Dr. Caroline chose cutting-edge functional lab vendors based on accuracy of testing, best price point, and explanation of findings on lab reports.

Patients at Balance Atlanta receive labs at the wholesale doctor cost, thereby saving both doctor and clients hundreds of dollars.

Dr. Caroline charges a case management fee to assess lab results and consult with the client. Fees vary depending on the complexity of the case.

While we cannot guarantee any testing or nutritional consulting will be covered by your insurance carrier, we will provide you with the necessary paperwork. You may use Health Savings Account (HSA) funds to cover the cost of these services. Assessment includes lab fee at the sharply discounted non-insurance price and the doctor’s consulting time to analyze results and review findings with client.

Optional functional medicine and lifestyle coaching programs based on the patient’s desire and need will be discussed at the doctor-client lab report of findings visit. Patients will meet with the doctor at Balance Atlanta prior to receiving lab requisitions and test kits.

Please review the websites of laboratories offering functional medicine testing for more information.

The following are tests frequently ordered at Balance Atlanta:

95-Marker BioScreen Panel

Includes LabCorp Report; Functional Health Report exclusive to Balance Atlanta; Dr. Caroline’s consulting time to analyze results privately; one full hour appointment with patient to review lab findings; personalized explanation to gain an understanding the cause of specific health issues relating to lab + body profile; preliminary supplement, nutrition and lifestyle recommendations to regain wellness. 

67 blood biomarkers + 13 items in urinalysis:
Blood sugar management; cardiovascular health; immune activity; electrolyte balance; anemia analysis; thyroid stability; lipid ratio; adrenal stress response; liver, kidney, gallbladder function.

Report: Health Improvement Plan; Blood Test Results Report; % Deviation from Optimal Report; Out of Optimal Range Report; Functional Index Report; Nutrient Index Report; Recommended Products Report. 

CBC + Differential + Platelet: Hematocrit, Hemoglobin, Mean Corpuscular Volume (MCV), Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin (MCH), Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin Concentration (MCHC), Red Blood Cell Distribution Width (RDW), Percentage and Absolute Differential Counts, Platelet Count, Red Blood Cell Count (RBC), White Blood Cell Count (WBC). Chem Advantage: Glucose, Uric Acid, BUN, Creatinine, BUN/Cr, eGFR, Sodium, Potassium, Chloride, Calcium, CO2, Phosphorus,Total Protein, Albumin, Globulin, A/G ratio, Total Bilirubin, Alkaline Phosphatase, LDH, AST/SGOT, ALT/SGPT, GGT, Iron, TIBC, UIBC, LDL, HDL, VLDL, Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides, Chol/HDL Ratio. Thyroid Advantage: TSH, Total T4, Total T3, Total T3 Uptake, Free T4, Free T3, rT3, TPO, Anti-Thyroglobulin, Free Thyroxine Index (FTI). Vitamin D-Flam: 25-OH Vitamin D, Homocysteine, CRP. Additional Biomarkers: Ferritin, Magnesium, Hemoglobin A1C, Fibrinogen Activity, Iron Saturation. Urinalysis: Color, Appearance, Specific Gravity, pH, Protein, Glucose, Occult Blood, Ketones, Leukocyte Estrase, Nitrite, Bilirubin, Urobilinogen, and microscopic examination of urine sediment.

The thyroid section in this panel is carefully selected to reveal certain essential mechanisms that may be important for proper thyroid hormone synthesis and function. This unique panel gives an unprecedented perspective to the various biosystems with expanded markers pertaining to thyroid physiology. 

Blood draw, fasting – www.labcorp.com. 

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

NeuroHormone Complete

The increasingly popular phrase “estrogen dominance” doesn’t mean you have too much estrogen. Instead, you may have too little progesterone (Pg) relative to your estradiol (E2) level.

There is an ideal ratio between the two hormones known as the Pg/E2 ratio. You can have normal, even low levels of estradiol, but when you also have diminished progesterone levels, estrogen dominance results.

Because estrogen is a cell-growing hormone, too much estrogen relative to progesterone can cause problems such as: fibrocystic breasts; foggy thinking; migraines; bone and mineral loss; ovarian cysts; water retention; low thyroid symptoms; heavy or irregular periods; belly weight gain; depression; sadness; irritability; anger; tearfulness; hot flashes; night sweats; insomnia; memory loss; increased skin wrinkling and more. 

