Could Your Favorite Food Be Ruining Your Health

Many people have food sensitivities and aren’t even aware of it. Allergies are common and nearly 20% of Americans have some form of allergy. Allergies are simply an abnormal response to a substance in the environment (pollen for example). This abnormal response is triggered by one's immune system. A food allergy is therefore, an abnormal response to a food triggered by one's immune system. Traditional medicine has been doing allergy testing for years; however, testing of food intolerance has been too long neglected. 
Eight foods account for 90% of food allergies: peanuts, tree nuts, milk, wheat, soy, fish, and shellfish. 5% of Americans have a true food allergy...but about 80 % of us have some sort of food intolerance or sensitivity. The distinction is that food intolerance can occur hours or even days after the food has been ingested. Like people afflicted with allergies, those having food sensitivities have their immune system chronically activated, since each time a certain food is ingested, the immune system will come into play. This isn't good since it leads to chronic inflammation which we know leads to premature aging as well as all the conditions that go with aging, i.e. cardiovascular disease, arthritis, etc.

Who should be tested: 
Those individuals suffering from : migraine headaches, asthma, eczema, unexplained hives, chronic fatigue, digestive problems, irritable bowel syndrome, obesity, infertility, ADD/ADHD, autism.
All these conditions are associated with chronic activation of the immune system, so testing of food intolerance can be extremely beneficial in those with these conditions.
ALCAT is the test for food intolerance with over a 20 year track record and has been shown to be clinically accurate.

How an ALCAT test may help you:
1. Identifies normally healthy foods that are incompatible for a particular individual
2. Improves metabolic function
3. May help decrease chronic inflammation which we know leads to premature aging.
4. May help you reach your goal weight
5. Achieve wellness through customized nutrition


Knowledge Is Power, Your Genes Can Provide Answers

At HeartWise we can guide you in utilizing genetic profiling to assess your risk of cardiovascular events.

LPA -Aspirin Check Genotype Test : 
Aspirin is a mainstay in preventing cardiovascular events (heart attacks and strokes) and is commonly taken by those at risk. This is, however, not without problems. There remains the risk of bleeding. This test can determine if you have the LPA gene which places those carriers at significant risk of a cardiovascular event in the absence of aspirin. In the landmark WHS (Women's Healthy Study), aspirin resulted in a greater reduction in cardiovascular events in LPA carriers than in non carriers. This is significant, because with LPA genotype testing, physicians can assess the potential cardiovascular benefit of using aspirin therapy as compared to the bleeding risk. NOTE: in the WHS, the use of aspirin to prevent one CV event resulted in 15-fold more bleeds in non carriers than in carriers.

KIF6- STATIN Check Genotype Test:
Recent research indicates that the KIF6 gene predicts risk for coronary heart disease AND cardiac event reduction with statin therapy. Indeed with this genetic test we can determine the carriers of the KIF6 gene. These are the individuals who will clearly benefit from statin therapy in reducing their cardiac events.

9p21-Early MI Check Genotype Test:
New evidence points to an abnormality on chromosome 9 that predicts increased risk for early onset myocardial infarction (heart attack), coronary artery disease in general, and abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Identifying these carriers allows clinicians to aggressively treat the various risk factors in such patients, and to carefully screen those at risk for developing AAA.

Berkeley Heart Lab

The Treacherous Impact Of Long Term Stress

In this current modern age, it is not unusual for the adrenal glands to be in a state of stress. In fact nearly every patient I have tested has exhibited some degree of adrenal over stimulation or fatigue. It is essentially an epidemic in the adult population. The symptoms can be confused with menopause, chronic fatigue, and thyroid malfunction. Stressed adrenals can lead to sleeping disturbances, food cravings, weight gain and dependence on stimulants. This test accurately assesses adrenal function through saliva collection. 
Note: Our hormones are like a symphony. If one instrument is out of tune, it makes for a poor performance. If the adrenal glands are malfunctioning, it will carry over to all of our hormones.
Saliva testing will reveal the state of your adrenal function.


Gut Feelings Are Critical To Your Health

Here at HeartWise, I use these sophisticated tests to determine gut function. There is a saying in anti-aging medicine, "If your gut isn't healthy, then you're not healthy.” The gut has a myriad of functions. One that is often overlooked is it's importance in maintaining optimal immune function. This is vital to the aging process, as well as to avert cancer, and auto-immune disorders, not to mention maintaining a state of perpetual wellness. 90% of the body's immune system is synthesized in the gut. Without normal gut function, one's immune function will surely be compromised. Neurotransmitters, chemical messengers in our brain, are mainly produced in the gut before traveling to the brain where they act. Again, normal gut function is paramount. We also use Genova testing to assess deficiencies in amino acids and essential fatty acids in special populations.

Genova Laboratory

Anxiety, Depression, Insomnia Or Panic Attacks?

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers in the brain. They don't function alone, but in concert with our body's hormones and immune system. It's essentially impossible to embrace optimal health without neurotransmitter balance. This laboratory not only measures neurotransmitter levels, but they also offer for purchase a wide scope of natural occurring amino acids which can correct an imbalance. 

Just a few of the neurotransmitters measured are:  epinephrine, nor epinephrine, dopamine, serotonin, histamine and GABA.
Certainly anyone suffering from sleep disturbances should consider this test.


How Effective Are Your Vitamins & Supplements?

This test evaluates your nutritional state at the cellular level. Routine labs measure the concentration of a particular substance in the plasma or liquid portion of the blood. In most cases that is quite adequate. To evaluate one's nutritional state, however, one must look at the cellular level. This test is performed by evaluating a subject's lymphocytes, a component of your white blood cells. The test not only measures your level of vitamins and minerals, but it also evaluates your total anti-oxidant store, which is extremely important to maintain as we age. Anti-oxidants quench free radicals which are constantly bombarding our bodies causing ceullar damage and gene mutations. The test is also quite useful in designing a customized supplement program, since we know that one size does not fit all! Imagine designing a supplement program based on science, not marketing hype. This cuts down on the expense and avoids what I call "expensive urine"!


Unexplained Chronic Conditions

We’ve all heard that heavy metal toxicity from mercury and lead can adversely affect our tissues and cells. If you suffer from any chronic condition, including chronic fatigue, or if you have an unexplained neurologic problem such as tremors, difficulty with your gait or coordination, this test could prove to be quite useful as heavy metal toxicity can be treated by various forms of chelation therapy.

These laboratory tests specialize in essential and toxic elemental analysis of multiple human tissues. 
They are utilized in the detection, prevention, and treatment of heavy metal burden, nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal function, liver detoxification, metabolic abnormalities, and diseases of environmental origin.

Doctor's Data


Are you or are you not at risk?
25% of heart attacks are silent. Do you have a family history or risk factors but no obvious symptoms? This 10 minute test measures the thickness of the carotid artery, as well as detects both soft and calcific plaque with no radiation. Studies have shown that abnormalities detected from this test correlate quite well with what is happening in your heart. Early detection is REVERSIBLE!
(This test--IMT--is done in the office.)  


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