Gastrointestinal & Digestive Testing
Food sensitivity testing is done via blood serum.
Two of the antibodies involved in allergic reactions are immunoglobulin E (IgE) and immunoglobulin G (IgG). IgE antibodies are produced after ingestion or inhalation of an allergen and is referred to as a Type I immediate hypersensitivity reaction such as hives. IgE reactions that are tested in the blood are quick acting and can occur minutes after exposure to the antigen. These reactions are often fixed and persist throughout life. IgG antibodies are produced for several hours or days after exposure to an allergen and are called Type III delayed hypersensitivity reactions. IgG reactions can promote a state of low-grade inflammation in the body.
This inflammation, in turn, can contribute to a variety of different symptoms.
- Digestive Disorders
- Skin Symptoms
- Joint Pain
- Disruptions in Mood
- Weight Gain
Stool, urine, saliva and blood tests can be used to evaluate gastrointestinal function.
This includes analyses of bacterial balance, digestion, absorption, yeast and parasites. These tests may be used for patients with any gastrointestinal related symptoms, such as:
- Candida/Yeast Overgrowth
- Inflammatory Bowel Disease (Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s)
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome
A test kit can be given to the patient and the collection is done at home.
Comprehensive Micronutrient Testing is used to help you understand your individual diet needs by evaluating your overall nutritional status, assessing your functional need for vitamins and minerals, and to provide guidance with respect to supplementation.
Heavy Metal Testing
Heavy Metals Testing designed to identify the load of heavy metals in the body.
Urine element analysis is intended primarily for diagnostic assessment of toxic element status, monitoring detoxification therapy, and identifying or quantifying renal wasting conditions. This is often done prior to chelation therapy. This urine collection is done over a 6 hour period and the fecal metals sample is a one time collection.
Micronutrient & Hormone Testing (Endocrinology)
These tests are used to accurately diagnose hormone status associated with female and male hormonal imbalances related to:
- Thyroid Issues (Hypothyroidism and Hyperthyroidism)
Additionally we can offer testing to gain greater insight into the causes of a number of other disorders by evaluating the hormones involved in the stress response. These include:
- Sleep Disturbances
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
Hormone testing is done via blood, urine or saliva.
In most cases, a test kit is normally given to the patient and the collection is done at home. Depending on the test in question, a sample may be collected at various time throughout a full day (4 samples) or throughout the entire month, with a sample taken once every few days.
Standard Blood Work
We offer a wide variety of other tests via routine blood work offered through our partners at LifeLabs.
Patients: Be advised that Naturopathic requisitions are only processed until noon each day from Monday to Thursday.
Blood tests include:
- Comprehensive Thyroid Screening
- Screening for Autoimmune disorders
- Cholesterol Panels
- Liver/Kidney Function Tests
- Celiac Screening
Please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list. Many tests available through your family physician are available here as well.