Why is MTHFR Genotyping Important?
Certain mutations in the gene coding for MTHFR produce an enzyme that has reduced ability to process B12 and folic acid. Inadequate amounts of B12 and folic acid can lead to elevated levels of homocysteine (a.k.a. hyperhomocysteinemia), which increases risk of illness. Adequate or optimal levels of B12 and folic acid aid with detoxification, hormone balancing, energy production, sleep, mood, and brain function. Our special MTHF injection done at our office is made to help those with the MTHFR gene mutation.
2) Pathway Genomics
We also offer state of the art genetic testing. Genetic testing is a growing field and can provide a great deal of valuable insight into an individual’s genetic susceptibility to certain illnesses. Genetic typing can even provide information regarding the ideal diet for your genetics, and for cardiovascular health.
3) 23 & Me
Using a salivary cortisol test, we can measure the health of the
adrenal glands by measuring levels over the entire day. Four saliva
samples are collected morning, noon, evening, and night to establish
cortisol production over time. We can fix your cirdadian rhythm, burn out
and sleep concerns.
Using a urine test from Neurosciences, we measure levels of neurotransmitters
produced which have an impact on mood, brain function, immune health, melatonin production, and adrenal
gland health. Seratonin, dopamine, adrenaline, noradrenaline, PEA, histamine, GABA and glutamate will all
be included in this panel.
Link to show excerpt about the Female Triad Syndrome:
Dr. Austin’s specialty: Our clinic is the only one in San Diego with doctors trained to do bio-identical hormone treatment in the Wiley Protocol™ fluctuating pattern. This mimics your body’s exact production of hormones and puts your hormone levels at optimal functioning for the best quality of life. This is referred to as multi-phasic dosing of bioidentical (natural) hormone replacement therapy. Used to balance hormonal levels, it provides the following benefits:
- Build bone density
- Lower lipid levels
- Alleviate menstrual migraines
- Elevate mood and psyche
- Restorative deep sleep and dreams
- Skin improvements
- Improve sex drive
Explanation: Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) should not be a static dose, as our hormones are not meant to be in a constant state all the time. Every hormone has its own rhythm of secretion, and we need to dose hormones as close as possible to mimic our natural cycles. This could enable us to achieve the peaks and valleys hormones need in order to create their own receptors and set the stage for the body to regulate itself. Every person would need a different amount of hormones based on their blood work and lifestyle.
What to expect:In individualized medicine, keeping track of your symptoms or patterns when they arise is key to dosing you appropriately. Lifestyle such as nutrition, supplements, medication, sleep all have a role in how you feel. Meal plans, herbs, supplements and lifestyle changes will all be advised.
Massage treatments are available in 30 minutes, 45 minutes, and 60 minutes sessions
Jennifer Strouse, RN, LMT
Jennifer Strouse is a Registered Nurse and Licensed Massage Therapist.
She received a Bachelor of Science in Herbal Sciences from Bastyr
University in 2006 where she studied the phytochemistry of plants and
their influence upon human biochemistry. She also obtained a Masters
of Science in Regenerative Studies from California State Polytechnic
University, Pomona and completed a thesis project on medicinal plant
She is passionate about educating patients on how plants and nutrition
beneficially impact biochemical pathways in the body. She is also a
Metagenics Lifestyle Educator in First Line Therapy in which she
designs diet plans that promote beneficial health outcomes including
weight loss, reduced inflammation, and increased energy.
Traditional Oriental Medicine:
Ancient Medicine for Modern Times
Oriental Medicine is a complete medical system that has been in use for over 3,000 years. Oriental Medicine is a term used to describe several modalities to diagnose and treat many acute and chronic illnesses, as well as maintain optimal health in those individuals who wish to prevent disease. Those modalities include Acupuncture, Chinese Herbal Medicine and Nutrition, Tui Na Massage, Cupping, Moxibustion and Gwa Sha.
Using the Body’s Own Energy to Heal
Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting extremely fine needles into specific points superficially on the body to stimulate what the Chinese call Qi (pronounced ‘chee’), increase circulation, relieve pain or affect the internal organs therapeutically. The manipulation of this Qi benefits health and aids in the healing of disease. All needles used are single-use/disposable and come in individual sterile packets. Acupuncture has no side effects and treats the cause as well as the symptoms. Acupuncture is endorsed by the World Health Organization, FDA and National Institute of Health. The acupuncture experience is one of relaxation and healing.
