11). What testing should I have done prior to seeking your services?
This is an advanced program. While we can order any of the routine testing, its best to have fundamental health problems evaluated first. Just as you would have had all of the standard lab tests prior to seeing a specialist within your medical group or network, it's best to have these done before starting genetics based treatment. There is a host of medical issues that can be explored via basic testing. For example, low thyroid, diabetes, and anemia can contribute to many signs and symptoms of disease and should be evaluated.
One’s primary care provider often obtains the following tests:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC) Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) Thyroid Hormones (TSH, T4, T3)
- Lipid Panel (Cholesterol)
- Prostate Levels (PSA) for men only (generally those over 40)
- Urinalysis (U/A)
- Iron levels (TIBC) and ferritin
- Autoimmune/Immunological panels as required by your specialist: For those with chronic immune issues, tests such as viral & bacterial antibodies, natural killer cells, Immunoglobulin panels (IgA, IgG, IgM, IgE), IgG subclass, lupus/RA, Celiac, and other testing through your specialist or PCP
In addition, many have seen a rheumatologist, neurologist, hematologist or other allopathic specialist in order to rule out more frequently seen conditions.
12). As a patient, how do I contact you?
Our patients receive direct contact information, however, as a small practice we use Internet technology as much as possible since we do not have a full staff to answer the phone lines. For new patients, please email us at:
We also provide detailed instructions regarding new patient requirements and paperwork. We cannot fill out this paperwork for patients. Like the majority of healthcare practices, we have standard requirements for new patients and protocols for asking questions or discussing areas of concern.
13). Do you provide 24-hour service for questions or concerns?
As an Internet based clinical practice, we utilize the best technology available yet do not have a large staff to answer phones. Typically, emails are addressed within 48 to 72 hours while critical issues are managed more urgently.
14). What is an “e-visit”?
The email visit is designed for more expedient responses to questions or test results. You will receive a visit summary attachment via email prior to the scheduled “e-visit” appointment date. This allows you to update your supplement/medication list as well as ask questions. You will receive thorough responses as well as comments and suggestions, particularly for all test results. Many times, you will also receive a “cheat sheet” that explains what each test result means. Depending on complexity, 8-10 questions requires 60+ minutes.
15). Will I require supplements or medications forever?
Yes and no. Many individuals require some basic supports, particularly when significant defects and/or serious illnesses are present such as Autism, Parkinson’s, CFS/ME, etc. Nevertheless, the overwhelming majority does not require an abundance of lifelong supports, particularly once you have regained your health and lead a more healthful lifestyle. For some, this may mean taking 10 supplements while others will require 15-30 targeted nutrients.
16). Do you treat infectious sources?
Yes and no. Most patients with chronic disease have positive tests or evidence of yeast, Epstein Bar, lyme, strep, herpes, or other viruses and bacteria. The important question is, “Why do these pathogens thrive in some and not in others?”
We now recognize that poor methylation leads to poor immunity, hence, repeated viral, yeast, bacterial, and parasitic infections. While, it may be prudent to check for positive titers in those with chronic illness, it may be even wiser to focus on the body chemistry and underlying cause. In clinical practice, we have found that those who merely target the positive titers miss out on addressing the root cause. Regrettably, this rarely leads to significant or life-changing improvements. Even so, when infectious disease remains an issue, we use a variety of therapies to support your immune system and body chemistry rather than prescription anti-virals or antibiotics.
17). Do I have to change my lifestyle?
There are very few short-cuts for regaining your health, and this includes utilizing genetics based medicine. A clean diet and healthful lifestyle practices are absolutely essential for health and longevity, yet particularly in recovery. When chronically ill individuals are smoking, drinking alcohol, or eating fast foods and processed foods (boxed & frozen pre-made foods) they continue to add to their toxic burden. This process requires a commitment to new lifestyle choices.
18). May I schedule for my spouse, partner, or older child?
Yes, you may schedule for a loved one, yet they must confirm from their own email address or call the office to leave a message confirming their interest in pursuing this care. This program requires a high level of motivation, perseverance, and accountability. You cannot force your loved one to follow a clean diet, take supplements, or avoid alcohol, tobacco, or drugs. Ultimately, this program is well-suited for those who are determined to regain health and are willing to put in the effort to do so. Yet many require a loved one's help to navigate the process.
19). I have severe chemical sensitivities and cannot take supplements, herbs, or medications. Will I be able to follow the program?
For those with mild chemical sensitivity, there are many options, yet this protocol is not a good fit for those with severe chemical sensitivities. Aside from following a healthful diet, you must be able to use some form of nutritional support.
20). I have simpler health issues or do not have many medical records so do not require the flat rate consultation. Do you offer a simpler option for those seeking methylation support?
Yes, please see the Make an appointment page for the methylation interpretation and treatment option at Auburn Naturopathic Medicine.
21). How can I learn more about Nutrigenomics and Methylation?
You may need to copy and paste the links into your URL
Feel Good Nutrigenomics: Your roadmap to health by Amy Yasko PhD, ND.
I highly recommend this book, particularly for those new to this field of study.
Free book download: Pathways to Recovery
Heartfixer: Dr. Roberts MD, an interventional cardiologist
Richard Van Konynenburg PhD
Human Genome Project
Connecting the Human variome
Epigenetics: Agouti mice.
This is an extremely important article
Dr. James’ Mind Institute
Lectures are available online: See Research Priorities Panel Discussion Lecture
#20 down the list & Implications of a Redox Imbalance and Oxidative Stress
in Autism #23 down the list for Dr. James’ discussion. November 2006.