Lab Test Information

Much like a mechanic has a wide range of wrenches to access all the different systems in your car, I have a whole range of functional labs available in my toolbox to help me access all the intricate systems of your human machine. Without these labs to guide us, I would just be guessing. I don’t guess…I test.

I start every client off with two core labs: the “Organix” organic acids test and the “GI-MAP”. Together, these two labs provide a wealth of information and get us started down the path to optimal quickly.

Below, you’ll find more information about these two labs and what they look at.


Organic Acids Test

Organic acids are byproducts of cellular metabolism - formed from the chemical reactions your body uses to turn food into fuel for growth, energy production, neurotransmitter breakdown, detoxification capacity, and repair and maintenance of your body’s cells, tissues, organs, and systems.

Impediments and insufficiencies in these processes can cause things like chronic fatigue, muscle pain and fatigue, accelerated aging, poor sleep, migraines, hormone imbalances, mental and emotional issues, mood disorders, and more.

The Genova Organix organic acids test measures how well these processes are working and can provide extremely valuable insight into not only WHY you feel the way you do, but how to get you feeling better.

This simple urine test helps us determine:

● Mitochondrial energy production & health
● Methylation sufficiency
● Certain bacterial and yeast overgrowth
● Fat, carb, and protein metabolism
● Exposure to environmental hazards
● Insulin sensitivity 

● Nutritional status (vitamins, minerals, amino acids, CoQ10)
● Oxidative damage, toxicity, antioxidant need
● The liver’s ability to perform detoxification duties
● B vitamin status (very important to help manage stress)
● Neurotransmitter metabolites (responsible for mood,
mental/emotional behaviors)

No doubt you’ve heard the phrase, “You are what you eat.” In truth, you are what you digest and metabolize. The organic acids test shows us this and helps us to not only uncover the root cause but also discover a path forward to better health.

My wholesale cost for the Organix is $299.00


GI-MAP

(Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay Plus)

The health of your gut is the number one determinant of overall health. Approximately 80% of your immune system is housed in the gut, and it's ground zero for hormone and neurotransmitter creation. It also happens to be the place where you break down and assimilate the nutrients from the food you eat, so if there's a breakdown in the machinery you can expect to be malnourished, along with everything that goes along with that - none of it good.

Unfortunately, our modern lifestyles assault us with things that disrupt and destroy gut health at every turn: antibiotics, chlorinated water, glyphosate, vaccines, chronic stress, poor nutrition, not eating a species-appropriate diet, alcohol consumption, many OTC and prescription drugs, poor circadian rhythms, poor sleep, and so much more.

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Your gut also has its own brain - called the enteric nervous system - and it's in constant communication with your central nervous system via the vagus nerve to keep you informed about your environment. Ever wonder why we have "gut feelings?" That's why. If you have a sick gut, expect a sick brain - mental and emotional disorders go hand-in-hand with gut problems.

Gut health is also implicated in autoimmune diseases via a condition known as "leaky gut," so if you've been diagnosed with one (or several) AI disorders, addressing gut health should be at the top of your list if you want to put it into remission.

Incidentally, leaky gut can also be responsible for putting a strain on the liver, causing it to be less efficient at clearing out toxins, metabolic waste, and excess hormones - like estrogen, which is implicated in things like female-related cancers and can be one of many reasons behind migraine headaches. The liver also has a few VERY critical jobs with respect to thyroid function, as does the health of the gut and the balance of good and bad gut bacteria in the gut - something called "dysbiosis."

So poor gut health and poor liver function can also lead to poor thyroid function.

Then there's food allergies, skin allergies, seasonal allergies, and on and on...all related to gut health, which is why I test every gut in my program.

The GI-MAP from Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory is a simple stool test done in the privacy of your own home, and it provides valuable information about the health and function of the gut.

• Pathogens - bacterial, parasitical, viral…these are the real bad guys that have the potential to cause a lot of problems
• H. Pylori - a common bacteria that we all have, but can become a problem if it grows out of balance. It also looks at some of its genetic behavioral characteristics - i.e. how dangerous it is. H. Pylori is implicated in GERD, ulcers, acid reflux, gastric cancer, and gastritis, as well as many downstream effects (i.e. it lowers stomach acid, which leads to malnutrition and increased risk of other infections...which leads to more downstream effects and so on...). • Fungi/Yeast
• Viruses - associated with increased risk for autoimmunity

• Normal bacteria - some of the more common ones in the body, which we also like to see in the right balance - not too high, not too low
• Opportunistic Bacteria - those that can create an imbalance, leading to dis-ease or trigger autoimmunity
• Parasites - Protozoa, worms
• Intestinal Health - functional health markers for digestive enzymes, fat digestion, an enzyme that indicates the ability to break down estrogen (very important, especially for women in detecting estrogen dominance), immune response in the gut and immune response to gluten/gliadin, inflammation in the gut and infections

I can't think of another investment that provides so much value and potentially so many answers to long-standing questions about a person's health issues than gut testing.

My wholesale cost for the GI-MAP is $390.


