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Scottsdale Genetic Testing Center

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Deciphering the sequence of the human genome has opened new opportunities for preventive medicine. Knowledge about the genetic contribution to illness allows for earlier detection of illnesses, often before symptoms have begun. Genetic testing can give us the ability to take steps to reduce the likelihood that we will develop a particular disorder.

Many people mistakenly assume that the presence of a certain gene means they will experience the associated disease. Not true. There are only a few diseases, including Huntington's, Muscular Dystrophy, and Tay Sachs, that are virtual certainties determined by presence of a particular gene. And fortunately, they are rare. You cannot change the genes you have, but you can often influence the expression of your genes which means the disease does not manifest.

Call (480) 418-0220 to reach our Scottsdale genetic testing center and learn more.

Protect Your Health

It is believed that nearly all of the most pervasive, disabling and deadly degenerative diseases, including heart disease, adult onset diabetes, cancer and senile dementia, develop from an ongoing interaction between genetic and environmental factors which determines whether a disease develops. Environment, not genetics, is by far the bigger factor.

Whether or not you choose to "see" your genes, they are always there and play an important role in your health. By choosing to look at them, you have the opportunity to influence the ultimate outcome.

Looking at Your Genetic Makeup

At the Arizona Center for Advanced Medicine, we can run a number of genetic profiles:

  • The Estrogenomics Profile - Are bio-identical hormones for you? Or are you one of those women whom any estrogen replacement puts you at risk for breast cancer? This profile evaluates genetic variations, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), in genes that modulate estrogen metabolism, coagulation, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis.
  • The CardiogenomicsPlus Profile - Some people can eat junk food and live to be 100; others have a heart attack at 50. Which one are you? How hard-nosed do you have to be about changing your diet? This profile evaluates SNPs in genes that modulate blood pressure regulation, lipid balance, nutrient metabolism, inflammation, and oxidative stress.
  • The Osteogenomic Profile - How much are you at risk of osteoporosis? If a lot, then making a lifestyle change now will reduce your risk of further bone loss. This profile evaluates genetic variations in genes that modulate bone formation (collagen synthesis), bone breakdown (resorption), and inflammation, including key regulatory mechanisms affecting calcium and Vitamin D3 metabolism.
  • The Immunogenomics Profile - Why do some people never have a problem with food allergies and others are crippled by them? If you are genetically at risk, it is crucial that you avoid foods that increase the inflammation in your system. This profile evaluates genetic variations that modulate immune and inflammatory activity.
  • The Detoxigenomics Profile - Do you metabolize pharmaceutical drugs well? If not, you tend to accumulate toxic amounts or metabolize them too fast - meaning you don't get the effect that you want. Knowing your profile, and which drugs are metabolized by which set of enzymes, will lessen the risk of a bad drug reaction. Since these reactions outright kill an estimated 500,000 people per year, this is something well worth knowing. This profile evaluates SNPs associated with increased risk of impaired detoxification capacity and susceptibility to adverse drug reactions.
  • The Neurogenomics Profile - Does your child have a genetically weak detoxification system? Is that why he/she had such a bad reaction to vaccines/dental amalgams/chemicals in air or water? This profile evaluates the potential for vascular oxidation, and evaluates SNPs in genes that modulate methylation, glutathione conjugation, and oxidative protection. It also measures the MTHFR gene - so often deficient in autistic children.

About The Test

Direct DNA sequencing looks at the direct base pair sequence of a gene for specific gene mutations. Some genes hold more than 100,000 bases and a mutation of any one base can cause the gene not to functional and give rise to disease. The more mutations which are possible, the less likely it is for a test to detect all of them.

This test most often is done using a blood sample which we can draw right here in the center. The test can also be done using epithelial cells in the saliva, or by looking at tissue taken from a tumor.

The cost of each genetic profile ranges from $240 for the Osteogenomics Profile to $775 for the CardiogenomicsPlus Profile.

Genetic testing is usually an out-of-pocket cost. Because the U.S. insurance industry is focused on disease management, not prevention, insurance typically does not cover these tests. But ask your company. In Britain, for example, medical genetic testing is available through the National Health Service. However, they have issues of having to wait many months to take the tests, and wait again to get the results back.

Through genetic testing, you can be empowered to modify the expression of disease years before a condition might otherwise develop.*

Learn more about genetic testing at our Scottsdale integrative medical center. Contact us today.

*Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.

Recent Testimonials
From Our Previous Patients

  • Thankful!

