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Start Your Journey to Better Health and Vitality

Start Your Journey to Better Health and Vitality

With: Wendie Trubow, MD, MBA and Edward Levitan, MD

About the Episode

Do you want to live a healthy, happy, and vibrant life? We’re here to help you! Join 5 Journeys’ hosts Dr. Ed Levitan and Dr. Wendie Trubow as they give you an overview of each of the Five Journeys, why they are important, and how each of them can help you achieve the life you always wanted. Wherever you are on your journey, it’s time to start making progress!

What We Discuss

If you’ve been told there’s nothing wrong with you, but you’re still not feeling your best, this is the show for you! Doctors Wendie and Ed are here to help you crack open a new level of health and vitality. Wendie is an OBGYN, Ed is a Family Practitioner, with over 25 years of combined functional medicine experience. They believe everyone should be vibrant, healthy, and happy until at least 100-years-old.

They divide health into five unique areas: Structure, Chemistry, Emotional/Psychological, Social, and Spiritual. Structural is whether or not you have any pain and have an empowering posture. Chemistry focuses on your hormones, nutrition, minerals, and it’s where toxins come into play. This area looks at your diet, how you eat and absorb it, and if your body properly gets rid of what you don’t need. The next area is Emotional and is about your general mood, your self-talk, and emotional training. Social picks up where Emotional leaves off and focuses on your relationships and connections with others. Finally, Spiritual is your sense of purpose. This area includes your reasons for getting up each morning, exercising, eating well, and anything else that makes your life productive.

As an example, Dr. Wendie discusses a patient she once had that came into her office wearing so much clothing she showed almost no skin at all. It turned out the client had a severe case of eczema and was very embarrassed about the way her skin looked. Her purpose in life was nursing, but anxiety, lack of sleep, disrupted digestion, social isolation, and discomfort due to her skin all impeded her from executing her life’s passion. As a result, every one of her Five Journeys was out of whack.

As she and Dr. Wendie began to peel back the causes of her problems, they identified toxins as one of her major issues. She gradually improved in all five areas and even returned to work. In her most recent visit to Dr. Wendie’s office, she strolled in wearing shorts and a tank top with absolutely no eczema on any of her skin.

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LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Breath

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$85-$225 depending on insurance coverage. 

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LOCATION PERFORMED

At Home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

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$699

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Fully covered by Medicare. Repeat test prices $249

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This test evaluates the genetic profile for multiple health indicators. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood Spot

COST

$319

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted

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This company can test for lyme, babesia, bartonella and additional tick-borne illnesses. Click here for more information.

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In office

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood

COST

around $1600 (depends on panel selected)

INSURANCE

Fully covered by Medicare. May be reimbursed with PPO plans.
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Start Your Journey to Better Health and Vitality

WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of harmful mycotoxins (toxins produced by molds).

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$299

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted
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WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates a wide range of environmental toxins that may be leading to harmful health effects.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

COST

$199

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted $30 discount given if done with mycotoxins.
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WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

Blood work for blood count, urinalysis and vitamin levels.

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BLOOD FLUID

Blood

NOTES

You often have to fast for these tests-please check your providers notes.

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Glyphosate (“Round Up”) is a pesticide that is widely used and this test indicates the body’s levels.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

Glutathione for 1 week, then bath or sauna.

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$99 ($69 if performed with mycotoxins or environmental toxins).

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted $30 discount given if done with mycotoxins or GPL Tox.
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WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates many measures including micronutrients, antioxidants, minerals, detox, overview of gut function, omegas and toxic exposure. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home.

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COST

$179 – $400

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

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This test evaluates the gut function and indicates microbiome balance, overgrowth, infection, inflammation, parasites and digestive efficacy. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Stool

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$179-$425 depending on insurance coverage.

INSURANCE

Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS

No probiotics for one week.

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This test evaluates the full menstrual cycle, female hormones, and adrenal profile.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Urine

COST

$160-$329

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Depending on insurance coverage. Fully covered by Medicare.

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Must be off hormones in order to do the testing.
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WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test is specifically for a tick-borne illness called “Bartonella”.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

BLOOD FLUID

Blood

COST

$260

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted
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WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test evaluates the presence of potentially harmful heavy metals stored in the body.  Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

SPECIMEN TYPE

Urine

COST

Testing: $79 x2 paid to Doctor’s Data
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INSURANCE

Not covered by Insurance
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WHY DO WE DO THIS TEST?

This test measures saliva cortisol testing throughout the course of one day and informs us where there might be an adrenal imbalance.

LOCATION PERFORMED

At home

BLOOD FLUID

Saliva

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$80

INSURANCE

No insurance coverage

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This test is designed to look at food sensitivities (IgG immune responses). It is available in both a 99 or 184 panel. Click here for more information.

LOCATION PERFORMED

In office

SPECIMEN TYPE

Blood

COST

$129-238

INSURANCE

No insurance accepted