Thursday, June 18, 2009

NutrEval is Rocking My World

Howdy Health Seekers--

As I told you in my last post, I recently got my NutrEval test results back from a Genova Diagostics. As defined on Genova's website, NutrEval is:

"...a comprehensive nutritional evaluation to identify specific imbalances of vitamins, nutrients, and essential co-factors. This profile also provides assessment of gastrointestinal dysfunction and detoxification impairment."

It's a motherlode in terms of everything it tests. And what a test it is! You have do a lot of the administration yourself. First, you have to have a doctor--likely an ND--to order the test for you. Then, you have to collect your own urine--always fun--freeze and transport it to a lab that will draw...drumroll please...5 vials (not a typo) of your very own blood and then send it off via Fedex to Genova for you.

I hate to see that much of my own blood outside of my body, but it's for a great cause.

In terms of cost, it is part of what's called a PayAssured program whereby you pay a sizeable co-pay--$149 to be exact--and Genova will bill the rest to your insurance. The "street" value of the test is retailed around $1200. Genova bets that your insurance will pay the difference, but if it doesn't, my understanding is Genova eats whatever the insurance won't pay.

NOTE: There are insurance companies that aren't part of the PayAssured program. I don't know them, but you can contact Genova directly and they will tell you.

It took about 3 weeks to get my test back but it had so much great info. What was great about it is that it confirmed what I had already intuited was up with my body. Particularly that I'm having difficulty with methylation in my body. This is a process by which sulfur and methyl groups are brought into my body. Methylation is critical for myriad processes, including: metabolism and detox. These are only minorly important for any self-respecting woman trying to keep her girlish figure.

The report also gives detailed commentary about any deficiencies and gives you exact amounts of vitamins you can take to correct the deficiencies!! Very exciting. So I got those and now I'm going to take them for a few months and see what happens.

Here's the link to the NutrEval test on Genova's website.

Take a look and see if it can work for you.

Many thanks again to my fabulous ND, Dr. Amy Tyler. She is an encyclopedia of knowledge and a font of compassion.

I'll give you updates as they come along. Until then...

Think to your health,


1 comment:

Steph said...

Now that it's been a couple months, what have the results been?

Is it recommended that you take a follow up test?