Advance Clinical Testing

advancehelt♦Telomere Testing – The ONLY commercially available telomere analysis in the United States. A window to your cellular age. 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. Telomere Testing can determine the length of your telomeres in relation to your age. Age adjusted telomere length is the best method to date to 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.

♦NutrEval Test  This test is a highly sophisticated nutrition and metabolic test. This test requires a fasting blood draw and first morning urine collection. The NutrEval will show your vitamin and mineral status including Vitamin D, oxidative stress levels, how your body is breaking down and using your neurotransmitters, fatty acid balance, your body’s ability to process macronutrients like fat, carbohydrates, and protein after you absorb them, detoxification burdens on your kidney and liver, essential and non-essential amino acid levels, the adequacy of your protein digestion in your intestinal tract, bacterial, fungi, and yeast levels in your intestines along with a basic urinary heavy metal excretion.

♦Lipoprotein Particle ProfileTM(LPPTM) – Cholesterol testing has historically been used as the standard indicator for cardiovascular disease classified as HDL (good) or LDL (bad). However, it is actually the lipoprotein particles that carry the cholesterol throughout the body, not necessarily the cholesterol within them, that are responsible for key steps in plaque production and the resulting development of cardiovascular disease. Approximately 50 percent of people suffering from heart attacks have shown “normal” cholesterol numbers (NIH – National Heart Blood and Lung Institute). This is an advanced cholesterol testing technology which accurately measures both the density and number of lipoprotein particles. Measuring the lipoprotein subgroups is the only way to evaluate new risk factors, which is crucial for an accurate assessment of cardiovascular risk – according to the National Cholesterol Education Program (NCEP). This test will also measure common inflammatory markers in your body known to be associated with heart disease risk.

♦CV Health Plus Genomics Profile  This test includes all of the above Lipoprotein Particle information but in addition will include a genotypic analysis to indicate which variation you have for four genes associated with heart disease risk and treatment including ApoE, MTHFR expression, as well as Factor II and Factor V.

♦Pre-D Test  The Pre-D test is designed to test for insulin resistance before an individual has improperly elevated blood glucose levels or elevated hemoglobin A1C. This information is collected with a fasting blood draw. The Pre-D will test your blood sugar and hemoglobin A1C levels along with your insulin, pro-insulin (the inactivated form of insulin in your body), along with adiponectin. Adiponectin is protective against insulin resistance and serves as an early warning of pre-diabetes because production of adiponectin begins to fall before traditional diabetes markers (fasting blood sugar and hemoglobin A1C) begin to rise. The Pre-D will also perform a weighted risk analysis of five common inflammatory markers in your body known to be associated with insulin resistance.

♦Food and Environmental Allergy and Sensitivity Testing  This group of profiles can test your body’s immune response through various pathways including IgE (allergy) and IgG (sensitivity) to various foods and environmental assailants. The three profiles consist of food, inhalant, and mold allergies, along with a food and spice sensitivity profile, and a Celiac & Gluten sensitivity panel. Food sensitivity symptoms may include: digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders, and many more. This will detect toxic immune responses that you may have to various substances that you may be eating on a regular basis and are unaware of.

♦Diagnostic Stool Testing  This comprehensive analysis reveals in-depth information about the health of an individual’s gastrointestinal tract. This test requires a 3-day stool collection. This provides us with information on digestion and absorption capabilities of the GI tract along with gut immune response and metabolic activities of the intestines including vitamin synthesis and absorption, break down of steroid hormones, and reveals information about what types of bacteria are present-are they beneficial, pathogenic or potentially pathogenic? It also tests for parasites which are present in 1 out of 5 samples tested

♦Neurotransmitter Testing  Our neurotransmitter test evaluates the urinary metabolites of 10 neurotransmitters and two breakdown products in a 2nd morning urine collection. These levels correlate with levels of neurotransmitters in the central nervous system without having to do an invasive spinal fluid collection test.

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the brain that help govern both physical and emotional balance and affect mental performance, mood, energy level, and physiological responses. Imbalances in neurotransmitter levels can contribute to conditions such as autism, depression, ADD/ADHD, constipation, anxiety/panic disorders, hyperactivity, headache/migraines, compulsions and addictions as well as sleep disturbances. These neuro-transmitters play a delicate balancing act as they share precursors, enzymes and co-factors and may be manipulated through nutritional and pharmaceutical interventions