Work With Me as a Consulting Client
I work with individuals, health care practitioners, and product developers to harness the power of nutrition science. Read on to see how I can help you.
If you work one-on-one with me, I will be your data analyst, your consultant, and your strategist. I am not a health care provider or a coach.
I specialize in analyzing the results of lab tests that map out biochemical pathways and scientific studies that are relevant to nutrition science, health, and wellness.
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Health and Wellness Consulting for Individuals
If you are an individual looking to improve your own health, I offer the following:
I will help you develop actionable priorities and an overall strategy for improving your health.
Discuss your experiences with you and suggest useful tests that you could ask your doctor about, or which you can order yourself from directlabs.com, anylabtestnow.com, or truehealthlabs.com.
Analyze the results of genetic tests, digital food logs, and nutrient and blood measurements for markers of health and nutritional status. I can then use these analyses to suggest practical strategies that you could implement with proper supervision of a health care professional.
Critically, by working with me you agree that our consultations are educational in nature, that they do not constitute medical advice, that I am not your doctor and you are not my patient, that I cannot diagnose you or treat you, that I cannot bill your insurance, that I cannot order your tests for you, and that you take full responsibility for any actions you take based on what you learn.
Assistance With Data Analysis for Health Care Practitioners
If you are a health care practitioner, I can help you analyze patient data in cases where a diagnosis is difficult, but where you sense that something is biochemically or nutritionally going wrong. Sometimes when the model of medical diagnosis struggles, the model of looking for the weakest links in a biochemical system and fixing them excels. Other times, a patient may have a clear diagnosis, but it doesn’t lead to a fully successful treatment because of nutritional or other biochemical limitations in the patient’s ability to get better. In any of those cases, I will bring the fresh eyes of a scientist and systems thinker to the problem, and help you break through critical difficulties in helping patients attain their best health.
Help With Product Development
If you are a product developer, I can help you harness nutrition science research to optimize the doses and formulations of micronutrients in your products to meet your objectives.
Lab Tests I Work With
The lab tests I excel in analyzing are the following:
Micronutrient concentrations in plasma, serum, blood cells, and urine. For these I prefer LabCorp, Quest, or Vibrant America. It is usually helpful to pair this with a dietary analysis performed as described here. My comprehensive system for micronutrient management is contained in the Cheat Sheet, which is free to Masterpass members and to anyone who purchases a consulting package. This has all my preferred lab tests for micronutrients. If you purchase a consulting package, the free download link will be in your automated package confirmation email.
Plasma amino acids and urinary organic acids. For these, I prefer the Genova ION + 40 amino acids, though I also find value in the Great Plains Organic Acids Test, and if the ION is not available I prefer the NutrEval.
The Methylation System. For this, I prefer the Genova Methylation Panel and the StrateGene genetic report.
Other lab tests that do not form the bedrock of my analysis but are often useful include whole genome sequencing from Dante Labs, plasma acylcarnitines and urinary acylglycines, and the MitoSwab test of respiratory chain function. I generally do not use these unless there is evidence of clear biochemical dysfunction that does not have simple explanations from the tests I use more commonly that are described above.
Health Issues I Can Help With
The issues I excel in helping with are the following:
Optimizing micronutrient status for the sake of improving longevity prospects, or for resolving any of the nearly 200 signs and symptoms related to micronutrients outlined in the Cheat Sheet.
Optimizing energy metabolism for cognitive and physical performance.
Resolving anomalous function of energy metabolism, such as fasting intolerance, exercise intolerance, blood sugar problems without obvious causes, abnormal ketone metabolism, or loss of normal neurological or muscular function (defined very broadly, ranging from psychiatric conditions to fatigue, twitching, or muscle tension, to tremors or seizures).
Additionally, I have thousands of written articles, podcasts, and videos on topics I have researched about which I have insights to offer, and you may book a consultation to talk to me in more detail about any of them.
Please note that I do not offer diagnosis and treatment of diseases. Rather, I analyze lab data and help develop actionable strategies that can be used for individualized nutritional and lifestyle support.
