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Combining the best of western medical science (functional labs, functional genetics) with the best of natural medicine lifestyle and diet.

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Working with Sam has been as close to a one-stop shop as I could find in this confusing journey of discovering total health.

He is super smart and connects ALL the dots in an amazing way. I went into this expecting to feel better physically, and I do.

After just a few months, I was already able to lower my thyroid medication (under the supervision of my prescribing MD), because the protocol that Sam put me on helped me in such a way that I no longer need such a high dose.

But what I didn’t expect to happen was that one simple process that Sam gave me, gave me back the love for my mother, my daughter, and I fell in love with my husband for the first time in 16yrs of being with him! The process he turned me on to has begun to heal the underlying resentments that cause all the other systems in my body to go askew.

Sam puts it all together like I’ve never experienced.

Worth every penny. 

Eileen M.

Retired police officer

Solve Your Genetic Puzzle

Genetics Testing

“Lasting health comes from the interaction of our genes with our lifestyle and environment. Personalizing this connection is the future.”

– Dr. Jeffrey Bland, PhD, Father of Functional Medicine

Your "Rosetta Stone": The Complete Genetics Lab Package

This comprehensive package will help you:

  • Learn how to best normalize your natural weight.
  • How to “STOP-THE-CLOCK” to slow the effects of aging.
  • Specific insights into what nutrients you genetically need higher doses.
  • What type of diet best suits your genes: Keto, Paleo, Mediterranean, or High Carb?
  • Your food intolerances and sensitivities to gluten, lactose, alcohol, caffeine, and salt.
  • You ability to make Vitamin D from sunshine and your ability to absorb Vitamin D into your cells.
  • Which lifestyle recommendations to implement based on your unique genetics to keep your immune system supported.

What is included: 

  • Cheekswab kits mailed to your address anywhere in the world.
  • Lab fees to the genetics lab
  • Report generation: All 5 complete reports, including all your results, what they mean, and next steps.
  • Personalized and prioritized lifestyle recommendations based on your genetics. These recommendations are rank-ordered based on what you need to do first, next, and last.
  • Recommended diet based on your genetics, including shopping lists, recipes, weekly planner, and implementation guide.
  • 1.5 hour Report of Findings to go over all your results, what they mean, and next action steps.
  • 4-month implementation support, including habit tracking, monthly consults with Dr. Shay.
  • All 3 of Dr. Shay’s online courses
    • Transform Stress Into Freedom
    • 10 Pillars of Health/End Fatigue/Increase energy course
    • Reverse screen and food/sugar cravings and addictions. 

Not included:

  • Shipping of your completed cheekswab to the lab. Varies by country. Easy instructions included.
Test #1: "Achieve your Natural Weight" AKA "The Longevity" & "STOP-THE-CLOCK” Test.

Have you ever wanted to know…

  • What type of weight you genetically carry?
    a) Inflammatory/water weight,
    b) Toxic/hormonal weight, or
    c) Caloric/fat weight

  • Each type of “genetic weight” and requires a different approach.
  • Learn your genetics to “Stop-The-Clock” to slow the effects of aging.

This genetics tests reveals the best ways to drop unnecessary weight and how to keep it off longterm.

This genetic test also unveils the lifestyle, nutrition, and exercise habits you need for longevity, youth, & sustained optimal weight to help you “Stop-The-Clock” from the affects of aging.

How? This test reveals the 7 drivers of all disease and aging: inflammation, free radical damage, liver detoxification, Vitamin D utilization, methylation, cardiovascular health, & fat metabolism.

To learn more, watch the my interview of Dr. Paul Beaver, PhD, co-founder and chief science officer of Fitgenes.

Test #2: "Find your Ideal Diet"

This genetic test reveals your best diet for optimal weight, energy, clear thinking, and great digestion.

How? It genetically determines your “Carb Tolerance”: how many carbs you can have at meals.

  • Learn what your optimal diet is:
  • Ketogenic diet
  • Paleolithic diet
  • Mediterranean diet, or
  • High carb diet

This genetics tests also shows how you can adapt to higher-carb events (e.g. birthday parties, social events, and travel), and improve your digestion to reduce bloating and inflammatory weight gain.

