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Testing Specialist

Reshma Patel, PA-C -  - Integrative Medicine Specialist

Ananda Integrative Medicine

Reshma Patel, PA-C

Integrative Medicine Specialist & Holistic Medicine Specialist located in Brentwood, Los Angeles, CA

Every day, you’re exposed to a wide range of heavy metals, which leads to increased levels of toxins in your system that can have a negative effect on your health. At Ananda Integrative Medicine, in the Brentwood neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, Reshma Patel, PA-C, offers toxin testing to measure the heavy metals and other chemicals present in your system. Call Ananda Integrative Medicine or schedule a consultation online today to find out if toxins in your body are interfering with your health.

Testing Q & A

What is toxin testing?

At Ananda Integrative Medicine, Reshma uses the innovative OligoScan™ spectrophotometry to measure the bioavailability of heavy metals, minerals, and other trace elements and chemicals. The test screens for 20 minerals and 14 heavy metals, including:

Heavy metals

  • Aluminum
  • Antimony
  • Silver
  • Arsenic
  • Barium
  • Beryllium
  • Bismuth
  • Cadmium
  • Mercury
  • Nickel
  • Platinum
  • Lead
  • Thallium
  • Thorium

The test also screens for minerals including:

  • Calcium
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorus
  • Silicon
  • Sodium
  • Potassium
  • Copper
  • Zinc
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Chromium
  • Vanadium
  • Boron
  • Cobalt
  • Molybdenum
  • Iodine
  • Lithium
  • Germanium
  • Selenium
  • Sulfur

Your body needs some minerals for optimal functionality. Toxin testing can also reveal mineral deficiencies, which can contribute to poor health. 

What should I expect during toxin testing?

The OligoScan spectrophotometry test is entirely noninvasive. During the test, Reshma uses the handheld OligoScan device to scan for the presence of heavy metals through your skin. The equipment is based on the principle that every chemical or mineral absorbs, reflects, or emits light in a specific range of wavelengths. The OligoScan device measures the wavelengths present in your skin and subdermal tissue. The higher the concentration of a chemical or mineral, the stronger the measurable light absorption, reflection, or emission. 

What happens if my toxin testing is positive?

High levels of toxins can interfere with your health, causing symptoms ranging from skin problems to digestion issues and hormonal imbalances. While you might not have a specific ailment, you may suffer from fatigue, poor immune function, and digestive issues. 

If you have a mineral deficiency or high levels of toxins, Reshma provides a customized wellness plan to either replenish your mineral levels or detoxify your body. She offers personalized nutritional counseling as well as a wide range of vitamin shots to improve your vitamin and mineral stores. You may benefit from adding or removing certain foods or supplements to ensure you maintain appropriate mineral levels. 

If you have high levels of toxicity, Reshma works with you to implement a customized detox program. In addition to nutritional changes, Reshma may prescribe chelation therapy to help your body flush out toxins. She also offers infrared sauna treatments, which stimulate your body’s lymphatic system to remove waste products.

If you’re interested in toxin testing, call Ananda Integrative Medicine or make an appointment online today to learn more.

GPL Urine TOX Profile (Toxic Non-Metal Chemicals)
https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/gpl-tox

GPL Urine MycoTOX (Mold Exposure)
https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/gplmycotox

GPL Urine Glyphosate
https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/glyphosate-test

Diagnostic Solutions GI Map Stool Test
https://www.diagnosticsolutionslab.com/tests/gi-map

DUTCH Hormone Testing
https://dutchtest.com/

What can DNA testing tell me about my health?

Your genes carry every detail about you — from the color of your eyes to the way your body responds to the chemicals and other substances in food and medication. At Ananda Integrative Medicine, Reshma partners with Nutrition Genome and GX Sciences to provide rapid, accurate, and confidential DNA testing to learn about the “whys” behind your health and wellness.

Nutrition Genome testing includes:

  • Digestion
  • Energy
  • Hormones and detoxification
  • Prenatal and pregnancy 
  • Mood and neurological
  • Inflammation and longevity
  • DNA protection, damage, and repair
  • Cardio and athletic performance

GX Sciences testing includes:

  • Foundation, Methylation, Wellness Panel
  • Chronic pain panel
  • Developmental panel
  • Detoxification panel
  • Traumatic brain injury, post-concussion panel
  • Immune, autoimmune, inflammatory panel
  • Women’s health panel
  • Pharmacogenomic testing
  • 55 SNP Panel
  • Neuro, psych, mood panel
  • Gastrointestinal panel
  • Neurotransmitter panel
  • Autophagy panel

The available testing expands all the time as new genes and tests are developed. 

What are the available DNA tests?

Reshma offers nutrigenomic and pharmacogenomic DNA testing. Nutrigenomic testing reveals how naturally occurring nutrients influence your health and how they affect the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. In addition to energy-producing nutrients, food also provides a variety of bioactive dietary chemicals that alter the regulation of your biological processes. Nutrients can change your health and affect disease initiation, progression, and severity. 

Pharmacogenomic testing shows how you are likely to respond to certain drugs. It helps Reshma prescribe the best and most effective medication in the right doses to meet your needs. 

What happens during a DNA test?

DNA testing itself is straight forward. You either come into Ananda Integrative Medicine to provide a saliva sample. Alternatively, Reshma can have the testing kit sent to your home, and you can give the sample when it’s convenient for you. Your sample is sent to the appropriate lab for testing, and within a couple of weeks, Reshma receives a report detailing your genetic profile. 

You have an appointment to review your report. You and Reshma use the report to create a personalized wellness plan to address your genetic weaknesses and strengths. Your program includes nutritional optimization to enhance your health and improve your gene expression for a happier, healthier life. 

If you’re interested in DNA testing, call Ananda Integrative Medicine or schedule a consultation online today.

 

 

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