About The Doctor
Linette F. Williamson, M.D. ABAARM

Linette F. Williamson, M.D. ABAARM

Dr. Williamson also loves spending time with family, working out at the gym with her personal trainer (her husband), reading, and the beautiful San Diego beaches where she spends as much time as possible. You may very well find her out for an early morning surf or watching a sunset on one of her favorite beaches.
Monday, 25 May 2015 00:00

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Appointments must be scheduled by calling our office first at 760-436-5000
Tuesday, 25 June 2013 05:36

LHI HCG Weight Loss Program

Three Kinds of Fat

1. Structural Fat: Used to protect body organs and arteries, and to keep skin smooth and firm.
2. Normal Reserve Fat: Used to store energy for immediate use.
3. Abnormal Fat (diencephalic): Burned only after normal fat stores are depleted. It is not available to the body in emergency energy situations. This is the hard to burn fat.
Typically, when you diet to lose pounds the first fat to be used up are the normal reserves, then the structural reserves. Finally, the body resorts to the abnormal fat stores to find the energy it needs. By this point most people have already gotten so tired and weak that they give up on the diet. Instead of losing the largest stores of fat, they have decreased the important fat that protects their bones and makes their skin look taut, so they look older and more wrinkled. The HCG diet burns the abnormal fat around the hips, thighs, potbelly, and double chin. It releases 2000 calories per day to burn as energy from these places.

An obese person requires more calories to function than a leaner person, because it takes more energy to move around, maintain body temperature and simply exist. If you recall the fat types we discussed in the previous paragraph you will notice that these people are burning their normal stores of fat for energy, and then feeling exhausted until they consume more calories.

How Using HCG Works For Weight Loss
HCG is the hormone present in a woman’s body during pregnancy.  Pregnancy seems to be the only normal human condition in which the diencephalic (abnormal) fat banking capacity is unlimited. It is only during pregnancy that fixed fat deposits can be transferred back into the normal current account and freely drawn upon to make up for any nutritional deficit. During pregnancy, every ounce of reserve fat is placed at the disposal of the growing fetus. Were this not so, an obese woman, whose normal reserves are already depleted, would have the greatest difficulties in bringing her pregnancy to full term. There is considerable evidence to suggest that it is the HCG produced in large quantities in the placenta which brings about this change.

Though we may be able to increase the abnormal fat banking capacity by injecting HCG, this does not in itself affect the weight, just as transferring monetary funds from a fixed deposit into a current account does not make a man any poorer; to become poorer it is also necessary that he freely spends the money which thus becomes available. In pregnancy the needs of the growing embryo take care of this to some extent, but in the treatment of obesity there is no embryo, and so a very severe dietary restriction must take its place for the duration of treatment.

Only when the fat which is in transit under the effect of HCG is actually consumed can more fat be withdrawn from the fixed deposits. In pregnancy it would be most undesirable if the fetus were offered ample food only when there is a high influx from the intestinal tract. Ideal nutritional conditions for the fetus can only be achieved when the mother's blood is continually saturated with food, regardless of whether she eats or not, as otherwise a period of starvation might hamper the steady growth of the embryo. It seems that HCG brings about this continual saturation of the blood, which is the reason why obese patients under treatment with HCG never feel hungry in spite of their drastically reduced food intake.

How The Program works
The standard length of treatment on the program is 45 days.  If more weight loss is needed, there must be a minimum of 6 weeks and do another round. If more rounds of treatment are required each resting period must be progressively longer than the last. Scheduled breaks are 6 weeks, 8 weeks, 12 weeks, 20 weeks and 6 months.
Patients who have been dieting and who may have low normal fat reserves should eat to build up their normal fat reserves when starting this program. For three days they should eat more calories than normal to build up their normal fat stores. These calories should be from high fat foods. Normal fat reserves are required for energy. A small amount of weight gain may occur, but it will come off rather quickly from the abnormal fat stores. After loading your fat reserves, a 500 calorie diet is used during the time that the drops are used to gain the most benefit.

