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Laboratory Testing
Let's Discover the Root Cause

We work with a variety of laboratory companies including:

  • 23andme

  • Access Medical

  • Doctor’s Data

  • Genova Diagnostics

  • Great Plains Laboratory

  • Hakala Research

  • Igenex

  • True Health Diagnostics

  • Pharmasan Labs

  • Precision Analytical

  • SpectraCell Laboratories

In some cases, health insurance is accepted by the laboratory for at least partial reimbursement. Patients may also choose to use their flexible spending account for medical expenses like labs.  Some laboratories do not accept insurance.

Hormone Diagnostics (Blood)

  • Estrone
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHT
  • FSH
  • LH
  • Prolactin

AdrenoCortex Stress Profile

The Adrenocortex Stress Profile is an easy in home salivary hormone test that evaluates the key stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA. Four samples collected throughout the day allow for circadian rhythm assessment. Salivary adrenal hormone testing may uncover biochemical imbalances, which can adversely affect:

  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Immune Defense
  • Thyroid Function
  • Weight Control
  • Resistance to Stress
  • Energy
  • Cardiovascular Health
neurotransmitter

Urine Neurotransmitter Testing

Neurotransmitters are brain chemicals that help facilitate transmission of signals from one neuron to the next across a synapse. Neurotransmitters work with receptors in the brain to influence and regulate a wide range of processes such as mental performance, emotions, pain response and energy levels. Imbalances in certain neurotransmitters have been found to be associated with:

  • Mood disorders like depression and anxiety
  • Adrenal dysfunction,  fatigue, and insomnia
  • Loss of mental focus; ADD, ADHD, brain fog
  • Addiction and dependency
  • Loss of appetite control and insulin resistance

Urine Hormone Testing

Urine testing is the only way to comprehensively evaluate estrogen metabolism to provide insight into estrogen cancer risk.  Many patients have already had saliva or serum hormone testing. Urine testing provides a different type of evaluation and is often the best fit when poor estrogen metabolism or clearance is suspicioned due to fibroids, cysts, and even cancer.

thyroid-testing

Comprehensive Thyroid and Thyroid Antibody Testing

In order to *not* miss thyroid conditions, additional labs beyond a TSH should be

checked. Free T4 and Free T3 are the body’s main thyroid hormones. Many patients have poor T4-to-T3 conversion. Free T3 is three times as potent as T4. Your body only

has T3 receptors. That means you could have very high T4 levels, but if they aren’t converting to T3 and binding to receptors, their signal or message isn’t getting sent. That high T4 level is essentially useless. Some individuals instead convert T4 to Reverse T3, (opposite of T3). This can happen in times of stress, surgery, trauma, and chronic illness. Additionally thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TG) are often also high in autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease. These antibodies can also fluctuate. Basic thyroid labs can be normal, while autoimmune thyroid conditions can be missed if these labs are not checked.

Food Allergy and Sensitivity Testing

Many patients present to our office having already seen an allergist who checked them for food allergies (IgE testing). Allergies cause strong symptoms such as anaphylaxis. Sensitivities, on the other hand can cause a wide array of less severe symptoms and thus can be difficult to identify unless tested for. We offer IgG, IgA, and IgE testing.

food-allergies
Stomach-gut

Comprehensive Stool Testing

A 3 day stool analysis is an excellent way to gain insight into digestion and absorption of protein and fats. This test helps determine need for digestive enzymes, HCL, and even bile. It shows the gastrointestinal microbiome and need for more fiber and probiotics. It also reveals infections like bacteria, parasites, and yeast.

Advanced Cardiovascular Assessment

We explore further beyond a basic lipid (cholesterol) panel, to better investigate cardiovascular risk. This type of testing is often called a lipoprotein particle analysis with subfraction

measurements of cholesterol including lipoproteins or transporters of cholesterol and triglycerides through the bloodstream. The number and size of these lipoproteins may better predict their atherogenic potential—or, their potential to promote the formation of fatty plaques in the arties.

heart-medical
nutrition

Comprehensive Nutritional Analysis

Most patients we see have nutritional deficiencies. Medications we take, food sensitivities leading to poor digestion and absorption, our lifestyle (coffee and alcohol consumption, poor eating), and even stress all contribute to these deficiencies. We offer a comprehensive nutritional  test investigating which nutrients: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and fatty acids you may be deficient in in order to truly personalize your supplement needs and help you save money taking the guessing work out!

