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Health Restoration via Genomic Tests

Health Restoration via Genomic Testing

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A new breed of gene tests can indicate a patient’s ability to metabolise pharmaceutical and complementary medicines and food. Refer to menu for range of genomic tests.

On this page we discuss how a clever combination of 2 tests, PGx (Pharmacogenomics) and Gut Microbiome Analysis is ideal for anyone wanting to optimise their health restoration program according to their genes. 

Both tests utilise cutting edge genomic technology and modern scientific research. These tests are endorsed by a NATA registered laboratory in Australia.

Please read on to understand more about the combined tests and how they can help you.

1. Gut Microbiome Testing

2. PGx (Pharmacogenomics)


1. Gut Microbiome Testing - A simple process

The existence of unfavourable bacteria in the gut can negatively affect the efficacy of immune therapy and the functioning of our own natural immune system.

We know that overgrowth of certain types of bacteria can lead to a series of health issues including depression, inflammatory colon conditions and many other health problems. Undertaking a faecal microbiome test can provide you with a window as to dietary changes you may benefit from. 

This can be an empowering test to help you understand the types and colonies of bacteria that reside within the human gut.

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The Process

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It is as simple as receiving a kit by mail with instructions of how to take your sample. It is then returned to the laboratory for analysis.
You will need a practitioner to interpret your test results and to help guide you to a better level of health and wellbeing.
Results are usually available in 14 working days, after your sample has been received by express mail

Microbiome analysis by next-generation sequencing is emerging as a valuable tool for research studies and has the potential to stratify patients for a variety of immune or inflammatory-related diseases, cancer immunotherapy and has been shown to affect the metabolism of certain drugs and thus should be considered in patient pharmacogenomic profiles.

Cost of Microbiome Testing $450
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2. Pharmacogenomic Testing - A simple process

About Pharmacogenomics (PGx)

The PGx test is your one test for life. The test will cover your metabolic response to medications at all stages in life and can be referred back to at any time regardless of your age or health status.

Pharmacogenomics is the analysis of how genes affect a person’s response to drugs. Most drugs are broken down (metabolised) in the body by drug-metabolising enzymes (DMEs). Specific genes code for these enzymes, and variations in these genes can cause significant differences to drug-metabolising enzymes, drug transporters and drug targets.

As everyone has a unique genetic makeup, this can affect how you will respond or react to certain medications. A medication or dose that works for one person may be ineffective or cause harmful side effects in another. 

Through pharmacogenomics testing, individualised medicine treatment plans can be developed based on each patient’s genetic makeup, to determine optimal drugs and dosages, and limit harmful side effects.

The PGx test can be performed via a kit that is express mailed to you. Either a mouth swab or blood sample can be used for PGx testing.

The collection kit is then returned to the laboratory via express mail. Results can take 10 -14 days are the sample is received by the Laboratory.

Our preferred pathology laboratory is based in Australia and is registered under NATA guidelines.

I can help you by providing further information and help you to access PGx testing. Contact me (Grace) for more information.

Benefits of PGx testing:

Using the results from PGx testing, health care providers can individualize drug therapy selection and dosages for patients based on their genetic makeup. 

Testing patients prior to beginning treatment may help determine their response to certain drug classes and help avoid drugs that may be ineffective or cause harmful side effects. 

For patients currently on treatment, it may identify new treatment options or identify why current treatments aren’t working. 

Pharmacogenomics Premium Panel $395. Provides comprehensive testing across a wide range of medications. 

Advantages of PGx testing may include:

Decreasing and potentially eliminating the need for a “trial and error” approach to find effective therapy and dosages. 
Decreasing the number of adverse drug reactions that a patient may experience. 
Saving patients time and money on ineffective medications. 
Decreasing the amount of time patients are on medication.
Test panels cover:

Mental Health Neurology & Anaesthesiology 
Cardiovascular Oncology & Haematology
Pain Management Urology & Endocrinology
Chronic Conditions Infectiology, Antimicrobial Resistance & Organ Transplantation

Comment from on of our patients about her Pharmacogenomics (PGx) Test.

“I took my PGX info down to the local chemist. Luckily he was familiar with them – actually, he was fantastic! 

He was certainly surprised with my very limited choice of pain killers according to my PGx results and was adamant that the pain killers prescribed by my cancer hospital were no good for me at all. 

Thanks to PGx he could provide me with options for pain control and they worked without side effects”.
Melanie – rural Victoria

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