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Genetic Testing for MTHFR 

MTHFR (Methylenetetrahydrofolate Reductase) is very critical in the function of methylation, a complex biochemical process that regulates gene expression (turns genes on & off) and governs intracellular detoxification. MTHFR is needed for the metabolism of folate (folic acid) and is a cofactor needed to convert homocysteine (a potentially toxic amino acid) to methionine. MTHFR has been linked by many researches to conditions such as Blood Clots, Heart Disease, Fibromyalgia, Migraine Headaches, Infertility, Autism, Birth Defects, Miscarriages, IBS, Mental Illness and many more.

MTHFR C677T can also lead to high homocysteine. Although it does not necessarily mean there will be high homocysteine levels in a clinical setting as there are other factors that can influence homocysteine levels. This allele has shown in research to have a greater impact in someone’s health.

MTHFR A1298C has not been found clinically to have an effect in homocysteine levels. This allele has a greater effect in the production of BH4 (tetrahydrobiopterin). BH4 is a cofactor in the production of neurotransmitters such as epinephrine, serotonin, L-Dopa, melatonin, etc. A deficiency of BH4 may affect the cardiovascular and neurological systems as well as emotional wellbeing.

Compound heterozygous is considered severe or “at risk”. High homocysteine has a high risk factor for numerous diseases. The MTHFR mutations with homozygous or compound heterozygous are more likely to have elevated homocysteine and greater risk of heart disease.

Some of the conditions that have been associated by research with the MTHFR mutation are:

  • Infertility
  • Miscarriages
  • Autism
  • Down syndrome
  • Pre-eclampsia
  • Spina Bifida
  • Addictions
  • Pulmonary Embolisms
  • Depression & Anxiety
  • Schizophrenia

  • Bipolar
  • Vascular Dementia
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Neurologic Diseases
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Chronic Fatigue
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome
  • Parkinson’s
  • Heart Disease
  • Blood clots
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Diabetes
  • Stroke
  • Gastric Cancer
  • Rectal Cancer
  • Breast Cancer
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Asthma
  • Essential Hypertension

  • Heart Attack
  • Prostate Cancer
  • Heart Murmurs
  • Glaucoma
  • Bladder Cancer
  • Stroke in Children
  • Deficits in childhood cognitive development
  • Chemical Sensitivity and more…our own content. You can change my font, size, line height, colour and more by highlighting part of me and selecting the options from the toolbar.

Many Factors Can Disrupt Methylation:

  • Genetic Mutations
  • Drugs/Medications
  • Stress

Testing the two most important MTHFR genes: C677T and A1298C. A simple cheek swab. Safe for men, women and children of all ages, even babies.

Functional Health Tests

The food we consume daily is only as good as the environment (stomach/intestines) in which the micro nutrients (vitamins/minerals) are being absorbed. If someone has poor digestion, Candida overgrowth, parasites, leaky gut syndrome, dysbiosis, etc. their body will be ineffective in assimilating the nutrients from the foods they are eating.

To ensure the body is receiving adequate nutrients, it’s not important how much ‘good food’ one is eating - it is the quality of their intestinal micro flora which will determine how many nutrients are being effectively absorbed into the blood from their intestines.

Discovering that you have a systemic imbalance in your body may be the missing piece to achieving great health. Whether it’s hormonal imbalance, adrenal dysfunction, digestive, inflammatory or detoxification system imbalance, correcting it is key to being healthy and happy. 

The Functional Health tests are useful for finding the underlying reasons for many health problems like:

  • Digestive disorders
  • Food intolerances
  • Food allergies
  • Hormone imbalances
  • PMS
  • Depression
  • Metabolic disorders
  • Heavy metal toxicity
  • Autoimmune conditions
  • Chronic pain
  • Immunological disorders
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Chemical sensitivities
  • Sleep disorders and many other

As a Certified Nutritional Therapist I have access to many functional health tests provided by reputable laboratories to assess the foundations of your health and improve health care outcomes. 

These lab tests are conducted using saliva, a blood spot (finger prick) or a stool specimen. You can do the test in your home or anywhere that is convenient.

How at home testing works:

  • I send you the test kit to the mailing address provided at time of sale.
  • Each kit comes with thorough collection instructions and a prepaid return mailing package.

Available Tests

Food Intolerance Tests

 Food intolerances are much more common than food allergies.

