There are a variety of lab services available through Brain and Body Solutions. We are constantly upgrading and changing our assessments to keep in pace with rapidly changing technology and research. Therefore this list will not be comprehensive and up to date. Lab recommendations are typically very conservative. We understand this can be expensive or there is often a history of medical trauma particularly for our youngest Practice Members. This is strongly taken into consideration in our office.
The Genecept Assay™ looks at key genes in your body that affect response to medication. The assay combines a proprietary panel of genetic biomarker tests and an analytical report. The Genecept Assay uses the latest research concerning mood disorders and pharmacogenomics. Up to half of all patients respond poorly to the first psychiatric medicine they try. That’s because everyone’s body is different, and your body’s response to a given medication is influenced by your genetic makeup, or DNA. In a recent study, clinicians reported that 87% of their patients showed improvement with treatment guided by the Genecept Assay™. They also reported improvement in 91% of patients who had failed at least two medications in the past.
This is a highly informative genetic test gathered from a painless cotton swab of the inside cheek, but it is not necessary for everyone.
Insurance covers the cost of this test. The maximum out of pocket cost is $300 with many of our clients paying anywhere from $0 to $50 out of pocket. A brief consultation with Dr. Rimka is required to determine if testing is needed. An additional consult to have results explained in depth is not required but highly recommended.
Visual Contrast Sensitivity Testing
VCS, short for Visual Contrast Sensitivity testing, is used to test those who suffer or suspect they suffer from a health condition that affects contrast sensitivity related to neurotoxicity. Visual contrast sensitivity testing measures one’s ability to see details at low contrast levels, and is often used as a nonspecific test of neurological function. The VCS test involves the presentation of a series of images of decreasing contrast to the test subject and the recording of the contrast levels where patterns, shapes, or objects can or cannot be identified. The results of the test can then be used as an aid in the diagnosis of visual system dysfunction, or how neurotoxins are impacting the optic nerve
Many toxins impact our ability to perceive contrast, including nutritional deficiencies, alcohol, drug/medication use, and exposure to endogenous or exogenous neurotoxins and/or biotoxins, including volatile organic compounds (VOCs), certain species of mold and the mycotoxins and microbial VOCs they produce, cyanobacteria, dinoflagellates (particularly Pfiesteria and Ciguatera), parasites, heavy metals like mercury and lead, and the pathogens responsible for Lyme disease and its co-infections. For more information visit www.survivingmold.com
Meta-Oxt Urine Test
The meta-oxy test by Systemic Formulas is the best way to show inflammation at the cellular level. It measures malondialdehyde in the urine. Aldehydes are released into the bloodstream by the kidneys when fats, including cell membranes, are oxidized. Thus, the Meta-Oxy is a general measure of cell membrane oxidation due to free radical peroxidation of lipids.
Every cell membrane in the body is made up of fat and cholesterol. The more cellular inflammation and damage that is occurring, the more fats are metabolized. Simply put, the more malondialdehyde in the urine, the greater amount of cell membrane damage.
Genova Diagnostics offers tests that combine standard and innovative biomarkers designed to provide a more complete understanding of specific biological systems that can help physicians diagnose and treat and prevent chronic disease. These tests are available only through licensed healthcare professionals. We use tests to identify the root cause of chronic illnesses and target treatment for our Practice Members. These tests may use blood, urine or saliva. For specific information on costs and insurance coverage, please follow this link to Genova Billing.
Brain Biochemistry via DHA Labs
This approach recognizes that nutrient imbalances can alter brain levels of key neurotransmitters, disrupt gene expression of proteins and enzymes, and cripple the body’s protection against environmental toxins. Dr. Walsh uses his database containing millions of chemical factors in blood, urine and tissues to identify high-incidence rates of imbalances in patients challenged by behavior disorders, ADHD, autism, anxiety, depression, bipolar disorders, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease. The treatment protocol consists of a medical history, specialized lab testing, diagnosis of chemical imbalance, and individualized treatment aimed at normalizing brain chemistry.
This is primarily blood testing with one urine and saliva test. It is processed by LabCorp and sent to the non-profit Walsh Institute’s lab to keep costs down. The fees for various testing and consult average $250-$900. This type of functional testing is typically not covered by any insurance, and we do not accept insurance as a fee for service office.
For more information visit Dr. Walsh’s website or order his book Nutrient Power.
Hair Mineral Analysis
A Hair Mineral Test measures the mineral content of your hair and reveals how those minerals are distributed throughout your body's tissues. The test screens for 20 different minerals and toxic heavy metals, painting a picture that becomes a kind of road map to a healthier you. From this screening test come answers to our many complex questions. Without minerals our health suffers and our body chemistry becomes imbalanced. A hair mineral analysis helps give a clear picture of the health of our organism and is a true reflection of how your body responds to the many stresses of life.
The hair collection is painless and is analyzed by an expert working directly with Dr. Rimka.
Body Fat Percentage
Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis or BIA is a safe, painless, and reliable way to quickly measure body fat and lean muscle mass in your body. The “Gold Standard” for body fat percentage testing is submersion in a water tank, but as you can see, this can be inconvenient and difficult to track for most of us. BIA measures the impedance or resistance to a slight bioelectrical signal as it travels through the water that is found in muscle and fat. Fat is much more resistant than water to the safe electrical current passing through it. The more muscle a person has, the more water their body can hold. The greater the amount of water in a person's body, the easier it is for the current to pass through it.
Basic Genetics and Methylation
www.23andme.com is a genetic test obtained from a painless cheek swab of buccal cells. Once you receive the results, you connect them to www.GeneticGenie.org to find out the qualitative aspect of your genetic methylation profile. Dr. Rimka connects the history and signs and symptoms with your unique genetic profile to customize a dietary and supplement plan.
You can order directly from their website. Consults regarding your results are available with Dr. Rimka.