Testing & Therapy
Testing & Therapy
Therapeutic Services – Photobiomodulation
RED LIGHT THERAPY – AESTHETICS: Red Light Therapy is near infrared and red light technology, also known as Photobiomodulation, utilizing microchips to deliver two different wavelengths of light for body contouring and slimming fat loss as well as stimulating collagen and elastin formation for anti-aging. The unique wavelengths induce fat loss by stimulating fat cells to release their contents without tissue destruction for a totally non-invasive alternative to liposuction while simultaneously stimulating collagen and elastin resulting in skin tightening and reduction of fine lines and wrinkles. Near infrared and red-light therapy is similar to other low-level light devices that have been approved for several purposes including hair-loss, acne, pain relief, slow to heal wounds, anti-aging and fat loss among others. Fat loss results are immediate.
BRAIN LIGHT PRO: The Brain Light Pro uses red and near-infrared light to enhance circulation in the brain for improved brain function. This light works because when the mitochondria absorb photons delivered during the session there is a burst of reactive oxygen, triggering mitochondrial signaling pathways and leading to cytoprotective, antioxidant and anti-apoptotic effects in the cells. The nitric oxide that is released by breaking down the chemical compounds from radiant energy, acts as a vasodilator and a dilator of lymphatic flow. Moreover, nitric oxide is also a potent signaling molecule and can activate numerous beneficial cellular pathways.
The benefits of using Brain Light Pro on a regular basis include:
- Increases mitochondrial production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) by up to 300%
- Causes a sustained increase in Nitric Oxide (NO), which has a healing effect for the cardiovascular system
- Decreases the buildup of Tau proteins, which causes Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE)
- Creates new blood vessels, synapses, and neurons
- Improves memory and neuroprotection through the reduction in beta-amyloid plaque in the brain (as seen in dementia and Alzheimer’s patients)
- Brings Serotonin, Melatonin, and Dopamine to balanced states
Try it at home for 14 days to see for yourself!
NEUROPATHY BOOT: This is a medical-grade infrared light therapy product, designed for easy home use to relieve chronic foot and leg pain and improve function for patients diagnosed with peripheral neuropathy. Its intuitive design allows users to quickly position the infrared diode clusters in the ideal location for pain relief and increases convenience because it can be used at any time that fits into their schedule.Key product features and benefits include:
- Recessed diode cluster for maximized comfort
- Separate foam calf and foot therapy pads
- Patented anti-microbial “X-Static” lining
- Automatic shut off
- Cycling technology
- Increase in local circulation
- Reduction of pain
- Reduction in inflammation
- Improved sensation
Clinically proven favorable outcomes are reported with 15 published medical studies in 92% of 4000 subjects studied.
VIELIGHT: The VieLight is a safe intranasal low-level light therapy device that illuminates the nasal cavity. Within the nasal cavity are many surface blood capillaries that are exposed to the light. There are five arteries that connect to the nasal cavity. Photobiomodulation functions by improving mitochondrial energy production within white blood cells. It is also hypothesized to help modulate the oxygenation capacity of red blood cells.
Our blood and circulatory system have many vital functions, from supplying oxygen, nutrients, energy, neurotransmitters and hormones, to removing waste and regulation of body systems. The ability of our blood to serve these needs efficiently is governed by the availability of good blood flow throughout the body, and its energetic qualities.
Therapeutic Services – Other Devices
PEMF: This device utilizes patented Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Frequency to enhance capillary blood flow. An 8-minute session can provide up to 12-16 hours of increased blood flow and enhance:
- General blood flow
- The body’s nutrient and oxygen supply and waste disposal
- Cardiac function
- Physical fitness, endurance, strength, and energy
- Concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction, and relaxation
- Sleep management
Only good, functional circulation ensures proper supply of nutrients and oxygen as well as proper waste removal within the body. This is fundamental for all metabolic processes and facilitates healing and recovery by reducing inflammation.