Salivary hormone testing has been established as one of the best methods for accurate analysis of active hormone levels to include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and stress hormones such as cortisol. 

Included in this lab test are relevant stress hormones as well as neurotransmitters which are natural chemicals produced in the gut that regulate numerous physical and emotional processes such as restorative sleep, mental performance, emotional state, physical energy, and pain response. 

These chemicals play an important role in allowing the body to function properly and to sustain optimal mental and physical health. 

Neurotransmitter imbalances are associated with many chronic symptoms and conditions including mood concerns such as depression and anxiety; poor mental focus; ADD and ADHD; low physical energy and stamina; addiction and dependency; fatigue and sleep disorders; depressed libido; sexual dysfunction, low pain tolerance. 

This panel measures levels of serotonin, GABA, dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, glutamate, cortisol, DHEA, estrone, estradiol, estriol, progesterone, testosterone, and dihydrotestosterone.

Saliva and urine, non-fasting – www.labrix.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

NeuroAdrenal Stress

Neurotransmitters are natural chemicals that regulate numerous physical and emotional process such as restorative sleep, mental performance, emotional state, physical energy and pain response. 

These chemicals play a very important role in allowing the body to function properly and sustain optimal mental and physical health. Neurotransmitters help the brain balance emotions and manage the hormonal signals that are sent throughout the body. 

When neurotransmitters are properly balanced, concentration and focus are enhanced, and feelings of direction, motivation, and vitality are increased. 

Conversely, if neurotransmitters are unbalanced these energizing and motivating signals are decreased resulting in feelings of stress, sluggishness, and confusion. 

Neurotransmitters imbalances are associated with many chronic symptoms and conditions including: mood concerns like depression and anxiety; appetite control; insulin resistance; poor mental focus, ADD and ADHD; low physical energy and stamina; addiction and dependency; depressed libido; sexual dysfunction; low pain tolerance.

The following neurotransmitters and stress hormones are included in this test: serotonin, GABA, dopamine, epinephrine, norepinephrine, glutamate, cortisol, DHEA.

Saliva and urine, non-fasting – www.labrix.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Find Why DNA Weight Control

If you are interested in learning more about your genetic code and the impact your DNA might have on weight gain this test may be right for you. 

In recent decades, obesity has reached epidemic proportions in industrialized nations. Although many factors contribute to obesity, genetics play a role in the tendency to gain weight and the way our bodies capture, store, and release energy from food. 

Are your genes influencing the tendency to overeat or be physically inactive? Could genetics diminished the ability to use dietary fats as fuel? Are you more predisposed than others to store body fat?

The Find Why Weight Control Panel for Genetic Tendencies looks at five different genes that are known to have a significant impact on weight gain and responsiveness to exercise.

FTO: One of the strongest genetic risk factors for obesity. Associated with increased caloric intake and preference for calorie-rich foods; MC4R: Associated with increased perception of hunger and increased snacking; ADRB2: May not respond effectively to exercise-based programs. Obesity tendency increases with carbohydrate intake; FABP2: Carriers may experience insulin resistance;
SH2B1: Tendency to develop insulin resistance and type 2 diabetes.

Unlock contributing factors to weight gain and simple DNA test. Labrix offers Find Why Weight Control Panel which has many benefits, including: simple and convenient sample collection (three swabs, inside your mouth); non-invasive (no needles); easy to understand results and report; fast and accurate.

When you receive the Find Why test results from Balance Atlanta, you’ll know if you are a carrier of these genetic markers linked to obesity. Dr. Caroline can design a targeted diet and exercise plan that will fit your specific needs.

Buccal cell (cheek cell) swab – www.labrix.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

ApoLipoProtein E

ApoE test determines an individual’s genetic risk associated with the Apolipoprotein E gene. ApoE is involved in the metabolism of cholesterol and triglycerides. Variants in this gene can have clinically relevant implications for disease risk as well as one’s response to statin therapy, dietary fat, and other risk factors (eg., smoking and alcohol consumption). 