When foods and drinks are digested the proteins within them are broken down into smaller fragments for easy absorption into the body. Larger fragments can pass through the intestinal lining without breaking down and sometimes the body reacts by attacking them using antibodies called Immunoglobulin G’s (IgG). 

Symptoms of food intolerance

Food intolerance is a condition with a wide range of symptoms including:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Aches and Pains
  • Acne
  • Bloating
  • Constipation
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • Diarrhoea
  • Dizziness
  • Eczema
  • Fatigue
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Itching
  • Fluid Retention
  • Headaches
  • Hyperactivity
  • Migraine
  • Nausea
  • Rashes
  • Rhinitis
  • Sinusitis
  • Stomach Cramps
  • Tension
  • Tiredness
  • Urticaria
  • Weight loss/Weight Gain
  • Wheezing

Symptoms of food intolerance can take up to 72 hours to appear after eating the trigger food or group of foods. On average people who suffer from food intolerances usually have between 4 and 8 trigger foods.

Many people suffer for years, having formed a coping mechanism to deal with the symptoms but being unable to enjoy a normal work and home life.

For the following tests finger prick blood samples are necessary. 

1. Food Intolerance Test 100 Foods - £199 Delivery included

2. Food Intolerance Test 150+ Foods - £299 Delivery included

Candida Tests 

Candida is a fungus, which is a form of yeast and a very small amount of it lives in your mouth and intestines. Its job is to aid with digestion and nutrient absorption but, when overproduced, candida breaks down the wall of the intestine and penetrates the bloodstream, releasing toxic byproducts into your body and causing leaky gut syndrome. This can lead to many different health problems, ranging from digestive issues to depression.

How do you get candida overgrowth?

The healthy bacteria in your gut typically keep your candida levels in check. However, several factors can cause the candida population to get out of hand:

  • Eating a diet high in refined carbohydrates and sugar (which feed the yeast)
  • Consuming a lot of alcohol
  • Taking oral contraceptives or OTC medications
  • Living a high-stress lifestyle
  • Taking a round of antibiotics that killed too many of those friendly bacteria

Here are 10 common candida symptoms

  1. Skin and nail fungal infections (such as athlete’s foot or toenail fungus)
  2. Feeling tired and worn down or suffering from chronic fatigue or fibromyalgia
  3. Digestive issues such as bloating, constipation or diarrhea
  4. Autoimmune disease such as Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, Rheumatoid arthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Lupus, Psoriasis, Scleroderma or Multiple sclerosis
  5. Difficulty concentrating, poor memory, lack of focus, ADD, ADHD and brain fog
  6. Skin issues such as eczema, psoriasis, hives and rashes
  7. Irritability, mood swings, anxiety or depression
  8. Vaginal infections , urinary tract infections, rectal itching or vaginal itching
  9. Severe seasonal allergies or itchy ears
  10. Strong sugar and refined carbohydrate cravings

To order press here: Candida Antibody Test (Saliva) - £77 Delivery included

Hair Mineral Analysis Test

A hair tissue mineral analysis can provide information about one's metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity. Hair, like all other body tissues, contains minerals that are deposited as the hair grows. Although the hair is dead, the minerals remain as the hair continues to grow out. A sample of hair cut close to the scalp provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place over the past three to four months, depending on the rate of hair growth

The hair tissue mineral analysis is a screening test for the level of 16 minerals (including Calcium, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and others) and 5 toxic metals (Mercury, Lead, Aluminum, Arsenic, Candimum) in a sample of hair.

From the results of this test you can find out your mineral levels and mineral ratios, your metabolic oxidation rate (slow oxidizer, fast oxidizer, mixed oxidizer), toxic metal levels and their effect on the nervous, endrocrine, cardiovascular, digestive systems. 

To order press here: Hair tissue mineral analysis - £80 Delivery included

Stool tests

From a simple stool sample you can be tested for:

  • complete status of intestinal colonization (bacteria + fungi)
  • intestinal candida and other fungi (a full screen for all yeasts and moulds)
  • intestinal immune system (sIgA)
  • intestinal inflammation (PNM-elastase)
  • leaky gut (alpha-1-antitrypsin )
  • lactose intolerance
  • pH of the stool (included in the fungal screening)
  • intestinal parasites
  • bacteria in different materials
  • resistance tests for pathogenic bacteria
  • bacteria which cause acute diarrhoea
  • pancreatic function test
  • celiac disease
  • candida IgG, IgM, IgA, IgE
  • skin and nail fungi
  • Helicobacter pylori
  • intestinal bleeding
  • colo-rectal tumour markers

…..and much more

1. Lactose intolerance test - Gene test from a simple swab of the mouth mucosa inside the cheek.

To order press here: £92 - Delivery included

2. Complete status of intestinal colonization - including yeasts (candida etc.), moulds, including 11 key aerobic and anaerobic bacteria

To order press here: £98 - Delivery included

3. Intestinal Candida and Other Fungi - Full screen for candida, and all other yeasts and moulds from a stool sample and a mouth swab. Your stool will also be tested for its pH (measures the acidity of your stool which gives information about your friendly bacteria).

