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Conventional Laboratory Analysis
Standard lab panels such as complete blood counts, comprehensive metabolic panel, lipid panel, thyroid cascade, homocysteine, iron, and c-reactive protein are among a few available to help us better assess your health and rule out pathology. We do not offer prescription medication treatment options nor do we treat organic diseases as these are not within our scope; referrals to your primary care physician will be made if abnormalities are found. We do offer complementary and alternative support for various conditions. Information on this website is for educational purposes and not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
Food Sensitivity/Allergy Testing
As we start our journey towards a healthier lifestyle, it is vital to eliminate what harms in terms of food. It has been estimated that 90% of immune reactions to foods are non-IgE, or delayed symptom onset food allergies. A single blood test can identify food specific IgG antibodies and thus identify patients’ food sensitivities. Sensitivities to food also impact the autoimmune system and exacerbate neurobehavioral function. In addition, IgG food sensitivities can cause antibody production, increased inflammation, lymphocyte responses, cell damage, and generation of cytokines such as TNF-alpha [Vodjani A et al].
An IgG food sensitivity test is a great starting point when putting together an adequate diet for you or your child. Food/environmental allergies can also be tested for if appropriate clinical findings are present.
The field of nutrigenomics is the study of how different foods can interact with particular genes to decrease the risk of diseases. Biomolecular nutrigenomics takes this concept a step further, analyzing the molecular signaling pathways that are affected by specific single site base changes and then utilizes combinations of nutrients, foods and natural ribonucleic acids to bypass mutations and restore proper pathway function.
A central pathway in the body that is particularly amenable to biomolecular nutrigenomic screening for genetic weaknesses is the methionine/folate pathway. As a result of this decreased activity in the methylation pathway, there is a shortage of methyl groups in the body, which would otherwise serve a variety of important functions.
Methyl groups are “CH3" groups that are moved around in the body to turn on or off genes. There are several particular sites in this pathway where blocks can occur as a result of genetic weaknesses. Supplementation with appropriate foods and nutrients will bypass these mutations to allow for restored function of the pathway.
Understanding the intrecuit biochemistry of the urea, tetrahydrobiopterin, folate, and methylation cycle plays an important role in giving efficient supplementation protocols to provide better health and decreasing risk of disease. You can order your test kit at www.23andme.com
Folate Receptor Antibody Test (FRAT™)
FRAT is a laboratory test with two components. FRAT identifies an important metabolic deficiency in pregnant women whose fetuses have neural tube defects (NTD), infants with cerebral folate deficiency (CFD) and children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD).
Optimal Nutritional Evaluation (ONE)
It is difficult to wade through the sea of nutritional supplements that are currently offered. It is also difficult to know your child’s deficiencies and how to address them. The ONE test will help you understand your patients' individual diet and supplementation needs. This panel includes key organic acids to evaluate gastrointestinal function and functional need for vitamins, minerals, and co-factors. In addition, amino acids are measured to assess digestion, absorption, metabolic impairments, and nutritional deficits. Anti-oxidant reserves and the presence of oxidative injury are analyzed. For more information please visit Genova Diagnostics.
NutrEval is a comprehensive nutritional evaluation to identify specific imbalances of vitamins, nutrients, and essential co-factors. This profile includes all markers available on the ONE panel but also includes a plasma profile which includes glutathione, Vitamin D, Red Blood cell nutrients, Omega-3, Omega-6, Omega-7, and Omega-9. For more information please visit Genova Diagnostics.
Medical research has established a definite link between neurotransmitters and a number of conditions. It has been concluded that deficient or excessive neurotransmitter levels may be at the root of many of these conditions. Therefore, the ability to assess the levels of various neurotransmitters offers healthcare providers a useful tool in addressing neurotransmitter-related conditions.
The Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CSA) is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic assessment that permits practitioners to objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/fungus. Precise identification of pathogenic species and susceptibility testing greatly facilitates selection of the most appropriate pharmaceutical or natural treatment agent(s).
Impairment of the highly specific nutrient uptake processes, or compromised GI barrier function (as in “leaky gut syndrome”) can result from a number of causes including: low gastric acid production, chronic maldigestion, food allergen impact on bowel absorptive surfaces, bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis); pathogenic bacteria, yeast and related toxic irritants, and the use of NSAID’s and antibiotics. Impairment of intestinal functions can contribute to the development of food allergies, systemic illnesses, autoimmune disease, and toxic overload from substances that are usually kept in the confines of the bowel for elimination.
Analysis of the levels of toxic metals in urine after the administration of a metal detoxification agent is an objective way to evaluate the accumulation of toxic metals. Acute metal poisoning is rare. More common, however, is a chronic, low-level exposure to toxic metals that can result in significant retention in the body that can be associated with a vast array of adverse health effects and not chronic disease.