Functional Lab Tests
Functional Lab Tests
No matter your location, we can order blood tests in your area. Through a unique partnership with LabCorp, a leading nationwide lab, you can go to the lab in your location, have your blood test done and receive the results in as little as 2 days. »
Endocrine (Hormone) Lab Tests
The Adrenocortex Stress Profile is a powerful and precise non-invasive test that evaluates levels of the body's important stress hormones, cortisol
. This profile serves as a critical tool for uncovering biochemical imbalances that can underlie anxiety, chronic fatigue, obesity, diabetes and a host of other clinical conditions. It's also a crucial tool for monitoring DHEA and/or cortisone therapy.
Changing amounts of DHEA and cortisol over an individual's lifetime may signal important alterations in adrenal function that can profoundly affect his/her energy levels, emotional state, disease resistance, and general sense of well-being. That's because adrenal hormones exert a profound influence on the body's carbohydrate, protein, and lipid metabolism, immune response, thyroid function, cardiovascular health, and overall resistance to stress. »
It would be hard to overemphasize the importance of early identification of bone loss. The Bone Resorption Assessment should be part of an overall reproductive health evaluation for any woman over thirty, the age when bone loss begins to accelerate. If bone loss is detected early enough, interventions can arrest loss and protect against osteoporosis and bone fractures in the years following menopause. By measuring current bone turnover, this profile can help patients avoid future bone loss and fractures while monitoring the effectiveness of preventative treatments such as calcium supplementation. »
Researchers theorize that sex hormones regulate melatonin production by modifying beta-adrenergic mechanisms. This may partially explain why significantly increased levels of melatonin are found in women during the luteal phase of ovulation. Melatonin generally exerts a strong antioxidant effect and a tendency to inhibit growth of estrogen-dependent tumors. Over secretion, however, is associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), while deficiencies are strongly linked to a variety of sleep disorders. This profile evaluates the circadian pattern of melatonin secretion over a complete light-dark cycle. »
Menopause is normal and natural. It is your body changing and maturing. But unfortunately, it is perceived by many women only as an ominous midlife challenge. There is a common misconception that “the change” begins a time of inevitable and prolonged discomfort and a declining quality of life. The reality is that menopause only marks the end of your childbearing years. You are entering a phase of life when your body's energy shifts from a monthly preoccupation with possible childbirth to maintaining a steady state of energy focused on supporting you alone. In a healthy state there should be plenty of energy available to support an active, productive, and inspired life. The Menopause Profile can detect WHY menopause is a problem for you. »
The Comprehensive Thyroid Assessment is a thorough analysis of thyroid hormone metabolism, including central thyroid gland regulation and activity, thyroid production and secretion, peripheral thyroid conversion, and thyroid autoimmunity. This test allows the practitioner to pinpoint common imbalances that underlie a broad spectrum of chronic illness.
Thyroid hormones are essential and primary regulators of the body's metabolism. Imbalances can affect virtually every metabolic process in the body, exerting significant effects on mood and energy level. Thyroid function has a profound impact on overall health via its modulation of carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism, vitamin utilization, mitochondrial function, digestive process, muscle and nerve activity, blood flow, oxygen utilization, hormone secretion, sexual and reproductive health, and many other physiological parameters. »
The Female Hormone Profile analyzes eleven saliva samples over a 28-day period for the levels of ß-estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone, providing clues about menstrual irregularities, infertility, endometriosis, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. The comprehensive profile includes the Adrenocortex Stress Profile and the Comprehensive Melatonin Profile to reveal how the sex hormones are influenced by cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin. »
Gastrointestinal Lab Tests
This simple, non-invasive test detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, a common condition that often underlies chronic symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption
, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain.. »
I often tell my patients that the gastrointestinal tract is much like a carburetor in a car. Your digestive tract tract must take gasoline (your food), and then mix it with air (enzymes and other digestive juices). If this mixing process goes well, your car runs and doesn't cough or sputter. How efficiently your fuel burns determines to a large extent how many years you're going to get out of your car. Although a rather crude analogy, this principle does hold true for the human digestive tract. There are many points along the digestive where some "burning" process can go awry and cause seemingly unrelated problems elsewhere in the body. This article will discuss those various places and give you a very good detail of what can go wrong. »
The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) is the original non- invasive evaluation of gastrointestinal function that includes analyses of digestion, absorption, bacterial balance, yeast and parasites. This profile is recommended for patients with diffuse and non-specific GI-related symptoms, such as indigestion, dysbiosis (imbalance of the normal bacteria with bacterial overgrowth), constipation, and diarrhea.
