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GENETIC TESTING

Why are some people prone to addiction, depression, anxiety and cognitive dysfunction and others are not? Why are some individuals able to handle certain stressors and others can't?  Since the genome has now been completely mapped, science has provided the ability to identify defective genes that can affect a person’s neurotransmitter production (serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine) and in turn how they feel.  This inherited genetic marker is known as MTHFR polymorphism and it may be playing a factor in your mental health.

 

There is now a simple, easy-to-use home test that can identify this inherited genetic marker.

60% of the US population have polymorphisms of the MTHFR enzyme and are unable to effectively convert folate into methylfolate 1,2

TESTING PROCESS

1

order test

Genetic tests are mailed directly to you and will arrive in 3-5 business days.

2

Swab Your mouth

 Gently swab your mouth with each of the 3 buccal swabs that are provided

3

mail to CERTIFIED lab

Mail your test to our partnered CLIA certified lab (prepaid envelope provided).  We will contact you when results come in; typically ready in 1-2 weeks

SAMPLE TEST

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COLLECTION INSTRUCTIONS

 

1.

Please fill out all sections of the requisition form provided in your kit.

2.

Rinse your mouth with cold water before you begin collecting your sample and then swallow to remove excess saliva.

3.

Open one swab at a time and collect the sample by rubbing the swab on the inside of your cheek about 20 times or for 15-20 seconds in a circular motion. Swab firmly so that the cheek is pushed outward.

4.

Dry the swab by shaking it in the air for 10-20 seconds.

5.

Place the dried swab back in its original sleeve.

6.

Use the other cheek for the next swabs. Repeat the same process for the rest of the swabs.  Collect sample on all 3 swabs.

References:

1. Gu P, DeFina LF, Leonard D, et al. Relationship between serum homocysteine levels and depressive symptoms:   The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study. J Cin Psychiatry. 2012;; 73(5):691-695

2. Stahl SM Novel therapeutics for depression: L-methylfolate as a trimonoamine modulator and antidepressant-augmenting agent. CNS Spectr. 2007; 12(10): 739-744