The first three days after completing a series of HCG, patients must remain on the 500 calorie diet. This will reset the metabolism. The first three weeks post-treatment are crucial to success of a managed weight loss.  Carbohydrates and sugar should be avoided during the first three weeks after treatment. Weight during this time may fluctuate if over consumption occurs. Combining fats and starches will cause weight gain. Patients should weigh themselves each morning to manage their weight. Followed correctly, this plan will train your body to use stored fat for energy when it’s needed.

Phase 1: The Loading Phase
The goal is to eat as many calories especially high fat foods as possible for the 2 days of the HCG injections.  This prepares the body for a period of very low calorie intake. These foods fill all fat stores, the metabolism is convinced that the body is not in a starvation mode.
Recommended foods:
Fried foods, hot dogs, hamburgers, french-fries, corndogs, onion rings, Mexican food, fried chicken, pork rinds, potato chips, pot pies, pizza, gravy, Macadamia nuts, macaroni and cheese, rich sauces, butter, cheese, ice cream, milk shakes, doughnuts, chocolate, cookies, cakes, candy bars, pies, hot fudge and whipped cream.

Phase 2: The HCG Low Calorie Diet Phase
The 500 calorie diet is started on the third day of the HCG injections.  EVERY part of the HCG Diet must be followed exactly. Small deviations can cause large gains in weight and set back additional weight loss for almost 3 days.

The Diet Plan:


Breakfast:

Tea or coffee in any quantity without sugar. Only one tablespoonful of milk allowed in 24 hours. Stevia may be used.

Lunch:

1. 100 grams of veal, beef, chicken breast, fresh white fish, lobster, crab, or
shrimp. All visible fat must be carefully removed before cooking, and the
meat must be weighed raw. It must be boiled or grilled without additional fat.
Salmon, eel, tuna, herring, dried or pickled fish are not allowed. The chicken
breast must be removed from the bird.
2. Vegetables only to be chosen from the following: spinach,
chard, chicory, beet‐greens, green salad, tomatoes, celery, fennel, onions, red
radishes, cucumbers, asparagus, cabbage.
3. One breadstick (grissino) or one Melba toast.
4. An apple, orange, or a handful of strawberries or one‐half grapefruit.

Dinner:

The same four choices as lunch (above.)

Phase 3: Final Phase of the HCG Diet And Maintenance Phase
When the three days of dieting after the last injection are over, the patients are told that they may now eat anything they please, except sugar and starch provided they faithfully observe one simple rule. This rule is that they must have their own portable bathroom-scale always at hand, particularly while traveling. They must without fail weight themselves every morning as they get out of bed, having first emptied their bladder. If they are in the habit of having breakfast in bed, they must weigh before breakfast. It takes about 3 weeks before the weight reached at the end of the treatment becomes stable, i.e. does not show violent fluctuations after an occasional excess. During this period patients must realize that the so-called carbohydrates, that is sugar, rice, bread, potatoes, pastries etc., are by far the most dangerous. If no carbohydrates whatsoever are eaten, fats can be indulged in somewhat more liberally and even small quantities of alcohol, such as a glass of wine with meals, does no harm, but as soon as fats and starch are combined things are very liable to get out of hand. This has to be observed very carefully during the first 3 weeks after the treatment is ended otherwise disappointments are almost sure to occur.

References:

  1. Simeons MD, A.T.W. “Pounds and Inches: A New Approach to Obesity”
Sunday, 19 May 2013 21:09

Why Nutritional Shots?

Injectable forms of nutrients are a very efficient way to quickly correct national deficiencies and insufficiencies.  Studies show that many nutrients such as magnesium are not as efficiently absorbed by the body when taken orally.  Nutritional intramuscular injections (injection in to the muscle) allow nutrients absorb directly into the body.  Many conditions have been greatly improved by regular intramuscular injections of nutrients such as vitamin B12.  In order to overcome some deficiencies or treat severe symptoms injectable forms of nutrients may be the best initial route to use.

