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Functional
Labs

I offer a wide-range of functional lab testing to help get down to the root cause of your health concerns. 

Comprehensive Bloodwork

Comprehensive bloodwork is not only one of the most common & simple labs offered as a first line of investigation but when comparing your results to optimal levels we can gain insight into root causes of many of your most challenging symptoms. Comprehensive is the name of the game here!

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"Research overwhelmingly indicates that gut health impacts overall health. The gut microbiome, in particular, plays a critical role in mediating the effects of diet and other factors on health, including digestive, immune, metabolic and neuroendocrine functions.

The GI-MAP (Microbial Assay Plus) is unique in the field of comprehensive stool testing. It relies exclusively on quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology to detect parasites, bacteria, fungi, and more, by targeting the specific DNA of the organisms tested." The GI  MAP performed by Diagnostic Solutions is a 1collection stool test.

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"The single common feature and most clinically important component of all diet-induced inflammatory reactions is that they ultimately cause mediator release (cytokines, leukotrienes, prostaglandins, etc.) from various white blood cells (neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils, lymphocytes). This is true whether reactions are immediate or delayed, whether dose dependent or not, whether governed by the innate or adaptive immune systems, whether cell-mediated or humorally-mediated, and whether inflammation remains at a sub-clinical level or becomes symptom-provoking." The MRT performed by Oxford Biomedical tests your sample against 170 different foods & chemicals.

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"Although nutrients are generally synergistic, in that they work in concert to maintain normal metabolic activity and health, imbalances between nutrients, for whatever reason, can disrupt this synergistic relationship, producing relative excesses and deficiencies. In the face of a nutrient deficiency, a normally synergistic nutrient can become dominant and eventually lead to antagonism of another nutrient through competition on an absorptive level, (intestinal absorption) and a metabolic level (displacement) within cells tissue and organs." The HTMA is a hair tissue test that uses a small amount of hair strands and gives us a tissue level look into mineral imbalances. 

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"This advanced hormone testing was developed to improve on available hormone testing options. DUTCH offers the most extensive profile of sex and adrenal hormones along with their metabolites. Additionally, the daily (diurnal) pattern of free cortisol is included, along with melatonin (6-OHMS), 8-OHdG, and six organic acids. This unique combination of clinical information is not available by any other method."

"DUTCH Cycle Mapping uses more sample collections (convenient, first-morning urine collections) and performs testing on targeted samples based on

the actual length of the cycle."

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"Clinical autoimmune disease is preceded by complicated autoimmune changes that are usually under way for many years before diagnosis. In autoimmune diseases, the immune system manufactures antibodies that target the body’s own tissues. When an autoimmune condition (such as a gluten sensitive enteropathy) is diagnosed early, it is possible that gluten has not caused serious damage yet and only findings may include mild histological damage associated with subclinical or silent disease. Thus, identifying the presence of these antibodies becomes an early-warning system as to what tissue damage may be developing for (you) allowing the development of an intervention protocol, which may reverse the development of the autoimmune disease." 

While this test is not used in my practice to diagnose or treat an autoimmune disease, we use it as a helpful tool that allows us to pinpoint organs in which your own immune system as has mistaken self-tissue for an invader. 

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"The Organic Acids Test (OAT) provides an accurate metabolic snapshot of what is going on in the body. Besides offering the most complete and accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria, it also provides information on important neurotransmitters, nutritional markers, glutathione status, oxalate metabolism, and much more. The test includes 76 urinary metabolite markers that can be very useful for discovering underlying causes of chronic illness."

Glyphosate Screening: "Glyphosate has been declared a likely carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer of the World Health Organization. Chronic kidney disease of farm workers has also been associated with glyphosate exposure. Researchers Stephanie Seneff and Anthony Samsel have proposed that glyphosate toxicity in animals is due to alteration of cytochrome P450 enzyme activities. In addition, many beneficial microorganisms are susceptible to glyphosate, leading to decreases in beneficial flora and increases in bacterial pathogens such as Salmonella and Clostridia. Recent studies by Seneff et al have found significant associations between the ingestion of glyphosate and/or GMO foods and a variety of diseases including common cancers, autism, Alzheimer’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes,
and many others.

 

"...Exposure to environmental pollutants has been linked to many chronic diseases. The Great Plains Laboratory GPL-TOX, a toxic non-metal chemical profile screens for the presence of 173 different toxic chemicals including organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, benzene, xylene, vinyl chloride, pyrethroid insecticides, acrylamide, perchlorate, diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, and more. This profile also includes Tiglylglycine (TG), a marker for mitochondrial disorders resulting from mutations of mitochondrial DNA. These mutations can be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, infections, inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies."

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"The MycoTOX Profile uses the power of advanced mass spectrometry (MS/MS), which is necessary to detect lower levels
of these fungal toxins."

"The MycoTOX Profile screens for 11 different mycotoxins, from 40 species of mold, in one urine sample."

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"Sperm is half of the equation when it comes to having kids. But average sperm counts have dropped by over 50% in recent decades, and today, half of all infertility cases involve the male partner."

 

"Since DNA carries all of the instructions for the development of an embryo, it makes sense that the genetic integrity of sperm is a key consideration in fertility. Any damage to the DNA within sperm may interfere with the sperm’s ability to properly fertilize an egg or develop into a healthy, thriving embryo. That’s exactly the issue with sperm DNA fragmentation.

Sperm DNA fragmentation is less often tested, and generally less well understood, than other semen parameters and sperm quality measures, such as sperm countmotility, and morphology.

But as research continues to clarify the relationship between sperm DNA fragmentation and birth rates, there’s an emerging belief among experts that sperm genetic integrity may be one of the most important factors for male fertility."

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"Our bodies are complex. 3X4 looks at how our genes work together in cellular pathways and functional systems to control processes such as inflammation, metabolism and detoxification."

Let's Work Together

All functional lab testing is combined with services to help insure you reach your goals. I currently only offer lab testing to new & current clients.

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