Genomics Testing in San Francisco, CA
The Benefits of Genomics Testing
Genomics testing is a breakthrough approach to gaining insight into your body by analyzing your DNA. With genomics testing, we can detect both present and future health issues to enhance your overall quality of life. By leveraging this information, we can create a personalized treatment program tailored to your unique DNA.
Genomics testing can:
Help diagnose present health issues and design effective treatment plans.
Predict possible health issues that may occur in the future. For instance, we can identify certain DNA SNPs that may increase the likelihood of cognitive diseases like Alzheimer’s, macular degeneration (blindness), and others.
Design simple methods like nutrition, supplements, lifestyle changes, and natural peptides to prevent some diseases from occurring.
California Regenerative Clinic is proud to be the first medical group in Northern California to offer comprehensive genomics testing as a tool for designing a program to optimize your health. We have partnered with IntellxxDNA, a company that specializes in providing the most advanced and personalized genomic analysis available.
What Makes IntellxxDNA Different?
IntellxxDNA is the only clinical decision support tool developed by and for medical practices. Unlike direct-to-consumer genetic services, IntellxxDNA provides accurate, clinically relevant, and actionable genomic information. Direct-to-consumer genomic companies only provide raw data on your genetics, which is not comprehensive enough to be useful in planning a treatment program. These tests and reports are not medically comprehensive, and they don’t tell the whole story.
IntellxxDNA uses bead technology combined with PCR testing to analyze your genome, making it 98% accurate. In contrast, direct-to-consumer companies use much less accurate technology, which allows for error and unreliability in results (less than 50-75% accurate in some cases!). These companies even state that the information they provide is not suitable for medical or diagnostic purposes, and users are encouraged to consult with a medical practitioner before making any significant lifestyle changes.
Understanding Genomics: A Closer Look
As we know, genes differ in every human, making up who we are and ultimately serving as our body’s user manual. Genomics refers to the small changes in DNA in our bodies. Genomics helps us look deeper into a person’s health and identify predisposed cognitive disorders such as Alzheimer’s, risk of heart disease, cognitive decline, detoxification issues, chronic inflammation, chronic infections, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, and much more, even long before symptoms arise.
Genomics also allows us to look at gene variants related to how various nutrients and hormones are transported throughout your body and into your brain, identifying nutrients and hormones that you may need more or less of than others. While a person’s DNA cannot be changed, with genomics, we can change the DNA expression and possibly reverse chronic disease. With genomics, we can dig deeper and uncover the causes of many unexplained conditions. Once we understand what is going on with an individual’s health, we then combine genomics with integrated medicine to find a solution.
Do I really want to dig deep into my DNA?
If you’re hesitant about exploring your DNA’s faults, it’s important to understand that your DNA is not your destiny. In fact, understanding your genomic profile empowers you to make informed health and wellness choices that may impact your future quality of life.
What do IntellxxDNA™ reports show?
IntellxxDNA reports provide unprecedented insight into your unique genetic makeup to assist your clinician in developing truly personalized care. Your DNA contains variants or SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) that may signal potential benefits and risks. Our reports examine the complex interplay between these variants and how they can affect your quality
Two Exciting Report Options Available!
Whether you pick the Comprehensive Medical Report, the Cognitive Health Report, or both, the most unique feature of an IntellxxDNA™ report is that it provides your clinician with referenced potential modifications and strategies to address your genomics. Our IntellxxDNA™ reports allow for truly personalized medicine so that you know the recommendations your clinician makes are targeted for YOU!
Comprehensive Medical Report
This report focuses on common health concerns, including:
- Heart disease
- Macular degeneration.
It also helps identify potential genomic health risks, such as the propensity for blood clots, response to anesthesia and opioids. The celiac and histamine panels can help quickly untangle many G.I. issues. Also included are the various genes involved in methylation, homocysteine, vitamin B12 and vitamin D metabolism. The pathways are critical in preventing chronic diseases and inflammatory states that may lead to some cancers. There are 20 different panels and over 250 SNPs analyzed in the Comprehensive Medical Report.
Cognitive Health Report
This exciting report is designed to help understand the reversible/ addressable causes of memory loss. There are two different versions of this report and your clinician will choose the best option for your needs. Both reports address over 100 SNPs found to affect cognition, based on published medical literature along with referenced potential interventions. Some of these combinations of SNPs have been found to increase or decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s by 20% or more. When you know your genes, you can impact their expression with natural food, herbal remedies, supplements and lifestyle. Genes highlighted in this report, in addition to the well-known APOE ε4, relate to numerous pathways of inflammation, proteins that help clear amyloid from the brain, hormone related pathways, mitochondrial factors, copper, zinc, choline, detoxification pathways and more. Our report will help your clinician or nutritionist target their recommendations specifically to you! Remember, the point of knowing about your genes is to be able to empower yourself to help your genes to work FOR you, not against you. If you don’t know, you can’t prevent or change your existing conditions or future risks for these disease states.
Your DNA is not your destiny. In fact, understanding your genomic profile empowers you to make intelligent health and wellness choices now that may impact your future quality of life. IntellxxDNA™ reports focus on the health and wellness of the whole person, rather than on isolated disease states. Dr. Liu and Dr. Diblasio at California Regenerative Clinic will review your genomic profile as one of several factors of consideration when making clinical decisions to help you achieve optimal health.
Commonly Asked Questions
How is the test performed?
The test consists of a non-invasive saliva test that will be analyzed and processed. Test results typically take about 6-8 weeks.
Does health insurance pay for IntellxxDNA™ tests or reports? Will genetic testing affect my health insurance?
IntellxxDNA™ is not direct-to-consumer and does not accept insurance at this time. You should know that the Genetics Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA) prohibits insurance companies and employers with less than 15 employees from acquiring results of genetic tests. Group health insurance companies cannot use genetic information to deny coverage, establish pre-existing condition clauses, or change premiums. They also cannot require genetic testing. You own and control your results and your personal information is not identified with the results. It can be done totally anonymously.
Should my genetic test results be included in my medical record?
This genetic testing will NOT become a part of your medical file, as no insurance is billed and a separate medical portal is used for the data. IntellxxDNA’s results come with scientifically researched recommendations, and Dr. Liu and Dr. Diblasio at California Regenerative Clinic. will individually review these results with you and help you to decide which genes to act on based on your medical history and test results.
Why do I have to go through clinician to receive IntellxxDNA™ testing and reporting?
Unlike ancestry-based genomics, the field of medical genomics is complex, even for well-trained clinicians. IntellxxDNA™ provides clinicians with ongoing education to ensure that they have access to research-based, accurate information.