How Comprehensive Testing Works

I offer the most current and comprehensive functional medicine testing to assist in determining the root cause of your illness.

After taking a thorough health history, I will review any testing that you’ve had recently and then make additional lab recommendations. I frequently recommend a food sensitivity panel and a complete cardio-metabolic assessment at the first office visit.

For most tests, you will be provided with a kit to complete at home, which you mail directly to the lab. For any blood work, you will be directed to a local lab, draw station, or a mobile phlebotomist. Some labs are billable to insurance. However, many of the labs are not covered by insurance and are associated with additional costs.

If you do not see a particular test here, feel free to ask if it is available.

Includes cholesterol and advanced lipid testing, inflammation assessment, genetic markers for cardiovascular risk, blood sugar regulation, iron studies, complete thyroid panel, vitamin B, D, and omega 3 status, and other routine screening labs.

Food sensitivity tests measure the inflammatory response to a particular food or allergen. By removing these foods we often see improvement our skin, digestion, immune system, mood, cognition and weight, as well is overall health and wellbeing. Inflammation is an underlying cause of many chronic diseases, so determining what foods are best for our body is very important. Food sensitivity tests require a blood draw or for children a finger stick may be an option.

Food sensitivity tests measure the inflammatory response to a particular food or allergen. By removing these foods we often see improvement our skin, digestion, immune system, mood, cognition and weight, as well is overall health and wellbeing. Inflammation is an underlying cause of many chronic diseases, so determining what foods are best for our body is very important. Food sensitivity tests require a blood draw or for children a finger stick may be an option.

SIBO occurs when bacteria enter your normally sterile small intestine and begin to colonize. People typically experience symptoms including nausea, bloating, vomiting, diarrhea, malnutrition, weight loss and malabsorption. Patients with IBS, IBD, celiac, diabetes, fibromyalgia, and rosacea will benefit from SIBO breath testing. The Lactulose Breath Test is designed to take a three-hour picture of how the bacteria in your intestinal system are functioning. The bacteria digest the lactulose and then produce gas, which you then breathe out.

The most extensive hormone profile that measures estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol along with their metabolites. Additionally, the daily free cortisol pattern, melatonin, 8-OHdG (biomarker that estimates DNA damage), and six organic acids that indirectly measure B6, B12, glutathione, dopamine, norepinephrine / epinephrine are also included. This test is helpful for women that are struggling with menopause, irregular menses, PMS, weight gain, anxiety, fatigue, low libido and mood disorders. Men also experience a gradual loss of hormones over time, where testosterone and DHEA decrease and estrogen increases. Evaluating these hormones and their metabolites can help with the symptoms of weight gain, lower sex drive, depression, hair loss, problems with sleep, fatigue, and increased prostate cancer risk.

Cortisol levels rise quickly upon waking in the morning and then gradually decrease throughout the day. By measuring this rise and fall of cortisol levels at waking, we can determine if the HPA-axis (hypothalamic – pituitary – adrenal) is underactive or over-active. Conditions that contribute to a low CAR include seasonal affective disorder, sleep apnea, poor sleep, PTSD, chronic fatigue, and chronic pain. Conditions that contribute to a high CAR include blood sugar dysregulation, pain, general depression, and ongoing chronic stress.

Organic Acids are chemical compounds excreted in urine that provide information about particular enzymatic pathways in the body. This test offers a comprehensive metabolic assessment and evaluates for intestinal yeast and bacteria as well as markers for oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, oxalates, vitamin and mineral levels. Those with behavioral disorders, hyperactivity, fatigue, immune dysfunction, chronic illness, neurological disorders, decreased concentration, and abdominal pain would benefit from this test.

MTHFR, COMT, Apo E

Evaluates levels of vitamins, antioxidant, minerals, and amino acids within white blood cells. Research suggests that WBC’s are the most accurate in determining underlying nutritional deficiencies.

Mycotoxins are produced by fungi-like mold and thrive in warm, wet conditions. People get exposed to mycotoxins through food or the air. Many buildings are not designed properly, allowing for fungi to grow in the inner wall materials, wall paper, and ceiling tiles. Mycotoxins are also very resistant to heat and food processing procedures. Some people are more genetically susceptible to the chronic diseases and symptoms associated with mycotoxin exposure. Patients with fever, pneumonia-like symptoms, heart disease, chronic joint pain, asthma, sinusitis, cancer, memory loss, vision loss, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and liver damage may need to evaluate and detox from mycotoxins.

Every day we are exposed to more toxic chemicals in food, air, and water.

Many chronic conditions including cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity, autism spectrum disorders, ADD / ADHD, anxiety, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s are on the rise due to increased exposure to toxic chemicals from pharmaceuticals, pesticides, packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution. This test screens for 172 different toxic chemicals as well as a marker for mitochondrial damage. The mitochondria of cells are essential for energy production and are often damaged by chronic toxic chemical exposure.

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