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How does Precision Medicine differ from traditional medicine?

Most of the medical world follows what are referred to as ‘general guidelines’ based on statistics to provide diagnoses and treatments that work for the majority of people. In Precision Medicine, we start with your DNA and an extensive lab panel (if purchased) to get a holistic picture of your health. With your results, we review genetic factors unique to you, as well as personalized interventions to turn certain genes on or off – we can turn “on” your good genes with certain lifestyle choices. We combine all of this into a personalized health plan just for you.

What is the Wild Health Genetic Test Kit?

Most of the medical world follows what are referred to as ‘general guidelines’ based on statistics to provide diagnoses and treatments that work for the majority of people. We created a proprietary DNA kit that reports on specific genetic single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that our physicians have hand-selected based on their importance to health, wellness, and human potential. These SNPs affect blood vessels, nutrient absorption, nerve function, performance, fatigue, and many other functions. Our approach requires us to focus first on the entire system, so we start with your DNA. We sequence your DNA to analyze the genetic advantages, predispositions, and disadvantages that make up your human operating system. Knowing this code is critical to personalizing a plan to optimize your health.

The Wild Health Genetic Test Kit is an at-home saliva test that simply requires you to spit into the supplied tube and package it per the instructions included. We provide a prepaid return label on the back of the box to easily send the kit to our lab. This kit is specifically assigned to you via barcode, rather than by name, as an added layer of privacy and security. So, don’t worry if you don’t see your name on the tube or return label. 

 What is a biological age test?

Rather than your chronological age, this at-home test measures your epigenetic or biological age – how fast or slowly your body is aging at the cellular level. Determined by analyzing your DNA methylation, your biological age is more accurate for identifying factors affecting your aging rate. Aging is the leading risk factor for multiple chronic diseases, so the impact of slowing your biological aging process means, quite literally, adding more healthy years onto your life. For more information, please visit this page.

How do I receive the results from my Biological Age Test?

You'll receive the results directly within your TruDiagnostic portal. Instructions for viewing will be sent via email to access them.

Do I need to meet with my physician in order to get the results?

You will receive your results directly, regardless of whether or not you've scheduled a Physician Visit. That said, we highly recommend you schedule a visit to review them, as they are very detailed and a trained physician will help you interpret and better understand the implications of the results, as well as provide recommendations for how to act upon them.

How do I perform this at-home test?

The Biological Age Test is a simple, painless finger-prick blood test. Instructions are included with your kit to guide you through taking a viable sample for examination.

Will my genetic data be shared with anyone?

We ONLY share information with whomever the patient tells us. If an insurance company requests medical records, we contact the patient to authorize the release. In 2008, Congress passed the Genetic Information Non-Discrimination Act (GINA) to prevent the unauthorized release of information. You can read more about that HERE.

I have already done a DNA test (eg. 23andMe). Can those results be used instead and, if so, does providing my own DNA test results reduce the overall cost?

Our Wild Health Genetic Test Kit is included in the cost of your plan! This is a proprietary test that we designed to analyze minute details of specific genes (SNPs) that are pivotal to your health. Our physicians have hand-selected the SNPs that we report on, which differ from those of other tests like 23andMe or Ancestry. The use of raw data from other DNA kits would likely omit crucial information, leaving your care team with partial data to assess when building your care plan. Therefore, at this time, we are unable to use or deduct costs if you have preexisting DNA test results.

What is included in the lab panel?

Our lab panel provides a comprehensive look at your current health through bloodwork. We evaluate your lipids, thyroid function, cardiovascular risks, hormone status, minerals, vitamins, and many other factors that can affect how you feel and perform. This serves as quantifiable data to track progress and make changes throughout your health journey.

Who will be involved in my care and how do I know they are certified and capable?

All of our Physicians are board-certified with specialized training in Precision Medicine. Our Health Coaches come from varying backgrounds – Nurses, Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Medical Students – but all have completed a National Board of Health and Wellness Coaching (NBHWC) certified accreditation.

Each patient 'care team' consists of a dedicated Health Coach who works in tandem with our Precision Medicine Physicians and Care Coordinators. Get to know the Wild Health Clinical Team HERE.

How long will my DNA results take to process?

Wild Health created a proprietary DNA test that reports on 700,000+ specific genetic single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that our physicians have hand-selected based on their importance to health, wellness, and human potential. From the time you return your DNA kit in the mail (with the provided pre-paid label), processing times may take up to 4-6 weeks. Your Initial Medical Consultation with your Precision Medicine Physician can be scheduled upon completion of the results. Health coaching sessions and all other perks of membership are available immediately upon sign-up.