To learn more, watch the video on this diet test.

Test #3: "Understand Your Trigger Foods" AKA "Is it safe for me to have gluten, lactose, caffeine, alcohol, or salt?"

There are 5 major food substances that commonly intersect your diet, sometimes by choice and sometimes not: Gluten, Lactose (dairy), Alcohol, Caffeine, and Salt.

Your genes determine your foundational response to these food substances and you must know what your risks are to them because these 5 are so prevelant in our food supply.

Here are some of the questions this genetic profile will answer:

  • Will coffee induce anxiety/depression?
  • Am I at risk for alcoholism?
  • Am I lactose intolerant?
  • Gluten intolerant and at risk for celiac disease?
  • Will salt likely raise my blood pressure?

You will receive your complete report, including specific recommendations based on your genetics as well as resources and support materials to help you find modifications to these 5 food substances if it turns out you’re not genetically compatible to consume them.

To learn more, go to my video on the “5 Food Groups

Test #4: "Vitamin D Absorption"

Vitamin D is getting a lot of deserved attention now as a critical factor in handling inflammation and moderating the immune response

Vitamin D is critical to the human body, as it beneficially activates over 1000 genes (~3-5% of the human genome), particularly those related to reducing inflammation and improving your immunity.

Getting usable Vitamin D3 into your blood (acquired by sunlight, food, and supplements) is only half of the journey.

Getting Vitamin D3 into the cell is the other half other journey. Vitamin D3 can only get into the cell by landing on a docking site on the surface of the cell, called the Vitamin D Receptor (VDR). If you don’t have a lot of Vitamin D Receptors (re: if you have a yellow or red dots on your VDR genes), then Vitamin D3 will have a hard time getting into the cell to beneficially activate the genome to help drop inflammation and improve immunity. .

The “Vitamin D Absorption” test tracks the 11 major genes that regulate your ability to:

  1. Use sunlight to convert cholesterol into Vitamin D3
  2. Whether your body withdraws potential vitamin D out of circulation due to overactive inflammatory genes.
  3. Your ability to get Vitamin D3 into your cells (VDR genes). This test checks 3 VDR genes.

Summary: Vitamin D is critical on so many levels. Your ability to make Vitamin D3 from sunlight is a complicated genetic journey and not everyone can easily convert sunlight to Vitamin D3. Assuming you can even get Vitamin D3 from sunlight, then there is the problem of getting Vitamin D3 into the cells via the Vitamin D Receptor. This genetic test will chart out the Vitamin D pathway, including your Vitamin D Receptors and give clear guidance on how to epigenetically shift your Vitamin D genes to help you absorb and use Vitamin D3 better.

 

Test #5: "Immunity Support Genes"

This report closely looks at the genes specific to your immune and inflammation response systems and reveals exactly what the lifestyle changes and nutrients your genetic profile needs to support your immune/inflammatory system 

Working with Sam has been the answer I have been looking for.

For years, I have worked with countless health practitioners because I knew something was simply off in my body.  I’ve gone through countless tests for thyroid, cortisol, heavy metals, even DNA testing only to come up empty handed with no answers.  

I started off taking the DNA tests which I love the idea of getting to the root of what my body needs. Dr. Sam was meticulous with his follow up session and the knowledge of what was going on in my body. He was the first doctor to help me realize that extra weight is not always about calories in and calories out. After years of exercising and eating meticulously I never lost weight but instead felt puffy and even inflamed.

Dr. Sam shared that the extra weight could be from inflammation causing water retention or hormonal imbalance influenced by my liver genes not detoxing hormones properly. Once I started the supplement protocol I had a feeling there was something wrong with my digestion.

After a short consult Dr. Sam suggested a functional test for digestion. The results were exactly what I suspected. He compiled a custom supplement protocol and my body immediately responded positively.

Within days I noticed a shift in bloating, puffiness and less inflammation. I am so grateful that once I finish up the digestion issue I can immediately jump back into my DNA results protocol and feel confident I will be in great health. 

 I am beyond grateful to Dr. Sam and his caring approach to functional medicine.