Approximately 45% of individuals carry one or more of the high risk variants within the ApoE gene. The results of the genotyping of Apolipoprotein E have important implications in the treatment strategies for individual patients in reducing cardiovascular disease risk.

Blood, non-fasting – www.spectracell.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Micronutrient/Vitamin Deficiency

Find out how micronutrients are actually functioning within your white blood cells. This test assesses your nutritional state of health pertaining to a broad variety of clinical conditions such as general wellness, the prevention of chronic diseases including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders and metabolic disorders. 

Vitamin E, calcium, chromium, magnesium, selenium, zinc, CO Q10, carnitine, n-acetyl cysteine, glutathione, alpha lipoic acid, copper, vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B6, vitamin B12, biotin, folate, pantothenate, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin K.

Blood, non-fasting – www.spectracell.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Wheat/Gluten Reactivity

21 factors including IgG and IgA for wheat germ, agglutinin, native and deaminated alpha gliadin 33, alpha gliadin 17, gamma gliadin 15, gamma gliadin 17, omega gliadin 17, glutenin 21, gluteomorphin, gliadin transglutaminase, transglutaminase 2, transglutaminase 3.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Gluten Associated Cross Reactivity

IgG and IgA for rye, barley, spelt, polish wheat, cow’s milk, alpha casein and beta casein, casomorphin, milk butyrophilin, whey protein, chocolate milk, oats, yeast, coffee, sesame, buckwheat, sorghum, millet, hemp, amaranth, quinoa, tapioca, teff, soy, egg, corn, rice, potato.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Multiple Food Reactivity

180 food items tested: Dairy and eggs (5), grains (6), beans and legumes (14), nuts and seeds (22), vegetables (44), fruit (32), fish and seafood (22), meat (7), herbs (9), spices (7), gums (7), brewed beverages and additives (5).

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Comprehensive Food Reactivity

Includes Wheat/Gluten Reactivity (Array 3) + Gluten Associated Cross Reactivity (Array 4) + Multiple Food Immune Reactivity (Array 10).

21 factors including wheat IgG and IgA for wheat germ agglutinin, native and deaminated alpha gliadin 33, alpha gliadin 17, gamma gliadin 15, gamma gliadin 17, omega gliadin, glutenin 21 gluteomorphin, gliadin transglutaminase, transglutaminase 2, transglutaminase 3, transglutaminase 6, rye, barley, spelt, polish wheat, cow’s milk, alpha casein and beta casein, casomorphin, milk butyrophilin, whey protein, chocolate, oats, yeast, coffee, sesame, buckwheat, sorghum, millet, hemp, amaranth, quinoa, tapioca, teff, soy, egg, corn, rice, potato.180 food items tested: Dairy and eggs (5), grains (6), beans and legumes (14), nuts and seeds (22), vegetables (44), fruit (32), fish and seafood (22), meat (7), herbs (9), spices (7), gums (7), brewed beverages and additives (5).

This test is extremely detailed and covers more ground + substantial savings when doing all three (Arrays 3, 4, 10) as one combined package. The same vial of blood is used for all three tests.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Leaky Gut Screen

Actomyosin IgA, occludin/zonulin IgG, occludin/zonulin IgA, occludin/zonulin IgM, lipopolysaccharides (LPS) IgG, lipopolysaccharides (LPS) IgA, lipopolysaccharides (LPS) IgM.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com 

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Irritable Bowel/SIBO Screen

Bacterial cytotoxins IgM, bacterial cytotoxins IgA, bacterial cytotoxins IgM, cytoskeletal proteins IgG, cytoskeletal proteins IgA, cytoskeletal proteins IgM.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Liver Detox Profile

The body continually attempts to eliminate chemical toxins through enzymatic processes in the liver. Urinary D-glucaric acid, a byproduct of Phase I detoxification, is an indicator of chemical exposure to over 200 chemicals. 

Urinary mercapturic acids are excreted end products of Phase II detoxification. Together, assessment of these two analytes provides valuable information about exposure to xenobiotics, liver disease and the ability of the liver to eliminate toxins. 

This test is useful for determining chemical exposure, establishing liver detoxification therapy and calculating liver detoxification function.

