Functional Testing That is Insightful, Accurate, and Accessible
Functional medicine uses a patient-centric approach rather than the disease-based focus of modern, western medicine. The practice considers the patient as a whole, not simply a set of symptoms.
This approach leads you to the root cause of your problem. And functional medicine uses advanced testing methods to pinpoint which of your systems or pathways are dysfunctional. From there, you and your health care provider can create a targeted roadmap to treat you more effectively.
Do you suffer from infections, toxins, stress, and/or a poor diet? Do you have deficiencies in areas like sleep, nutrition, movement, social connections, meaning, or purpose?
These are some of the top causes of dysfunctional pathways:
- Toxins (elemental, synthetic, biological)
- Intolerances and allergens (chemicals, dust, mold, pollen, food)
- Microbes (yeast, bacteria, parasites, worms, etc.)
- Poor diet (nutritional deficiencies, toxicity)
- Stress (emotional or physical)
How do you help determine where your greatest needs are? Functional testing offers insights into what can be causing your symptoms before a diagnostic lab discovers a full-blown disease. It can point to where your body is malfunctioning, which enables you to correct patterns of ill-health.
In addition, high-quality functional testing helps your healthcare provider devise a genuinely personalized healthcare plan to restore optimal health.
Understanding Your Unique Functional Requirements
Many symptoms overlap various health conditions. Yet, our bodies are unique. The underlying causes differ from person to person. For instance, chronic acne outbreaks may be due to hormones, viral gut infection, poor liver function, poor thyroid function, poor blood sugar regulation, or a diet high in inflammatory foods.
Functional lab testing examines all these factors so you can alleviate the symptoms by addressing the root cause. Making an investment in functional testing helps you overcome persistent health conditions. You can prevent disease and learn how to better support your own body pathways.
This is why Dr. Jess is now offering 4 powerful functional tests from Vibrant America that you, as a member, can order without first having a consultation. Read on for more information about these tests.
Vibrant America Total Toxic Burden
Vibrant American Total Toxic Burden assesses mycotoxins, heavy metals, and environmental toxins to produce a comprehensive list of environmentally acquired inflammatory toxins and toxicants.
Includes Mycotoxins, Environmental Toxins, and Heavy Metals; to assess the most comprehensive set of environmentally acquired inflammatory toxins and toxicants.
Both conventional medicine and functional medicine doctors rely on laboratory test results to better understand what is going on inside the body. There are limits to what these tests reveal.
Functional medicine digs deeper.
Testing for Total Toxic Burden
Laboratory testing is an essential part of the evaluation process and is used to help establish treatment plans. It begins with the same foundational health assessment that conventional doctors use: Blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, and BMI are all vital indicators of the state of your physical self.
However, for optimal health, you need a more comprehensive test to pinpoint the environmental toxins that may be responsible for your symptoms. Vibrant America Total Toxin Burden helps you get to the root cause of your condition.
Vibrant America Gut Zoomer
Your gut has a tremendous impact on your overall health. The trillions of microbes and colonies located in your microbiome are the manufacturers and gatekeepers of how you feel, think, and look. It makes up 70-80% of your immune system, produces a considerable amount of the neurotransmitter serotonin, and contains 10 times more bacterial cells than you have human cells.
When your gut microbiome is healthy, your health benefits. However, many lifestyle behaviors, toxic exposures, and dietary choices can compromise gut health and lead to many downstream health issues. A weak or damaged microbiome can trigger a number of disease processes that have very little to do with your GI system.
For example, when your microbiome is weakened or damaged, it can “switch on” a number of potential disease processes throughout the body that may, on the surface of things, seem to have very little to do with your actual gastrointestinal system.
Testing For Your Gut Microbiome
Vibrant American Gut Zoomer gives you a comprehensive overview of your digestive system. It assesses close to 300 species of bacteria, yeast/fungus, viruses, and parasites, as well as a full panel of inflammatory markers, markers of digestive capacity and function, and more.
With this information, you can address health conditions such as intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome), SIBO, liver function, neurological function, cardiovascular health, and more.
Vibrant America Mycotoxins
Mycotoxins are some of the most prevalent toxins in our environment that can lead to serious health problems. They are toxic compounds that are naturally found in specific types of fungi-like mold.
Fungi grow and thrive almost anywhere under wet and warm conditions. This means that they can colonize walls, ceiling tiles, fiberglass insulation, and many other spaces within your home. Mycotoxins or mold metabolites often infest buildings, vehicles, and certain foods.
In addition, they can thrive in food items in your own pantry such as bread, cereal, dried fruits, nuts, and spices. Mold growth and mycotoxicity may occur in food before or after harvesting or during storage. Leaving certain food in a warm, damp, or humid place may increase the risk of mold. Mycotoxins survive food processing, so this is not a guarantee against an infestation.
Testing For Mycotoxin Exposure
If you notice any symptoms of mycotoxins exposure or you suspect that you’ve been exposed to mycotoxins, it is a good idea to get tested in order to find the right treatment and solve your symptoms once and for all.
The Vibrant America Mycotoxins panel is a comprehensive panel of molds and their associated mycotoxins. Mycotoxin-related symptoms may include memory problems, increased allergies, sinus problems, stubborn weight, insomnia, mental health symptoms, fatigue, food and chemical sensitivities, and many more. With one simple test, find out if exposure to mold in your food or environment may be at the root of your health problems.
Vibrant America Heavy Metals
We know there’s a connection between lead and other heavy metals and hypertension, cardiovascular disease, digestive issues, and the immune system. Heavy metal poisoning can happen when you’re exposed to a lot of certain types of metals. Exposure can make you sick and impact how your body functions.
Heavy metals, like arsenic, lead, mercury, and others, are all around us. But high levels of most heavy metals can cause health problems. The poisoning can happen if you eat or drink something tainted with heavy metals, or if you breathe in contaminated dust or fumes.
There are many heavy metals, including:
Heavy Metal Poisoning Causes and Risk Factors
- You might get heavy metal poisoning if you:
- Drink water contaminated with heavy metal
- Breathe in old lead paint dust when you fix up your home
- Eat fish caught in an area with high levels of mercury
- Work in a factory that uses heavy metals
- Use herbal medicines that have heavy metals in them
- Use dinnerware that hasn’t been coated well enough to prevent heavy metals from contaminating food
The Vibrant America Heavy Metals test assesses heavy metal toxicity to 20 common heavy metals typically found in the environment, water sources, air, and certain consumer products. Heavy metal toxicity can contribute to an unhealthy total toxic burden and cause chronic inflammation, neurological and cognitive (brain) dysfunction, metabolic problems, digestive complaints, impaired detoxification, and more.
About Vibrant America
Vibrant America is a leading science and technology company dedicated to producing relevant, accurate laboratory services. The company’s vision is to enable symptom-based diagnostics and prognostics for Autoimmune diseases and other chronic diseases using an integrated micro-array platform that would enable multiplex testing at an affordable cost. They use a science-driven method to deliver products and services to address diseases such as allergies, autoimmune like Celiac, connective tissue, rheumatoid arthritis, and infectious diseases.