This program is for 6 months and the fee is $2500, which covers Doctor's visits and administration of the program. You will see Dr. Gail Altschuler every 4-6 weeks.
* Labs, supplements and nutrition visits are at an additional charge.
Insurance coverage for labs can vary widely for some of the testing, as can the supplements and additional support.
Within our DNA is a personal roadmap for achieving optimal health and wellness. Genetic testing can help us better understand our genetic makeup and its impact on our health.
With the genetic testing technology and scientific understanding of the human genome available today, it is now possible to develop individually tailored nutrition and exercise programs that are based on and tailored to your unique DNA.
Genetic testing has moved into the mainstream and is the future of preventive health. The science and research behind genetic testing related to lifestyle and wellness markers has progressed to the point of understanding the specific genes dictating how the human body processes carbohydrates, fat, protein, and micro-nutrients, and how specific genes determine the effectiveness of certain exercise routines.
Programs tailored to an individual’s DNA have proven to be much more effective than generic programs. With the genetic testing technology and scientific understanding of the human genome available today, it is now possible to develop individually tailored nutrition and exercise programs that are based on and tailored to your unique DNA.
We have chosen SpectraCell’s Micronutrient Profile, which provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of how well the body utilizes 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites while conveying the body’s need for those micronutrients that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and optimal health.
Standard blood testing is misleading, because it is based on serum, or the liquid part of blood, (which is outside of cells), and serum levels of nutrients don’t always reflect what’s going on inside of cells, where metabolism occurs. Serum tests may show normal values, even if an intracellular deficiency exists. Intracellular measurement is critical for determining nutrient absorption, transport and utilization – and therefore, health. Your lymphocytes reflect your nutrient intake over a period of months, not days or hours.
Micronutrient status is just a critical piece of the diagnostic puzzle. Nearly every physiological system in our body requires micronutrients to function properly, and deficiencies create the potential for long-term chronic disease and illness, affecting the quality of life over time.
Cleveland Heart Lab is a pioneer in the field of CardioMetabolic testing and analysis.
Advanced testing goes beyond routine lipid and chemistry panels to uncover early warning signs of heart disease, diabetes, and inflammation––conditions that typically precede heart attacks, stroke, and diabetes---that standard tests miss. Over 50% of people who have a heart attack have cholesterol in the normal range by routine testing. In-depth screening allows for the detection of risk factors and early changes, which is the key to prevention.
These tests monitors:
Metabolic Dysfunction is a chronic, inflammatory state. It is often the root cause of weight gain, diabetes, hormone dysfunction, and heart disease. Inflammation is the body's response to outside threats like stress, infection, or toxic chemicals. In a healthy situation, inflammation acutely serves as a good friend to our body. But if immune cells start to overreact, that inflammation can be directed against us. Weight gain, which is often the first noticeable sign of inflammation, reflects the accumulation of excess body fat. This excess fat can then produce and secrete inflammatory substances which, uncontrolled, can contribute to elevated blood sugar and cholesterol and perpetuate the inflammatory cycle.
Thyroid hormones directly regulate the most basic functions of every cell in our body, which affects metabolism, emotions and thinking. We also test antibodies to the thyroid, which can detect autoimmunity (when the immune system attacks healthy tissue).
The GI tract is home to an entire ecosystem of microorganisms (known as the microbiome), living in a symbiotic relationship with us, its host. These microorganisms do far more than just reside within us - they are essential for life and health. They are responsible for many important functions such as vitamin synthesis, hormone production, immune system regulation, and communication with the neurological systems of the body. More than ever before, medical research has established a link between health benefits or disease risks brought about by these microorganisms that inhabit the human body.
We now know that the composition of the organisms living in our gut determine, to some extent, how our body stores the food we eat, how easy (or hard) it is for us to lose weight, and how well our metabolism functions.
The microbiome influences how much energy we get from our food. Someone with dysbiosis (an imbalance of intestinal bacteria) may actually absorb more calories from the food they eat than a person with healthier microbiota.
· It affects inflammation which helps drive fat accumulation.
· It contributes to feelings of hunger, craving and fullness.
· It impacts insulin sensitivity and metabolic health.
When we are overweight, our weight is a symptom or signal that something is out of balance. Weight is the endpoint of a complex individual set of circumstances. It is easy and common to think of being overweight as a lack of willpower. We talk about eating the wrong foods and not exercising. While these are important contributors, they do not provide us with the underlying reasons for the imbalance. Now we can look more precisely at what is out of balance and take steps to correct it.
Our upbringing, social network, emotional state, preferences and habits all contribute. So, too, do our genetics, the health and integrity of our GI tract, the specific nutrients we take in, how we process them, and our hormone balance.
We now have a much more nuanced and comprehensive understanding of the factors that contribute to weight gain and often make it difficult to achieve and maintain a healthy weight. By addressing and repairing those conditions of deficiency and imbalance, we can create and strengthen the conditions making it easier to achieve and maintain a healthy weight and better health.
*Individual results may vary.