Amino Acid Testing
Amino acid testing can provide information on a wide spectrum of metabolic and nutritional disorders including protein inadequacy, gastrointestinal insufficiencies, inflammatory responses, vitamin and mineral dysfunctions, detoxification impairments, cardiovascular disease, ammonia toxicity, neurologic dysfunction, and inborn errors of metabolism.
Bone Resorption Assessment
A specialized urine test measures how fast bone is breaking down compared to how fast bone is being built. Useful to identify those likely to develop osteoporosis, to intervene prior to significant bone loss occurring, and to monitor efficacy of dietary changes.
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA)
Used primarily to identify gastrointestinal disorders, such as irritable bowel syndrome and inflammatory bowel disease, this test also reveals the health of the gut’s ecology (good and bad bacteria levels). The analysis detects yeast, parasites, and toxins that cause antibiotic associated diarrhea. (Cost: $425)
Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH)
The DUTCH complete provides an analysis of 35 different hormones. Payment is required at time of testing and is not billed to insurance. (Cost: $399)
ELISA/ACT (Food allergy and sensitivity testing)
This tests for delayed food and chemical hypersensitivities and identifies allergies critical to restoring health. Allergies are linked to autoimmune disease, gastrointestinal, cardiovascular, liver, skin, neurological disease. Identifies more than 300 food and environmental allergies.
Genetic testing can help determine what you should eat, your antioxidant system function, how you metabolize vitamins, and your detoxification capabilities. The following SNPs can be tested: MTHFR, COMT, TNF-α and APOE.
Intestinal Permeability Assessment
This urine test measures whether or not the lining of the small intestine is too permeable, thereby allowing toxins into the bloodstream, or, conversely, has decreased permeability, causing malnutrition and malabsorption. Patients drink a substance made up of two non-metabolized sugars, lactulose and mannitol, and then submit a urine sample. This information is assessed to see how much of the substance passed through the small intestine and how much leached through the mucosal barrier. (Cost: $130)
Labrix Saliva Hormone Testing
This non-invasive at home test measures levels of the hormones progesterone, testosterone, and estradiol over 28 days. The aim is to look for imbalances that cause fertility problems as well as disruptions in mood, sleep, and appetite. A kit is provided to you for saliva collection along with detailed instructions. Results are received within two weeks. Payments are made directly to Labrix and are generally not covered by insurance. (Cost: $200)
Organic Acids Test
Organic acids are urinary markers of metabolism. This urine test looks at issues related to mitochondria, B-vitamin deficiency, detoxification, and more. (Cost: $300)
Urine Toxic-Metals Test
Heavy metals in the environment can enter the body through air, water, and food. Once inside, they can cause a host of ills. This urine test requires the patient to drink a chelating agent (a substance that binds to heavy metals and moves them out of the body through urine). Over a six- to 24-hour period, urine is collected and sent to the lab to be screened for lead, mercury, cadmium, and other heavy metals. (Cost: $160)
Vitamin and Mineral Testing
Intracellular analysis to determine an individual’s nutritional needs. Allows for customization of supplementation and diet recommendations. There is evidence confirming that nutrient deficiencies contribute to chronic disease such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
The likelihood for vitamin D deficiency increases with malabsorption syndrome, aging (elderly have reduced capacity for vitamin D3 formation), darker skin, obesity (vitamin D is fat soluble and stored in adipose, reducing it’s availability), and minimal sun exposure.
Direct to Consumer Lab Work
Your Lab Work offers direct-to-consumer lab testing which offers a wide selection of discounted lab work at a 50-80% savings. Tests are available for thyroid function, hormones, weight control, anti-aging, sex/energy, nutrient deficiencies, heavy metals, inflammation, and vascular health. Available in every state except New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Rhode Island. Good for those with a high deductible plan or those that wish to monitor their own lab work. A doctor’s order is not required, and lab work is done at a local Quest Diagnostic’s facility.
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