At the Care Group, it is our mission to guide you on your health journey. In functional medicine, we tend to do more testing than our traditional colleagues. Labs add valuable information, which allows us to pinpoint specific problem areas and guide treatment recommendations.
We have created customized testing panels for our patients. One extensive profile is called the Wellness Overview Panel, which provides valuable information about your health including nutrient status, inflammation, blood sugar balance, heart health, liver and kidney function, thyroid status, celiac genes, and more. There are other specific tests that can be added to the Wellness Overview Panel regarding sex hormones, genetics, and omega 3 & 6.
Over the past few months, many of our patients have discovered new pieces to their health puzzle with the Wellness Overview Panel test results.
- One woman was experiencing extreme fatigue for many years, found that her ferritin (the storage form of iron) was low. We gave her some chelated iron, and she has improved markedly.
- Other patients have discovered that an autoimmune disease was behind their symptoms.
- Some patients discovered that they were gluten intolerant.
- Others had a few markers elevated, which put them at risk for diabetes or other chronic diseases, and they are now making nutrition and lifestyle changes for prevention.
Functional Medicine Testing
For those who want to dive deeper into their health, we also offer functional medicine testing, such as a comprehensive stool test, food sensitivity test, micronutrients test, comprehensive hormone tests, hair mineral test, and more.
Conventional medicine practitioners are taught to follow certain standard procedures and match symptoms to specific lab tests and pharmaceuticals. Many of us don’t fit the conventional model and are looking for answers, which traditional medicine cannot provide.
Vibrant America Lab Tests
To facilitate the availability of functional medicine testing, we established a new relationship with Vibrant America, LLC. Vibrant America is a biotechnology company at the forefront of modern medicine and its advanced testing offers solutions for optimal patient outcomes with reliable results. This relationship offers our patients the opportunity to choose to have lab tests at an affordable price without insurance.
Insurance companies generally cover traditional clinical tests but do not cover many of the markers we like to test for in functional medicine. We can offer these comprehensive tests at such an affordable price because no insurance is accepted. These tests are ordered and paid for by the patient in advance with no interaction with insurance.
We look forward to guiding you on the road to optimal wellness.
Like what you learned? Click here to sign up for our eNewsletters by Dr. G to receive cutting-edge health tips straight to your inbox.
About The Care Group: We promote optimal wellness by providing an individualized, functional medicine approach to address root causes rather than simply treating symptoms. We help patients with a wide range of issues including autoimmune/ inflammatory disease, digestive disorders, hormone imbalances, and mood disorders. To learn more about our practice, click here.
About the Author: Dr. Gerard Guillory, MD is Board Certified in Internal Medicine and has published two books on Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). In 1985, he opened The Care Group, PC. Today, his clinic is a Primary Care facility that is a hybrid of functional and traditional medicine treating patients with digestive disorders, autoimmune disease, and other conditions. You can learn more about Dr. Guillory here.