Lab testing - hormones, food sensitivities, vitamins, minerals, thyroid, iron
lab testing

lab testing

What is it?

Lab testing is an integral part of diagnosis, treatment and monitoring. Our Naturopathic Doctors are pleased to offer a wide array of diagnostic tests.

Blood:

Thyroid panel: Testing TSH, free T3, free T4, reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies can give a better and more complete picture of a person’s thyroid health.

Iron, ferritin: Iron deficiency anaemia is very common, especially among women. Symptoms include fatigue, dizziness, headaches, weakness, shortness of breath and more! Your Naturopathic Doctor can test your iron and ferritin (your body’s iron storage) levels.

Vitamin D: Vitamin D deficiency is a common deficiency in Canada. Adequate vitamin D levels are essential for immune function, hormone balance, healthy mood and bone health.

Vitamin B12: Vitamin B12 deficiency is very common amongst vegans/vegetarians and those who experience poor digestion due to the inability to absorb B12 from food sources. Talk to your Naturopathic Doctor about your symptoms and ask if B12 testing is indicated.

Hormones: Hormone imbalance is now common amongst men and women of all ages. Commonly tested hormones include estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol.

Other tests: Naturopathic Doctors can order most of the tests that are also available through your medical doctor. If your medical doctor is unable to order a certain test, please ask your naturopathic doctor for their help.

Urine:

The Dutch Test: The DUTCH test uses dried urine samples, collected at home, and is the simplest, most informative test for anyone who may have a hormonal imbalance. This test is suitable for both men and women. For more information CLICK HERE. For sample result reports CLICK HERE.

Urinalysis: A urine test is a common in-office screening lab test which can detect and help to diagnose some common conditions such as urinary tract infections, kidney disorders, diabetes or other metabolic disorders. A urinalysis tests for the presence of leukocytes, nitrates, protein, blood, ketones, and glucose as well as pH level and specific gravity.

Saliva:

Salivary Hormone Testing: Saliva hormone lab testing is useful for identifying endogenous hormone excesses or deficiencies. Saliva hormone panels available include an adrenal panel, a female hormone panel, a male hormone panel and a month-long hormone assessment.

Breath:

SIBO: SIBO stands for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth. The small intestine is normally a sterile environment, however, SIBO occurs when there is an overgrowth of bacteria in parts of the intestine where it should not be. As a result, this can lead to symptoms such as diarrhoea, constipation, gas, belching, pain and bloating. Testing for SIBO consists of testing a person’s breath for the presence of hydrogen and methane gas; produced by the bacteria present in the small intestine.

 

Stool:

Comprehensive Stool Analysis: Doctor’s Data is a clinical laboratory that offers complete stool testing. The comprehensive stool analysis can help assess digestive and absorptive functions and the presence of pathogens such as bacteria and yeast. Turnaround time is 6-8 days.

Comprehensive Stool Analysis w/ Parasitology x 3: This panel is sensitive to aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeast and parasites. Parasitology can include one-, two- or three-day collection, based on your Naturopathic Doctor’s preference and suggestion.

Food Allergy/Sensitivity Testing (blood):

IgG 120 or 200: Immunoglobulin G is an antibody involved in hypersensitivity reactions. IgG antibody-allergen complexes can deposit in any tissue and cause inflammation. There are two test options; the IgG 120+ tests for 120 foods and the IgG 200+ tests for 200 foods. Food sensitivity testing is often recommended for those who experience digestive concerns, skin problems, inability to lose/gain weight, headaches, ADHD and inflammatory conditions.

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