Metabolic Typing was originally created as a procedure to be administered by a trained healthcare professional. This still remains the preferred method, as it allows the individual to work face-to-face with a practitioner instructed in all aspects of the process, who is best able to address the specific health needs of the individual.
However, not everyone lives close to a Metabolic Typing practitioner, or to our own Metabolic Nutrition Clinic in San Rafael, California. For such individuals, a simplified Personalized Metabolic Typing Self-Test Kit was developed for home use.
Although the Self-Test Kit does not allow us to check as many metabolic markers or assess as many secondary imbalances as we would during an office visit, it does provides enough information for the staff of Personalized Metabolic Nutrition to determine your Metabolic Type. We can then recommend to you the appropriate diet and supplement protocol for your Metabolic Type.
Included in the Self-Test Kit are a blood glucose meter (glucometer) and test strips, pH papers, alcohol swabs, glucose and protein challenge powders, a Self-Test Chart, Questionnaire, and Medical History Form, and complete step-by-step instructions. The cost of the kit also includes analysis of one set of data, along with a report detailing dietary and supplement recommendations. The kit includes enough supplies for nine complete tests, except for the test strips used in the glucometer, which will need to be replaced through your local pharmacy after two tests (simply tell them the make and model of the glucometer). The Testing Chart, Questionnaire, and Medical History Form will also need to be photocopied if multiple tests are required.
The test is performed in the comfort of your own home, on an empty stomach. Most people find it convenient to perform the test in the morning, before eating any food or drinking anything other than water. Approximately three hours is required, though there is much down-time between the various testing cycles. After filling out the Testing Chart, fax or mail us your results for analysis (we suggest you keep a copy of the Testing Chart for your own records). We will then provide you with the analysis of your Metabolic Type, along with our recommendations for the diet and supplements appropriate to your metabolism.
Follow-up tests (which are recommended approximately 30 days after implementing the suggested dietary program) and tests for additional family members may be purchased for $45.00 each.
Note that the Self-Test may cause temporary diarrhea or fatigue in some sensitive individuals. Generally these symptoms subside after eating food, drinking more fluids, or within 24 hours or less.
Please note that the Self-Test Kit is not intended to diagnose or treat any disease, nor is it a substitute for proper medical advice or intervention. Individuals with a known or suspected health condition are strongly encouraged to seek the advice of a licensed healthcare professional. The Self-Test Kit is a tool designed to help determine the individual's Metabolic Type so that appropriate nutritional advice may then be given.
Note also that Type I diabetics should not use the Self-Test Kit (see FAQs for more information).
Frequently Asked Questions About the Self-Test Kit
How long will it take to receive my Self-Test Kit?
The Self-Test Kit is usually shipped within 24 hours of receiving the order. Depending on your geographic location, it should take approximately three to ten days to reach you after shipping.
How easy is it to perform the Self-Test?
The Self-Test involves a series of simple tests that are fully explained in the accompanying instructions. These tests include taking simple blood sugar readings (with the enclosed glucometer), checking your respiration rate and breath holding capacity, measuring urine and saliva pH, asking yourself a series of simple questions, and recording the data on the enclosed Self-Test Chart. The instructions guide you step-by-step through each stage of the testing process.
How long will it take for me to receive my analysis and report?
Please allow two weeks to receive your report, although usually the reports are analyzed within 3-4 days of their receipt.
What is included in the price of the Self-Test Kit?
The price of the Self-Test Kit includes all the materials needed to perform the test (glucose meter, test strips, pH papers, glucose and protein challenge powders, a Self-Test Chart, Questionnaire, and Medical History Form), as well as step-by-step written instructions. The price of the Self-Test Kit also includes analysis of one set of data, along with a report detailing dietary and supplement recommendations. The kit includes enough supplies for nine complete tests, except for the test strips used in the glucometer, which will need to be replaced through your local pharmacy after two tests.
Can I order my nutritional supplements from you?
Any of the supplements we recommend for you can be ordered from our clinic (through our website, or by phone, fax, or e-mail) and shipped to you by UPS. Some of these are proprietary formulas manufactured to our own specifications for the different Metabolic Types, while others are more generic and may be purchased elsewhere, if desired.
Can diabetics use the Self-Test Kit?
Type I diabetics should not use the Self-Test Kit, as the Self-Test centers around a glucose challenge. Not only would the glucose be potentially harmful to Type I diabetics, but injected insulin would negate the glucose challenge itself. Type II diabetics (non-insulin dependent) may use the test at their own discretion, and at the discretion of their primary healthcare provider; however, we recommend that they only use 1/3 of the normally recommended amount of Glucose Challenge Powder (and they should clearly note this on the Self-Test Chart).
Further information on Metabolic Typing and diabetes is found in The Nutrition Solution: A Guide to Your Metabolic Type (North Atlantic Books) by Harold J. Kristal, D.D.S. and James M. Haig, N.C. (to order, click here). Another book we highly recommend for all diabetics (including Type I diabetics) is Dr. Bernstein's Diabetes Solution (Little Brown), by Richard K. Bernstein, MD, himself a Type I diabetic.
Can people with acute or chronic illnesses use the Self-Test Kit?
People with acute illnesses (such as colds or infections) should wait until they are better. People with chronic illnesses (other than Type I diabetics) can use the Self-Test Kit at their own discretion and the discretion of their primary healthcare provider. Note that in some sensitive individuals, the Self-Test may cause temporary diarrhea or fatigue. Generally these symptoms subside within 24 hours, or sooner.