Many people ask if their medical insurance will reimburse them for their consultation with me and the answer is generally yes! The feedback that I have gotten from my clients is that their medical insurance does generally reimburse them 100% for the their consultation with me. It is best to call your insurance company to find out about what your specific plan will cover. I am happy to provide you with the necessary CPT codes for your visit prior to your appointment if you’d like.
As far as laboratory testing, I offer two types of lab testing :
Regular labs which are ordered through CPL / Quest/ Lab Corp. With these labs I give you a lab slip with the labs I have ordered and you take this to the lab of your choice. The lab files this with your insurance company. The amount covered is dependent on your specific medical insurance plan.
Again, the feedback I have gotten is that these labs are generally 100% covered.
Speciality Labs are ordered through companies such as ImmunoLabs, Metametrix, Genova Diagnostics and Doctor’s Data which tests for things such as food sensitivities, nutritional status, detoxification status, GI digestion and absorption, heavy metal toxicity, genetics and hormone metabolites. These labs may not covered by your insurance company. However you can use funds from a HSA to cover the costs of these tests.
A Health Saving Account (HSA) is also a great way to pay for your visit and labs using pre-taxed dollars.
Summer has definitely arrived in central Texas. For some, you may be dreading two words: swimsuit season. Nothing can damper the excitement of a good poolside BBQ as quickly as the thought of shopping for a new bathing suit, or struggling to pull on last year’s swim trunks. If you are like most people, you made a New Year’s resolution that this would be the year to drop those lingering ten or even twenty pounds and finally get healthy! And yet, here it is, seven months later, and you’re still sweating the idea of something pleasurable, like going to a pool party. There’s always 2011, right? No way! In Austin we can wear our bathing suits right into fall. It’s definitely not too late to slim down, detox, regain your energy and vitality and jumpstart your metabolism and get UltraHealthy for 2010. And it can be achieved in as little as 7-14 days.
As a physician of Functional and Nutritional Medicine, and the founder of Austin UltraHealth, I have led many patients down the path to UltraHealth. I start each of my patients out in the same way: An Elimination Diet for 7-14 days. In fact, the reason I am writing this article today is because of David Stein, Owner/Partner of Roger Beasley Audi | Fisker | Porsche | Maserati |Saab | Spyker | Subaru | Volvo. David became a patient of mine in January as he was looking to improve his overall health, mental focus and energy. After going through my program and finishing the Elimination Diet he wrote “I’m 23 pounds lighter. My energy and acute awareness is better than it has been in years. I feel healthy, vibrant and under the care of an expert.”
We all know we are a society living in too much excess: too much work, stress, junk food, illness, weight and too little time. For those of you who find yourselves falling into this trap of excess, the very idea of living a life void of these issues may seem not only impossible but also impractical. After all, who else is going to pay the bills, finish that presentation, get the children to volleyball, baseball and piano lessons?!?
The irony is to accomplish everything on your daily “to-do” lists, your body and your mind must to be functioning at peak performance, and firing on all cylinders. In order to allow your body and mind to function optimally, you must nourish it with the raw elements it needs and craves: whole foods, water, exercise, rest and relaxation. Yet, if you are like most people you expect your body to keep up at this break-neck speed while “nourishing” it with fast food, yo-yo dieting, sugar, a never-ending pot of coffee, late nights at the office and a constantly chiming iPhone. In a moment I will explain to you why this kind of lifestyle causes havoc on your body, depletes you of vital nutrients, and causes inflammation leading to weight gain, brain fog, decreased energy, and ultimately chronic disease.
After seeing David’s success, his Chief Financial Officer, Kristen Kinald made an appointment to see me. She was initially complaining of insomnia, weight gain, fatigue and joint pain. After only 2 days on the program she wrote “I just wanted to thank you for all of your help. I started the Elimination Diet on Saturday, and while I must admit the first two days I felt terrible, I’ve already noticed some changes for the better!! I haven’t slept this well in months (8 hours a night for the first two nights) and even though I was afraid my brain would be in a fog from not having any coffee, I’m finding that I can think a little clearer than usual today. Thank you again! I didn’t think anything would work for the insomnia. If you ever have a patient that needs convincing, give them my number. I’ll let them know just how much better you can feel after just two days.” And after 2 weeks on the program she wrote: “I am down 20 pounds and counting, I have never felt better!”
So what is the Elimination Diet? Well, first let me tell you it is NOT a diet. You will not be counting calories, carbohydrates, fat grams, points or portion sizes. Furthermore, you should not be hungry during the 7-14 days as you can always reach for one of the healthy snacks that range from a piece of fruit, handful of nuts or a protein shake. What the Elimination Diet is - is a plan for a whole new way of eating which nourishing the cells in your body, giving them energy and vitality, jump starting your metabolism and rebalancing your body. It’s a plan that will teach you how to get rid of the toxic foods and replace them with whole, “good foods” that promote detoxification.
