Frequently Asked Questions
Does this work?
Yes! We test your DNA and mRNA and then analyze the biomarkers linked to depression and anxiety.
Do you take insurance?
Not currently. We have made our services inexpensive enough that most people will pay less than their deductibles and co-pays. We will work with you until you experience the answers and relief you are looking for, or we will give you your money back.
Will you help me get off of my medications?
Our pharmacists will work to support you in anyway needed. Most patients will be able to reduce or eliminate their prescriptions after following our guidance. However, medication adjustments need to be taken in consultation with your physician. We encourage you to share your test results and progress with your physician to support those decisions.
Where is this service available?
The Blues Butler service is available nationwide. In person service is available in Nashville, TN and Seattle, WA. All U.S. cities and towns are available via tele-health.
Do you do therapy?
No. You should continue to work with your licensed therapist until you get the relief you are looking for. Research shows some patients need therapy, or medications, or nutrition, or a combination of the three. Research also shows us that most Americans suffering from depression or anxiety aren't getting the nutrition that they need and the depression and anxiety are symptoms of a lack of nutrition, not the underlying problem.
Do you prescribe medications?
No. You should make all medication decisions with your physician. Our pharmacists are licensed and qualified to do Medication Therapy Management. An area we look at are the side affects of your medications and how many medications you are taking to just manage side affects like weight gain, weight loss, sleep disorders, shaking, acne, etc.
What is the proof your system works?
Here are some links to foundational research:
Paans NPG, Gibson-Smith D, Bot M, van Strien T, Brouwer IA, Visser M, Penninx BWJH. Depression and eating styles are independently associated with dietary intake. Appetite. 2019 Mar 1;134:103-110. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2018.12.030. Epub 2018 Dec 21. PMID: 30583007.
Young, Simon N. “How to increase serotonin in the human brain without drugs.” Journal of psychiatry & neuroscience : JPN vol. 32,6 (2007): 394-9.
Firth, Joseph et al. “The Effects of Dietary Improvement on Symptoms of Depression and Anxiety: A Meta-Analysis of Randomized Controlled Trials.” Psychosomatic medicine vol. 81,3 (2019): 265-280. doi:10.1097/PSY.0000000000000673
Felger, Jennifer C. “Imaging the Role of Inflammation in Mood and Anxiety-related Disorders.” Current neuropharmacology vol. 16,5 (2018): 533-558. doi:10.2174/1570159X15666171123201142
Booij L, Merens W, Markus CR, et al. Diet rich in alpha-lactalbumin improves memory in unmedicated recovered depressed patients and matched controls. J Psychopharmacol 2006;20:526-35.
Markus CR, Olivier B, de Haan EH. Whey protein rich in alpha-lactalbumin increases the ratio of plasma tryptophan to the sum of the other large neutral amino acids and improves cognitive performance in stress-vulnerable subjects. Am J Clin Nutr 2002;75:1051-6.
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4504923/ https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0925492707000960?via%3Dihub https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20368705/ https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6537792/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25974322/ https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30583007/
Does your system have side effects?
Everything has side effects. Ours tend to be more energy, healthy weight loss, and better family relationships. As your body gets healthier and improves it's genetic expression, it could change your medication effectiveness and make it stronger than needed. Work with you Blues Butler clinician and your physician as your body makes healthy changes.