Our Naturopathic Doctor will assess your health concerns and perform a physical exam. Please bring a copy of any past or recent blood work or lab results. She may recommend certain diagnostic tests in order to determine the root cause of your health problems. They are usually an extra charge but some may be covered by your extended health insurance plan.
IgG Food Intolerance Tests
Are foods making you sick? Inflammation and chronic activation of the immune system due to food intolerance has been linked to: digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, ADD, aching joints, skin disorders, arthritis, and many more…
The immune system is a double-edged sword. It should react appropriately and protect against infection when confronted with harmful invaders or “infectious agents” like viruses or bacteria. Unfortunately for some, exposure to common foods, chemicals, and moulds may trigger chronic activation of the immune system.
The core technology is a blood test that measures the body’s cellular response to challenges from a wide array of substances including various foods, additives, colorings, and chemicals. Following testing, a 4-Day Rotational Diet is recommended to the patient.
Your Naturopathic Doctor will determine which of these tests are recommended for you.
Hair Mineral Analysis
Hair Mineral Analysis is an invaluable tool for the assessment of toxic metals in the body and the status of essential nutrient elements. Toxic metals do not have any useful physiological function, adversely affect virtually every organ system, and disrupt the homeostasis of nutrient elements.
Analysis of the levels of toxic metals in hair is an objective way to evaluate the accumulation of toxic metals in the body. Acute metal poisoning is rare. More common, however, is a chronic, low-level exposure to toxic metals that can result in significant retention in the body that can be associated with a vast array of adverse health effects and chronic disease.
Saliva Hormone Tests
Saliva testing is a convenient, inexpensive, and above all, accurate means of testing steroid hormones. Scientific studies have shown a strong correlation between steroid hormone levels in saliva and the amount of hormone in the blood that is active or “bioavailable.” Saliva is an ideal diagnostic medium to measure the bioavailable levels of steroid hormones active in the tissue. It is this fraction of total hormone that is free to enter the target tissues in the brain, uterus, skin, and breasts.
Saliva testing can be done anywhere and anytime. Testing that relies on blood drawn in the doctor’s office makes it harder to obtain samples at specific times (such as in the early morning) or multiple times during the day. In addition, hormones in saliva are exceptionally stable and can be stored at room temperature for up to a week without affecting the accuracy of the result.
Blood and Serum Tests
There are a variety of tests that a Naturopathic Doctor may order to assess your health. These include tests for your nutrient status, hormone balance, inflammatory markers, auto-immune markers, cholesterol, thyroid, blood sugar, and much more. During your naturopathic intake, your Naturopathic Doctor will determine which tests are necessary to find the root cause of your health imbalance. They may require a retest to determine how well your treatment plan is working, or if an adjustment is needed.