There is a growing body of evidence to support the clinical benefits of eliminating IgG reactive foods from the diet. IgG food sensitivities have been implicated in migraine headaches, fatigue, eczema and irritable bowel syndrome (alternating diarrhea and constipation). Continued consumption of reactive foods may contribute to weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight. Because IgG food reactions take hours or days to develop, this makes it difficult to determine which food is responsible for the reaction without doing testing.
With saliva, it is possible to get a good measure of the amount of hormone actually available to the tissues – termed ‘bioavailability’. This is because hormones must pass through tissue to get into saliva. Hormones in blood are often bound to proteins and may or may not be available to tissues. Consequently, blood and serum levels of hormones may not give the best picture of how hormones are behaving at the tissue level. Saliva samples are collected and analyzed for various hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, cortisol and DHEAS.
Stool culture and analysis is used to identify the presence of beneficial flora and imbalanced flora, combined with the detection of infectious pathogens, such as bacteria, parasites or yeast, and is an important step in improving digestive functioning and overall health.
Toxic elements may be 200-300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of recent exposure to elements such as arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, lead, antimony, and mercury. As well, the CDC acknowledges the value of hair mercury levels as a maternal and infant marker for exposure to neurotoxic methylmercury from fish.
Urine toxic metal analysis is an invaluable tool for the confirmation of chronic toxic element burden and monitoring of detoxification or chelation therapy.
The adrenal glands are the organs that secrete “fight or flight” hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline. Healthy adrenal functioning helps to provide us with energy and to cope with day-to-day stressors. A urine and/or saliva test is used to assess the glands’ state of health.
These genomic profiles evaluate genetic variations, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes to uncover potential genetic susceptibility to cardiovascular disease, inflammation, estrogen-related diseases, impaired detoxification, immune deficiency and osteoporosis.
This is a nutritional test that assesses urine metabolites in order to evaluate four critical areas of metabolism: gastrointestinal function, cellular and mitochondrial energy production, neurotransmitter processing, and amino acid/organic acid balance as influenced by vitamin/mineral cofactors. Results can be used to address chronic systemic complaints ranging from chronic fatigue and mood disorders to headache, muscular/joint pain, and digestive problems.
The body continually attempts to eliminate chemical toxins through enzymatic processes in the liver. Urinary D-glucaric acid, a by-product of Phase I detoxification, is an indicator of chemical exposure to over 200 chemicals. Urinary mercapturic acids are excreted end products of Phase II detoxification. Together, assessment of these two analytes provides valuable information about exposure to xenobiotics, liver disease and the ability of the liver to eliminate toxins. This non-invasive test requires a single urine collection.
For those patients that either require special lab tests or prefer to have their tests done by a Naturopathic Doctor, there is a wide range of generalized lab testing available, including urine and blood tests for nutrient deficiencies, cholesterol panel, and thyroid panel, to name a few.