Functional Medical Tests
Over the past 15 years, we have gathered information about tests which have proven helpful to patients for solving chronic symptoms for which they have found no help.
These problems frequently involve the digestive system, the immune system, hormone functioning, nutritional deficiencies or toxicity. These tests can also be used for prevention and in depth nutritional and genetic assessment if desired. For one reason or another traditional Western medicine has ignored these tests and therefore insurance companies will not pay for them although we provide a diagnosis so you can submit them if you wish. Our office does not charge for these tests – the kits are provided free to us and you pay the lab directly with a check or credit card.
We recommend that you do not have the lab submit to your insurance because it will raise the price and insurances rarely pay for these tests. Results take about three weeks for most tests and we ask for an office visit to go over the results unless it is a follow up test.
We attempt to choose the highest quality lab test for the best price to recommend and stock. Of course prices change and products of these companies change. Please refer to the web link for each test to read about it in detail and feel free to explore the web sites of each of these excellent lab companies.
To read about each test in detail just click on the desired test. If you are interested in any particular test we are happy to quote the labs current price and arrange to do it.
Ordering a 23 & MeTest
23andme.com offers an excellent resource of genetic testing for around $200.00. You do not need a prescription for this and insurance does not pay for it. You can go to their website and they offer excellent counseling on what they do and offer choices about what they do with your information after the testing is done. It takes about an hour to read all the preliminary information and make those choices.
The test consists of 2 Q-tip like swabs and instructions for swabbing the inside of your mouth.
Save the user name and password you create for 23andme.com.
After you get the result of the test go to another website called geneticgenie.org.
They will give you the opportunity to use your 23andme.com user name and password to order a Methylation and a Detoxification profile for free (or a donation).
Print off the methylation and detoxification reports and bring them to the office with a check for $25.00. Please do not email the results to us. It takes us about an hour to analyze your information and create a personalized report. You will not be able to get reimbursed by your insurance for this. We will call you within 2 -3 weeks to make an appointment to go over your results. This appointment will be submitted to your insurance with appropriate codes and should be covered as usual.
This genetic information can help us advise you about supplements, diet and even lifestyle issues. Supporting your methylation biochemistry can decrease cancer risk and help treat autoimmune disease, depression, anxiety, asthma, fatigue and other problems. The area of gene interactions is rapidly expanding and we are learning about new interactions regularly.