Naturopathic doctors have access to a wide variety of lab tests that unique to their profession to find the root cause of your problem and come up with a tailored treatment plan !
Standrd blood work is required to assess your conditions and track the treatment progression.
Immunoglobulin G and Immunoglobulin E are antibodies involved in delayed and immediate hypersensitivity reactions respectively. Immunoglobulin A provides a protective barrier in the mucosal membranes, which is the body’s first line of defense against antigens. The properties and differences between these antibodies are highlighted below:
Used to find hidden food reactions, resolve current symptoms and/or prevent hiddenchronic inflammation from exacerbating systemic disease.
Testing forfood specific IgA when mucosal damage is suspected (e.g. Crohn’s disease, colitis).
Semi-quantitive IgE is best for assessing reactions to regularly consumed foods . It is not useful for diagnosing intermittent acute IgE-like (e.g. hives) reactions to foods.
Elemental analysis has been used primarily to determine whether a person has had excessive exposure to toxic elements such as lead, mercury or arsenic: the so called heavy metals that are known to cause serious health problems. Toxic elements concentrate in soft tissue rather than blood or urine, so hair analysis is uniquely suited for measuring toxic elements. Elemental analysis also provides information on the absorption and assimilation of nutritionally important elements (e.g. iron, copper), making it useful for assessing nutrient deficiencies and imbalances as well.
Hormone testing in peri-menopausal women with irregular periods generally shows an estrogen dominant state. In such cases, testing may not be necessary as it generally only confirms the suspected estrogen dominance. Testing in peri-menopause may be useful if new symptoms develop or symptoms are not alleviated by the addition of progesterone.
The Male Panel is comprised of the following four hormones: testosterone, estradiol, DHEAS and cortisol. Interactions between these hormones are fundamental to health and, as a consequence, imbalances often result in symptoms.
During conditions of stress, the adrenal glands, under the direction of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, release cortisol, cytokines,catecholamines and neuropeptides. However, if the system is overworked and fails to shut down when stress abates, then the physiologic effects of stress can accumulate. This accumulation is called high allostatic load. Basically, chemical mediators of the stress response offer shortterm benefits, but may cause damage if they remain active when no longer needed. A high allostatic load is considered a risk factor for developing chronic illness. Since more than 70% of disease is thought to be stress-related; identifying and treating individuals with a high allostatic load could potentially reduce the incidence of chronic
disease. According to MacEwan, elevated or flattened diurnal cortisol rhythms and low dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEAS) to cortisol ratios are two primary indicators of a high allostatic load (along with inflammatory cytokines, elevated urinary cortisol and/or catecholamines).1 A high allostatic load is considered a risk factor for developing chronic illness.2
It is estimated that more than 7/10 people have been colonized with Candida species, yet have no observable symptoms. This is because Candida albicans can be either a harmless commensal organism or a potentially aggressive pathogen. To prevent Candida from becoming pathogenic requires the following: maintenance of normal bacterial flora in the mucosa, a healthy epithelium, and a competent immune system.
Candida overgrowth in the gut has been associated with symptoms like clouded thinking, depression, diarrhea, exhaustion, bad breath, fatigue, menstrual pain, thrush, vaginal yeast infections, fungal nail symptoms, and headaches. Patients with compromised immune systems are at risk for invasive and potentially life-threatening systemic Candida infections.