Kara Stewart’s Credentials:
Kara Stewart had a surprising start to her career in nutrigenomics. Before ever doing work in the medical field, Kara spent many years in the beverage services industry,helping Red Bull establish its footprint in the U.S. While Kara was helping the energy drink brand grow, her brother, Dr. Kendal Stewart, was helping patients with his medical career as a Neurotologist and Genomic Specialist. Dr. Stewart is a very gifted bio chemist with extensive background in biochemistry and the treatment of neuro-immune syndromes.
As a former surgeon whose focus was skull-based surgery, Dr. Stewart decided he wanted to be a “healer”, so he made the move to focus specifically on healing neuro immune inefficiencies (such as autoimmune, autism, ADHD, migraines – anything relating to the nervous and immune systems). Dr. Stewart believes in genetic testing (such as PGx or nutrigenomic analysis) and mandates all of his patients, who are usually severely affected with neuro-immune disorders, take a genetic test before prescribing any medications. Genetic testing ensures that he can prescribe exactly what the patient needs – or he can recommend they take the appropriate nutritional supplements that are specifically tailored to the patient’s genetic analysis.
Along the way, Dr. Stewart realized many supplement formulas weren’t created with all the
necessary cofactors to benefit the patient, so he began to create his own formulas and developed Neurobiologix, explained below. As neuro testing has developed over recent years, the supplement formulas have been designed on specific research and analysis. Genetic testing helps doctors like Dr. Stewart understand a patient’s genetic makeup and helps recommend supplements that work best for specific gene sets. This helps the patient save money by getting it right the first time, and helps to avoid reactions from medications or wasting valuable money on unnecessary formulas that may not be best for that patient.
Kara knew she wanted her career to have more meaning and truly make an impact on people’s lives, so she decided to join her brother and helped him, along with a team of investors, start Neurobiologix. Kara first served as Director of Sales & Operations when the company opened its doors in 2009 and then was appointed to CEO in 2010 to build the brand along with a team of medical professionals.
“Treat the source” is Dr. Stewart’s tagline. “Don’t put a bandaid on a health issue. Instead, put back in the body what is missing and help the body heal itself,” says Dr. Stewart.
Why is PGx Important to You Personally?
Kara and her brother, Dr. Stewart, are 7 years apart. Kara suffered from anxiety, depression and sleep issues but never made her struggles public. When she suffered from a really bad spell of vertigo in her late 20s, she finally talked to her brother about her troubles. Dr. Stewart worked with her doctor to correct her hormones and recommend nutritional supplements to help the body recover and strengthen her immune system. As a result, Kara hasn’t had a single episode in over 7 years.
Throughout the years, Kara has also had multiple fusion surgeries for her back and neck and could never get through the pain using traditional prescription pain medications like hydrocodone. It was only after Kara did PGx testing that she understood why. She’s a rapid metabolizer in the hydrocodone family, but a normal metabolizer of morphine. Once she switched to morphine, her body was able to metabolize it and her pain lessened almost immediately.
As someone who has experienced the power of of genetic testing, Kara recommends everyone get tested. According to Kara, “At one point in your life, you will have to have a prescription for something, whatever it may be. Genetic testing will help ensure you get the right prescription the first time and avoid the terrible side effects or issues that can happen by being on the wrong drug.”
How Does Genetics Testing Work, and How Can I Get Tested?
It’s easy for the general population to get genetic testing, but it’s still fairly uncommon for individuals to seek out the testing themselves. In order to get genetic testing, a doctor must order the tests. If you’re interested in getting testing done, you can easily search for a doctor in your area that specializes in genetics, or see your primary physician.
Once the tests have been administered, the PGx report that is provided back to the physician is fairly simple (same with nutrigenomic testing). The reports are built through a reporting technology (like Pathagility), which grabs the top medications and lists whether it’s safe for that individual to take or not. The report can be taken home by the individual, and can be shared with other doctors throughout their lifetime as genes never change.
According to practitioners who believe in genetic testing, PGx and genetic testing adds more accountability to the physician. Many believe the testing will save some physicians’ practices one day. This testing helps to prevent overdoses or adverse reactions, which are very common. Genes do not lie and they do not change. If a Dr. doesn’t listen and a patient has a bad reaction, then the adverse reaction may be the fault of the Dr. and they can be held responsible.
What Is Genomix Nutrition?
There are several services out there where an individual can order a saliva test via an online website. The individual then gets the raw data back in 8-10 weeks, but then they must go to another 3rd party website that prints out genetic marker analysis (known as SNPs, which stands for single nucleotide polymorphisms) pertaining to that specific individual’s genetic test. However, many of the SNP results don’t mean anything and aren’t clinically relevant at this time. According to Kara, “Patients are getting their genetic reports and are Googling things that cause unnecessary fear. ‘I’m at high risk of getting Alzheimer’s or cancer, etc’, which causes individuals to want prescriptions or unnecessary supplements to help prevent diseases or conditions they don’t even have yet, and may never have.”
On the other hand, Dr. Stewart will review the “doom and gloom” genes that tend to cause unnecessary fear but he is interested in the genetic SNPs that keep showing up in people that are sick, and has made a customized report that evaluates 26 key and scientifically validated genetic SNPs. When given the report, a practitioner can tell a patient what nutrition or supplements each individual needs based on their unique delivery pathways. “Nutrigenomics helps us identify genetic SNPs so we KNOW what each individual’s metabolic weaknesses are. For instance, we will know what form of B12 would be best for delivery by looking at your nutrigenomic report ,” explained Kara.
This lab test that Dr. Stewart has created is called Genomix Nutrition. The test is a simple cheek swab, just like PGx. The test is shipped off to the lab and comes back in a report form that details 26 SNPs that Dr. Stewart has hand selected. This report is backed, using Pathagility’s lab reporting technology.
It reports on these 5 overarching signals:
It is estimated over 70% of the population have a methylation mutation
Relates directly to ability to concentrate and focus
Accounts for energy, fatigue, and overall brain function
Relates to ability to excrete harmful substances (such as heavy metals the body can’t get rid of)
Relates to the response of an inflammatory trigger caused by food, environmental factors or an immune system issue
These 5 signals are the most relevant to an individual’s overall health. “If you have genetic mutations, we need to overcome those weaknesses” says Kara.” This report/test will print out a beautiful color-coded report that will tell them exactly what mutations the individual has, the necessary nutrients to overcome the weakness, and what we would recommend in terms of nutritional supplements. “It’s like baking a cake,” Kara explained. “It doesn’t work unless all of the ingredients are in it together in the right ratios – and it’s the same thing with supplementation. Many supplement companies make one supplement bottle for each nutrient, meaning the customer may need 12, 14, or more bottles for their nutritional regimen. This can be VERY costly, inconvenient, and eventually the individual will give up or cannot afford it.”
Neurobiologix, unlike some of its supplement rivals, is FDA monitored, meaning what’s on the labelis actually in the supplement and is listed as the absorbable amount. The company specializes inpharmaceutical grade, GMP Certified supplements that are designed by top US physicians. The products are carefully crafted with all the necessary cofactors to improve nutritional delivery and each formula is hand selected by a team of advising physicians and medical experts.
Kara’s Advice For Physicians:
“There are still many physicians that don’t believe in supplementation,” said Kara. “If you believe that nutrition is essential for life and that the American diet doesn’t provide all of the necessary nutrients, then a person may need nutritional supplements for survival. This process should begin with a nutrigenomic test to determine each individual’s needs, followed by a carefully selected supplementation regimen.”