To order press here: £73.00 – Delivery included

4. Intestinal parasites test - tests for parasites like Giardia, protozoa cysts and worm eggs

To order press here: £68.00 - Delivery included

5. Comprehensive digestive stool analysis – investigation for yeasts and moulds, 11 commensal bacteria’s, stool pH, sIgA gut immunity, pancreas diagnostic

To order press here: £159.00 – Delivery included

6. Comprehensive digestive stool analysis with parasitology – investigation for yeasts and moulds, 11 commensal bacteria’s, stool pH, sIgA gut immunity, pancreas diagnostic and parasites

To order press here: £194.00 – Delivery included

7. Intestinal inflammation- investigation for secretory IgA in the stool (intestinal immune system) Calprotectin in the stool (inflammation marker) Alpha 1 antitrypsine (leaky gut test)

To order press here: £109.00 – Delivery included

8. Diagnosis of acute diarrhoea food poisoning screen - investigation for salmonella - shigella - campylobacter - EHEC/EPEC - yersinia - clostridium difficile toxin A.

To order press here: £92.00 – Delivery included

9. IBS screen digestive stool analysis – investigation for yeasts and moulds, 11 commensal bacteria’s, stool pH, sIgA gut immunity, leaky gut syndrome

To order press here: £150.00 – Delivery included

Homocysteine test

Homocysteine is a naturally occurring amino acid which in excess can contribute to a variety of health problems.

Usually the body breaks down homocysteine into a harmless substance called cystathionine which is then excreted out of the body.

However many factors can contribute to impairing this conversion:

  • Advancing age
  • A deficiency of some B vitamins
  • Oestrogen deficiency
  • Certain drugs (such as methotrexate, corticosteroids and fibrates)
  • Strict vegetarianism
  • Hypothyroidism
  • A genetic predisposal
  • Over consumption of alcohol
  • Low physical activity
  • Excessive intake of caffeine containing beverages such as coffee and cola drinks
  • Smoking

What does excess Homocysteine do to my body?

It can thicken and damage the walls of the arteries. This increases the risk of abnormal blood clotting which can lead to coronary disease, strokes and thrombosis.

It is thought to be more predictive than cholesterol in assessing cardiovascular disease risk. Apparently 70% of people who develop heart disease have normal levels of cholesterol.

It does not just cause artery damage. A high accumulation reduces the body’s effectiveness in producing vital

It does not just cause artery damage. A high accumulation reduces the body’s effectiveness in producing vital chemicals that reduce your risk of developing a variety of diseases such as:

  • Some types of arthritis
  • Alzheimer’s disease and dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease
  • Some cancers and leukaemia
  • Clinical depression
  • Diabetes
  • Autism
  • Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT)
  • Stroke

High levels have also been linked with recurrent miscarriages, premature births and small birth weight and birth defects including cleft palate, club foot, spina bifida and Down’s syndrome.

Additionally, high homocysteine has been found in some children and adults with autism.

High risk groups include people of all ages, with a poor diet, who exercise little, are over-weight, have diabetes, are smokers or drink too much alcohol or caffeine drinks.

However, even those with active, health lifestyles may be at risk if there is a family history of cardiovascular or one of the other diseases mentioned above. Levels can also increase with age, oestrogen deficiency and some medications.

Strict vegan or vegetarian diets and stress can also contribute to high homocysteine levels.

How to test?

Using a kit which I send you, you do a simple pin-prick test in the comfort of your home. The test kit is then sent off in the postal envelope provided for analysis by a highly reputable laboratory which guarantees accurate and reproducible results.

The results will be sent to you approximately 2 weeks after you have sent the test to the laboratory.

Positive changes in homocysteine level may be achieved within three months, using the right nutrients to help the breakdown of the homocysteine. This may be more challenging if you are on certain prescriptive medications.

To order press here: Homocysteine test - £120 - Delivery included

Hormonal Tests – Saliva

Unlike serum tests, saliva testing represents only hormones actively delivered to receptors in the body.