Urine sample – www.doctorsdata.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Pathogen-Associated Immune Reactivity

Porphyromonas gingivalis, streptococcus mutans, helicobacter pylori, campylobacter jejuni, yersinia enterocolitica, clostridium difficile, candida albicans, rotavirus, entamoeba histolytica, giardia; cryptosporidium, blastocystis hominis, human HSP-60/chlamydia, HSP-60 chlamydias, streptozymes, streptococcal M protein, mycoplasmas, acinetobacteria,
klebsiella, mycobacterium avium, aspergillus, penicillum, stachybotrys chartarum, citrullinated EBV, hepatitis C virus, cytomegalovirus, human herpesvirus-6, borrelia burgdorferi, babesia, erhlichia, bartonella.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Comprehensive Stool Analysis

Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common reasons that patients seek medical care. Symptoms associated with GI disorders include persistent diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and malabsorption. 

The Comprehensive Stool Analysis can help assess digestive and absorptive functions, the presence of opportunistic pathogens and to monitor the efficacy of therapeutic remediation of GI disorders. 

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to prescriptive and natural agents is also performed for appropriate bacterial and fungal species at no additional charge.

This test is useful for gastrointestinal symptoms, autoimmune disease, joint pain, IBD/IBS, inflammation, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies, skin conditions (atopic dermatitis).

Stool sample – www.doctorsdata.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Expanded Stool GI Panel

Yeast, fungi, ova, parasites, clostridium difficile, giardia, amoeba histolytica, helicobacter pylori, intestinal lysozyme, intestinal alpha anti-chymotrypsin, gluten gliadin, chymotrypsin, occult blood, fecal pH, cow’s milk, casein, soy protein, egg albumin, toxoplasma, gondii, tapeworm, roundworm, tissue worm, and others.

Stool sample, non-fasting – www.diagnostechs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Fecal (Stool) Metals

This test is useful for determining dietary exposure to toxic elements and mercury exposure from dental amalgams.

Fecal elemental analysis provides a direct indication of dietary exposure to toxic metals and indirect information about the potential for toxic metal burden. Chronic, low-level assimilation of toxic metals can result in accumulation in the body. 

For many toxic metals, fecal (biliary) excretion is the primary natural route of elimination from the body. Specimen collection is convenient for the patient and only requires a single-step procedure. Elements are measured by ICP-MS and expressed on a dry weight basis to eliminate variability related to water content of the specimen. 

Tests for: antimony, arsenic, beryllium, bismuth, cadmium, copper, lead, mercury, nickel, platinum, thallium, tungsten, uranium.

Stool sample – www.doctorsdata.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Urine Toxic & Essential Elements

Many clinicians request the analysis of essential elements in urine specimens to evaluate nutritional status and the efficacy of mineral supplementation during metal detoxification therapy. Metal detoxification agents can significantly increase the excretion of specific nutrient elements such as zinc, copper, manganese and molybdenum. 

Chromium metabolism authorities suggest that 24-hour chromium excretion likely provides the best assessment of chromium status. Early indication of renal dysfunction can be gleaned from urinary wasting of essential elements such as magnesium, calcium, potassium and sodium in an unprovoked specimen.

Urine sample – www.doctorsdata.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Hair Toxic Element Exposure

This test is useful for individuals concerned with potential toxic element exposure, excessive fish consumption, alopecia, depression, fatigue, malabsorption, hypertension, impaired glucose tolerance, kidney function, Parkinson’s-like symptoms,
sexual impotence or decreased testosterone production,
vision problems.

Hair Elements analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, especially methyl mercury and arsenic, and time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. This noninvasive screening test requires only .25 grams of hair. Doctor’s Data offers a Hair Elements profile containing essential and toxic elements and a Hair Toxic Element Exposure profile containing an expanded lineup of toxic metals.

Tests for: aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, bismuth, cadmium, cesium, chromium, cobalt, copper, gadolinium, germanium, gold, lead, manganese, mercury, nickel, palladium, platinum, selenium, silver, tellurium, thallium, thorium, tin, titanium, tungsten, uranium, vanadium, zinc.

