microbial dysbiosis to and digestive dysfunction. As a nutritionist, it enables my ability to isolate the problem areas of your gut, be it bacterial overgrowth, bacterial undergrowth, poor digestion, poor gut integrity, and/or infection (viral, parasite, bacterial). This way I can easily personalize your diet, lifestyle, and supplement regimen to enhance gut health.
With insurance coverage, the test total is $179 to the lab plus the $50 evaluation fee. The cost out of pocket is $320.00 billed directly through my portal.
There are many reasons for nutritional deficiency other than a poor diet. For example, one could be deficient in a nutrient simply due to the fact that, although one is consuming enough via diet, the digestive process is not functioning properly and not enough is absorbed. It can also be due to an increased need for a nutrient as a result of infection, inflammation, genetics, or lifestyle. Dietary sufficiency to date is defined in such a way to sustain life, not necessarily health. Thus, discovering your own insufficiencies can point us in the direction for where you may need to improve your dietary intake, lifestyle, and supplement regimen for optimal health.
This test is especially good at helping with the following issues:
Obesity/ Insulin resistance/ Type 2 Diabetes
Malnutrition often observed in the elderly
Increased nutrient demand in athletes
Increased nutrient demand in physical trauma/healing
The Nutreval is the best nutrition evaluation in the field. It evaluates your blood and urine to take and in depth look at digestive function, energy metabolism, oxidative stress, essential fat balance, neurotransmitters, oxalate metabolism, and heavy metal burden. From this it reports the need for various protein, vitamin and mineral supplements as well as the need for antioxidants, detoxification, and digestive support.
Insurance billing is available for this test which costs $179.00 to the lab plus my $50 evaluation fee. The out of pocket cost is $450.00 billed directly through my portal.
Hormones control the vast majority of bodily systems, and more importantly how we feel them. When hormones are out of whack, all kinds of issues arise. People often experience weight gain, fatigue, headaches, gut issues, blood sugar issues, and the list goes on. Knowing if your hormones are under or over functioning can be critical in providing a targeted diet, lifestyle, and supplement regimen for reaching your goals.
To evaluate hormones holistically, I look at stress hormones, thyroid hormones, and sex hormones. The Adrenocortex Stress Profile by Genova Labs is favorite way of measuring cortisol patterns throughout the day because it offers 6 different saliva samples from AM to PM and salivary DHEA, the gold standard measure of free cortisol. The test kit comes with directions to avoid food and drink prior to each sample and to choose a day that reflects normal stress load.
LabCorp is my go to for measuring thyroid and sex hormones since blood testing is the most accurate and reliable way to assess them. This is easily drawn at any LabCorp office and only requires 12 hours of fasting and avoidance of exercise the day prior.
The Adrenocortex Stress profile costs $160 and has the option to bill insurance. However, I typically discourage this due to the fact that they charge an extra $100 if your insurance does not cover it.
My full sex hormone and thyroid panel with LabCorp costs $343*.
Individual prices are available if desired.
*All LabCorp orders can be submitted to insurance for reimbursement with CPT codes, but are not billed to insurance initially.
I do not up-charge on labs and thus only charge what the lab charges me. However, I do charge a $50 lab fee to evaluate each lab. To make it easier, if both are ordered I will evaluate one for free! Meaning I only charge a total of $50 for evaluation.
You can read more about the Adrenocortex Stress Profile here
The LabCorp panels are custom made and do not have other websites to offer further information. If you have more questions about the other panels, feel free to reach out and ask! My email is firstname.lastname@example.org
Toxins exist in our environment, our water, our food, our cosmetics, and are constantly being consumed and detoxified. Chemical products, fertilizers, industrial paint, building materials, fish, silver dental fillings, and vaccines are just some of the sources of heavy metals in every day life. As such, toxins are normal present in small amounts throughout the body, but acute or continuous exposure, as well as metabolic abnormalities with detoxification can cause accumulation of toxins in body tissues, and subsequently, in the brain. Testing for toxins can indicate the total body burden for detoxification and provide insight into which changes will best support the avoidance of future exposures.
To evaluate the total body burden, it’s best to measure both metal and non-metal toxins. Thus, I use two types of tests, the first being hair mineral and element testing and the second a urine test that screens for the metabolites of many non-metal toxins.
The hair mineral test is ordered via Doctor’s Data Laboratory and requires a small amount of clean untreated (permed, dyed, or bleached) scalp hair that is about 1-1.5 inches long. Since hair is exposed to chemicals in shampoos and air it is best to use chemical free shampoos and avoid heavily polluted areas prior to the test.
The urine test GPL-TOX by Great Plains laboratory only requires a sample of your first morning void. However it is recommended that you fast up to 24 hours prior to the test as it can help the body release toxins from areas like fat tissue that would otherwise not show up in the urine.
In special cases, mold toxicity testing may be warranted if you have related symptoms and exposures.
The hair mineral test costs $85.00*
The GPL-TOX test costs $224.00*
*I typically order these two together which cost $309.00 and are not covered by insurance billing
Mold Toxicity testing costs $274.00
Genes play a significant role in our health from beginning to end. Every individual has variations in how their DNA impacts their health, be it for better or for worse. This is due to the fact that DNA codes for all proteins in the body, where proteins are the machines that perform physiological functions. Due to mutations over time, some DNA can produce slower or faster proteins in comparison to what may have originally existed and thus alter function in the body.
I primarily use genetics to assist in personalizing detoxification protocols, however, it can also provide useful information in managing hormone balance and preventing disease.
The Genomic Insight test from Diagnostic Solutions is the cutting edge science of clinical genomics and provides the most clinically relevant genetic data in the scientific literature. Thus with this tool, I can curate customized reports to address specific issues pertaining to your goals and concerns. This could include detoxification, hormone balance, muscle and fat, brain health, gut function, inflammation, and more. The best part is that it only requires a simple saliva test and is easily performed at home.
This test costs $315.00, insurance billing is not available for this test.