INFRARED SAUNA: The benefits of infrared light technology on healing, rejuvenation, and cleansing cannot be denied. Many sports franchises have used this technology to assist athletes in speedy recovery. This sauna uses Far-infrared light to stimulate the cardiovascular system in a way very similar to actual aerobic exercise without the actual movement, so it can enhance any weight loss or detox regimen. One 15-minute session a week can result in major health benefits like:
- Increase core circulation & microcirculation
- Eliminate metabolic waste & heavy metals
- Increase metabolism & burn calories
- Improve sleep & relaxation
- Improve detoxification
- Decrease pain & inflammation
- Decrease stiffness & swelling
- Improve cardiovascular conditioning
- Promote healthy immune system
- Relieve tension, stress & fatigue
You can benefit from as little as a 10-15 minute session while remaining fully clothed.
4-D LYMPHATIC MASSAGE: Our 4-D Lymphatic massage chair is the perfect complement to any detoxification, weight loss, or stress-management protocol. The chair helps to promote relaxation and lymphatic drainage. Whenever we lose weight or detox, the stored toxins in our body are released into our blood and lymphatic system for clearing. This device uses special compression pads in addition to relaxing massage features to move the lymph across the internal organs to improve its ability to facilitate the removal of impurities. A relaxing, enjoyable 15-minute session is recommended at least weekly.
DETOX-FOOT BATH: Today, we are exposed to the greatest toxic load in the history of our planet, and ongoing periodic “cleansing” is essential to maintain health and avoid disease. One effective way to achieve this is converting AC electricity to low power DC electricity which flows through a patented electrode system that sits in this salt and water footbath. The electricity and the metal combine to split the water molecule into H+ and OH- ions. These ions travel through the body, neutralize oppositely charged particles and through powerful osmotic pressure pull those neutralized particles out of the body through the skin surface of the feet in contact with the water.
An ion is a charged atom that has gained or lost an electron which creates a magnetic field capable of attaching to and neutralizing oppositely charged particles. These neutralized particles are extracted from the body through the process called osmosis. Osmosis is a scientific term that is used to describe the movement of particles through a membrane from an area of lower concentration to an area of higher concentration. In this case, the higher concentration refers to the ion field that is set up by placing the array into the water while running the unit. The particles, fat, and mucous residues found in the water after bathing reflect the wastes that have left the body during the 20 to 30-minute session.
We combine our detox foot bath sessions with photobiomodulation technology to enhance its effect on stress and toxicity reduction. This device utilizes a small low-level light therapy bulb inside the nasal passage to improve brain circulation. The long-term effectiveness of the cleansing process depends on what other life-enhancing changes a person is willing to make.
BRAIN TAP: The BrainTap headset brings state-of-the-art brainwave training to anyone’s home at an affordable price. While other brainwave training products use a singular binaural frequency beats and isochronic tones, Brain Tap’s harmonizing tones paired with the light frequencies delivered in its visor create full-spectrum brainwave activity, optimizing the brain for peak performance.
The headset also features auriculotherapy – the delivery of light in the ears that activates the meridians known to directly affect the body’s organs and systems. Activating these meridians is typically done using needles, but the BrainTap headset uses LED lights, inset in the earphones, to achieve sublime serenity and balance without needles.
The BrainTap headset is used in combination with the 800+ neuro-encoded audio files found on the BrainTap Pro app (available for iOS and Android). Users simply slip on the BrainTap headset, start the Brain Tap Pro audio, lower the visor, close their eyes, and relax. Try it for free (on your cellphone) here: https://braintap.com/
BODY COMPOSITION ANALYSIS: To thoroughly learn about your body and its condition, take our full body composition analysis test. In less than 60 seconds, it not only examines the composition of your body, but also reveals percentage of body fat, skeletal muscle mass and distribution, and body water balance; components that are key in understanding more about your health. It also provides a way to measure progress on health, aside from just weight, which is critical to success. Seeing the inner progress can also be very motivating. We also use the OMRON to assess your current body age.
GROUND THERAPY: Earthing or grounding is fundamental because it influences the body’s physiologic processes. The practice of Earthing means living in contact with the Earth’s natural surface charge – being grounded – which is to be in direct contact with the Earth. It is as easy as being barefoot outdoors while relaxing or working or sleeping or working indoors on conductive systems.