Nicole Lombardo

Money Mentor, https://nicole-lombardo.com/

10 Pillars of Health™ and Functional Testing

Want to get to the root cause?
Tired of guesswork and “Dr. Google”?

Get the proper and complete assessment you deserve with Dr. Shay’s comprehensive 10 Pillars of Health™ assessment combined with advanced functional testing to get you a customized nutrition, diet, and lifestyle plan.

10 Pillars of Health™ Assessment

This comprehensive assessment is the best system for analyzing your lifestyle to achieve the health goals you want, whether it’s longevity, optimal weight, or you have a chronic health issue that hasn’t been resolved.

A truly unique system, the 10 Pillars of Health combines my 20+ years of experience in natural health to identify which “Pillars” are crumbling and how to repair them and in what priority so you can feel better and achieve your health goals as quickly as possible.

What you receive in the initial consult:

The initial consult covers the “Ten Pillars of Health”, which is the foundational system to assess your lifestyle, past and present so we can best determine what lifestyle changes you need to do to feel better as quickly as possible, as well as determine what functional tests are best for you.

The functional tests will tell us what underlying biochemistry has been damaged so we can customize a nutritional program specific to your metabolism.

My clinical experience has shown me that people struggle to get better because they have not been properly evaluated in a truly holistic way, covering all 10 if the Pillars of Health. Once the ‘crumbling’ pillars are identified, you’ll receive a straightforward set of recommendations to rebuild those pillars.

  • Pillar #1 – Brain & Hormones: Assesses adrenal imbalance, potential under- or over-active thyroid, xeno-estrogen exposure.
  • Pillar #2 – Bowel & Digestion: Assesses gut health, digestion, bowel function, evacuation, constipation/diarrhea, absorption.
  • Pillar #3 – Body & Genetics: Assesses old/chronic injuries, strains/sprains, accidents, inherited genetic vulnerabilities.
  • Pillar #4 – Burst exercise and Movement: Assesses your exercise and movement patterns to assess if you are doing too little, too much, lack of variety, or the wrong type of exercise and movement.
  • Pillar #5 – Bio-toxins and chemical exposure: Assesses toxic exposures such as heavy metals, pesticides, and off-gassing.
  • Pillar #6 – Bio-nutrients and Diet: Assesses nutritional deficiency, poor quality food, and if you are taking inferior quality supplements.
  • Pillar #7 – Breakfast & Routines: Assesses your breakfast and your morning and evening routines.
  • Pillar #8 – Bothers and Stressors: Assesses sources of chronic and acute stress.
  • Pillar #9 – Bugs and Hidden Infections: Infections (mould, parasites, old glandular fever, H. Pylori) & beneficial bacterial balance.
  • Pillar #10 – Bedtime and Sleep quality: Assesses your sleep, including sleep disruption, insomnia, what to do if you wake between 1-4am each night, snoring, shift work, or other sleep problems.

Initial consult package includes 3 parts:

  1. The time to review of your extensive 10 Pillars of Health™ survey,
  2. the 1-hour consult, and
  3. the detailed email follow-up:

Part 1: Review of your 10 Pillars of Health™ survey

  • I don’t know if you’ve ever had the experience of going to a practitioner who only opened your file once you first walked into the room, but I have and I didn’t like it and promised to not to ever do that to someone who I would help.
  • Your extensive survey will be fully reviewed prior to the consult. This ensures that I arrive to the consult with a full understanding of what is going on. This also saves you a lot of time and money as I can efficiently review the answers in writing so we can spend the initial consult time focusing on findings, clarifications, answering questions, and next steps.
  • Survey is sent via secured link which is HIPAA-compliant and results are automatically sent back to me to review.

Part 2: One-to-one teleconsult

  • Consults are done via virtual meeting room.
  • Consults are 1 hour.
  • During the consult, we will review in detail what  and what the next steps are (lifestyle changes, nutrition, and functional testing if required).