    “I have a special reason this year [2012] to be grateful: today, the day before Thanksgiving, is my 12th birthday since the doctors told me in 2001 that I would most likely not celebrate another one. At the time of my diagnosis, giving thanks was the farthest thing from my mind. But I know now that I had every reason to be grateful.* My very advanced diagnosis let me decide that, if I was going to die, I would do so with as much grace, dignity, and quality of life as I could manage.* That meant I would make the decision to take the road less traveled and refuse the ‘standard of care’: surgery, high-dose chemo and radiation. It meant that I would look for things to clean and strengthen my body and immune system, that I would find ways to grow spiritually, emotionally, and psychologically. The nine years prior to 2001, when I was dealing with chronic disease, gave me the tools to create my own healing platform. This healing platform of integrated tools and anti-cancer strategies kept me alive until I found IPT Targeted Low-Dose chemotherapy in 2002 and allowed me to literally watch the cancer leave my body.* Ultimately, it all meant that I would change my focus on life from what I could get from it to what I could give to it.* Best Answer for Cancer Foundation (BAFC) is the pathway that allows me to give back. I’m so thankful for the assistance and guidance that has helped make BAFC a thriving reality. I’m so grateful to the physician members of BAFC: to the doctors who have treated so many cancer patients, myself included. These wonderful physicians give selflessly of their time, their talent and – many times – of their own income to help people in need. They are truly incredible people, and I am honored to know them and call them my friends.* Every day, in every way, I am humbled by and thankful for the patients who come to us, who give us the chance to help them, who have the courage to walk the road less traveled of alternative and integrative medicine. They also remind me of the most powerful healing opportunity of my life and the wonderful road that resulted from it.* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”

    Director of Best Answer for Cancer Foundation

  • Definitely a game changer!

    “I just wanted to take a moment to email you to say thank you for your very detailed testing and even considering Lyme as a possible suspect to my ailments.* Had I not gone to see you I would have never even thought of Lyme as a reason for my weakness on my right arm and leg.* In your recommendations you had stated you wanted me to possibly get checked for Lyme and I asked and asked and not one insurance doctor would do the test.* Everyone said that there was no reason to check. Well, we moved to Virginia at the end of November and finally about three weeks ago the neurologist that I went to see for my migraines here tested me for Lyme. The results came back equivocal (1.10 on Elisa) and she simply stated that they found antibodies in my blood. And she started me on Doxycycline (100mg 2x day) for 21 days. I don’t know much about Lyme but will be seeing an infectious disease doctor on Wednesday. In the meantime, we had our newborn (born 1/21/13) tested with the Western blot and another test and per the pediatrician the results were negative. We will continue praying that he will not be affected. … Thank you very much for being that little guiding light that led us in the right direction.* Once again Dr.Grout, continue to do what you do.* You were definitely a game changer for sure.* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”

    J.P.

  • Doctors that listen and care!

    “I am a chronic Lyme patient and on a very long road to recovery. I have seen many doctors. I can't count the times I have felt like I was on the clock or get my 15 minutes of attention and then pushed out the door. At ACAM I never feel that way, for the first time I feel hope, understanding and compassion from Dr. Grout and her amazing staff!”

    Gary Kuhl

  • Thank you Dr. Grout, and thanks also to a friendly and caring staff!

    “Dr. Grout tested me for sensitivity to certain foods.* After deleting those offending foods from my diet, and following a healthy diet my health has improved dramatically.* Thank you Dr. Grout, and thanks also to a friendly and caring staff!* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”

    O.P.

  • I wanted to let people know that the AZ Center for Advanced Medicine is certainly worth a call!

    “In 2011 I realized that it was time to do something about my memory. I knew I needed the right kind of help, the right doctor. On www.acam.org I chose 3 possible naturalistic doctors and showed the names to my integrative doctor who was retiring. Then, I showed the names to my highly respected dentist as well. Both immediately said, “If you can get Martha Grout, she’s the one!” I called her office and learned that I could have a no-charge 15 minute telephone conversation with her to get my questions answered. I made an appointment to start testing and treatment.* Dr. Grout tested me and the test results showed 7 or 8 metals in the danger zone. My mother had died of Alzheimer’s disease when she was 74 years old. I wanted to live much longer than that! Chelation was the answer to reduce the dangerously high levels of deadly metals.* After a series of chelation, with tests taken at intervals to evaluate how I was progressing, my memory, and the tension I was feeling about it, is greatly improved.* AND, another possible effect of metal toxicity, the awful muscle, ligament, and joint pain I had been suffering from for so long has also been greatly diminished in the past few months.* Now, at 72 yrs. old, I am riding my bike 7 – 8 miles up and down hills, hiking and doing gardening…all without pain.* Oh, I may get some of the natural stiffness if I overdo after missing several days of exercise; this is normal to anyone. But the pain used to follow the slightest work/exercise.* Dr. Grout said that I lack certain enzymes which has caused the build-up of heavy metals. I take some supplements for my digestion and I will soon be on a reduced, maintenance chelation schedule to maintain my health.* I also chose to have sensitivity testing and learned that I needed to avoid dairy and wheat, which has improved how I feel.* Another benefit of all this has been the marvelous, kind, caring doctors, nurses, patients, everyone at AZ Center for Advanced Medicine.* I always look forward to being there. I have made new friends.* We share our stories and what we’ve learned. Dr. Grout and staff answer our questions and care about each and every patient. It’s an uplifting atmosphere.* I wanted to let people know that the AZ Center for Advanced Medicine is certainly worth a call,* and/or a visit to learn what can be done about any health problem you’re having. I’m so glad that I found this place.* *Disclaimer: There is no guarantee of successes for any given medical treatment. Each individual is unique and may respond differently to our medical services, meaning results may vary for each person.”

    P.B.