We offer a variety of weekly or daily shots to boost your immune system, weight loss and address nutritional deficiencies.  Some of our weekly shots can be prescribed to administer to yourself at home.

  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)
    • This is the activated form of vitamin B12 which is better absorbed by the body and assists in detoxification and helps to treat inflammation.
    • Some individuals are impaired in their ability to activate their B vitamins and taking the activated form helps to ensure the effectiveness of the vitamin replenishment.
  • Folic Acid (5-Methyltetrahydrofolate)
    • This is the activated form of folic acid which is better absorbed by the body and assists in detoxification and helps to treat inflammation.
    • Some individuals are impaired in their ability to activate their B vitamins and taking the activated form helps to ensure the effectiveness of the vitamin replenishment.
  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) & Folic Acid (5-Methyltetrahydrofolate) Combination
    • This is a combination of both activated vitamins.
  • Vitamin B5
    • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) plays a role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates for energy.  Vitamin B5 is critical in the production of red blood cells, as well as sex and stress-related hormones produced in the adrenal glands (the small glands that sit on top of the kidneys). This vitamin is also important in maintaining a healthy digestive tract and helps the body use other vitamins, mostly B2 (riboflavin).
  • Vitamin B6
    • Like vitamin B5, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) also plays a role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates for energy.  Vitamin B6 helps the body make several neurotransmitters which are substances that carry signals from one nerve cell to another in our bodies. This vitamin is needed for normal brain development and function, and helps the body make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which influence mood, and melatonin.  Vitamin B6 also helps to control inflammation.
  • MIC Shot (Methionine, Inositol, Choline)
    • This combination boosts energy levels and enhances weight loss.  It also aids in blood sugar and lipid (cholesterol) metabolism.
    • Methionine
      • Methionine helps the body process and to eliminate fat. This essential amino acid is required to produce cysteine and taurine, which help eliminate toxins in the liver.   It also helps to build muscle and also promotes cardiovascular health.
    • Inositol
      • Inositol assists in the transport of fat throughout your body and it also aids the nerve cells in your brain. Inositol is also thought to have enhanced function when administered with choline.
    • Choline
      • Choline functions in the structure of cell membranes (outer surface), protects our livers from accumulating fat and is the precursor molecule for the critical neurotransmitter (brain chemical) acetylcholine. In studies choline has been shown to protect the liver from certain types of damage, and can help reverse damage that has already occurred. Also, it may help lower cholesterol and decrease inflammation.
  • L-Carnitine
    • L-Carnitine is an agent that helps the body turn fat into energy. Your body makes it in the liver and kidneys and stores it in the skeletal muscles, heart, brain, and sperm.  In studies L-carnitine has shown to be of benefit in weight loss, muscle recovery, energy production and cardiovascular disease.
  • Adenosine monophosphate (AMP)
    • Adenosine monophosphate is a chemical which is created as a critical byproduct of our body's effort to create energy from the food we eat.  Adenosine monophosphate improves energy production by stimulating fat cells to use their fat stored in the form of energy.  In studies adenosine monophosphate has shown to aid in pain relief of acute nerve-related pain (also known as post-herpetic neuralgia).  This condition is due to intense pain from Shingles outbreaks.
  • Other shots are available.
  • Some shots may be given alone or in special combinations to help meet your specific needs and goals.

 

Some Special Combinations:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Detox
  • Weight Loss Enhancer
  • Energy Lift
  • Immune Enhancement
Sunday, 19 May 2013 21:08

Weight Management

We have a customized weight management program with many tools available in order customize your program for your specific needs.   Many weight loss programs use a one-size-fits-all approach to weight loss for every patient.  We are able to look for and correct the underlying metabolic imbalances that lead to weight gain.  It takes a comprehensive approach in order to achieve optimal results that can be maintained.  We use a customized combination of various resources listed below.

