Naturopathic Lab Testing
General Lab Testing through Lifelabs
CBC (complete blood count)
Thyroid markers (TSH, T3, T4 and antibodies)
Fasting blood sugar
The DUTCH test is a dried urine test for comprehensive hormones. It provides us with an accurate representation of all of your hormone production levels - including cortisol, all female and male sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, dhea). Bio-identical hormones can be prescribed based on this information. As well, nutrient and herbal supplementation can be provided to improve symptoms, for example estrogen detoxification, and progesterone production.
An organic acids test provides an overview of a patient's overall health by providing information about intestinal yeast and bacteria. When there are large amounts of abnormal microorganisms it can cause a wide variety of symptoms including fatigue, lowered immune function, hyperactivity, and behavioural disorders. As well, this test provides markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, as well as oxalate markers. This test is specifically helpful in situations where we require more information about what is going on metabolically and if there are abnormalities in digestion and detoxification systems.
I also offer all other tests by Great Plains Laboratory.
I offer many tests by Doctors Data, and the test I most commonly run is a comprehensive 3 day stool analysis with parasitology. Compared to a typical stool analysis, this provides a lot of information that can uncover potential intestinal problems. We get to know which microbes are living in your intestinal tract and if there are any imbalances, as well as if there are any parasites or yeast present. This test is useful in situations where there is a history of a lot of antibiotic use, diarrhea, constipation, gas and bloating, or never-well since a history of travel.
This is most commonly measured in the urine, providing a representation of your current and past exposure to heavy metals based on what is being excreted in your urine. This test is required in patients receiving chelation therapy to monitor their treatment. It is also helpful in patients with chronic diseases and neurological conditions, or when there has been a history of heavy metal exposure such as through occupation or mercury amalgams (fillings).
Food sensitivity testing is a blood test that may determine if you are sensitive to certain foods that may be triggering your health condition. This is different than a food allergy, which is an anaphylactic reaction to certain food proteins (e.g., anaphylactic peanut allergy) and a food intolerance, which is when your body is lacking an enzyme necessary to process the protein (e.g., lactose intolerance). Food sensitivity testing is useful when there are symptoms that are potentially correlated with what an individual eats. Typical tests will evaluate if you are sensitive to 120 of the most commonly eaten foods. Based on this information, elimination of these foods from your diet can result in symptom improvement, however the gold standard for determining food sensitivities is an elimination diet.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is the leading cause of Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) and is a breath test that quantifies the amount of bacterial overgrowth occurring in the small intestine. This typically results in symptoms such as chronic gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea or acid reflux.
This test measures the nutrient status of your white blood cells. Recent research has demonstrated that measuring the levels of nutrients in your white blood cells more accurately represents your body's nutritional status. The test measures 35 nutritional components including vitamin and mineral levels, and amounts of antioxidants and amino acids. This test is ideal for people who have had basic blood work done, and the results all come back within the ‘normal’ range, yet they still do not feel well.