Multi-disciplinary research has revealed that electrically conductive contact of the human body with the surface of the Earth (grounding or earthing) produces beneficial effects on physiology and health. Such effects relate to reduction in inflammation, improved immune responses, accelerated wound healing, and prevention and treatment of chronic inflammatory and autoimmune diseases. Specifically, grounding produces measurable differences in the concentrations of white blood cells, cytokines, and other molecules involved in the inflammatory response. Read “Earthing” by Clinton Ober, Stephen T. Sinatra MD & Martin Zucker. We can help you find the right solution for you.
ProLon® is a 5-day dietary program that nourishes your body while promoting rejuvenating changes, including supporting metabolic balance. The ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet® gives the benefits of a fast while providing delicious food to help fight hunger and protect lean body mass. Get a trimmer waistline and the associated benefits of fasting without requiring ongoing lifestyle changes, such as long-term dieting. This diet is all whole plant-based foods, packaged for five individual days so it is very convenient. No special shopping required!
The ProLon Fasting Mimicking Diet is the first and only meal program that has gone through clinical trials at the University of Southern California and been patented for its healthy-aging effects. This easy 5-day meal program provides scientifically researched micro- and macro-nutrients in precise quantities and combinations that nourish you but are not recognized as food by your body and therefore mimics a fasting state. This results in an increase of the body’s own systemic production of new stem cells and if used regularly can promote a longer life.
10, 21 or 28-DAY DETOX PROGRAMS:
Detoxification is often confused with a juice or colon cleanse, but true detoxification happens on a cellular level, and is not accomplished simply by drinking a liquid diet. For real, cellular-level detoxification, you must cause the organs involved in the process to work harder at clearing their waste. To this purpose, supplementation is often required, combined with an elimination diet that reduces exposure to toxic and inflammatory sources while you detox. For more in-depth information please see Detoxification.
CytoDetox® Liposomal Zeolite Clinoptilolite with Fulvates is a cutting-edge way to support the removal of environmental toxins like heavy metals, chemicals, pesticides, and biotoxins at the cellular level, safely and 100% naturally. CytoDetox contains Molecular Clinoptilolite Fragments that come from zeolites. Zeolites (Clinoptilolite) are natural minerals formed from fossilized volcanic ash and seawater that are known as nature’s detoxifier for the environment.
CytoDetox provides an all-inclusive detox support system with water-soluble molecular clinoptilolite fragments, larger clinoptilolite molecules and fulvates with the ability to travel beyond the colon and liver, supporting your body’s natural ability to detoxify throughout every cell. This zeolite clinoptilolite and liposomal technology contains ingredients provided by nature, with no known allergens or side effects, and start working immediately.
TRUE CELLULAR DETOX:
This is a 3-phase, full-body, true cellular level detoxification program.
Phase I helps to prepare the cellular purification and downstream purification pathways for safe and effective elimination. This phase is very important to prepare for proper detoxification and to reduce detox reactions.The Prep Phase will establish methylation, restore cellular energy, nourish cellular receptors and membranes, reseed the gut with high potency probiotics, and improve liver and kidney function in preparation for Phase II, body detoxification.
Phase II is when we start to move toxins from the body.
The Body Phase will remove the source (toxins), support the cellular membrane, improve cellular energy, re-establish methylation, support intracellular cleaning and cellular health, and accelerate and enhance toxin elimination.
Phase III is where we achieve the ultimate goal! Nourish and cleanse the brain and nerve tissue using fat-soluble “true binders”. True Binders include a clinical dose of ALA (alpha lipoic acid) and other co-factors that cleanse and remove toxins from the cells by providing Intracellular and neuronal antioxidant support and multimineral support for optimal brain health.
STRUCTURED SILVER WATER:
Structured silver water is the most advanced form of silver product on the market. This simple solution is alkaline and antimicrobial, destroying bacteria, viruses, and yeast. Silver’s elemental properties are toxic to pathogenic microorganisms while being non-toxic to healthy cells and good intestinal flora. Alkaline structured silver can be taken every day for prevention and will kill pathogens faster and more effectively than acidic forms of silver in side-by-side testing.
Silver has been used throughout history as a natural disinfecting agent, but newer forms of silver are more potent and very safe. Medicinal uses for silver have been well documented since late 1800’s. The use of silver for its antimicrobial benefits continues today. The problem, In the past, with colloidal and ionic silver was that they could accumulate in the body’s fat and cause a permanent discoloration of the skin called argyria.
