Laboratory testing is often essential in determining the root cause of a condition. Naturopathic Doctors use lab results as integral components of a thorough health investigation. Below is a comprehensive list of lab tests accessible to you via your Naturopathic Doctor.
Blood Tests – Some of the testing available to Naturopathic Doctors includes fasting glucose, cholesterol panel, thyroid panel, complete blood count, liver enzymes, and hormone profiles. For a complete list of common blood tests click here.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Symptoms of a food sensitivity can take up to 72 hours to appear. This type of immune response is mediated by the IgG antibody, which is the largest circulating antibody in our immune system and can cross the placenta from mother to child. IgG antibodies are the most common form of immunologic mediated food responses. It can be difficult to identify the offending food since we eat so many foods that go through different processes and have many ingredients. It is estimated that 20% of the population have an adverse reaction to a certain food.
Food sensitivities may be caused by many factors such as stress, infections, overeating, artificial preservatives, additives, molds, pesticides, antibiotics, and environmental pollutants. Unidentified food sensitivities can then contribute to many chronic health conditions: including Irritable Bowel Syndrome, Rheumatoid arthritis, headaches, autism, ADD/ADHD, eczema, chronic ear infections, gut malabsorption, insomnia and many others.
Food sensitivity testing allows for the detection of delayed food sensitivities. It measures an individual’s response to 120+ different foods through a blood sample. Click here for more information.
Salivary Hormone Testing
Saliva hormone testing is an accurate, non-invasive and clinically useful way of measuring hormones. Thousands of studies using salivary hormone analysis have already been published, with more being added on a regular basis.
Saliva hormone testing can be used to identify existing hormone excesses or deficiencies. For example, finding out that a woman lacks sufficient progesterone to balance high estradiol levels or that high cortisol levels are interfering with the action of progesterone and testosterone. Once a hormone imbalance has been identified, nutritional or bio-identical hormone therapy may be indicated.
- Adrenal Function Panel – Since cortisol is the major stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands, measurement of cortisol levels may be a useful means of assessing ability to cope with stress.Sample Report
- Female Panel – Women of any age can be affected by hormone issues. Women who still have menstrual cycles may experience infertility, premenstrual syndrome, mood swings, anxiety, painful periods and other symptoms as a result of hormone imbalance. Women in peri-menopause and menopause often experience debilitating sleep disturbances, night sweats, hot flashes, accelerated bone loss and many other symptoms related to hormone changes. The Female Panel helps healthcare professionals sort out the specifics of the hormone imbalance.
Other conditions associated with hormone imbalance include weight gain,depression, irritability, difficulty coping, bone loss and breast cancer.
Five hormones make up the Female Panel: cortisol, DHEAs, estradiol, progesterone and testosterone. Interactions between these hormones are fundamental to health – which is why imbalances can have a significant impact on well-being.Sample Report
Bio Impedance Analysis (BIA) – A method of assessing your body composition (including percentage of body fat & metabolic rate).
Urine Dip – Basic urine dip test which gives information on urinary: glucose, specific gravity, blood, protein and leukocytes (white blood cells).