If you’d like to run these labs and consult with me on a one-hour Root-Cause Exploration to start developing a more-informed picture of what’s going inside you, then click the green button below…


Please note: The GI-MAP and Organix are my two main labs that I find most helpful to run on everyone at the outset. However, depending on the information received from any of our consultations, your intake form, and the results of these two labs or any other previous lab work you may have, it may be necessary to dig deeper and run other, more specific labs to get to the root. Some examples of other lab work I can order include the DUTCH hormone panel, heavy metal testing, molds and mycotoxins, full thyroid panel, blood chemistry, wheat (and other foods) sensitivity, micronutrients, and more.


How lab testing through me works…

My program is designed so that no matter where you live in the world, we can partner together to help you find solutions to your health problems.

I have lab kits sent directly to your door for you to do in the privacy of your own home (with exception to those requiring a blood draw). After you provide the sample, you send it back to the lab in the prepaid shipping envelope, and 10-14 days later I receive the results. I then contact you to set up a one-hour appointment to discuss the results over the phone or a Zoom video meeting, while having the opportunity to ask questions and get answers. You’ll also receive a copy of your results along with a summary of their meaning for your records.

Any practitioner discounts I receive from the labs are passed on directly to you as a courtesy for signing up for a consult or enrolling in my program.


A note on blood chemistry lab ranges…

A thing I commonly do with clients prior to ordering lab work is to ask for any recent labs they may have run, including any blood chemistry panels. Usually I hear, “Oh, my doctor said my blood work looks fine - which is frustrating, because I don’t feel fine.”

Or something to that effect.

It may ease your frustration a bit to know that lab reference ranges are set based on the results of every person who took that test, and then adjusted to include 95% of the testing population - which leaves 5% to actually be out of range…which means 2.5% will be “high” and 2.5% will be “low”.

The modern-day problem…

Now…go to any busy shopping mall or street corner or anywhere you can see large crowds of people congregating or milling about…how many people look healthy to you?

Now…go look up health statistics. Disease and mortality rates. Life expectancy rates. Obesity rates. We’re not a terribly healthy population, are we?

Now…consider that the average American adult aged 19-64 takes 12 prescription drugs per year and seniors over 65 take an average of 27…drugs that are meant to keep lab values falling within a specific “healthy” range.

Now…also consider that virtually every public water system, lake, and river is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs that are urinated out or carelessly discarded down the sink or toilet.

So now do you understand why your blood chemistry can look “just fine” even though you don’t feel "just fine"?

For the people in the back row…

Lab reference ranges are based on a sick, chronically-stressed, drug-addicted society. To be diagnosed with disease, you need to be sicker than the sick people who took the test. If you’re not, then you’re told “there’s nothing wrong with you” and sent away with a mix of anger, despair, and confusion.

One of the real dangers with this model is that you may exist in a state of dis-ease for years - decades even - yet have lab work come back that says you're okay...and so you never really change any behaviors that are driving your dis-ease; you just manage your symptoms with over-the-counter or pharmaceutical drugs - which can REALLY mess things up over time.

If we scored IQ tests the same way we score blood tests, just about everyone would be considered a "genius". Let that one sink in for a minute.

The bio+logical solution…

I use much narrower “optimal” ranges for my clients based on what we know to actually represent optimal health, because I want to be able to identify things before you get to the “uh-oh” stage, which tends to fall right in between the “hmmm” stage and the “Oh shit” stage. In other words - I tolerate less and expect more in the hopes of catching something before it starts to cause dis-ease.

This is one of the many reasons why my program is vastly superior to conventional methods when it comes to helping you overcome chronic dis-ease. My methods, standards, and testing can identify trouble long before it shows up in your doctor's office.

In addition, I run conventional blood work through a blood chemistry analysis program that generates a 20+ page report designed to not only compare against the optimal ranges for a healthy person, but it also helps identify problems, patterns, probable causes, other labs and markers to correlate with, nutritional/supplemental therapies, and lifestyle interventions that can be helpful for correcting your imbalances. This report can be printed and taken to your doctor or healthcare professional for discussion when trying to get to the root of your dis-ease.

Below are some screenshots of what the report looks like.


Blood Chemistry Analysis

Blood chemistry analysis is included as a service for my clients enrolled in the Vitality Project. If you’re not quite ready to enroll but would like me to analyze your blood work, email me a copy of your most recent blood work (ideally no older than 3 months) and I’ll run everything through my program and email you back a 20+ page comprehensive report, along with a 30-minute consult for $129.00. Should you decide to enroll in the Vitality Project within 30 days of the consult, I’ll deduct the $129.00 from the program fee. If you don’t have any current blood work, you can either go through your doctor to order it or contact me and I can order it for you or show you how you can order it yourself.

The picture to the right shows what markers to ask for when ordering blood work.



The Blood Chemistry Analysis report and consultation are offered to help you understand the meaning of your blood chemistry test results, but will not be used to diagnose you or treat you specifically for disease.

A note on insurance…

As stated on the FAQs page: “One of the ways I'm able to keep costs down, while also helping my clients achieve good outcomes is by not accepting insurance. You see, in order to remain profitable, it's a common practice for insurance companies to limit the amount of care you receive from your provider. In other words, the insurance company decides what kind of care you will receive - not you, not your practitioner. Many of the things I specialize in aren't even covered, especially in the area of prevention, nutrition, and functional lab testing. Some insurance plans or Health Savings Accounts may reimburse you for labs fees. To find out, talk to your insurance company.”

For more answers to some of the most popular questions, please visit my FAQs page.


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