Weight Loss Phase Resources:

  • Evaluation by your physician to determine potential nutritional and hormonal imbalances which contribute to stubborn weight loss.  This includes:
    • History & physical exam
    • Body composition analysis and body measurements
    • Laboratory evaluation based on your needs
  • Customized nutritional plan designed by your nutritionist using fresh organic whole natural foods
  • Medical foods such as organic plant based protein powders and nutritional bars
  • Correcting hormonal imbalances such as cortisol and thyroid
  • Nutraceutical supplements always used:
    • Multivitamin: with adequate amounts of nutrients for optimal metabolism and hormonal function
    • Vitamin D3
    • Omega 3 fatty acids (fish oil)
    • Liver detox support
  • Regular injections to boost metabolism
    • Vitamin B12, vitamin B6, methionine, inositol, choline
    • L-carnitine
    • Adenosine monophosphate
    • Please refer to our Nutritional Shots page.
  • Other natural weight loss supplements
    • L-carnitine
    • 7-keto DHEA
    • Garcinia Cambogia
    • D-ribose
  • Detox programs
    • Please refer to our Detox page.
  • HCG injections
  • Support for lifestyle modifications
  • Exercise program with a certified personal trainer
  • We offer continual support.  Weight management can be a very emotional process.  We are here to walk through this exciting time with you.

 

Maintenance Phase:
When you are close to your weight loss goal we will help you transition over to the maintenance phase.   We believe this is the most important aspect of a weight management program because the maintenance phase helps you set the pace for the rest of your life.  This is what can make the difference between being able to maintain your weight loss for life and gaining the weight back again.

Sunday, 19 May 2013 21:07

Why Nutritional Shots?

Injectable forms of nutrients are a very efficient way to quickly correct national deficiencies and insufficiencies.  Studies show that many nutrients such as magnesium are not as efficiently absorbed by the body when taken orally.  Nutritional intramuscular injections (injection in to the muscle) allow nutrients absorb directly into the body.  Many conditions have been greatly improved by regular intramuscular injections of nutrients such as vitamin B12.  In order to overcome some deficiencies or treat severe symptoms injectable forms of nutrients may be the best initial route to use.

We offer a variety of weekly or daily shots to boost your immune system, weight loss and address nutritional deficiencies.  Some of our weekly shots can be prescribed to administer to yourself at home.

  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)
    • This is the activated form of vitamin B12 which is better absorbed by the body and assists in detoxification and helps to treat inflammation.
    • Some individuals are impaired in their ability to activate their B vitamins and taking the activated form helps to ensure the effectiveness of the vitamin replenishment.
  • Folic Acid (5-Methyltetrahydrofolate)
    • This is the activated form of folic acid which is better absorbed by the body and assists in detoxification and helps to treat inflammation.
    • Some individuals are impaired in their ability to activate their B vitamins and taking the activated form helps to ensure the effectiveness of the vitamin replenishment.
  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin) & Folic Acid (5-Methyltetrahydrofolate) Combination
    • This is a combination of both activated vitamins.
  • Vitamin B5
    • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) plays a role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates for energy.  Vitamin B5 is critical in the production of red blood cells, as well as sex and stress-related hormones produced in the adrenal glands (the small glands that sit on top of the kidneys). This vitamin is also important in maintaining a healthy digestive tract and helps the body use other vitamins, mostly B2 (riboflavin).
  • Vitamin B6
    • Like vitamin B5, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) also plays a role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates for energy.  Vitamin B6 helps the body make several neurotransmitters which are substances that carry signals from one nerve cell to another in our bodies. This vitamin is needed for normal brain development and function, and helps the body make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which influence mood, and melatonin.  Vitamin B6 also helps to control inflammation.
  • MIC Shot (Methionine, Inositol, Choline)
    • This combination boosts energy levels and enhances weight loss.  It also aids in blood sugar and lipid (cholesterol) metabolism.
    • Methionine
      • Methionine helps the body process and to eliminate fat. This essential amino acid is required to produce cysteine and taurine, which help eliminate toxins in the liver.   It also helps to build muscle and also promotes cardiovascular health.
    • Inositol
      • Inositol assists in the transport of fat throughout your body and it also aids the nerve cells in your brain. Inositol is also thought to have enhanced function when administered with choline.
    • Choline
      • Choline functions in the structure of cell membranes (outer surface), protects our livers from accumulating fat and is the precursor molecule for the critical neurotransmitter (brain chemical) acetylcholine. In studies choline has been shown to protect the liver from certain types of damage, and can help reverse damage that has already occurred. Also, it may help lower cholesterol and decrease inflammation.
  • L-Carnitine
    • L-Carnitine is an agent that helps the body turn fat into energy. Your body makes it in the liver and kidneys and stores it in the skeletal muscles, heart, brain, and sperm.  In studies L-carnitine has shown to be of benefit in weight loss, muscle recovery, energy production and cardiovascular disease.
  • Adenosine monophosphate (AMP)
    • Adenosine monophosphate is a chemical which is created as a critical byproduct of our body's effort to create energy from the food we eat.  Adenosine monophosphate improves energy production by stimulating fat cells to use their fat stored in the form of energy.  In studies adenosine monophosphate has shown to aid in pain relief of acute nerve-related pain (also known as post-herpetic neuralgia).  This condition is due to intense pain from Shingles outbreaks.
  • Other shots are available.
  • Some shots may be given alone or in special combinations to help meet your specific needs and goals.

