We have quite a variety of reference lab testing available to help provide information regarding health issues and to provide information to direct our treatment. It is not necessary to use these for every patient, but can be very helpful in creating a successful treatment plan. Some of the more common tests are listed below.
Saliva Hormone Panels
Male and female hormone panels are a great way to answer the question “Are hormone issues causing the change in my health and energy?” The female panel is very helpful in discussing the options available for herbal or hormonal supplementation for each individual. Having accurate lab results gives you useable information for a discussion with your practitioner. It is a must if you are seeking recommendations for bioidentical hormones.
The male panel provides relevant background for changes that occur in men with aging. This allows us to have a much more accurate target for treatment to improve male performance and vitality.
The adrenal panel provides four cortisol samples through the day, creating a curve which exposes adrenal gland performance. Our hectic and stressful lives are leading to much fatigue and burnout across the demographic spectrum, and this information can be used to get you back on track.
Food Allergy Testing
One of the most useful and popular tests we offer is the Type IgG food allergy test. Most people are aware of their sudden or chronic Type E (histamine mediated) allergies, and every parent is able to tell you what affects their children in this immediate reaction. The more frustrating type of allergy is the Type G delayed-onset reactions. Because we don’t see the classic hay-fever or bee-sting immediate reaction, we can’t link the symptoms to the contact. This is the classic mechanism for celiac disease and many other digestive tract illnesses. Reacting to foods is a huge contributor to inflammation in general and can really increase the extent of autoimmune diseases. This is a blood test that measures our antibody levels to various foods and other agents, which shows that our immune system is identifying certain things. Knowing that you are reacting to certain foods can make it much easier to embark on a meal plan that avoids those allergens.
Urine Elements and Hair Elements
Element analysis is traditionally used to assess exposure to toxic elements like lead, mercury or arsenic, but can also be used to measure essential elements. Measurement of toxic and essential elements measured in hair, urine or blood has been used clinically for decades. Essential elements are involved in virtually all metabolic and biochemical processes, and urine levels are generally reflective of recent intake. Therefore, urine testing for essential elements may be helpful in assessing nutritional status. For example, urine selenium levels correlate well with patient-reported hypothyroid symptoms. Numerous essential elements with low or very low levels in urine may indicate problems with absorption. The presence of toxic elements may also interfere with normal excretion of essential elements. Acute significant exposure to toxic elements is rare and may even constitute a medical emergency, whereas chronic low-level exposure often goes undetected. Toxic elements appear in urine immeditely after exposure, which makes urine element testing useful for assessing potential toxicity.
Mood-related disorders are increasingly common and there is often little support from health professionals except to offer antidepressants without further evaluation. The neurotransmitter testing allows us to create a targeted plan at the relevant issues, rather than assume that one treatment is the only solution. A great way to understand depression, anxiety, ADHD, headaches, mood swings, panic attacks and other nervous-system concerns.
Nutritional and Overall Health Testing
The NutrEval is a very special type of metabolic test. It looks for the biological processes that a nutrient supports and provides a look at how those reactions are occurring. It gives a look at overall metabolism, rather than a snapshot of blood nutrient levels that fluctuate widely in very short time frames. This is the most comprehensive look at one’s overall nutrition available to practitioners to help support those who are looking for optimum health and performance.