The Lifeline Test
The Lifeline Test analyzes the Cytochrome P450 genes and transporter and receptor genes to determine how effectively you metabolize prescription medications and to determine other factors important to your health.
Cytochrome P450 genes produce enzymes that assist in the metabolic processing of chemicals that are foreign to the body. One of their functions is to oxidize chemicals so that they can be removed from the body through the kidneys and prevent build-up of substances potentially toxic to the body. Another function is to convert inactive molecules in drugs to active molecules so that the drug can function in the body as intended.
Transporter and Receptor Genes
Transporters move drug molecules into the intended cells. Receptors bind to medications during administration. Transporters and receptors can be defective and unable to properly bind and respond to therapeutic compounds, causing significant changes in how effective medications may be.
There are four classifications of individuals according to their metabolism capability:
Slow metabolizers – inefficient or missing altogether
Intermediate metabolizers – inefficient or easily impaired metabolizing capability
Normal metabolizers – efficient metabolism capability
Ultra rapid metabolizers – highly efficient and can cause medications to have no effect or too fast an effect
Value of the Lifeline Test
The capability of the physician to understand how a patient metabolizes, transports and binds specific prescription drugs is a revolution in medicine. Fortunately, it eclipses the older “trial and error” guesswork in prescribing medicines. The physician can now prescribe medicines that will be the most effective for a patient and are least likely to cause side-effects.
The Lifeline Test also ushers in a revolution in patient and physician partnership in medicine. Now is a time when patients can understand how their medications will most likely work for them and be able to work in partnership with their physicians in achieving wellness and in avoiding serious medication adverse events.
The patient and physician partnership is enhanced when the patient, his family, and his support team are aware and prepared for the emergence of medication side-effects. When quickly notified, the doctor can immediately make medication adjustments or work with the patient to consider non-drug approaches, such as complementary treatments for mild to moderate depression.
The Lifeline Test reports on over 150 prescription medications in the following medical fields:
psychiatric disorders and addiction
urological disorders including erectile dysfunction
The Lifeline Test also identifies whether you have genetic indicators for:
Warfarin (blood thinning medication) sensitivity
statin-induced myopathy (cholesterol lowering drugs)
abnormal blood clotting
elevated homocysteine levels (risk for venous thromboembolism).