Can I schedule a meeting with a Physician before getting back my DNA or bloodwork results?

It is most beneficial for you to have your DNA and lab results, so that we are able to create your detailed Personal Health Report. Without this information, we are not able to provide specific recommendations or set attainable health goals.

What might a health plan entail?

We always aim to optimize health with lifestyle interventions first. This may include a personalized diet plan, tailored exercise regime, supplementation strategy, sleep tracking, and/or additional therapies (ie. intermittent fasting, cold immersion, sauna, etc.). If necessary, we will turn to pharmaceuticals or additional treatment recommendations, which would come directly from our trained medical professionals and planned in accordance with the patient.

Are any of the recommended vitamins or supplements included in the price?

Wild Health has a partnered with Fullscript to offer a wide selection of high-quality supplements. Through this partnership, all of our patients receive a 15% discount on Fullscript's products, which are rigorously vetted so we feel comfortable recommending them to patients. Your Health Coach, in partnership with your Physician, will discuss which supplements are best for you.

Do you offer any coupons or discount codes?

We periodically offer discount codes to our Wild Health podcast listeners and newsletter subscribers. Make sure you tune in and subscribe!

Can an HSA or FSA card be used for payments to Wild Health?

Yes - we accept both HSA and FSA cards. It is important to note that we always recommend that our patients reach out to these entities directly, as guidelines vary. 

I am a health practitioner who’s curious to learn about Precision Medicine. Does Wild Health offer any training?

Part of the mission is to train as many providers as possible in Precision Medicine, to join us in this revolution. We created the Wild Health Fellowship Program to specifically train physicians in Precision Medicine. Click HERE for more information.

Who can I speak with before signing up?

A member of our team would love to discuss your personal health goals and concerns to help determine if Wild Health’s Precision Medicine is a good fit for you. Please give our office a call at 800-975-1562 anytime M-F from 9am-5pm EST.

Do you accept patients of all ages?

At this time, we are only able to provide services to patients that are 18+. Genetics-based, Precision Medicine is a new area of medicine and there are currently restrictions around DNA testing in minors. We are hopeful that we may be able to offer our services to young children in the future.

What information is in the Personal Health Report and how will it help me?

This 50-page report breaks down all the information in your genome and goes over the important Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs), what they mean, and how this affects you. We also include the actionable lab results (if available) and how they correspond to your DNA. Recommendations are then built to give you a roadmap to transform and optimize your health. Our recommendations utilize the principles of epigenetics, or how to turn the advantageous genes “on” and the disadvantageous genes “off.” The report and our recommendations focus on nutrition, supplements, exercise, sleep, and lifestyle habits.

Do you accept international patients?

Not at this time. Healthcare regulations and requirements vary across different countries, and it will take additional time to navigate those complexities. We appreciate your patience as we work towards that future goal.

What if I sign up and need additional testing along the way?

We can recommend additional testing, such as microbiome (which is a sample of your gut bacteria), hormones, food sensitivity testing, or others, a la carte. You will work with your Physician and Health Coach to decide which tests you will need to complete, based on your needs.

Is there a minimum commitment for the program?

Achieving optimal health requires commitment. Our programs are offered on either annual or monthly payment plans, the latter of which has a 4-month commitment period. We find that it takes a minimum average of 4 full months to see initial, measurable results. This accounts for the time it takes to complete your DNA testing and bloodwork, review results, meet with your providers, implement interventions, and allow time for impact to occur. Our team is fully committed to supporting you throughout your health journey and, in becoming a Wild Health patient, ask that you commit to yourself to reap the full benefits of our Precision Medicine care.

What is your cancellation policy?

Our programs are offered on either annual or monthly payment plans. If you wish to cancel after the initial 4-month commitment period, you can do so by emailing support@wildhealth.com.

I'm nervous about what my DNA might show. How do I know this is right for me?

We understand that tools like genetic risk scores and whole-body MRIs can sometimes unearth unnerving health information. However, Wild Health is different in that we are focused on providing actionable steps to reduce your risks and improve your outcomes. Our providers are prepared to help you with cost-benefit analysis of interventions based on your specific circumstances.

What kind of medications can your doctors prescribe?

We can prescribe many regular medications to support your health. However, please note, we do not prescribe scheduled medications requiring a DEA license at this time, which includes but is not limited to: testosterone, amphetamines, opiates, benzodiazepines, peptides, etc.