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7 Day Cleanse - When you eat foods that aren’t right for your body, you may feel bloated, sluggish and lethargic. My 7 Day Cleanse Program gives you the results you are looking for because you will be removing foods that cause inflammation in the body, like bloating. By removing inflammatory foods, the cells in your body will stop holding onto fat. You'll also learn valuable simple self-care and cleanse habits paired with gentle movement, so you can slow down and your body can do some deeper healing it doesn't always get to.

BiomeFx 

Stool testing has been a staple in the arsenal of functional nutritional wellness practitioners at CEN since the beginning. Unfortunately, there are many problems which lead to extremely limited functional use. 

Problems with Stool Testing

  • Most tests use 16s (or even earlier) technology, which has a host of drawbacks (see below)

  • Many reports use arbitrary ranges which haven’t been well-established using healthy populations

  • Most don’t afford much practical, useful information

  • People often end up confused and unsure how to proceed based on their results

  • Look at individual microbes, not the larger context of microbiome community or function

Drawbacks of 16s Sequencing

  • Inaccurate on the species level – unable to effectively identify specific species of bacteria

  • Cheap to run – but the tests often have high price tags

  • High rate of false positives

Microbiome Labs have been sent hundreds of stool test reports over the years, from people looking for guidance on what to do with their results – only to disappoint them by sharing the above information about inaccuracies, arbitrary reference ranges, and a general lack of actionable data provided.

For this reason, they never endorsed or recommended a specific stool test to use in clinical practice.

But the calls for help and nudges to create something better grew louder, so they started investigating any other potential technologies or testing methods that might yield more useful results.

Whole Genome Sequencing is a much more effective testing technology than 16s, but has always been rather cost prohibitive/too expensive to use in most cases. Tests using whole genome sequencing had usually cost upwards of $1000+, well out of the range for most individuals. When exploring options for an affordable way to create a test using whole genome sequencing, they found CosmosID and knew they’d found their partner on this endeavor.

Why CosmosID?

  • Their whole genome sequencing has 98-99% accuracy in species identification

  • Ability to create a customized test that would be within a reasonable price range

  • Industry leaders in microbiome testing and data analysis

  • Founder, Rita Colwell, is the most qualified scientist in the world when it comes to sequencing and building & creating interpretive data

For any baseball aficionados out there, Rita Colwell is the Babe Ruth of microbiome sequencing and data interpretation. Here’s a brief synopsis of her career and credentials:

  • Professor at the University of Maryland & Johns Hopkins University

  • The 11th Director of the National Science Foundation (1998-2004)

  • The President of the American Society of Microbiology (1984-1985)

  • Member of the National Academy of Science, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society of Canada, and The American Academy of Arts & Sciences

  • Has Authored or co-authored more than 800 scientific reports and publications along with 19 books

  • Holds 64 honorary degrees

  • Awards include: National Medal of Science (2006), Stockholm Water Prize (2010), The Order of the Rising Sun-Gold and Silver Star (2005), National Women’s Hall of Fame (2005), Vannevar Bush Award (2017)

Once a partnership was established, the work began to determine the goals of the test and subsequent reports created from the results. Using whole genome sequencing, the problem of accuracy was solved. Due to the incredible amount of data they now had access to with CosmosID, it would also be possible to map the entire community in context and compare the results with good data of healthy populations. This would provide the ability to understand interactions, correlate the results to disease prevalence, and give customized, actionable steps people can take – relevant to their own microbiome ecology.

There are still limits to even the best stool testing – and even this test is not a diagnostic tool… but it can be helpful in determining a successful course of action for each individual.

Why BiomeFX?

The customized report is divided into several main sections which look at/provide the following:

  • A Microbiome Index Score which looks at trends in your microbiome compared to a database of healthy individuals with no chronic disease.

  • Alpha Diversity looks at the overall diversity of your microbiome (# of species found vs. healthy average)

  • Beta Diversity looks at the composition of your bacteria based on your specific geographical location (healthy individuals in US look different than those in Africa, Asia, Europe, etc…)

  • Resistome – The measures ecological forces within the microbiome that create competition within the population. A high number here indicates low vulnerability in microbial population.

  • Pathogen Control Index looks at the abundance of pathogenic organisms in relation to the overall microbiome. This score would indicate your microbiome’s ability to control pathogens.

  • A specific look at over 20 different common pathogens

  • Big picture/Phylum level ratios – We know certain proportions are important when it comes to health outcomes. Ex- One ratio is known to contribute to metabolic dysfunctions when dysbiotic/out of balance.

  • 30+ Function Groups – Another unique feature explores specific groups of microbes which perform specific functions. This may help determine what your microbiome is doing well (or not-so-well) and help create an optimal regimen for yourself when it comes to actionable steps to improve function.

  • Analyze Keystone Strain Levels – Strains that are known to be very important for maintaining health & structure of the microbiome.

In summary, here are the unique features of the BiomeFx Test:

  • Whole Genome Sequencing with 98+% accuracy

  • Partnered with CosmosID, the industry leader in microbiome testing & analysis

  • Compare results to a diverse database of healthy individuals

  • Resistome and Pathobiome Assessments to determine the resilience of your microbiome

  • Over 30+ Function Groups to explore how efficiently and effectively your microbiome is performing its functions

  • Keystone Strain Levels – known to be important for maintaining health & structure of microbiome

  • Tests for over 20 different common pathogens and overall pathogenic load

 

 

HTMA testing - Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) is a non-invasive, easy to do, affordable method to look at an accurate report of your tissue levels of 36 key minerals and heavy metals impacting your health.

 

About The Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) Test

  • HTMA provides a mineral blueprint of one’s biochemistry. It will provide pertinent information about one’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity.

  • It is a tissue mineral biopsy that is non-invasive, relatively inexpensive and extremely accurate. The laboratory that we use in the USA (Trace Elements) has the advanced and sophisticated instrumentation used to assess mineral levels in parts per million or parts per billion.

  • Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is considered a standard test used around the world for the biological monitoring of trace elements and toxic metals in humans and animals species.

  • 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.

  • Hair test are repeated about every 3 – 6 months to see how things are shifting in addition to monthly monitoring of symptoms.

Labs - You will need to get a copy the following blood tests results from your PCP (primary doctor). 

  • CBC / Differential & Platelet Count

  • CMP (Metabolic Panel, Comprehensive)

  • Lipid Panel

  • Iron

  • Vitamin D

Review of test and retest results - This will be a scheduled appointment of 1-on-1 time with your practitioner to specifically review the test results and explain what they mean to your health.

Bioindividual Health Plan - This is your health plan based off of your paperwork, questionnaires, and test results. 

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$267.60/month for 5 months

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