Urine Iodine Testing

There are currently two ways to test for low iodine. The skin patch test isn’t the best available testing option, because your body could be dehydrated the day you test. Also, even if your skin does or doesn’t need iodine that day, that’s not necessarily reflective of how much your other organs, such as ovaries, may need. A better test is the iodine loading test, where the individual takes a high-dose iodine pill of 50 mg and then collects his or her urine over twenty four hours. The more iodine excreted, the less deficient the body is. The less excreted (meaning the more the body soaks up) the more deficient the body is. If your body is already saturated with iodine, you urinate more of it. If found to be low, supplementing can help!

test-tubes
dna

Genetic Testing

The 23 and Me genetic analysis looks for single nucleotide polymorphisms (snps, aka: genetic variants). Many patients do not know what to do with that comprehensive data. However, patients can share this data with our clinic and we will analyze and help them to interpret clinically relevant snps to make beneficial use of what can appear to initially be overwhelming.

Biotoxin Illnesses

We also explore for biotoxin (Lyme and mold) related illnesses often called (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, CIRS). Some of the tests we use here include:

  • Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP)
  • Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (MSH)
  • Transforming Growth Factor Beta-1 (TGF Beta-1)
  • C3a & C4a
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
  • Matrix Metallopeptidase-9 (MMP-9)
infections
chemicals

Heavy Metal and Nonmetal Chemical Testing

We are exposed to toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, water we drink, foods we consume, medications we take, cleaning and personal care products we use, and even through our homes and places of work.

There are a number of elements that are toxic to the human body, interfering with its functioning and undermining our health. These include metals such as: mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. These toxic metals have no known physiological functions. They can be toxic to organ systems and may disrupt the balance of essential nutrients. At our clinic toxic metals and essential element status can be assessed in urine, blood, feces and hair.

We also can test for nonmetal chemicals including organophosphates like glyphosate (Round up) which we commonly find elevated in our farming patients but also in patients who don’t eat organic. We can look for elevations in: phthalates, vinyl chloride, benzene, pyrethrins, xylenes, styrene, MTBE and ETBE, perchlorates, acrylamide, and diphenyl phosphates. These are tested in the urine.

Hormone Diagnostics (Blood)

  • Estrone
  • Estradiol
  • Progesterone
  • Testosterone
  • DHT
  • FSH
  • LH
  • Prolactin

AdrenoCortex Stress Profile

The Adrenocortex Stress Profile is an easy in home salivary hormone test that evaluates the key stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA. Four samples collected throughout the day allow for circadian rhythm assessment. Salivary adrenal hormone testing may uncover biochemical imbalances, which can adversely affect:

  • Mood
  • Sleep
  • Immune Defense
  • Thyroid Function
  • Weight Control
  • Resistance to Stress
  • Energy
  • Cardiovascular Health
neurotransmitter

Urine Neurotransmitter Testing

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Urine Hormone Testing

Urine testing is the only way to comprehensively evaluate estrogen metabolism to provide insight into estrogen cancer risk.  Many patients have already had saliva or serum hormone testing. Urine testing provides a different type of evaluation and is often the best fit when poor estrogen metabolism or clearance is suspicioned due to fibroids, cysts, and even cancer.

thyroid-testing

Comprehensive Thyroid and Thyroid Antibody Testing

In order to *not* miss thyroid conditions, additional labs beyond a TSH should be

checked. Free T4 and Free T3 are the body’s main thyroid hormones. Many patients have poor T4-to-T3 conversion. Free T3 is three times as potent as T4. Your body only

has T3 receptors. That means you could have very high T4 levels, but if they aren’t converting to T3 and binding to receptors, their signal or message isn’t getting sent. That high T4 level is essentially useless. Some individuals instead convert T4 to Reverse T3, (opposite of T3). This can happen in times of stress, surgery, trauma, and chronic illness. Additionally thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TG) are often also high in autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s or Graves’ disease. These antibodies can also fluctuate. Basic thyroid labs can be normal, while autoimmune thyroid conditions can be missed if these labs are not checked.