Silver destroys germs (bacteria, viruses, yeast, and some parasites). These germs may be living in the pores (causing acne), in the vagina (causing vaginal and yeast infection), in an eye (causing pinkeye), in the digestive tract (causing gas or serious health problem), in a wound (obstructing healing or causing scarring), around a piercing (causing infection), on the cuticles (causing inflamed hangnails), on the lips (causing cold sores), in the bladder (causing bladder infection), on the toenails (causing odor or unsightly infections). It is safe for use both topically as well as internally.
Essential oils are aromatic, concentrated plant extracts that are carefully obtained through steam distillation, cold pressing, or resin tapping. According to The Therapeutic Benefits of Essential Oils, Nutrition, Well-Being, and Health, the “olfactory area of the brain (limbic system) undergoes an action triggered by the essential oil molecules and then, chemical and neurotransmitter messengers provide changes in the mental and emotional behavior of the person (Buchbauer, 1993; Johnson, 2011; Shibamoto et al, 2010).” Usually, a psychological action also has a physiological or biochemical impact on the body.
Essential oils have many uses including health and wellness, aromatherapy, cleaning, washing produce, cooking, diffusing, DIY personal care products, skin cleaning, animal care and many more. We offer essential oils, blends, and oil-infused products with the optimal levels of specific, naturally occurring essential oil constituents to maximize their potency. The use of essential oils dates back centuries where they were used for perfumery, wellness support, cosmetics, and more. Essential oils can be applied to most areas of the body, but it is recommended to avoid sensitive areas like eyes, underarms, mucous membranes, or genitals. A variety of essential oils are recognized by the FDA to be safe for human consumption.
Cannabidiol or CBD is a compound found throughout the entire cannabis plant. Unlike THC and other compounds in cannabis that produce a psychoactive effect (the high that marijuana is associated with), CBD is non-psychoactive. CBD products can be manufactured using either hemp or marijuana. When CBD is made from hemp, it is legal to purchase in all 50 states in the U.S. and the plant must contain less than 0.3% THC.
CBD works primarily by affecting the body’s endocannabinoid system (ECS). Found in all mammals, the ECS regulates a wide variety of body functions such as mood, appetite, sleep, hormone production, and even nervous and immune system responses. It maintains balance and function for all the systems in the body.
CBD has been shown to have five key benefits in clinical studies.
- Reduce pain and inflammation. It does this without the serious side effects and addictive potential of opiate drugs.
- Relieve anxiety and depression. Studies have also show effectiveness with social anxiety, OCD, and PTSD
- Has anti-seizure properties. Studies have shown that CBD can successfully treat epilepsy with no side effects.
- It is antimicrobial. It has activity against viruses, fungi, and bacteria.
- It is anticarcinogenic. Several studies demonstrate that CBD is antiproliferative and proapoptotic and may inhibit cancer cell migration, adhesion, and invasion.
CBD is available in several different forms, including capsules, vapor, flowers, liquid extracts, sprays, and topical salves and creams. The best route of administration will depend upon the use. Taking CBD internally using capsules or liquid is best for reducing pain and inflammation, whereas a topical cream is best for treating skin conditions and relieving musculoskeletal pain. CBD is a natural, safe and effective compound with a wide variety of clinical uses.
My Body Score
MyBodyScore™ is a proven, functional tool that identifies potential root causes at the core of your condition. This online subjective assessment tool can help you connect the dots between your conditions and your nutrition, environment and lifestyle choices, while providing you and your professional health team with a personalized report to help guide your next steps on your road back to optimal health. The resulting information is compiled into a highly informative and insightful report, containing personalized observations and guidelines regarding both primary and secondary stressors.
Primary Stressors are things such as nutrient deficiencies, dehydration, gut microbiota, stomach acid, food sensitivities/intolerance, histamine intolerance, oxidative stress, MTHFR, venous insufficiency, heavy metals, oral health, and spinal/atlas subluxation. Secondary stressors include systemic inflammation, body acidity, detoxification pathways (lymph, colon, liver, kidneys), endocrine (adrenals, thyroid, HPA-Axis), and electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
Taking this 15-minute online assessment can help provide you and your provider definitive information to form a “road map” to determine the primary focus for further testing and treatment.