 

Some Special Combinations:

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Detox
  • Weight Loss Enhancer
  • Energy Lift
  • Immune Enhancement
Sunday, 19 May 2013 21:05

What Is Nutritional IV Therapy?

Injectable forms of nutrients are a very efficient way to quickly correct national deficiencies and insufficiencies.  Studies show that many nutrients such as magnesium are not as efficiently absorbed by the body when taken orally.  Nutritional IV therapy allows nutrients to go directly into the blood stream.  Many conditions have been greatly improved by regular IV therapy treatment.  In order to overcome some deficiencies or treat severe symptoms injectable forms of nutrients may be the best initial route to use.

We use IV therapy protocols that have shown to be safe, have minimal side effects and show effectiveness based on researched procedures.

Some of the Conditions Often Treated With Nutritional IV Therapy:

  • Acute upper respiratory tract infections (colds)
  • Adrenal fatigue
  • Autoimmune disorders
  • Chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia
  • Hypertension
  • Asthma
  • Cardiovascular disease

Benefits of Intravenous Nutrition:

  • Customized based on your condition and specific needs
  • Do not have to rely on absorption through the intestinal tract
  • Correct nutritional deficiencies
  • Instant beneficial effects

Common Nutrients Offered:

  • Myers’ Cocktail
    • The Myers' cocktail was established by John Myers, M.D., a physician from Baltimore, Maryland. The formula for the Myers' cocktail includes vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin B5, vitamin B complex and vitamin C, magnesium and calcium.
  • IV Glutathione
    • This is a principal amino acid based detoxifying agent in our liver.  This nutrient aids in our detoxification pathways.
  • IV Vitamin C
    • This is an effective way to treat infectious including colds and flus.  In studies, IV vitamin C has been shown to kill viruses, bacteria, and cancer cells.
  • Vitamin B12 (Methylcobalamin)
    • This is the activated form of vitamin B12 which is better absorbed by the body and assists in detoxification and helps to treat inflammation.
    • Some individuals are impaired in their ability to activate their B vitamins and taking the activated form helps to ensure the effectiveness of the vitamin replenishment.
  • Folic Acid (5-Methyltetrahydrofolate)
    • This is the activated form of folic acid which is better absorbed by the body and assists in detoxification and helps to treat inflammation.
    • Some individuals are impaired in their ability to activate their B vitamins and taking the activated form helps to ensure the effectiveness of the vitamin replenishment.
  • Vitamin B5
    • Vitamin B5 (pantothenic acid) plays a role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates for energy.  Vitamin B5 is critical in the production of red blood cells, as well as sex and stress-related hormones produced in the adrenal glands (the small glands that sit on top of the kidneys). This vitamin is also important in maintaining a healthy digestive tract and helps the body use other vitamins, mostly B2 (riboflavin).
  • Vitamin B6
    • Like vitamin B5, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) also plays a role in the breakdown of fats and carbohydrates for energy.  Vitamin B6 helps the body make several neurotransmitters which are substances that carry signals from one nerve cell to another in our bodies. This vitamin is needed for normal brain development and function, and helps the body make the hormones serotonin and norepinephrine, which influence mood, and melatonin.  Vitamin B6 also helps to control inflammation.
  • Methionine
