Metametrix Handbook - Clinical Reference Manual
The Metametrix Handbook is a clinical reference manual that can help with interpretation of test results, development of treatment plans for patients, identification of possible causes of symptoms and conditions, and more. This pocket guide is a must-have companion to the in-depth Laboratory Evaluations for Integrative and Functional Medicine 2nd edition textbook.
- A quick, go-to reference guide for Metametrix testing profiles
- Easy-to-use format
- Includes causes, symptoms, and treatment recommendations
for high and low test results
- Includes physiological functions, food sources, and other appropriate details per category
- Multiple analyte pattern analysis
- Common abbreviations listed on inside front and back covers
- Spiral binding and pocket size are ideal for a clinic setting
In 2005 Metametrix published the ION Handbook as a practical, succinct guide to the ION (Individualized Optimal Nutrition) Profile*, designed to fit into a clinician’s pocket for easy reference and everyday use. It was the brainchild of Molly Roberts, MD, a clinician who used the ION Profile extensively in practice. Her primary resource was the textbook, Laboratory Evaluations in Molecular Medicine: Nutrients, Toxicants, and Cell Regulators (Bralley and Lord, 2001). Although she found the textbook to be a treasure trove of information, it was not conducive to finding quick answers in the middle of a patient consultation. She wanted something that was very clear and crisp that would give the most important clinically relevant information in an easy-to-use format, so she created a quick-reference guide, refining it over several months and sharing it with her colleagues. As more doctors got wind of this guide and wanted to use it in their practices, Dr. Roberts collaborated with Dr. Richard Lord at Metametrix to expand and edit the content and publish it in book format. Hence, the ION Handbook, a resource that today resides in offices of thousands of practitioners around the world, was born.
At the time of publication, the ION Handbook covered the majority of profiles offered by Metametrix. Since then we have added a number of new tests and wanted to create a broader, more inclusive resource to support all current Metametrix profiles. The analytes and pattern analyses contained in the original book are included and have been updated based upon new clinical and scientific evidence. Entire new sections have been added and the number of analytes, ratios and patterns has nearly doubled. Each analyte is presented separately with causes, symptoms and conditions, and treatments relating to high and low levels; physiological functions, food sources and other details are included as appropriate to the test category.
The Metametrix Handbook is a companion to the new Laboratory Evaluations in Integrative and Functional Medicine textbook (Lord & Bralley, 2008), which is a revision, update and expansion of the original textbook. Both the handbook and textbook cover tests to evaluate nutrients, toxicants, detoxification and biotransformation ability, adverse food responses and gastrointestinal and hormonal functions. The handbook’s quick-reference format complements the textbook’s indepth discussions and nearly 3800 literature citations.
||* The ION is a combination profile including amino, fatty, and organic acid profiles, antioxidant vitamins, and nutrient and toxic elements.|
Our thanks to Molly Roberts for her vision in creating the ION Handbook that forms the core of this new work, and to Richard Lord for his tremendous contributions to both that work and the Metametrix Handbook. We also want to acknowledge the talented Metametrix staff who contributed to the updates of the original text and the creation of the new sections of the book:
- Kara N. Fitzgerald, ND
- Eve E. Bralley, PhD
- Elizabeth H. Redmond, PhD
- Terry A. Pollock, MS
- Cass Nelson-Dooley, MS
We are also grateful to Todd LePine, MD, for his content editing and suggestions.