Specialized Lab Testing
Saliva Hormone Testing
Saliva testing is a simple, non-invasive method of testing. In addition, it has the advantage of allowing for the collection of several samples over the course of a month, for example, which can provide more detailed and accurate results compared to a one-time collection.
How is saliva hormone testing different than blood tests?
Our bodies tightly regulate the amount of hormones present in our blood in order to preserve health. It can be difficult to identify hormone imbalances in the blood unless there are large abnormalities. Furthermore, hormones found in the blood are bound to proteins and are therefore in their “inactive” form. On the other hand, saliva testing will reflect free or “active” hormone levels and can identify mild imbalances.
We offer a variety of saliva hormone testing options, including:
• Female Hormone Panel: estrogen, progesterone, DHEA/DHEA-S, free testosterone
• Menopause Hormone Panel: Estrone, Estradiol, Estriol, Progesterone, Testosterone, and DHEA(S)
• Male Hormone Panel: progesterone, DHEA/DHEA-S, androstenodione, testosterone, estrone, estradiol, dihydroxytestosterone (DHT)
• Adrenal Stress Index: cortisol rhythm, DHEA/DHEA-S, progesterone, insulin, secretory IgA, gliadin antibodies (involved in Celiac disease)
Toxic Elements Testing
A growing body of evidence is linking toxic exposures to a variety of health conditions including obesity, diabetes, heart disease, thyroid imbalances, infertility, and many more! Acute metal poisoning is rare; however, chronic, low-level exposure to toxic elements can result in significant retention in the body which can cause a variety of adverse health effects.
Testing for toxic elements in the urine is an objective way to evaluate the accumulation of toxic elements in the body. Our simple, at-home urine test identifies levels of 20 toxic metals including aluminum, lead, and mercury.
Vitamins, Minerals, Antioxidants
The Optimal Nutrient Evaluation helps you to understand your individual diet and supplementation needs. This panel offers personalized functional nutrition assessments covering Antioxidants, B Vitamins, Digestive Support, and Minerals.
IgG/IgA Food Sensitivity and Celiac Profile Testing
Blood spot testing for IgG/IgA provides a simple and practical means to uncover foods causing allergic reactions and allergy related disease. IgG reactions develop slowly, up to several hours or days after exposure to a food allergen, so testing is often the only way of determining which foods are responsible.
Elevated IgA to specific foods is widely believed to be a sign of damage to the mucous membranes in the gut such as individuals with Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis or leaky gut. The allergy test report graphs IgG/IgA immune response to each of the tested food allergens. Reactions are categorized as no, low, moderate or high.
Why test for food intolerance?
- food intolerance occurs with the foods you eat most often
- most people are unaware that they are eating foods that make them sick
- IgG/IgA reactions are much more common than IgE (immediate/anaphylactic) reactions
- more than 2/3 of people with chronic health conditions have IgG/IgA reactions to food
Related health concerns:
- Vascular: headaches, high blood pressure, circulation disorders
- Respiratory: asthma, chronic coughs, sinusitis, runny nose and recurrent infections
- Skin: eczema, psoriasis, acne
- Joints: joint pain, Rheumatoid arthritis, inflammation
- Bowel: IBS/Crohn’s/Colitis/Celiac
Eliminating IgG/IgA Positive Foods Improves:
- weight gain/ fatigue
- bloating/ indigestion
- migraine headaches
- Autism/ ADHD
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Rheumatoid Arthritis