food-allergies

Food Allergy and Sensitivity Testing

Many patients present to our office having already seen an allergist who checked them for food allergies (IgE testing). Allergies cause strong symptoms such as anaphylaxis. Sensitivities, on the other hand can cause a wide array of less severe symptoms and thus can be difficult to identify unless tested for. We offer IgG, IgA, and IgE testing.

Stomach-gut

Comprehensive Stool Testing

A 3 day stool analysis is an excellent way to gain insight into digestion and absorption of protein and fats. This test helps determine need for digestive enzymes, HCL, and even bile. It shows the gastrointestinal microbiome and need for more fiber and probiotics. It also reveals infections like bacteria, parasites, and yeast.

heart-medical

Advanced Cardiovascular Assessment

We explore further beyond a basic lipid (cholesterol) panel, to better investigate cardiovascular risk. This type of testing is often called a lipoprotein particle analysis with subfraction

measurements of cholesterol including lipoproteins or transporters of cholesterol and triglycerides through the bloodstream. The number and size of these lipoproteins may better predict their atherogenic potential—or, their potential to promote the formation of fatty plaques in the arties.

nutrition

Comprehensive Nutritional Analysis

Most patients we see have nutritional deficiencies. Medications we take, food sensitivities leading to poor digestion and absorption, our lifestyle (coffee and alcohol consumption, poor eating), and even stress all contribute to these deficiencies. We offer a comprehensive nutritional  test investigating which nutrients: vitamins, minerals, amino acids, antioxidants, and fatty acids you may be deficient in in order to truly personalize your supplement needs and help you save money taking the guessing work out!

test-tubes

Urine Iodine Testing

There are currently two ways to test for low iodine. The skin patch test isn’t the best available testing option, because your body could be dehydrated the day you test. Also, even if your skin does or doesn’t need iodine that day, that’s not necessarily reflective of how much your other organs, such as ovaries, may need. A better test is the iodine loading test, where the individual takes a high-dose iodine pill of 50 mg and then collects his or her urine over twenty four hours. The more iodine excreted, the less deficient the body is. The less excreted (meaning the more the body soaks up) the more deficient the body is. If your body is already saturated with iodine, you urinate more of it. If found to be low, supplementing can help!

dna

Genetic Testing

The 23 and Me genetic analysis looks for single nucleotide polymorphisms (snps, aka: genetic variants). Many patients do not know what to do with that comprehensive data. However, patients can share this data with our clinic and we will analyze and help them to interpret clinically relevant snps to make beneficial use of what can appear to initially be overwhelming.

infections

Biotoxin Illnesses

We also explore for biotoxin (Lyme and mold) related illnesses often called (Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome, CIRS). Some of the tests we use here include:

  • Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP)
  • Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone (MSH)
  • Transforming Growth Factor Beta-1 (TGF Beta-1)
  • C3a & C4a
  • Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)
  • Matrix Metallopeptidase-9 (MMP-9)
chemicals

Heavy Metal and Nonmetal Chemical Testing

We are exposed to toxic chemicals in the air we breathe, water we drink, foods we consume, medications we take, cleaning and personal care products we use, and even through our homes and places of work.

There are a number of elements that are toxic to the human body, interfering with its functioning and undermining our health. These include metals such as: mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. These toxic metals have no known physiological functions. They can be toxic to organ systems and may disrupt the balance of essential nutrients. At our clinic toxic metals and essential element status can be assessed in urine, blood, feces and hair.

We also can test for nonmetal chemicals including organophosphates like glyphosate (Round up) which we commonly find elevated in our farming patients but also in patients who don’t eat organic. We can look for elevations in: phthalates, vinyl chloride, benzene, pyrethrins, xylenes, styrene, MTBE and ETBE, perchlorates, acrylamide, and diphenyl phosphates. These are tested in the urine.