Using Consulting for Assigned Research
If you want me to research a specific topic, you can devote a portion or the entirety of the time you book toward research that you assign me. To do this, book the space in the calendar during which you wish the research to be done. Add a data analysis add-on to your appointment. Check the automated confirmation for further instructions about where to direct correspondence. Email me and tell me if you would like to use part or all of the scheduled call time toward research, and send me exactly what you want me to research. A one-hour call with a one-hour data analysis add-on is equal to two hours of research. If you want to book more than two hours of research, you must do so by booking multiple appointments, and then emailing me to consolidate the hours and define the project.
How It Works
You schedule your time using the calendar.
If you wish, you can buy a package first to save money (see below). Before doing so, start scheduling an appointment so you can see what times are available in the calendar to make sure there are times available that work for you. If you buy a package, you have to use your appointments by the end of 2023. If by that time you have appointments remaining, we can correspond directly to decide how to settle the balance.
When you purchase a single session, you schedule it immediately upon buying it. When you purchase a package, you purchase a specific amount of value that you can then use to schedule appointments at any time in the future.
The most basic type of appointment to schedule is a one-hour call. If you want me to analyze data within the call, you do not need to purchase a data analysis add-on. If you want me to analyze data prior to the call, schedule a 20-minute data analysis for several pages of isolated labs or a single panel, or schedule a one-hour data analysis for several large panels. If in doubt, estimate how long it would take you to read the data and multiply it by three to account for analysis and interpretation, looking up notes, and comparing your new data to any other data I might have, or to the descriptions of your objectives on your intake form.
When you book, you will be given the option of creating an account. To do this, once you book but before you close your browser, click on "Register for an Account" under "Save Your Information" on the right-hand side of the screen and create a password. This is not necessary, but I highly recommend it. This will ensure that you only have to fill in your information once, and it will make scheduling and rescheduling a lot easier since the system will remember who you are and what you have purchased and scheduled.
Once you book, you will receive an automated email with further instructions. If you purchased a data analysis, the data must be sent to the email included in those instructions no later than the Friday before the appointment. I highly recommend accepting the automated calendar invite so that you do not lose track of the appointment and there is no confusion over time zones.
Consulting takes place over phone or Zoom. If you choose phone, I call you. If you choose Zoom, we meet together in the meeting room using the link contained in your automated email confirmation and your digital calendar event.
With Zoom, you are welcome to record the call on your end using the options within the Zoom software. With phone, you may do the same, but should arrange this yourself as there will be no easy-access recording option.
During your appointment, you are in charge of how we spend the time. If you want to share your appointment with a family member, that is perfectly acceptable. If you want to ask me for career advice, go right ahead. I will take charge based on what I believe are the top priorities, but ultimately it is up to you to redirect the conversation to whatever you would find most valuable.
After the call, I will send you an email with a bullet point list of action items as a followup.
Most of my clients benefit from followup appointments spaced out once every three months. However, you are free to schedule more frequent appointments if you expect to have more frequent batches of new data or questions.
While I do try to answer quick clarifications by email in a timely manner, I do not offer email support as part of the consulting arrangement, and I am often away from email for long periods of time while doing research and writing.
What It Costs
All consulting and data analysis is billed at an hourly rate of $450 per hour. Half-hour appointments are $250 per half hour, and 20-minute data reviews are $150 per 20 minutes.
If you plan to use more than 3 hours of consulting with me, you should become a Masterpass member, since you will save more on consulting alone than the yearly membership fee.
You can save additional money by buying a package. The standard package costs $999.99 and saves $200, while the premium package costs $1499.99 and saves $300. The packages allow you to mix-and-match services that amount to a specific dollar value. For example, the $1499.99 package allows you to mix-and-match any $1800 of value. Similarly, the $999.99 package allows you to mix-and-match any $1200 of value in whatever combination you want.
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Rescheduling and Refund Policies
If your appointment is more than three weeks away, you can use the reschedule link contained within your appointment confirmation email to reschedule your appointment.
If your appointment is less than three weeks away, you will have to email me using the email address contained in the appointment confirmation and this will incur a $100 rescheduling fee.
Single appointments are non-refundable.
Packages are subject to partial refunds as follows. From the package price is deducted a) the used appointments, b) any rescheduling fees associated with appointments fewer than three weeks out at the time of refund, and c) the package discount ($200 for the standard package and $300 for the premium package).
Discount for Masterpass Members
If you plan to use more than three hours of consulting with me per year, you will save more than the Masterpass membership fee. You can sign up for the Masterpass here, and you can learn more about it here.