Gastrointestinal disorders have a major impact on health. One recent study found that during a three-month period nearly 70% of American households experienced one or more gastrointestinal symptom. »
Helicobacter pylori, also known as H pylori, is a spiral shaped bacterium that lives in the stomach and duodenum (section of intestine just below stomach). It has a unique way of adapting in the harsh environment of the stomach. H. pylori is the major cause of peptic ulcer disease and is associated with stomach cancer. The Helicobacter pylori Specific Antigen (HpSA) test is used to determine if H. pylori is present. »
Pancreatic Elastase (PE) is a simple, noninvasive fecal marker for assessing exocrine pancreatic function, allowing the clinician to establish a prompt and reliable diagnosis with high degrees of sensitivity (90%-100%) and specificity (93%-98%) in suspected cases of pancreatic insufficiency. Sensitivity is lower in milder cases of pancreatic insufficiency, but is quite high (95%-100%) in moderate to severe cases. »
The Vaginosis Profile from Genova Diagnostic Laboratory is one of the most comprehensive evaluations available. It features microscopy for every sort of organism by trained and experienced technicians with an advanced DNA probe for the most common causes of the condition. With a rapid, semiautomated DNA probe test to definitively identify clinically significant levels of Gardnerella, and Trichomonas, detection rates for these organisms can reach levels of 90% and greater in properly transported specimens. »
If you've ever wondered what foods you should avoid or what foods you may be sensitive to, this test is for you. The Comprehensive Food Antibody Assessment lab test will help you discover what food allergies and food sensitivities you have. and includes testing for both immediate (IgE) and delayed hypersensitivities (IgG) to 107 commonly encountered food and environmental substances.
Celiac disease is defined as a genetic, immune mediated enteropathy of the small bowel that results in malabsorption. The disease is characterized by sensitivity to the proteins found in wheat, and to a lesser extent, barley and rye. The National Institutes of Health reported in August of 2004 that the prevalence of Celiac Disease is much greater than previous estimates, possibly affecting as many as 3 million Americans, indicating that the disease is widely under recognized. »
The Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids Analysis evaluates the level of red cell membrane or plasma fatty acids, imbalances which significantly affect inflammatory and other disorders. By knowing the various fatty acid levels, one can reestablish a balance using nutritional intervention. »
The Oxidative Stress Analysis 2.0 utilizes blood samples in order to evaluate the bodys oxidative stress status and antioxidant reserve. This test can help you identify the underlying causes and perpetuating factors for many clinical disorders and to customize specific treatment programs. »
This test examines fasting blood or 24-hour urine samples for 40+ amino acids. Results can provide valuable biochemical information about many disorders, including chronic fatigue, learning disabilities, depression and immune problems. »
If you're concerned about the possibility of toxic heavy metal accumulation, the Fecal Metals test is an excellent test for you to have. This test includes an analysis of heavy metals in the feces and provides you and your practitioner information about the potential for toxic metal burden. For many toxic metals, fecal excretion is the primary natural route of elimination from the body. Specimen collection is simple and requires a single step. »
Why are toxins serious? It is estimated that 60 to 80 percent of all cancers are a direct result of chemicals in our air, water and food. Further, neuroscientists are now studying the role of environmental toxins in the development of neurological disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases, and in mental/behavioral disorders such as depression, anxiety, schizophrenia and attention deficit disorder. »
Iodine/Iodide is an essential element that is pivotal to normal function of the thyroid gland and the health and integrity of breast tissue. Iodine/Iodide intake has decreased significantly over the past thirty years and consequentially clinical symptoms have become apparent. Iodine/Iodide sufficiency can be readily assessed by analysis of urinary iodide excretion.
Iodine status and metabolism is affected not only by iodine intake, but also by intake and retention of goitrogenic halides (bromide and fluoride). Bromide and fluoride are non-essential, toxic halides that avidly compete with iodide. Excessive intake of the antagonistic halides can accumulate in tissues, displace iodine and compromise the production of thyroid hormones and the integrity of the thyroid and mammary glands. Antagonistic bromide is abundant in commercially produced baked goods, soft drinks, pesticides, brominated chemicals and some medications. Primary sources of fluoride include fluoridated water, beverages, toothpaste, mouthwashes and some medications. »
Iodine/Iodide is an essential element that is pivotal to normal function of the thyroid gland and the health and integrity of breast tissue. Iodine/Iodide intake has decreased significantly over the past thirty years and consequentially clinical symptoms have become apparent. Iodine/Iodide sufficiency can be readily assessed by analysis of urinary iodide excretion. »
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