A more recent type of acupuncture, called ‘Electro-Acupuncture’, is commonly used to treat pain and neurological disorders. It involves placing small electrodes on the needles to send a low level pulsation into the treated area. In new studies this has been proven to enhance the release of endorphins into the system.
Chinese Herbal Medicine and Nutrition:
Using Food and Herbs to Treat Illness
Chinese Herbal Medicine is a highly refined form of herbal therapy that dates back thousands of years. Based on a holistic understanding of your condition, we will create specific combinations of herbs customized for your needs. There are many different types of herbal formulas. Herbs may be taken as a tea, tablet, or extract. Herbs are an excellent way of complimenting an acupuncture treatment to enhance and prolong effects.
Traditional Oriental Nutrition is also used to treat illness. Food is commonly used to treat many diseases in the body and a patient may be instructed to include or exclude certain types of foods based on their particular diagnosis.
Tui Na Massage:
Relieve Pain Through Circulation and Stretching
Tui Na massage is a form of deep tissue massage that focuses on specific areas of the body. Your injury will be worked on to relieve your pain and increase your range of motion and promote the circulation of qi. The movements used involve stretching, breaking up adhesions, and techniques to increase circulation.
Relieve Pain and Respiratory Congestion
Cupping is a technique used that involves placing a special suction cup on the skin to promote the movement of qi. This technique is often used for the management of pain, tight muscles, as well as respiratory problems. It is a very useful way of alleviating wheezing due to asthma, colds, bronchitis and pneumonia. Cupping is painless, often gives immediate relief of symptoms, and tends to leave temporary marks on the skin, which resolves within a few days.
A Warming Technique
Moxa is used to warm regions and acupuncture points with the intention of stimulating circulation. It is especially effective in the treatment of chronic problems, weakness and cold conditions. It can be used directly on the skin or held over a point to warm it.
Immediate Relief By Moving Stagnation in the Muscles
Gwa Sha (translated, scrape sand) involves repeated strokes with a tool that has a smooth edge on lubricated skin. It is moved down the muscle with a moderate pressure and causes stagnant blood to leave the muscle and come to the surface below the skin. A “sandy” looking mark, called sha, is left behind giving this ancient technique its name. The ‘sha’ can be dark purple to light pink, but is usually a shade of red. This is not painful, but does leave a temporary mark that resolves within a few days. It is typical to feel an immediate sense of relief of symptoms after using this technique.
Glutathione Push is used for the following concerns:
-Muscle recovery (training and post work)
-Alcoholic liver disease
- Free radical
-Energy production & Mitochondrial function
- Fatty liver
Glutathione is the most powerful antioxidant that needs to be administered by
inhalation or through IV for maximum absorption. This procedure is done as a
IV push into the vein and takes only 3 minutes to do. Add it into any other IV
treatment for just $15 more!
Vitamin C IV Therapy is used for the following concerns:
– Aids in skin & tissue repair
– Aids in post surgical recovery
– For immune system boosting
– Anti-oxidant support
– Add into any other IV therapy bag for just $15 more!
Specializing in Endocrinology metabolism, Dr. Austin addresses the following:
– weight management
– specializing in binge eating disorder & yo-yo dieting
– reducing the stressors (addressing the mental and emotional side of eating)
– the science behind fat loss
– why your hormones want you to be fat and how to change this
– address the circadian rhythm of the body and why sleep and the hormones it creates controls weight
– address cravings
– address how all hormones tie into each other (thryoid and estrogen, testosterone and progesterone interact for a healthy body)
– address what you need to do for long term health and to keep a healthy body weight
– supplements and bio-idential hormones needed for hormone control, weight management
– exericise you need to keep healthy
– how to nourish your body and what foods are needed to be healthy
– reset your body’s set point weight so the weight stays off for good
– learn how body fat releases hormones that cause cardiovascular problems and how to stop this from occuring
– learn how the digestive system controls neurotransmitters and your moods