Part 3: Detailed follow up email

  • Concerned about taking notes during the call? You’ll be sent a detailed session note with findings and next steps so we can (literally) be on the same page.
  • Detailed follow-up email contains next action steps, recommended testing, and lifestyle recommendations in order priority to help you feel better as quickly as possible.
Mitochondria, brain, and liver testing

This test is extremely helpful if you struggle with any of the following:

  • Fatigue
  • Brain Fog
  • Stubborn weight gain
  • Anxiety/low mood
  • Toxicity (glutathione pathway)
  • Inflammation

This mitochondria test (called an Organix Comprehensive Profile) is a simple urine test that acts like an ’emissions test’ for your energy system. 

The mitochondria are the ‘power houses’ of the cells that take raw materials (oxygen combined with fats, proteins, and/or carbs) and make them into energy (called ATP).

The mitochondria are fragile yet efficient energy factories that need the right nutrients to supply the infrastructure of the factory (raw materials, walls, machines, security guards, maintenance crew, and the right signals from the nervous system and hormone system).

This test checks if the mitochondria have been compromised due to vandalism (infection), stress, pollution, and the nutritional depletion.

Once we have the results, we will know specifically which pathways to support with lifestyle and nutrition to get you feeling better at the cellular level.

This mitochondria test checks for 46 different metabolites that are placed into the following categories:

  • Fatty acid metabolism
  • Carbohydrate metabolism
  • Energy production
  • B-complex vitamin markers
  • Methylation cofactor markers
  • Neurotransmitter metabolism markers
  • Oxidative damage and Antioxidant markers
  • Toxicants and Detoxification

How to order:

  • Lab testing is only available to those that complete the 10 Pillars of Health™ assessment because only after that assessment can we truly know what the best recommended labs should be. Once you have your assessment, you’ll be given a recommended lab package specific to your needs, findings on the 10  Pillars assessment and healh goals
"Advanced" Mitochondria, brain, and liver testing

Aside from being the best overall annual ‘functional health check’ for your metabolism, this test is extremely helpful if you struggle with any of the following:

  • Fatigue (Long-term, debilitating, or unexplained)
  • Brain Fog (Long-term, debilitating, or unexplained)
  • Weight gain (long-term, unexplained, stubborn weight that does not go away despite diet and exercise)
  • Anxiety/low mood (long-term, debilitating, and/or unexplained).
  • Any mystery issues that have not yet been figured out by a small army of other practitioners.  Anxiety/low mood
  • Chronic inflammation
  • When you’ve been told:
    • “It’s all in your head.”
    • “There is nothing wrong with you, stop complaining.”
    • “You look fine, why do you always say you don’t feel well?”

The advanced mitochondria test is the ‘big gun’ of functional testing, checking everything in the normal mitochondria test, plus other key markers that influence and control your body’s health:

  • Fatty Acids: (Omega 3/6/7/9, monounsaturated, saturated, transfats, and ratios)
  • Amino Acids: 20 amino acids for metabolism, muscle, liver function, detox, and neurotransmitters.
  • Heavy metals: Aluminum, Arsenic, Cadmium, Lead, and Mercury
  • Minerals: Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, Copper, Selenium, Calcium.
  • Anti-oxidants and fat-soluble vitamins: CoQ10, Vitamin A, beta-carotene, alpha- & gamma-tocopheral, Vitamin D (25-OH)
  • Free radical marker: 8OHDG
  • Inflammatory marker: Homocysteine

To learn more, Watch Dr. Shay discuss this advanced mitochondria test (called the ION Panel) on the Mitochondria Summit.

How to order:

  • Lab testing is only available to those that complete the 10 Pillars of Health™ assessment because only after that assessment can we truly know what the best recommended labs should be. Once you have your assessment, you’ll be given a recommended lab package specific to your needs, findings on the 10  Pillars assessment and healh goals

 

Gut Health & hidden infections test

This test is extremely helpful if you struggle with any of the following:

  • Indigestion
  • Bloating & gas
  • Fatigue after meals
  • Sugar cravings
  • More intolerant to more foods or increasingly sensitive to foods.
  • Brain Fog
  • Difficulty losing weight
  • Difficulty keeping on weight (look ‘too’ thin)
  • Foul-smelling stools or gas
  • Feeling ‘not right’ after food poisoning, even if it was years ago.
  • Feeling ‘not right’ after antibiotics, even if it was years ago.