Hair sample – www.doctorsdata.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Chemical Immune Reactivity

Mixed heavy metals (nickel, cobalt, cadmium, lead, arsenic), mercury compounds, parabens, tetrachloroethylene, tetrabromobisphenol, bisphenol, BPA binding protein, benzene ring compounds, trimellitic anhydrides, isocyanate, formaldehyde, aflatoxins, and more.

Blood and urine, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Blood Brain Permeability

Blood Brain Barrier Protein IgG + IgA; Blood Brain Barrier Protein IgM.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Multiple Autoimmune Reactivity

IgG + IgA for parietal cell + ATPase, intrinsic factor, tropomyosin, thyroglobulin, thyroid peroxidase (TPO), 21 hydroxylase (adrenal cortex), myocardial peptide, alpha-myosin, phospholipid, platelet glycoprotein, ovary/testis, fibulin, collagen complex, arthritic peptide, osteocyte, cytochrome P450 (hepatocyte), insulin + Islet cell antigen, glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD 65), myelin basic protein, asialoganglioside, alpha + beta tubulin, cerebellar, synapsin.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Multiple Autoimmune Reactivity

IgG + IgA for parietal cell + ATPase, intrinsic factor, tropomyosin, thyroglobulin, thyroid peroxidase (TPO), 21 hydroxylase (adrenal cortex), myocardial peptide, alpha-myosin, phospholipid, platelet glycoprotein, ovary/testis, fibulin, collagen complex, arthritic peptide, osteocyte, cytochrome P450 (hepatocyte), insulin + Islet cell antigen, glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD 65), myelin basic protein, asialoganglioside, alpha + beta tubulin, cerebellar, synapsin.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Diabetes Autoimmune

Glutamic acid decarboxylase 65 (GAD 65) IgG + IgA, insulin, islet cell Antigen IgG + IgA. 

Blood and urine, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

NeuroAutoimmune Reactivity

IgG, IgA, IgM for myelin basic protein, asialoganglioside, alpha + beta tubulin, cerebellar synapsin.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

NeuroAutoimmune Expanded

IgG, IgA, IgM for myelin basic protein, asialoganglioside, 
asialoganglioside, alpha + beta tubulin, alpha + beta tubulin, cerebellar and cerebellar synapsin.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.cyrexlabs.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Metabolic Syndrome Risk

The Metabolomic Profile provides assessment of the likelihood of Metabolic syndrome in at-risk patients. The Metabolomic Profile evaluates seven biomarkers that may reflect a patient’s risk of developing Metabolic syndrome, which is identified by a cluster of cardiometabolic risk factors, with insulin resistance and adiposity as its central features. 

Identification of individuals with metabolic syndrome is important due to its association with an increased risk of and type 2 diabetes mellitus, renal damage and coronary heart disease. Early detection of risk for Metabolic Syndrome is very important because associated symptoms may not be evident until it is well advanced.

Patients that may especially benefit from the Metabolomic Profile include those with:
Excess abdominal adiposity or body mass index (BMI) >30, high triglycerides or need for cholesterol medication, low HDL cholesterol or need for cholesterol medication, hypertension or need for hypertension medication, fasting Glucose > 100 mg/dL, family or personal history of cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol or type II diabetes, personal history of chronic inflammatory disease.

Blood draw – www.doctorsdata.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Cardio Metabolic Risk Assessment

Your cellular metabolism and your 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 Cardio Metabolic 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. Standard cholesterol tests can miss that you are at risk. SpectraCell’s Cardio Metabolic test offers a clinically relevant evaluation to help define risk for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), progression toward type 2 diabetes, and inflammation. 

It includes SpectraCell’s Advanced Lipoprotein Particle Profile™ Plus (LPPTM Plus), which measures lipoprotein size and density; cardiovascular risk stratification; and also triglycerides and traditional cholesterol screening. 

Each patient is assigned a Cardio Metabolic Risk Assessment, which is an indication of your risk (low, moderate or high) for developing cardiovascular disease, including stroke and diabetes. 

In addition, the Type 2 Diabetes Risk Assessment is an estimate of your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. These check points help patients understand that not just one factor, but rather a constellation of risk factors, contribute to the genesis and progression toward poor blood sugar control and/or ASCVD. Results of testing allow doctors to know when guidance, educational referral, or if treatment is necessary. 