WICO™ Score – Wellness Index Condition Optimal
WICO™ Score is a numerical expression based on a statistical analysis of a person’s health markers, to indicate the general health index of that person. The WICO Score is based on the patient’s self-administered on-line questionnaire and compared to normal, mild, moderate, or severe ranges as published in medical statistics.
Unhealthy biomarkers such as elevated blood sugar, blood pressure, and excess weight have a direct relationship with the functioning of your body. To ignore functional imbalances is to allow for dis-ease to set in.
Frequently, imbalances in functional health conditions are the root cause of why people cannot lose weight and keep it off, and why many are on track to becoming type II diabetic.
Based on your answers to an online questionnaire, the program will analyze 15 functional health conditions and give you a WICO® Score between 300 and 850. The scoring range for WICO® is like the FICO® credit score. So, a WICO® score over 800 reflects good functional health, and lower scores can signal health problems from mild to severe.
Comprehensive diagnostic testing provides our patients with information and knowledge about the function of their body that they typically may not receive from their conventional doctor visits. These tests are performed to get to the root cause of the symptoms or disease. We focus on identifying risks of cardiometabolic disease by proactively screening for and attacking the underlying causes rather than just treating abnormal lab values. The cause of increased cardiometabolic risk is often due to decreased physiological resilience and metabolic reserve caused by chronic inflammation and insulin resistance stemming from poor lifestyle choices such as obesity, physical inactivity, stress, nutrient deficiencies, and environmental toxins.
Physiologic Resilience is the capacity of your body to immediately respond to changes in need. Metabolic Reserve is the long-term capacity of your body to withstand repeated changes in need.
In addition to helping resolve health issues, we perform testing to optimize health. Perhaps you are feeling good, but you want to feel and function even better. We have testing that analyzes the factors involved in increased health risk and then allows us to modify these factors. The goal is to function optimally and to thrive, not merely survive.
Comprehensive Blood Testing
Comprehensive functional blood testing measures your blood sugar level, electrolyte balance, kidneys, thyroid, liver, lipid levels and many more areas. These tests will provide important information regarding various conditions such as type 2 diabetes and metabolic disorders, thyroid, liver and kidney function, inflammation, as well as key vitamin and mineral levels. It can also be customized to include additional markers that are specific to your individual health issues.
All of us need balanced levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone to maintain optimal health. The ratios are a little different in each of us, but all the sex hormones are players and when they get out of balance (either too much or too little of any of them), this can lead to many seemingly diverse symptoms, including weight gain, anxiety, depression, mood problems, low sex drive, infertility, acne, and more. A salivary, urine or blood panel may be utilized.
Hormone testing can also determine imbalances which can cause fatigue, insomnia, PMS, headaches, hot flashes, and many more. The results help determine what treatments are best for each patient.
Some of the symptoms of adrenal gland dysfunction can have you feeling like your hormones are out of whack. If hormone testing comes back saying you are ‘normal’, but you feel as if you are dragging all day, and then cannot sleep at night, it may be your adrenals.
You may have heard of your Adrenal Glands referred to as the “stress glands”. The adrenal gland function determines and is affected by your exposure to chemical, emotional, and physical stress.
Some of the common symptoms of adrenal dysfunction include insomnia, fatigue, depression or anxiety, weight gain or inability to lose weight despite dieting, low blood sugar (shakiness between meals), and low blood pressure. Prolonged stress can not only stress the adrenal glands, but over time can result in deficiencies of other key hormones, such as progesterone, estrogen, and testosterone.
Keeping your intestinal tract functioning correctly is imperative for your overall health. Your intestinal tract has specific amount and types of “good” bacteria. When that bacterium becomes unbalanced, a condition called dysbiosis, there are many common illnesses that can ensue. This includes but is not limited to diabetes, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), cardiovascular disease and autoimmune disorders. Gut dysbiosis also affects your body’s ability to absorb and digest food and nutrients. You could be eating all the right food, but your body is not utilizing these nutrients.