Gut testing checks the following key areas:

  • Digestion:
    • Do you digest fats (steatocrit or fecal fat markers)? If you don’t, you miss out on fat soluble vitamins like vitamin A, D, and E and also likely abnormal bowel movements.
    • Does your pancreas secrete sufficient enzymes (elastase maker) to digest food? If not, you’re unable to access the nutrition in your foods.
  • Inflammation & gut immune system:
    • Do you have gut inflammation (high calprotectin or other markers)?
    • Do you have high anti-bodies to gluten-related foods?
    • Do you have a strong enough immune system inside your gut (secretory IgA antibodies)?
  • Hidden infections
    • Parasites like worms or protozoa (e.g. blastocystis)
    • Fungi/yeast (like candida)
    • Potential autoimmune triggers (e.g. klebsiella)
    • Pathogenic bacteria (e.g Yersinia)
    • Opportunistic bacteria and dysbiotic/overgrowth of bacteria.
    • H. Pylori
  • Normal bacteria, e.g.:
    • Lactobacillus
    • Bifidobacterium

How to order:

  • Lab testing is only available to those that complete the 10 Pillars of Health™ assessment because only after that assessment can we truly know what the best recommended labs should be. Once you have your assessment, you’ll be given a recommended lab package specific to your needs, findings on the 10  Pillars assessment and healh goals
Stress resilience (adrenal) testing

This test is extremely helpful if you struggle with any of the following:

  • Morning fatigue (tired when you wake up)
  • Afternoon fatigue (energy crash starts ~2-4pm)
  • Wired at night, yet tired during the day.
  • Trouble sleeping/insomnia
  • You require stimulants (e.g. coffee, tea) in the morning
  • You require stimulants (e.g. coffee, tea) in the afternoon
  • increased belly fat
  • Sugar cravings
  • Salt cravings
  • Frequent snacking
  • History of long periods of stress
  • History of overwork
  • You see lights, dark spots, or feel dizzy when you stand-up quickly.
  • Increasing food sensitivities

How this test works:

  • It’s a simple, at-home saliva test where you collect saliva 6 times over the course of a normal day.
  • The test is then mailed back to the lab in the courier envelope that comes in the kit.
  • The test measures your cortisol rhythm (your ‘speedometer’) and DHEA (your repair hormone to rebuild cells damaged by cortisol).

What to look for in the results:

  • Identifies if you have low stress resilience (and you will receive subsequent lifestyle recommendations to increase your resilience).
  • If your stress hormones are running too high or even too low or variable through the day.
  • If you have enough DHEA to help rebuild your cells and tissues from the affects of your stress.
  • You’ll receive nutritional recommendations based on the lab results.

How to order:

  • Lab testing is only available to those that complete the 10 Pillars of Health™ assessment because only after that assessment can we truly know what the best recommended labs should be. Once you have your assessment, you’ll be given a recommended lab package specific to your needs, findings on the 10  Pillars assessment and healh goals. 
Advanced Thyroid with minerals and heavy metals

Comprehensive Thyroid Assessment (fT3, fT4, TPOab & TSH (blood spot); I, Se, Br, Li, As, Cd, Hg (dried urine)).

  • This comprehensive Thyroid test is ideal to find out what your thyroid hormones are doing including:
    • TSH, Total T4, Free T4, Free T3, Thyroglobulin, and Anti-TPO antibodies. This test is critical for those concerned about autoimmunity to the thyroid as well.
    • This test also stands out from other thyroid tests because it also measures critical mineral (Iodine, Selenium) and dangerous heavy metals (bromine, lithium, arsenic, cadmium, and mercury) that can affect the thyroid.

How to order:

  • Lab testing is only available to those that complete the 10 Pillars of Health™ assessment because only after that assessment can we truly know what the best recommended labs should be. Once you have your assessment, you’ll be given a recommended lab package specific to your needs, findings on the 10  Pillars assessment and healh goals. 

 

DUTCH Hormone testing: Sex hormones, melatonin, adrenal stress resilience

One of the most comprehensive sex hormone and adrenal hormone tests available.

