FAQs

Questions about our tests

How are the tests performed?

Our genetic tests are simple cheek swabs that can be used for persons of any age, including babies and the elderly.

If I am breastfeeding my baby, can I still perform the cheek swab on him/her?

Yes. The mixing of genetic data from mother to child via breast milk is not an issue for our test. Simply wait about 30 minutes after feeding and/or rinse the baby's mouth with water. 

My child has a medical condition. Will this test help me understand their issues?

This test should not be used as the ultimate guide for any medical condition. It should be used in relation to biochemical function, methylation, detoxification, and vitamin deficiency risk. It is one piece of the large healthcare puzzle. Please work with a provider of some kind if you or your child are dealing with a medical condition. 

How long will it take to receive my test results?

Ideally, we try to get your results to you 5 weeks after receiving your sample. Realistically, there are times where the lab gets backed up with samples. Most genetic testing companies take 8 weeks or more to report results, so we try to aim for a faster turn-around time. You can expect delays around holidays. 

Do you test for ancestry genes?

No. We are purely focused on genetic information that will help you optimize your health.

Can you tell which diseases I will get in my lifetime?

No. Genetic information is only one aspect of health. We are not running data to diagnose, treat, or cure disease. We are running data for educational purposes only. Your genes are your blueprint for cellular processes, but your lifestyle plays the biggest role in your health outcome.

What SNPs are tested?

Please see the detailed information about each test in the catalog. 

Do you sequence the entire genome?

No. We run specific SNPs that are clinically relevant for most functional medicine providers. We do not sequence rare genetic disorders, ancestry, or SNPs that have little research. This test should not be used for medical conditions or drug interactions. Please consult a medical geneticist for those concerns.

What if I can't understand my report?

We always recommend working with a functional medicine provider that can help you understand your report. We only report the scientific understanding of each SNP per peer reviewed literature. We do offer test reviews that may be purchased as well.

Can I get my raw data file, too?

No. We do not catalog the data in a zip file like other companies. It's simply an excel sheet with rsid/alleles and will not work with other interpretation software. We report it for you so that you don't have to use 3rd party software.

Will my DNA truly be destroyed?

Yes, absolutely. Our lab is concerned about your privacy. They take great lengths to destroy data as soon as your report is complete. We don’t want to know your ancestry or provide 3rd party companies with “research.”

Questions about Maximized Genetics

Why should I use your lab over the big named labs?

That’s certainly a personal choice, but we have a few unique selling points: 1. We destroy your DNA and don’t share it. 2. We have a simple process and quick turn around time. 3. We personally write each and every report. 4. We offer dietary options in each report.  5. We’re not a corporate lab. We’re just a small operation that strives to make the world a healthier place.

Is your lab CLIA certified?

We contract with CLIA, Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments, certified labs.

Why don't you provide a phone number on your site?

We are a small company that is owned and operated by practicing clinicians. We work best by email and will respond promptly. 

Do you ship internationally?

Currently, we are releasing sales to specific countries. Please see your customs laws before ordering.

What is your refund policy?

Due to the nature of our business, the only time refunds will be offered is after two failed attempts to extract the majority of data required. No refunds will be offered based on extended wait times or symptomatic reactions to supplements.

Do you have coupons or discounts for multiple orders or first time users?

We keep our prices low to begin with, so we do not offer any coupons or discounts. 

Do you offer advice for supplements?

Currently, we only provide supplement information to patients that work directly with our clinicians. We do offer a line of high quality supplements should you choose to try some.

How do I get additional help from a doctor?

We offer test reviews on our website. We also have several functional medicine providers on staff. They are happy to set up separate consultations if you wish. There is a separate fee involved.

Can you write vaccine exemption forms based on genes?

No. We do not write vaccine exemption letters.

I’m a physician. How can I use your test?

We provide accounts for healthcare providers. Set up an account with our staff, and we will be happy to help your patients! Send us an email.

 

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