Functional Medicine Testing

We recommend that all of our clients get a complete blood panel to assess and identify a variety of patterns ranging from thyroid imbalances, blood sugar dysregulation and anemia, to kidney, liver, and immune system dysfunction.

The panel we run is similar to one you would have received from a conventional medical doctor ten years ago. It includes over 50 laboratory tests to provide a biochemical assessment of your health including lipid, thyroid and kidney panels as well as glucose, minerals, a complete blood count, fluids, and electrolytes. Today, conventional medical doctors only screen for what HMO’s have defined as “medically necessary” in order to reduce the cost of patient care paid for by insurance companies. The current panel run by doctors typically includes only a lipid panel and seven blood values, severely limiting the evaluation of your health.

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

Comprehensive Metabolic Profile

The Comprehensive Metabolic Profile offers a functional assessment of your body and defines multiple areas of imbalance or deficiencies in the following areas:

  • Brain Chemistry (mood)
  • Detoxification (toxins)
  • Nutrient Status including Carnitine, NAC, Lipoic Acid, and CoQ10 (energy)
  • Fatty Acid Balance (level of inflammation)
  • Food Sensitivities (gut inflammation)
  • Antioxidant Status/Oxidative Stress (aging)
  • Cellular Energy Production including B Vitamin and Magnesium Status (energy)
  • Presence of Yeast

The Comprehensive Metabolic Profile is suggested for anyone who is interested in optimizing their health and who has already had their blood chemistry and adrenal function tested. This test is excellent for improving an already optimal state of health as well as people who are chronically ill.  The CMP takes the guesswork out of supplementation by showing you exactly where your deficiencies are and to what degree they need to be corrected.

Far too many people are going to the vitamin store and spending money on a handful of vitamin supplements they aren’t even sure they need.  For example, you may need more fish oil than you are currently taking or you may need less – only testing makes this clear.

The bottom line is that every person is as unique as they are in there metabolic functions as they are in their fingerprints. Though there are many good vitamin supplements available to consumers, what is good for one person may not be necessary, or may even be detrimental, to another. This Comprehensive Metabolic Profile helps determine exactly what your body needs. There is no blood draw required; this test is done conveniently at home through bloodspot and urine samples.

Thyroid Panel

Hypothyroidism is one of the most underdiagnosed and mismanaged conditions in healthcare. It is estimated that one out of three people in our population has one of the eight forms of hypothyroidism. If you have a low functioning thyroid, symptoms vary but may include fatigue, depression, weight gain without overeating, dry skin, loss of hair, puffy face, or menstrual irregularities. This comprehensive thyroid panel includes all blood markers required for thoroughly evaluating all aspects of thyroid function.

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.

Gastrointestinal Effects Profile

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.

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.

There are a number of food allergy and food sensitivity tests available. We recommend the best test for you according to your individual needs.

Comments

Functional Medicine Testing — 2 Comments

  1. Hi Debra,
    I would like to sign up for your special introductory offer and tests in functional medecine.

    • Hi Cynthia, That is wonderful. Would you please call my office at 707 284 1402 to make an appointment. Thanks. I look forward to meeting with you soon.