Explanation of Tests
Our laboratory testing program serves two important purposes:
- It may reveal the nature of the physiological disturbance underlying a person’s symptoms
- Abnormal levels may serve as a measure of the progress a patient makes as we work together
There are a number of categories of tests we may turn to when designing a program for a new patient. The comprehensive list is below.
Within each testing category, we have provided a link to the clinical laboratory that we have chosen to do our testing analysis. For non-specialty lab testing, we use Quest Labs. We suggest Any Lab Test Now in Durham, NC, as a convenient local option for test sample collection, and we help our non-local patients locate a collection facility near them.
Nutritional Deficiencies and Metabolic Overview
Assessing whether a person’s metabolism is compromised by nutritional deficiencies is difficult. In many instances, (vitamin B12 and iron are two good examples) measuring the actual level of the nutrient says little or nothing about whether the level is adequate to support optimum function.
There are a variety of solutions to this dilemma and we work with two labs that strive to be excellent in this area of testing. Metabolic testing may also reveal areas of a person’s physiology that are hampered by either genetics or environmental toxins.
Lipid Risk Factors for Cardiovascular Disease
Routine testing for blood cholesterol is a crude and insensitive measure of the good and bad fats in our blood. This company has an advanced analysis that is much more precise in determining actual risk factors for heart attack and stroke.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis
The gut is the center of our wellbeing. If it is not working properly, no other major physiological domain is safe from the effects of toxin accumulation and inadequate nutrition.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Many patients have leaky gut and don’t know it. One of the most damaging long-term consequences of this condition is the activation of the immune system by foods that we eat every day. Because these immune reactions are delayed, it is very difficult for an individual to determine which foods are causing symptoms such as irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, muscle and joint pains and chronic fatigue. Leaky gut is thought by many scientists to lead to autoimmune illness.
Small Bowel Overgrowth
The small intestine is the region of our digestive system where we make the final breakdown of our food and absorb the nutrients into our bodies. This process may be seriously disrupted by bacterial, fungal, or parasitic overgrowth. Techniques to determine the presence of this condition are imperfect but there are some tests that can suggest its presence.
Illness caused by chronic heavy metal (lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium) burden is not well understood. The standards for acute poisoning, in comparison, are better established. Much of the difficulty associated with the treatment of chronic heavy metal illness is the difficulty in establishing the tissue burden since baseline blood, urine, and stool testing is unreliable. Hair testing is useful in some situations.
The majority of our patients have mood disorders that are at least a part of their unwellness. Mood, attention, and sleep are modulated by a family of molecules called neurotransmitters. Tests are now available to determine their level in the urine, and it is possible to draw some implications about how a person’s health may be compromised by inadequate levels in the body from this information. The tests must be interpreted with caution. We work with this lab:
Genetic Risk factors
All individuals carry genetic code mistakes called Single Nucleotide Polymorphisms (SNPs). More often than not, these genetic errors do not cause a disease but put a person at increased risk for a disease. Tests are available to determine if a person has genetic code mistakes in the following domains:
- Heart disease
- Estrogen metabolism
- Capacity to absorb oxidative stress
- Degenerative diseases of the CNS
Here is the link to the detoxification test, which is the test we find most useful. The link will also provide you with links to the tests for analysis of risks in the other domains.