The basic principle of the program is simply to eliminate the “bad foods” and add the “good foods”. “Bad foods” are those that are toxic to our bodies and those that create inflammation in our bodies. Examples of these toxic foods are: caffeine, sugar, alcohol, processed foods, fast food, junk food, trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Top inflammatory foods include: gluten, dairy, yeast, eggs, corn, soy, peanuts, nightshade vegetables and citrus fruits except lemons.
Toxic and inflammatory foods disrupt the internal processes of the body that optimize health and regulate weight. When we eat these “bad foods” our bodies can be left feeling tired, stressed and inflamed. Furthermore, toxins contribute to chronic pain and increase the likelihood of becoming obese, having high blood pressure, getting diabetes and being diagnosed with an autoimmune or chronic disease. In this program, and hopefully throughout the rest of your life, you will be replacing these toxic and inflammatory foods with “good foods”. By eating the “good foods” you should feel increased energy levels, more restful sleep, reduced joint pain, more mental clarity, weight loss and an overall improved feeling of wellness and health.
Additionally, the Elimination Diet will aid you in identifying common food sensitivities. Avoiding these foods will help alleviate chronic health and weight issues. Allergies cause quick physical reactions such as swelling, hives, itchiness, and difficulty breathing – if you have a true food allergy you likely already know about it. Food sensitivities, on the other hand, can develop over time, often because of a poor diet and a leaky gut. The consequences of improper food choices can manifest as delayed allergic reactions (food sensitivities) and cause weight gain, fatigue, sinus problems, acne, mood swings, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome. Because the reactions can take up to 72 hours to occur they can be very difficult to recognize. Eating a diet low in these inflammatory foods reduces excess swelling and fluid accumulation in your tissues, which will assist with your body’s healing and detoxification processes. The main inflammatory and allergenic foods avoided by the Elimination Diet are: gluten (from foods containing wheat, barley, rye, spelt, kamut, triticale and oats), dairy products (milk, butter, yogurt, cheese), yeast (found in baked goods, bread, beer, wine, cheese, vinegar, and on the surfaces of many fruits), eggs, corn, peanuts, citrus fruits (except lemon) and nightshades (tomatoes, potatoes, peppers and eggplants).
The Elimination Diet teaches you how to replace the toxic and inflammatory foods with whole, “good foods” that promote detoxification and decreased inflammation. The diet also incorporates nutritional supplements, which enhance the ability of your body’s cells to detoxify, and easy exercise (such as 30 minutes of walking a day).
At the end of the program you will gradually add back in the foods that do not cause inflammation for you and avoid those that do. I hope that you will permanently avoid the toxic foods from your diet and live a happy and UltraHealthy life.
The Elimination Diet focuses on nutrition through whole foods, with an emphasis on eating lean proteins, fresh, organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains and “good” fats from seeds and nuts. Below is a sample recipe taken from the Elimination Diet menu I use with all my patients:
Grilled Citrus Chicken by Allison Waddell
1/3 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh oregano
3 teaspoons salt, divided
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 whole organic chicken (about 3 3/4 pounds), neck and giblets removed, butterflied
1 teaspoon Hungarian sweet paprika
1 teaspoon black pepper
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 ½ lemons
2 foil-wrapped bricks or 1 cast-iron skillet
Whisk juices, olive oil, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, rosemary, and garlic in glass baking dish. Add chicken to marinade. Turn to coat; chill 2 hours, turning occasionally.
Mix remaining 2 teaspoons salt, paprika, and pepper in small bowl. Spray the grill rack with nonstick spray. Prepare barbecue (medium heat). Slice ½ lemon into 1/4- to 1/8-inch-thick slices. Remove chicken from marinade; pat dry. Loosen skin from chicken breast & thigh and slide lemon slices between skin and meat. Rub paprika mixture over both sides of chicken. Place chicken, skin side down, on grill. Place foil-wrapped bricks or cast-iron skillet atop chicken (if using bricks, position 1 brick over top half of chicken and 1 brick over bottom half). Cover and grill until skin is crispy and brown, about 15 minutes.
Remove bricks or skillet. Using tongs or 2 large spatulas, turn chicken. Replace bricks or skillet and cook, covered, until chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes longer. Let chicken rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, place whole orange & lemon on grill and cook until slightly charred, turning often, about 1 minute. Cut into wedges and serve alongside for squeezing over chicken.
I invite you to not give up on summer, your dream swimsuit, and most importantly on and mostly not on yourself! Whether you are looking to drop a few pounds, increase your energy or mental sharpness, jumpstart your metabolism or simply get your body back in balance – the Elimination Diet is for you. Try it for 7-14 days and see how you feel.
If you’d like more information about me or my practice, please visit my website: www.dramymyers.com or call me today for a free 10 minute consultation or to schedule an initial appointment 512-383-5343. By becoming a patient you will receive 20% off of the supplements you will need to help ramp up your detoxification system during the Elimination Diet and begin the road to weight loss, increased energy and UltraHealth.
To Schedule a consultation with Dr. Myers, visit: www.DrAmyMyers.com or call (512) 383-5343 today!