Consider if you have:

  • Hormone imbalances
  • Unusual weight gain
  • Perimenopause, post-menopause
  • Sleep issues
  • Stress imbalance
  • Painful periods

Includes estrogens (7 types), testosterone metabolites, Progesterone metabolites, melatonin, cortisol rhythm, cortisone rhythm, and seeral organic acids. 

How to order:

  • Lab testing is only available to those that complete the 10 Pillars of Health™ assessment because only after that assessment can we truly know what the best recommended labs should be. Once you have your assessment, you’ll be given a recommended lab package specific to your needs, findings on the 10  Pillars assessment and health goals. 
Food Sensitivities and Intolerances

How to order:

  • Lab testing is only available to those that complete the 10 Pillars of Health™ assessment because only after that assessment can we truly know what the best recommended labs should be. Once you have your assessment, you’ll be given a recommended lab package specific to your needs, findings on the 10  Pillars assessment and health goals. 

 

What you can expect:

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A caring professional who has 'been there'

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In-depth assessment to uncover the root causes

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Advanced functional and genetic testing

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Guidance and hand-holding throughout the process by someone who cares

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Custom meal plan and determining your unique diet

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Custom supplement protocol

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Straight-forward lifestyle recommendations put in order of priority so you can start feeling better ASAP

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Weight loss, such as dropping inflammatory/water weight

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Greater resilience: More energy, no more afternoon 'dip' or post-meal fatigue

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Improved sleep and better recovery

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Gut health: no more bloating, embarrassing gas, diarrhea

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Greater creativity, focus, and mental clarity

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Better mood and emotional resilience.

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Less pain & faster recovery

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More confidence and optimism

I’m now 48 and my body looks and feels as youthful again as in my 30s.

Thank you so much Sam for your expert guidance on my journey to regain my health.

You’ve made the maze of complex health tests, biomarkers and what it all means navigable for me and have turned the daunting challenge to restore my health into a feasible task.

I now feel much better than I have in years and the sparkle in my eyes has made a comeback.

People have told me that I have a vibrant glow on my face and that I look 10 years younger.

Thank you again Sam and I’d highly recommend you to anyone who wants to get their health back.

Ulrika N.

Who I help

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Mom-preneurs who want more energy and time for their business and family

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Busy health-conscious entrepreneurs

 

 

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Burned-out professionals, executives, and managers.

 

 

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"Biohackers" and "High Performance Entrepreneurs" who want a professional to review labs to quantify exactly what they need to optimize their longevity, performance, brain function, and fast recovery.

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Worn down ex-military, frontline police, fire, & emergency care professionals. Includes worn-out ex-athletes.

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Engineers, computer programmers, lawyers and other skeptical-types who want recommendations based on data (e.g. advanced lab testing from 3rd party labs and a clinician who will answer their nuanced questions).

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Emotional eaters. Using food to self-sooth. Food & sugar addicts.

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Screen addicts (e.g. social media, video games, Netflix, smart phones, computers, tablets, Youtube)

Why I help

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Raised by burned-out mom-preneur. Help mom, help the whole family.

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Entrepreneurs drive innovation that can improve the world. Help entrepreneurs, help the whole world.

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Businesses succeed by measuring. The people within the businesses succeed when they measure their health (with functional labs & genetics).

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Test, don't guess. "Biohackers" and "High Performance Entrepreneurs" need a central coordinator to assess and optimize their lifestyle and lab markers instead of just doing the latest shiny biohacking trick.

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Ex-military and frontline service professionals need customized care to recover from the line of duty.

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The skeptical-types and I really get along as our minds are similar in constitution and outlook. I love Labs and data and my skeptical-types appreciate my detailed (read "nerdy") level of analysis and ability to field their nuanced questions.

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Been there. I overcame 15 years of emotional eating and sugar addiction.

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Been there also. I overcame 25 years of video game addiction and screen addict.

Schedule your free 15-Minute 'Discovery Call' with Dr. Shay

Be heard. Share your concerns, your reasons for getting healthier, and share what approaches have and have not worked for you in the past.

Learn how the "10 Pillars of Health" method, including advanced functional testing, functional genetics, customized lifestyle and nutrition may the missing link!