The health of your intestinal tract is important in overall health. Research is revealing the intimate connection between your gut health and your brain health. If you are concerned about your risk of Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other age-related cognitive decline then keeping your gut healthy is one factor to consider. Other brain related issues include depression and ADD/ADHD.
Urine Organic Acid Testing
Urine Organic Acid testing (OAT) provides a comprehensive look at the overall metabolic health of the individual. There are over 70 individual markers that show signs of oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, vitamin and mineral deficiencies and intestinal yeast and bacterial infections.
The OAT is a great test to evaluate the intestinal yeast and bacteria in the body. Abnormally high levels of intestinal yeast and bacteria can worsen behavior and mood disorders as well as immune function. People with these disorders emit several irregular organic acids. The root of these high levels of intestinal yeast and bacteria are often due to oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, contaminated foods, immune deficiencies, and genetics. If the OAT indicates abnormalities, treatments could include taking supplements or a dietary adjustment.
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a condition in which invasive bacteria is present in the small intestine, or there is an overgrowth of good bacteria developing too much fermentation, inflammation, or malabsorption. SIBO is commonly linked with bowel symptoms including chronic diarrhea or constipation, bloating, abdominal pain, and IBS. The SIBO breath test is a noninvasive technique commonly used to determine if you have SIBO.
Your body produces enzymes (lactase) to help breakdown and digest milk products. Without enough lactase, your body will not be able to properly breakdown lactose resulting in abdominal bloating, cramps, diarrhea, and nausea. Fructose intolerance is similar to lactose intolerance as it makes your body unable to efficiently breakdown fructose (sugar) in your body resulting in abdominal symptoms. Breath testing can be used to test people who experience IBS and common food intolerances to determine if they are lactose or fructose intolerant.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food sensitivity testing is a laboratory method that identifies cellular immune reactions to foods, chemicals, and other substances. There are many labs that perform food sensitivity testing and among these labs there are various testing methods. The most common tests examine the IgG and IgA immune response.
One function of the immune system is to protect the body from foreign invaders. But due to various reasons, such as medications, environmental toxins, stress, etc., the immune system can lose tolerance and react in an abnormal manner. The immune system’s reactions can range from mild to severe. When the immune system reacts to a food in the gut or to food proteins that have entered the body, this is a common but abnormal reaction. This reaction can lead to many different symptoms and conditions. These potential food and chemical triggers have been linked to health issues such as type 1 and 2 diabetes, neuropathy, gastrointestinal problems, hyperactivity/ADD, obesity, eczema, migraines, joint pain, auto immune conditions, depression, and lethargy.
Food sensitivity tests can check for things like gluten sensitivity and cross-reactivity, which reveals if your immune system will respond to the ingestion of typical gluten-free foods as though they are gluten-containing. Other food testing can identify hyper-immune reactions to almost 200 common foods herbs or spices, as well as many common environmental toxins, heavy metals, and other chemical.
Emerging science has allowed development of DNA tests designed to assist in the safe and appropriate selection of pharmacologic treatment for individuals, as well as to determine specific types of diet and exercise based on one’s own unique genetic makeup.
These tests identify patient-specific genetic markers that affect how patients may react to medications, protein, carbohydrates, types of exercise, and other treatments. It is an easily administered cheek swab test that analyzes up to 24 key genes. These genes were selected based on FDA prescribing information, consensus expert guidelines, and data derived from hundreds of studies showing that variations in these genes may inform treatment decisions.
Your genetic makeup, or genotype, is your inherited DNA code. It serves as the blueprint of your body. This information, along with a clinical assessment of your current health and family history, compose the trifecta of information that doctors now use to drive individualized treatment decisions. This is at the heart of precision or personalized medicine.
Vitamin, mineral, antioxidant, fat, and protein deficiencies underly many health conditions. At-home supplementation with over-the-counter vitamins and minerals may not be correct for you or even necessary. If you have questions about whether you need to supplement your diet, then micronutrient testing is the test for you. Micronutrient testing measures the functional levels and deficiencies of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids, and amino acids. We can use these results to determine if there are deficiencies in your body, or if you are over-supplementing in an area.
