Our approach can be described as neither traditional nor alternative. We believe that Medicine is one and whole. We use highly advanced methods and analysis at a molecular and genetic (DNA) level that address the exact cause of any health problem.
Patients that reach our clinic seek to identify the real cause of their health problem and learn what they can do to improve their health.
In Metabolomic Clinic we treat patients that belong mainly in the following categories:
Autoimmune Diseases: these are diseases where the body attacks and damages its own tissues and organs such as in ulcerative colitis, multiple sclerosis, thyroid diseases, rheumatoid arthritis and others.
Chronic Health Problems: these are health problems lasting more than three months such as diabetes, gastrointestinal disorders, cancer, heart disease and more.
Prevention: addresses healthy individuals that want to maintain or improve their good health and longevity.
The analyses we perform are not similar to the routine tests usually performed, since they measure small molecules at a cellular or genetic material level (DNA). They can trace hidden infections, nutritional deficiencies, metabolic imbalances, food allergies, environmental toxins, mold exposures, and also uncover underlying genetic predispositions that can be modified through diet, lifestyle, supplements or medications. Mostly of all they uncover the real cause of any health problem. These are:
Metabolomics blood and urine tests:capture the exact state of health of the human body and can guide the treatment addressing the causal underlying problem. Metabolomic Analysis can identify data relating to the:
- lack of vitamins and other essential elements within the cells
- cellular function
- toxic burden
- antioxidant status of the organism
- functioning of the nervous system
- condition of the intestinal flora
- mitochondrial function
- metabolism of proteins, carbohydrates and fats
- existing predisposition to inflammation
- existence of acidosis or alkalosis
- essential fatty acid balance (like omega 3 and omega 6)
- insulin resistance and other vital indicators.
Telomeres Analysis:Telomeres are the end part of the chromosomes. Telomere ends serve to protect the DNA. Just like shoelaces tips (aglets) protect a shoelace from unravelling.
When telomeres shorten to critical lengths, the cells senescence and die off. The telomere shortening has been discovered to be the primary cause of human aging. Through the measurement of the length of telomeres in each organism and in each individual chromosome we can determine the biological versus the chronological age of an individual and the propensity for disease. We measure all 4 telomeres in each of the 23 pairs of chromosomes, for a total of 92 telomeres.
Short telomeres have been associated with almost all chronic diseases and appear to be thefundamental and biologically programmed cause of chronic diseases related to aging such as cancer, heart disease, diabetes and autoimmune diseases. Lifestyle interventions, nutrition, correction of nutritional deficiencies, proper exercise and administration of natural substances that trigger innate cellular repair mechanisms can reduce or reverse the loss of length of short telomeres.
Treatment is modulated according the deficiencies, dysfunctions and biochemical imbalances identified through the highly personalized metabolomics and telomeres analysis. It includes the prescription of specific supplements, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and personalized nutritional regimens with the aim to replenish shortages and restore normal biochemical balance of the body. We also maintain or recommend when necessary, appropriate medications when these have shown greater benefit than harm in light of the best scientific evidence.
What are the health problems that we manage?
Within the traditional medical approach every health problem is managed by the corresponding per organ or system medical specialty. The ophthalmologist addresses the eye problems, the neurologist the neurological problems, the gastroenterologist the gastrointestinal diseases etc. This is a medical model developed and proved effective in the management of acute and emergency medicine health problems (pneumonia, fracture, trauma, hemorrhage, stroke, etc.) but has not shown the same effectiveness towards chronic health problems (diabetes, cancer, autoimmune diseases, etc).
Metabolomic Medicine approaches the human body as a biological system (Systems Biology), a colony of cells that interact with each other and the surrounding environment. Based on the principle of the father of medicine “First do no harm" we address the human body as a biological system that has the tendency to balance towards the best possible health condition.
Metabolomics Medicine practitioners treat diseases such as:
Thyroid problems (Hashimoto, hypo- or hyper-thyroidism)
The Metabolomics Medical approach does not conflict with any combined pharmaceutical or homeopathic treatment. On the contrary it improves patient’ s response, compliance and outcome while reduces any side effects that could be part of pharmacological treatments.
What should you expect from your first and second visits
In your first visityou meet the internist doctor expert in Metabolomic Medicine that performs a medical examination, collects your full medical history and determines the analysis required.
You also have a detailed discussion with the Metabolomic Nutritionist expert regarding your nutritional habits and lifestyle. Those are vital data in order to evaluate your present condition and the analysis results.
The blood draw and urine samples collection, for the metabolomic and/or telomere analysis, take place in our collaborating laboratory in Zurich, within the next few dates. Blood and urine samples are sent abroad to the highly specialized Metabolomics and Telomere Analysis Medical and University labs.
Your second visit is programmed within a month in order to receive the results and also the therapeutic regimens that comprise your medical treatment.
During the second visit you will receive all final lab results. The analysis results are explained to while treatment and lifestyle instructions are given. You are guided through their interpretation at your follow up visits
The treatment is formulated according to the deficiencies, dysfunctions and biochemical imbalances that have been traced through metabolomic and/or telomeres analysis. The treatment consists of the intake of special nutritional supplements, enzymes, aminoacids, trace minerals, vitamins and also a personalized nutritional plan in order to replenish the deficiencies and restore the biochemical balance in a cellular level. Pharmacological treatment maybe adapted based on the tests results. Follow up visits are be planned in 3 to 6 months based on doctor recommendations.
Frequently Asked Questions
I already see another doctor for my health problem, will that affect the treatment I already follow?
Metabolomic Medicine addresses the organism in a cellular level therefore it does not conflict with any other pharmaceutical or homeopathic treatment. In the contrary improves the patient’ s response and outcome while reduces any side effects that could be part of pharmacological treatments while enhances the homeopathic treatment effectiveness.
I am already working with a nutritionist. Do I need to see one at your office?
Yes we do recommend, that all our patients see one of our nutritionists. The Metabolomic Nutrition is a nutritional medicine approach and is in fact very different from what most nutritionists apply being an integral part of your treatment. The review of your nutritional habits, lifestyle and your body’ s response to food it is vital in order to evaluate the Metabolomic Analysis end results. We have to know what gets in your body to evaluate what comes out.
What do I need to bring to the appointment?
You should bring a list of all the medicines and supplements you currently take, if you do. Available medical records of the last 12months are also very helpful.
Does my medical insurance cover the costs?
Usually they are not covered by health insurance companies’ basic services. However, they may be covered by additional insurance, in whole or in part.
Either way we will provide a detailed receipt for services performed for you to submit to your insurance carriers.