Wellness Testing at The Institute For Medical Wellness
The hallmark of an IMW Wellness Plan is the IMW Wellness Exam along with the IMW Advanced Wellness Testing (AWT).
We encourage every IMW Wellness Plan member to have an annual Wellness Exam and Testing that includes:
- Comprehensive Personal Medical History
- Comprehensive Family Medical History
- Comprehensive Wellness Exam which may include heart (EKG) and Lung (spirometry) tests as necessary determined by your medical history.
- IMW-AWT is performed and when the results are received, they are reviewed with you in detail for your individual IMW Plan to Better Health.
- IMW Plan for Better Health goals are given and follow-up testing/exam are scheduled as necessary.
So what is in the IMW-AWT?
The IMW-AWT is used along with your medical history and wellness exam to determine your future health risks and to help you identify and lower those risks. Disease processes identified can include elevated cholesterol, heart disease, clotting risk, Diabetes and Pre-Diabetes, Liver, Kidney and Thyroid issues, vitamin and nutrient deficiencies, other Metabolic issues and some new genetic risk factors as well.
There is a tremendous amount of information garnered from the IMW AWT. The “biomarkers” tested may reflect active disease processes and risks but are not necessarily the cause of disease. These biomarkers are produced in response to our diets, lifestyle, stress, genetics and other factors that we are still researching.
How do we treat biomarkers differently than your traditional insurance/corporate/hospital physician?
Traditional offices treat a biomarker as a number without delving further into the what’s and the why’s of what that number represents. The treatment usually consists of a prescription medication that may fix the number, but does not necessarily fix the process that caused the number to be at risk in the first place. This type of treatment can give a false sense of security for one’s health.
At the IMW we prefer to suggest modifications in your diet and lifestyle to improve your biomarkers in a more natural way that truly lowers your risk by helping to fix the process. We only use prescription drugs to reduce these biomarkers if they truly get to the cause/trigger of the medical issue.
For example, I am not a fan of cholesterol lowering medications as these drugs known as statins do not get to the cause of heart disease. Lowering cholesterol by pharmaceuticals does not in my opinion lower heart disease risk.
With that said, the IMW-AWT is useful as a means of seeing where your health is good and not so good.
The IMW-AWT may contain the following dependent upon the labs performed and your insurance.
Vascular/Cholesterol/lipids- using the NMR Lipoprofile
Genetic- Coagulation, Lipid and MTHFR
Liver and Muscle Enzymes
Other testing outside the IMW-AWT is also available and discussed below. The following tests are not part of the traditional IMW-AWT but may be available.
Comprehensive Micronutrient Testing
We are what we eat, and what we eat and also do not eat plays an important role in our health, wellness and chance of disease. So how do we know if we are eating the correct diet and obtaining the necessary nutrients? One way is the Comprehensive micronutrient test, performed by Spectracell Labs, and now offered at the Institute For Medical Wellness.
The micronutrient test is a clinically effective diagnostic tool for the prevention and management of chronic disease conditions. There is overwhelming evidence confirming that nutrient deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function contributing to chronic disease process including heart disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s.
Shown below is a list of the components of the comprehensive nutritional panel.
Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B12, C, D, Biotin, Folate, and Pantothenate
Minerals: Calcium, Magnesium and Copper
Amino acids: Asparagine, Glutamine, Serine
Antioxidants: Alpha lipoic acid, Coenzyme Q10, Cysteine, Glutathione, Selenium and Vitamin E
Fatty Acid: Oleic Acid
Metabolites: Choline, Inositol and Carnitine
Carbohydrate Metabolism: Chromium, Fructose Sensitivity, Glucose-Insulin Metabolism
Spectrox Total Antioxidant Function
The beauty of micronutrient testing is that it measures intracellular levels of these nutrients, as it is inside the cell that the nutrients perform their necessary functions. The measurements give readings of how your cells have functioned with these nutrients over the past six months, which allows for a much better evaluation of your overall health. The micronutrient test is performed by Spectracell Labs. This powerful test fits perfectly into our Health and Wellness Program.
Comprehensive Micronutrient Testing may be partially covered by insurance.
Coronary Calcium – Heart Scan
There are many factors involved in stratifying your heart disease risk. But the newest technique I use is called a Heart Scan and uses a Coronary calcium score to gauge your risk. This very quick test uses CAT scan technology to measure the amount of calcium in your coronary arteries.
The calcium score provided by this test gives you an extremely reliable gauge of the plaque present in your coronary arteries, something no other test – even a stress test – can do. The higher the calcium score, the greater the quantity of plaque in your coronary arteries, and the higher the risk for heart attack and other cardiac catastrophes. The coronary calcium score can therefore be used as a yardstick for your coronary plaque. It can also be tracked for its increase, stabilization, or decrease allowing you to tailor your treatment for optimum results.
I like yardsticks.
When a woman thinks she is pregnant and gets a blood test, she wants to know how far along in the pregnancy she is. That is valuable information for her prenatal care. As it relates to heart disease, I like to know, not just yes I have the disease, or no I do not, but if I am at a low, moderate or high risk of developing a worsening of the disease, or worse, of having a heart attack in the near future. The coronary calcium score gives me this information.
I am pleased to announce that a Heartscan that provides a coronary calcium score is an integral part of the Institute for Medical Wellness Health and Wellness Program, and I encourage you to ask if it is right for you!
Please note that this test is not covered by any insurance plans at this time.