When it comes to health issues, there is no one size fits all. Comprehensive blood panels are one way to catch any underlying causes of health problems a patient might have that are overlooked in a more conventional medical practice. These tests ultimately provide information on your body’s chemical stability and metabolism.
Mycotoxins are some of the most prevalent toxins in the environment. Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by fungi like mold, which can infest buildings, vehicles, and foodstuffs. Most mycotoxin exposures are through food ingestion or airborne exposure. In the European Union, 20% of all grains harvested have been found to be contaminated with mycotoxins. Unfortunately, mycotoxins are resistant to heat and many processing procedures.
Fungi can grow on almost any surface, especially if the environment is warm and wet. Inner wall materials of buildings, wallpaper, fiber glass insulation, ceiling tiles, and gypsum support are all good surfaces for fungi to colonize. These fungi then release mycotoxins into the environment causing symptoms of many different chronic diseases. Diseases and symptoms linked to mycotoxin exposure include fever, pneumonia-like symptoms, heart disease, rheumatic disease, asthma, sinusitis, cancer, memory loss, vision loss, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and liver damage. With our mycotoxin testing, we can identify mycotoxin exposures and make recommendations for detoxification treatments that have been effective.
Leaky Gut Testing
Leaky gut is a condition where the intestinal lining of your GI tract breaks down, allowing undigested food particles, bacteria and other pathogens to compromise the immune system (75 percent of which resides in the gut) and seep into the bloodstream, causing inflammation and immune responses resulting in issues such as allergies, food and/or chemical sensitivities, fatigue, chronic GI problems, autoimmune disease and other health challenges. You will likely not feel well if you have leaky gut.
Leaky gut testing provides an assessment of your intestinal permeability and determines how well your gut lining is or is not helping to safeguard you from these toxins and pathogens, including gluten, bacteria, viruses, and parasites. This type of testing primarily looks for zonulin and/or lipopolysaccharide (LPS) in blood or urine.
Advanced Lipid Testing
A standard lipid panel alone may not predict your true risk for cardiometabolic disease. Recent studies show that lowering your LDL cholesterol reduces your risk for a cardiovascular event by only 25 percent, and at least half of people who have experienced a cardiac event had cholesterol levels in the “normal” range.
To gain a more comprehensive look at the risk, we recommend advanced, specialized testing for some patients, particularly those with other risk factors, to evaluate lipids, inflammation, metabolics, and genetics.
From a better functioning heart to healthier blood vessels, there are many reasons why people with higher omega-3 blood levels have better health. Omega-3s play a role in brain health during every phase of life – from infant brain development to maintaining cognitive function as we age. Omega-3 DHA is a main component of eyes and having higher levels of omega-3s is related to better eye health and visual development. There are multiple benefits to the mind and body in having a higher Omega-3 Index as well, all of which contribute to slower aging.
Hereditary Cancer Panel
Approximately seven percent of breast cancer cases are caused by mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 genes. People who carry a mutation in either of these genes are at increased risk of developing a condition called Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer (HBOC) syndrome. They have an up to 87 percent risk of developing breast cancer by age 70. In addition, mutation carriers who have already been diagnosed with cancer have a significantly increased risk of developing a second cancer in the future.
About three to five percent of colon or rectal cancers (colorectal cancers) are believed to be caused by mutations in the MLH1, MSH2, MSH6, PMS2 and EPCAM genes. When someone carries a harmful mutation in any of these genes, they are at increased risk of developing a condition called Lynch syndrome, which is also called Hereditary Non-polyposis Colorectal Cancer (HNPCC) syndrome.
People with Lynch syndrome are at higher risk of developing several different types of cancer, including:
- Colorectal cancer
- Endometrial (uterine) cancer
- Ovarian cancer
- Gastric (stomach) cancer
- In addition, rarely, urinary tract, renal/pelvic, biliary tract, small bowel, pancreatic, and brain cancers
We offer genetic testing that can be used to identify people who carry these genes and mutations and provide counseling about treatment options when they are identified.
Cologuard Cancer Screening
Cologuard is an easy to use colon cancer screening test that you do in the privacy of your own home. It identifies altered DNA and/or blood in stool, which are associated with the possibility of colon cancer or precancer. Cologuard uses a molecular biology process to capture specific pieces of DNA for further analysis.
