Functional Medicine Testing

Adrenal Stress Index

The Adrenal Stress Index is a salivary test used to evaluate the effects of stress on the body. It does so by analyzing cortisol and DHEA (steroid hormones), total Secretory IgA (immune function marker), and anti-gliadin antibody (gluten intolerance marker).

The adrenal glands, located on top of the kidneys, have a profound influence on health and are negatively affected by a chronic stress. As a society, with the combination of poor dietary and lifestyle choices, we are experiencing a higher level of stress than ever in human history. This has resulted in an increasing number of chronic disorders that are occurring with greater regularity than ever before.

Adrenal dysfunction can impact:

Blood sugar balance
Thyroid function
Liver detoxification
Gastrointestinal health
Immune capabilities
Bone metabolism
Onset of depression
Sleep quality
Cardiovascular health

Signs of adrenal dysfunction vary, but may include:

  • Fatigue, slow starter in the morning
  • Eating relieves fatigue
  • Irritable before meals
  • Shaky/lightheaded if meals are missed
  • GI problems – ulcers, fullness, bloating
  • Allergies/weak immune system
  • Insomnia – can not fall asleep or stay asleep
  • Dizziness
  • Asthma
  • Cravings for salt, sugar, caffeine, or cigarettes
  • Swelling
  • Excessive perspiration or urination

Extended Female Hormone Panel

Many factors such as stress, nutritional deficiencies, and toxins can influence the delicate balance of female hormones. Accurately evaluating the intricate monthly cycle of a woman’s hormones is impossible through a single blood draw.

The Female Hormone Panel is a saliva test that analyzes levels of progesterone and estrogen over 28 days. It is conveniently collected at home and sent by mail into the lab. This test is helpful in evaluating any health issues pertaining to female hormones including:

  • PMS Symptoms (mood swings, bloating, breast tenderness, fatigue, migraines, etc)
  • Libido Problems
  • Weight gain
  • Irregular Bleeding
  • Fatigue
  • Ovarian cysts/PCOS
  • Fibroids
  • Endometriosis

Post Menopausal Health Profile

The symptoms of an imbalanced body during menopause such as migraines, hot flashes, and emotional fragility can be a difficult experience. Traditional treatment typically involves only a prescription of regular natural estrogens and doesn’t include complete hormone testing. Although this may mask certain symptoms it increases the risk of high blood pressure, fibroid growth, and cancer. This simple saliva test offers a complete picture of your hormones in order to find the specific imbalance and address root cause of your symptoms. This saliva test is conveniently collected at home.

Male Hormone Panel

Women aren’t the only ones with hormone problems. Poor nutrition and stress related adrenal exhaustion affects men too; they are just less likely to seek medical attention. Fortunately, with specific testing and appropriate support it is possible to restore lost male vitality. This saliva test is conveniently collected at home and mailed into the laboratory for analysis.

This test is for you if you are:

Middle aged and experiencing insomnia, high cholesterol, fat accumulation around the waist, depression, low libido, erectile dysfunction, or hair loss.

Young and experiencing hair loss, low libido, erectile dysfunction, or difficulty losing weight.

Food Allergy/Food Sensitivity Testing

It is estimated that over 60 million Americans suffer from clinically significant food sensitivities. Food allergies or food sensitivities develop according to how your immune system reacts to a food in your diet.

The first type of immune response, Type I (IgE), is an immediate onset food allergy. An example of this would be a child who eats a peanut and goes into anaphylaxis. These reactions are easy to detect, usually have a genetic component, and occur only in about 5% of the population.

Another type of immune response, Type III (IgG), is a delayed onset immune response, meaning reactions occur anywhere from 48 hours to several days after the food is eaten. These food sensitivities can contribute to countless side effects such as migraine headaches, joint pain, difficulty losing weight, or anxiety. Because the response is delayed, many people do not make the connection between their symptoms and their diet.

Gastrointestinal Effects Profile Stool Analysis

Poor digestion leads to a cascade of negative body effects. It leads to nutritional deficiencies, which lead to broad spectrum cellular dysfunction. By allowing food to ferment in the stomach, poor digestion leads to leaky gut and food allergies. Additionally, an environment for bacteria, yeast, and parasites to flourish is created, leading to toxicity and skin conditions.

It is essential to know the balance between beneficial and harmful bacteria in your GI tract, particularly if you have chronic health problems. This test may be beneficial for people with chronic GI symptoms such as constipation, gas, or diarrhea. Seemingly non related disorders can also be associated with gut dysfunction such as fatigue, eczema, and difficulty losing weight. This test is conveniently collected at home through a single stool sample.

GI Effects Stool Analysis Profiles go beyond “old stool technology” to bring you the most comprehensive stool analysis to date. GI Effects Profiles use DNA analysis to identify microbiota including anaerobes, a previously immeasurable area of the gut environment. In addition to much more comprehensive bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology, GI Effects Profiles report drug resistance genes, antibiotic and botanical sensitivities, gliadin-specific sIgA, Elastase1, plus other inflammation, digestion, and absorption markers.

Click here for a complete list of all the bacteria, parasites and other components that are tested in the GI Effects stool test.

The Organic Acids Test (OAT)

The Organic Acids Test provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids. The cause of these high levels could include: oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, and genetic factors.

If abnormalities are detected using the OAT, treatments can include supplements, such as vitamins and antioxidants, or dietary modification. Upon treatment, patients and practitioners have reported significant improvement such as decreased fatigue, regular bowel function, increased energy and alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, and decreased abdominal pain. The OAT is strongly recommended as the initial screening test.

Click here for a complete list of the clinical significance of each metabolite included in the Organic Acids Test.