    • Methionine helps the body process and to eliminate fat. This essential amino acid is required to produce cysteine and taurine, which help eliminate toxins in the liver.   It also helps to build muscle and also promotes cardiovascular health.
  • Inositol
    • Inositol assists in the transport of fat throughout your body and it also aids the nerve cells in your brain. Inositol is also thought to have enhanced function when administered with choline.
  • Choline
    • Choline functions in the structure of cell membranes (outer surface), protects our livers from accumulating fat and is the precursor molecule for the critical neurotransmitter (brain chemical) acetylcholine. In studies choline has been shown to protect the liver from certain types of damage, and can help reverse damage that has already occurred. Also, it may help lower cholesterol and decrease inflammation.
  • Chromium
    • Chromium supplementation has been thought to enhance the actions of insulin in putting glucose (blood sugar) into our body’s cells.  This enhances our body’s ability to metabolize blood sugar.
  • L-Carnitine
    • L-Carnitine is an agent that helps the body turn fat into energy. Your body makes it in the liver and kidneys and stores it in the skeletal muscles, heart, brain, and sperm.  In studies L-carnitine has shown to be of benefit in weight loss, muscle recovery, energy production and cardiovascular disease.
  • Many other nutrients are available.

    Some of Our Nutritional IV Therapy Protocols:

    • Myer’s Cocktail
    • IV glutathione
    • High Dose IV Vitamin C
    • Immune System Enhancement IV
    • Pain relief
    • Weight Loss IV
    • Asthma IV
    • Blood sugar management IV
Sunday, 19 May 2013 21:03

Detox

In today’s environment we are subject to more toxins than ever before and most often more than your body was designed to handle. When things are working properly, the immune system, liver and kidneys work together to remove toxins at the same rate as they are enter the body. When toxin levels are in excess of our body’s capacity to remove them, toxins build up and are stored in our body fat until they are removed. We can have toxins stored in our bodies for years without seemingly experiencing any negative symptoms.  Once the burden of toxins becomes too high, we start to feel ill. There are many sources of toxins.

Where toxins come from:

  • Environmental Toxins
    • Polluted air/auto exhaust
    • Household chemicals (pesticides, cleaning products, etc.)
    • Radiation
    • Heavy metals
  • Lifestyle Toxins
    • Poor diet (fried foods, fast foods, refined foods, sugars, lack of fresh vegetables)
    • Alcohol
    • Nicotine/tobacco
    • Caffeine
    • Medications (over the counter & prescription)
    • Recreational drugs
  • Internal Toxins
    • Overgrowth of bacteria & yeast in the body (i.e. intestinal tract)
    • Undigested food
    • Chronic stress/trauma
    • By products of metabolic reactions (hormones, ammonia, carbon dioxide)

The liver is the main organ of detoxification in our bodies. Our skin and respiratory tract are other detox organs.  Every other system in our body is compromised if our liver is not functioning properly.  Most of the toxins we are exposed to are fat soluble and they are stored in our fat cells in the body. This causes them to be easily transported into cells where they settle and exert their toxic effects. These toxins then stay in our system permanently and start to negatively affect various organs: liver, colon, kidney, heart, brain, lungs, skin and endocrine system (hormones). A good detoxification program supports the liver in changing harmful fat-soluble toxins into a water-soluble form so they can be easily eliminated from the system through the kidneys or colon (large intestine).