Cologuard is not a test to confirm or deny a suspected genetic condition or help determine a person’s chance of developing or passing on colon cancer. Cologuard identifies DNA mutations that are acquired over time in cells lining the colon; these mutations can be associated with the presence of colon cancer or precancerous lesions.
Cologaurd is FDA approved. In a clinical study of 10,000 participants ages 50-84 years old, of average risk for colon cancer, Cologuard found 92% of cancer. Cologuard was negative in 87% of participants without cancer or advanced precancerous lesions.
Heavy Metal Testing
Heavy metal exposure is on the rise. Common sources include cigarettes, seafood, rice, well water and dental fillings. These toxic elements can increase our risk of developing conditions like dementia, infertility, diabetes and cancer. They are also known to cause damage to the liver, kidneys and brain, as well as the cardiovascular, nervous and endocrine systems.
Essential elements are abundant too and only healthy when they are within optimal ranges. Nutrients like copper, iodine, magnesium, selenium and zinc are critical for enzymes that synthesize neurotransmitters and activate hormones. Bromine and lithium are not currently classified as “essential” elements, but they have been shown to play a positive role in health and are also potentially toxic at excessive levels.
Getting too much, and sometimes too little, of various elements has consequences for our overall health. You should consider heavy metal and essential element testing if any of these apply to you:
- Have exposure to private well water or aging pipes
- Are concerned about heavy metals in foods like vegetables, rice and seafood
- Have mercury dental work
- Live in an older home or near an industrial area
- Have thyroid-related health issues
- Have or have had exposure to MRI contrast agents
Our heavy metals and essential elements testing provides the most accurate test results. Using ICP-MS, the gold standard for element analysis, allows for high specificity and sensitivity.
A neurocognitive assessment captures an objective view of eleven basic brain functions: composite memory, verbal memory, visual memory, executive function, processing speed, psychomotor speed, reaction time, complex attention, cognitive flexibility, simple visual attention, and motor speed. If your memory, problem-solving, or attention span seems to have decreased, this test may be for you. This test is designed to assess cognitive brain function and monitor improvement or worsening.
The testing consists of seven subtests which, in different combinations, compose the above eleven cognitive domains. Combining parallel tests of verbal memory (word list learning) and visual memory (figure learning) gives us a complete picture of cognitive functioning for both a baseline and over time. The tests are virtually identical, but one uses words as stimuli, the other, geometric shapes. The Finger Tapping Test generates relevant data about fine motor control, which is based on motor speed as well as kinesthetic and visual-motor ability. The Symbol Digit Coding Test generates processing speed data and is included in a composite score for psychomotor speed. The Stroop Test gives important data about information processing speed. The Shifting Attention Test measures a subject’s executive functions (rules, categories, rapid decision making) or their ability to shift from one instruction set to another quickly and accurately. The Continuous Performance Test is a measure of vigilance or sustained attention or attention over time.
The technical term for sleep study or sleep test is polysomnography. Polysomnography is a series of tests that evaluates the quality and quantity of sleep stages. It consists of continuous recordings of brain waves, eye movements, chin and cheek muscle tension, chest and abdomen breathing effort, leg movements, airflow, snoring and blood oxygen level within the sleep test. It is an effective way to diagnose conditions such as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome (RLS), and is the fist step in diagnosing narcolepsy.
Regulation thermography uses infrared measurements of precise skin temperatures from 90-120 body points taken before and after exposure to a cool-ambient room temperature. Skin temperatures are the result of the nervous system’s reaction, and subsequent stimulation of the capillaries, causing them to constrict or dilate in response to the cool air. As the nervous system reacts to the cool air, signals travel from the spinal cord through the regional nerve ganglia that stimulate the organs of that region. They continue to the skin’s capillary beds, where temperatures providing organ and tissue health information can be measured. Comparing temperatures before and after stress has proven to correlate with imbalances often related to degenerative or inflammatory conditions.
This data is compared to a database of healthy patients and reveals deviations that identify patterns that are reflected in easy to understand charts and reports. The reports are objectively, mathematically written and available the same day.