Functional medicine practitioners recognize that test results within "standard lab ranges" may deliver insufficient information to understanding a patient's condition. Many patients are told that their labs are "within normal range" yet they still experience symptoms.
Functional Medicine Practitioners order more in-depth functional labs to get a better look and evaluate results in a narrower range, known as the optimal range, to catch certain markers early on. This way of practicing allows practitioners to reverse or stop disease progression altogether.
Although we offer dozens of LAB TESTS, Functional Diagnostic Nutrition relies on the 6 Foundational Labs to get to the root cause of your health concerns.
1.) G.I. MAP
The G.I. Map includes markers for Gluten sensitivity (anti-gliadin IgA), inflammation in the gut (calprotectin), immunity in the gut (SigA), pancreatic enzyme sufficiency (elastase), and occult blood. It also looks for the presence of pathogens including
H. Pylori and other bacteria, parasites, worms and viruses in the gastrointestinal tract.
Screening Type: STOOL (1 day single specimen collection)
2.) STRESS & HORMONE PANEL
Measures 4-point cortisol, estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA-S, with the addition of daytime levels of Melatonin and Secretory IgA (SigA), key indicators of immune and stress imbalance or dysfunction.
Screening Type: SALIVA
3.) METABOLIC WELLNESS PROFILE
Measures levels of Indican, Total Bile Acids and 8-OHdG - key metabolic markers of Digestion, Detoxification and Oxidative Stress.
Screening Type: DRY URINE
4.) MUCOSAL BARRIER ASSESSMENT
Zonulin is a protein that modulates the permeability of tight junctions between cells of the digestive tract wall. Once triggered, Zonulin plays an important role in the creation of what we think of as gut "leakiness". Histamine is an important regulator of gut function and plays a key role in the body's inflammatory processes. Diamine Oxidase (DAO) is one of the primary ways our body makes sure Histamine levels stay in check.
Screening Type: DRY BLOOD SPOT
5.) MRT FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST
Screens for hidden inflammatory responses to 147 different foods and 30 food chemicals.
Screening Type: BLOOD
6.) METABOLIC TYPING DIET
The Metabolic Typing Diet looks at the strengths and weaknesses in our key homeostatic systems that we have genetically inherited, to determine our metabolic type. They include the:
Screening Type: QUESTIONNAIRE
Your TWO HOUR Consultation visit is all about the "Discovery". Through the Metabolic Chaos Scorecard questionnaire, we will take a a deep-dive look into every major organ system of your body. We will extensively explore your case getting to the ROOT CAUSE of your symptoms and why you feel the way you do. You are also welcome to bring any past LABS or BLOOD WORK that we can incorporate into the Discovery Session.
We will also discuss the nature of the health coaching relationship and the Lab options recommended for your case. Once your Discovery Session is completed, you have the option to work with The Root Cause Solution and access the Lab tests. We will create a customized care plan that will put you on the path to healing.
If you are not ready for lab testing, we can still work together as a bridge between your self-care and medical care, to support and guide you through your wellness journey.
Follow-up visits are $75 for 60 minutes.
$625 GI MAP ($675 for GI Map with Zonulin)
$625 Stress & Hormone Panel
$475 Metabolic Wellness Profile
$475 Mucosal Barrier Assessment
$700 MRT Food Sensitivity Test
EACH TEST INCLUDES A ONE HOUR RESULTS REVIEW & RECOMMENDATION SESSION.
(See below for details regarding MRT Food Sensitivity Test).
1. MRT FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST
2. G.I. Map
ONE MONTH COACHING PROGRAM includes:
1. G.I. MAP
2. MRT FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST
3. STRESS & HORMONE PANEL
TWO MONTH COACHING PROGRAM includes:
1. G.I. MAP
2. MRT FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST
3. STRESS & HORMONE PANEL
4. METABOLIC WELLNESS PROFILE
5. MUCOSAL BARRIER ASSESSMENT
FOUR MONTH COACHING PROGRAM includes:
Millions of Americans suffer from food sensitivities that can contribute to inflammation, pain and various symptoms that can drastically reduce their quality of life. Without question, food sensitivities and allergic reactions to foods and food chemicals are on the rise making diagnostic testing an important way to identify adverse immunological responses to various foods and chemicals. Traditional medical tests are often not able to identify sensitivities and only look for full blown allergic (IgE) responses.
Adverse immune reactions to foods contribute to chronic conditions such as autoimmune issues, IBS and IBD, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, lupus, GERD or acid reflux, sinusitis, asthma, autism, ADD, etc. Research shows that the following symptoms can also be triggered by food sensitivities: weight gain or loss, anxiety, depression, brain fog, lack of focus and/or concentration, digestive disorders such as chronic diarrhea, migraines, joint and muscle pain, skin conditions, fatigue, insomnia, slow wound healing and an inability to recover effectively from exercise, etc.
It can take time for our immune system to respond and we may not feel the effects of a reactive food for up to 72 hours after ingestion. The fact that a person may not feel symptoms for hours, or even days after ingestion makes it more difficult for a connection to be made (e.g., a headache felt today and the pizza eaten two days ago). A specific food can elicit a very different response for each individual. A strawberry can cause a skin breakout for one person and not another. Any person can develop a sensitivity to any food, even foods considered to be nourishing and healthy. Sometimes a “reactive” food (e.g., dairy) can be easy to identify. Unfortunately, a chemical like solanine, found in nightshades like tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant and even spices, may not be so easy to pinpoint.
THE MRT FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT TEST YOU EVER TAKE!
The MRT® panel consists of 147 foods and 30 chemicals commonly found in the American diet. The single factor that all food sensitivities and all food-induced immune reactions have in common is the pro-inflammatory and proalgesic (related to or causing pain) mediator release from white cells. MRT® aims to measure the levels of inflammation. Additionally, there are seven different possible types of immune reactions to foods; meaning that a problematic food or food chemical can activate the immune system in one of seven different ways. MRT® accounts for all seven types of food sensitivity reactions. Even the most popular food sensitivity blood test available can only detect one out of the seven different types of reactions.
Research shows that:
Not only does MRT® give insight into inflammation provoking foods and food chemicals, but more importantly MRT® identifies your BEST foods – the foods that form the basis of your Eating Plan. Simply put, MRT® gives you information you can’t get any other way, and that information directly translates into a targeted nutrition plan that is personalized to meet your needs.
Screening Type: BLOOD TEST
TOTAL COST - $700