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

MTHFR Genotyping

MTHFR is an enzyme responsible for converting 5, I 0 – methylenetetrahydrofolate to product 5-methyltetrahydrofolate – it is involved in the metabolism of folate and homocysteine. The product of the reaction catalyzed by MTHFR converts homocysteine (a potentially toxic amino acid) to methionine (a useful and necessary amino acid).

Why is MTHFR Genotyping 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), epically 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. In addition, recommendations for methotrexate dosage can be adjusted. 

Certain risks are associated with MTHFR variants. High homocysteine levels may contribute to cardiovascular disease; cerebral vascular disease (stroke); venous and arterial thrombosis; methotrexate toxicity possibly affecting cancer therapy.

Blood, non-fasting – www.spectracell.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

DNA Methylation Whole Blood

Identification of SNPs that influence health and disease risk may improve clinical success and allow patients to optimize health and wellness.

The DNA Methylation Pathway Profile screens for a variety of genetic changes (single nucleotide polymorphisms, or SNPs) that may impact the function of important biochemical processes such as methionine metabolism, detoxification, hormone balance and Vitamin D function. 

The presence or absence of SNPs may modify disease risk. The risks may be reduced by lifestyle changes, and inefficient biochemical processes can be supported by diet and nutritional supplements to maximize the functions of metabolic pathways.

Identifying single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that may influence health and rise for diseases facilitates clinical support for patients. 

The Doctor’s Data DNA Methylation Pathway Profile includes a variety of SNPs known to influence many aspects of health including: insulin sensitivity, bone health, cancer risks, cardiovascular health, detoxification processes, fertility, mitochondrial function and metabolism, methylation, neurotransmitter balance.

Blood draw, non-fasting – www.doctorsdata.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

Telomere Aging Profile

Telomeres are sections of genetic material at the end of each chromosome whose primary function is to prevent chromosomal “fraying” when a cell replicates. As a cell ages, its telomeres become shorter. Eventually, the telomeres become too short to allow cell replication, the cell stops dividing and will ultimately die – a normal biological process. SpectraCell’s Telomere Test can determine the length of a patient’s telomeres in relation to the patient’s age.

The patient’s telomere score is calculated based on the patient’s average telomere length in peripheral whole blood cells. This average is then compared to telomere lengths from a population sample in the same age range as the patient determine the patient’s percentile score. 

Age adjusted telomere length is the best method to data assess biological age using structural analysis of chromosomal change in the telomere. Serial evaluation of telomere length is an indicator of how rapidly one ages relative to a normal population. Therapies directed at slowing the loss of telomere length may slow aging and age-related diseases. 

What are the nutritional implications on telomere length and repair? An inflammatory diet, or one that increases oxidative stress, will shorten telomeres faster. This includes refined carbohydrates, fast food, processed foods, sodas, artificial sweeteners, trans fats and saturated fats. 

A diet with a large amount and variety of antioxidants that improves oxidative defense and reduces oxidative stress will slow telomere shortening. Consumption of 10 servings of fresh and relatively uncooked fruits and vegetables, mixed fiber, monounsaturated fats, omega-3 fatty acids, cold water fish, and high-quality vegetable proteins will help preserve daily caloric intake and implement an exercise program. Fasting for 12 hours each night at least 4 days per week is recommended. 

Blood, non-fasting – www.spectracell.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

DNA Oxidative Damage

Oxidative stress is adversely involved in many pathophysiological processes, aging and cancer. Oxidation of DNA occurs readily at the guanosine bases, so measurement of 8-hydroxy-2′- Deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG) in urine provides a quantitative assessment of ongoing oxidative damage or stress in the body. 

When 8-OHdG levels are elevated, it’s important to identify the sources of oxidative stress and assess the primary intracellular antioxidant glutathione. 

This test is useful for oxidative stress, metabolic syndrome, Alzheimer’s disease, atopic dermatitis, cancer, chronic hepatitis, cystic fibrosis, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic retinopathy, environmental exposure, Huntington’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, pancreatitis, Parkinson’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis.

Urine sample – www.doctorsdata.com

Includes doctor’s time to analyze results, report of findings, consult with client.

 

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