Why Detox?:

  • We ingest over 30-50 tons of food in a lifetime.
  • Most patients that have gastrointestinal (stomach and intestinal) illnesses also have increased levels of incoming toxins.
  • Gastrointestinal (stomach and intestinal) illness may not allow you to properly absorb nutrients, which are used in liver detoxification processes.
  • Patients develop symptoms different from the “underlying cause” or “true cause” because toxins get built up in various tissues and are not eliminated.
  • Least expensive and invasive method that will be used as a first-line approach to treat gastrointestinal (stomach and intestinal) illness.

We have multiple customized detox programs available.
Please call us for details.

Sunday, 19 May 2013 00:00

Steps to Becoming a Patient

Our model of medicine is quite different from what you may have experienced while working with most other physicians. In order to best help you understand our Functional Medicine practice follow the steps outlined below.

  1. Please read the following articles:
  2. Read our Office Policies.
  3. Please note the following forms:
  4. Please complete the New Patient Checklist in the Patient Orientation packet. This packet gives you a detailed explanation of what to expect on your first office visit at SeaSide Integrative Medical Center.
     
  5. Contact our office to make an appointment:
  • Phone:760-452-2305
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As the demand for compounded medications has increased, the pharmaceutical profession saw a need for a system of standards by which each compounding pharmacy can test its quality processes. Compounding pharmacists also wanted a mechanism to allow them to know that they are producing a high quality compound, and in doing so, providing the best quality to their patients. PCAB Accreditation gives patients, prescribers and payers a way to select a pharmacy that meets or exceeds USP’s high quality standards.

Eight of the nation’s leading pharmacy organizations joined together, contributing their time, money and leadership, to create PCAB: a voluntary quality accreditation designation for the compounding industry.

Organizations who founded PCAB and whom make up the PCAB Board of Directors:

  • American College of Apothecaries
  • National Community Pharmacists Association
  • American Pharmacists Association
  • National Alliance of State Pharmacy Associations
  • International Academy of Compounding Pharmacists
  • National Home Infusion Association
  • National Association of Boards of Pharmacy
  • United States Pharmacopeia
Sunday, 05 May 2013 17:39

Questions About Lab Testing

How will I know if my insurance will cover the lab tests?

We do not make any guarantees about insurance coverage for lab testing.  If you have a PPO or Medicare some of your testing may possibly be covered.  The amount of coverage depends on too many factors for us to be able to give you an exact cost or even a good estimate on how much you may have to pay.  We do recommend that once you receive your laboratory requisition, you check with your insurance company to verify whether or not your tests are covered.  We use a laboratory company that offers very low cash pay rates on tests that your insurance company will not cover or if you have a high deductible insurance plan.  Some of the Functional Medicine specialty tests that we order may have a guaranteed price which will be discussed with you by the office staff after the doctor prescribes the test.  If you have HMO insurance you will have to pay cash for your lab testing because we are out of your insurance network.  We offer affordable lab testing options for low cash prices.  We work very hard to give our patients affordable quality health care.

If you are paying out‐of‐pocket or have a high deductible on your insurance plan, please ask the front desk at checkout regarding obtaining discounted labs.

Are my lab tests in yet?

All lab test results will be emailed or mailed to you when we receive the final results and after your doctor has reviewed them. Some tests can take up to 4 weeks to be final. Most conventional labs will be final within 1 to 2 weeks. Most specialty or functional medicine labs will take about 2 weeks up to 4 weeks for some tests to get the final result. If it has been more than 4 weeks for your specialty labs please call our office.

How do I complete my take home test kits?

Each test kit contains detailed instructions. Please read and follow the instructions very carefully. If you have ANY questions after reading the instructions please call our office and we will be happy to assist you.

What do I do if I notice abnormal test results but have not seen the doctor yet?

All of your tests are reviewed by your doctor before they are sent to you. If there are abnormal lab results that need immediate attention the doctor will have our staff contact you as soon as possible. All the other abnormalities as well as normal results will be discussed at your follow up so the doctor can help you put them into the right context for your situation and continue to adjust your treatment regimen.

 

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