Functional Lab Test
If you have medical insurance which pays for naturopathic services, we will do our best to get all the laboratory work-ups done in the blood and have your insurance pay for them. Insurance companies only pay for blood tests and
not salivary tests (measuring active and free-fractions of hormones). Of all the lab profiles listed below, the only test insurance companies may cover is the Comprehensive Metabolic Panel.
If you don’t have medical insurances and are paying out-of-pockets for your labs, you may consider the salivary profiles described below. I call these profiles Functional Testing because they are designed to detect early onset of any illnesses or disorders before these conditions progress to an irreversible disease stage. The Functional Lab Profiles work very well with our paradigm “preventing illness rather than treating the disease”.
Most insurance plans DO NOT COVER the expenses on Functional Lab Testing because they are not considered to be
“standard” laboratory work-up. These tests are your responsibility. Full payment of these tests are expected at the time of service and all test sales are final (there is no return of these tests).
Comprehensive Metabolic Profile
The most comprehensive blood test available assessing blood sugar and electrolyte levels, kidney and liver functions, nutritional status, anemia and/or chronic inflammation or infection in blood, cholesterol, lipids, and cardiovascular risks, thyroid function, mineral status, etc…
Female Hormone Panel
A comprehensive, state of the art salivary test – measuring the fluctuations of progesterone, estrogen, DHEA, and testosterone throughout the menstrual cycle. It’s the most advanced test available to map out the woman’s unique hormonal cycles and it’s essential in helping the doctor to specifically diagnose any existing imbalances and correct them.
Post Menopause Hormone Panel
This short version of salivary hormone test measures the baseline level of three types of estrogens (estrone, estradiol, and estriol), progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA. It’s an appropriate test for menopausal women or anyone who is interested in knowing what their hormone levels are anytime during their cycle.
Male Hormone Panel
This comprehensive salivary take-home test measures level of DHEA, androstenedione, testosterone, dehydro-testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. A good test for men who are interested in knowing where their hormone levels are and how to correct any imbalances in their sex hormone metabolism pathways.
Adrenal Stress Index Test
The most advanced adrenal function test available – it studies the circadian rhythm of the body, maps out the energy cycle throughout the day, and measures levels of cortisol (stress hormones) to see how you are coping with stress on a regular basis. Information on DHEA level, your immune function indicator, and gluten sensitivity issues are also available in this test.
Gastro-Intestinal Health Panel
This is one of the most comprehensive digestive and stool analysis test investigating parasitic infections of the colon (Giardia, H. pylori, Clostridium, etc…), yeast or other flora imbalances, digestive enzyme deficiencies, presence of blood in stool, inflammation markers, etc…A must-do test for anyone with digestive disorder.
Standard Liver Detoxification Profile
A unique take-home urine and salivary test studying the detoxification pathways in the liver providing valuable information on how functional the liver is, whether or not you are metabolizing toxins, chemicals, hormones, and nutrients properly.
Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
Beside the usual lipid profile (total serum cholesterol, HDL, LDL, etc..), this blood panel also includes the latest and most advanced serum markers for cardiovascular disease risk such as apo proteins, homocysteine, C-reactive protein, etc… The most recent studies show cardiovascular disease results from chronic inflammation of the blood. This test will evaluate your clotting factors and inflammatory markers in the blood stream.
Estrogen Metabolism Assessment
A urine test that will measure the “good” estrogen and the “bad” estrogen metabolites in your blood. “Bad” estrogens have been found to be causing breast cancer in some women. Not all women produce the bad estrogen products, we are all different when it comes to estrogen metabolism. This test will evaluate how your body processes your estrogens – in a healthy way or in a way that may expose you to higher risk of developing cancer.
Food Allergy Blood Test
Levels of antibodies (IgE and IgG) to 96 most common foods are measured in the blood to see if you are sensitive/allergic to any of the foods tested. (There are also tests available for environmental allergies, spice allergies, etc…)
Hair Toxic Element Exposure Test
Hair sample collected either from the scalp or the pubis is sent to the lab to be tested for presence of toxic elements such as mercury, lead, arsenic, aluminum, etc… and essential minerals such as calcium, zinc, magnesium, etc…
Body Composition Analysis
Bio-electrical impedance test done in the office measures the % of body fat, body lean, and body water weight. It also studies cellular metabolism (how efficiently your body uptakes nutrients and water) and your daily recommended calorie intake and expenditure.