Clinically, it is far more relevant to test these bioavailable hormones and provide an accurate reflection of the body’s active hormone levels.

The major sex hormones to assess are estradiol, progesterone and testosterone.

The main adrenal hormones are DHEA and cortisol.

Oestrogens

There are three forms made by the body: estrone, estradiol and estriol. The form used in past hormone replacement therapies is estradiol, often in the form of concentrated pregnant mare’s urine (premarin). It is a proliferative (causes growth) hormone that grows the lining of the uterus.

It is also a known cancer-causing hormone: breast and endometrial (uterine) in women and prostate gland in men. It will treat menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, insomnia and memory-loss. With the bio-identical formulas estriol is matched with estradiol to provide protective effects and additional estrogenic benefits. 

Progesterone

Called the anti-estrogen because it balances estradiol’s proliferative effects. It is considered preventive for breast and prostate cancers as well as osteoporosis.

In addition, too little progesterone promotes depression, irritability, increased inflammation, irregular menses, breast tenderness, urinary frequency and prostate gland enlargement (BPH).

Testosterone

An anabolic hormone (builds tissue) that is essential for men and women. The proper level of testosterone is necessary for bone health, muscle strength, stamina, sex drive and performance, heart function and mental focus.

DHEA

An important adrenal gland hormone, which is essential for energy production and blood sugar balance. DHEA is a precursor to other hormones, mainly testosterone.

Cortisol

Your waking day hormone (highest in the morning and lowest at night). It is necessary for energy production, blood sugar metabolism, anti-inflammatory effects and stress response.

Some of the common imbalances identified through hormone testing include estrogen dominance, estrogen deficiency, progesterone deficiency, androgen (testosterone and DHEA) excesses or deficiencies, adrenal dysfunction and adrenal fatigue.

Available upon request

Genetic Predisposition Test 

The thought of ageing and the chance of developing an illness such as cancer can be frightening, however by gaining insight through your unique genetic code with a DNA health test you can learn what signs to look out for and take preventative measures. Recent advances in the studies of genetics of autoimmune diseases have made all this possible.

Certain life experiences can drive our desire to learn more about our genetic inheritance and how it will affect our wellbeing throughout our life. Many of us are motivated to improve our health, minimise risk of illness and protect ourselves and our loved ones. This desire can be triggered by a recurring disease within the family’s medical history, which opens many questions about one’s own future risk.

We test for the following 34 diseases:

Immune system

  • Lupus
  • Graves' Disease
  • Celiac Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Psoriasis

Cardiovascular/Cerebrovascular Conditions

  • Intracranial aneurysm
  • Atrial fibrillation
  • Heart disease
  • Peripheral arterial disease
  • Venous thromboembolis

Aging

  • Macular degeneration (not tested at the moment)
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • Osteoporosis

General health

  • Obesity
  • Migraine
  • Type 1 diabetes
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • Alopecia
  • Gallstones
  • Sugar consumption
  • Folate metabolism
  • Vitamin B6 metabolism
  • Vitamin B12 metabolism
  • Vitamin D metabolism

Cancers

  • Bladder cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Colorectal cancer
  • Gastric cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Prostate cancer
  • Skin cancer
  • Basal cell carcinoma

Ocular (eye) disorders

  • Open-angle glaucoma
  • Exfoliation glaucoma

How does it work? A bit about the science

Using the latest scientific technology, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) observed in your DNA are examined and analysed, providing a picture of your genome. This data reveals a wealth of information that is used to determine your risk of developing a number of dangerous conditions and diseases, allowing you to apply your newly acquired knowledge to your lifestyle choices.

A personalised health review – it’s written in your genes

If you are looking to improve your quality of life by making better choices then this is the test you need. In today’s fitness culture a lot of time and money is spent on diets and gym memberships, but finding out what your genes have to say about your inclination towards 34 major diseases is a good starting point to manage your health. Through discovering what information your DNA holds and your genetic tendency towards certain medical conditions, you will be able to plan ahead for specific health checks and better understand what lifestyle changes are necessary.

The test is extremely easy to carry out, and the sampling kit can be sent to any location. All we require is a simple oral swab sample using our home sampling kit. Everything you need to perform sample collection will be provided by us. Simply return your sample and your 33 page report will be sent to you by email within 19-21 working days later. Move towards a better, healthier future today!

To order please press here Genetic Predisposition Test - £185.00 - Delivery included

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