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Specialty Testing

Testing is an important part of the proper diagnosis and treatment planning for mental health disorders.  Having adequate data to guide treatment is critical for the best long term outcomes.  Current conventional medicine practices cluster symptoms and make diagnosis according to the DSM-IV, then a pharmacological treatment is picked by practitioners as a best guess bases on practice and psychopharmacological research, which only has a 5-35% efficacy rate.  This system does not provide any explanation to the root cause of the imbalances and dysregulation of neurotransmitters and the symptoms caused by those imbalances.  Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Chronic Fatigue and Pain syndromes can be caused by genetic and environmental interactions from food and microbiome disruptions

I no longer practice in this manner of symptom management without investigation of the root causes.  Long-term outcomes are much better when an in-depth assessment of the current biological functions is completed.  The initial cost may seem high, but the cost of ongoing medication management of symptoms to quality of life and overall health, without resolution of symptoms is also very high.

The Specialty tests are not covered by insurances, though if you have an HSA, that can be used.  A test kit will be mailed to your home and you will ship it back.  Serum testing done can be done at a lab may be covered by your insurance, but you will need to verify your benefits and coverage.

Neurotransmitter Testing (Urine)​: $420

Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that facilitate the transmission of signals from one neuron to the next across a synaps​e. Neurotransmitters influence and regulate a wide range of processes such as mental performance, emotions, pain response, and energy levels.

Symptoms of neurotransmitter imbalances often overlap other conditions, and can be mistaken for sex hormone imbalances, chronic infections, GI distress, metabolic abnormalities, neurological decline, and chronic fatigue, to name a few.

By testing a comprehensive panel of neurotransmitters, clinicians can determine when symptoms are directly or indirectly related to neurotransmitter levels, recommend treatments specific to an individual, and when additional testing may be appropriate.

Gut Microbiome testing (stool): $420

The gut microbiome resides in your large intestine and is host to more than 1000 species of bacteria that perform certain important functions from shaping the immune system to influencing metabolism of nutrients to fortifying the intestinal mucosal barrier (gut barrier).

It is important to know the abundances of the bacteria that symbiotically live in the human gastrointestinal tract because imbalances in the gut microbiome may lead to anxiety, depression, migraines, gastrointestinal symptoms, skin conditions, immune system imbalances, and multiple inflammatory disorders. 

Hormone Testing (Urine and Saliva): $450, or $75 when added to Neurotransmitter Testing  

Hormones, especially adrenal hormones and sex hormones, are interconnected with neurotransmitters. An imbalance in adrenal and sex hormones could lead to neurotransmitter imbalances which could revert back to cause hormonal imbalances.

Testing a combination of hormonal and neurotransmitter panels would provide a comprehensive assessment of the hormonal and neurotransmitter dysfunctions and their relationships, that could aid in identifying underlying causes of symptoms.

Complete Food Sensitivity Testing (Blood Spot): $360

Food Sensitivity is an array of 209 commonly consumed food antigens which offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. This panel offers the options to measure an individual’s IgG, IgA, IgG subclass 4, and C3d reactivity to food antigens. Being able to test IgA antibodies provides additional information to foods that may be causing mucosal damage. Additionally, this test is ideal for patients who might be suffering from delayed reactions to certain foods. Using an antibody-based food sensitivity test can help prioritize the necessary foods to eliminate and create a customized diet plan around the patient’s specific needs.  Food Sensitivity testing can be very useful to help prioritize an elimination or rotation diet. Usually removing foods that the body has produced antibodies to will alleviate symptoms, because the source of inflammation is removed.

Food Peptide Testing (Blood Spot): $220-800.

Vibrant America's Food Zoomer aid in the specific recognition peptides and antibodies that indicate the presence of intestinal permeability. It is a highly sensitive peptide-based array designed to detect autoimmune reactions specifi​c peptides. Tests are done in separate food groups and give the best breakdown to how the body reacts to these foods and reduces false negative to food sensitivity. The prices start at $220 for 1 and decrease with as you add on.  After 4 they are $100 each.  

Wheat

Corn

Lecithin

Dairy

Nuts

Grains

Eggs

Soy

Seafood

Serum Blood Work: Cost varies depending on individuals insurance coverage

Basic blood work is needed to assess organ and nutritional levels:

Vitamin D

Vitamin B12

Copper

Zinc

hsCRP

Histamine

Homocysteine

Comprehensive Thyroid Testing

Genetic Testing: 

MTHFR

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