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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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Screening of different toxic chemicals including organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, benzene, xylene, vinyl chloride, pyrethroid insecticides, acrylamide, perchlorate, diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, glyphosate, heavy metals & more. Exposure toxic chemicals can cause damage to mitochondrial DNA while also causing reproductive challenges, weight gain, brain fog & more. I use a combination of Mosiac Labs & Vibrant Health Labs. 

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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."

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Mycotoxins, or the toxins that are produced from mold & fungus are ubiquitous with health issues. The issues I most commonly see related to mold & mycotoxin toxicity include infertility, diabetes, immune system challenges, poor sleep, brain fog, weight gain, skin issues & digestive issues. Testing for the toxins stemming from mold & fungus allow us to get very clear about what roadblocks to your health you've been unknowingly experiencing. 

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Semen Analysis + DNA Fragmentation

Male Factors account for up to 50% of infertility cases and thanks to innovative technology, semen analysis testing has never been more convenient. DNA Fragmentation is an option add-on to the common count, motility & morphology testing & involves looking at the level of DNA damage within the sperm. 

 

We use both Fellow Labs & Legacy for our male clients, both offering at-home sample collection and quick turn-around on results reporting. 

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3X4 looks at how your genes work together in cellular pathways and functional systems to control processes such as inflammation, metabolism and detoxification. While we cannot change our genetics, we can however influence our "epigenetics" which allows your body to function optimally. 

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Pathogen Associated Immune Reactivity Screening: Cyrex Array 12

"Array 12 – Pathogen-Associated Immune Reactivity ScreenTM assesses IgG immune reactivity to pathogens that are documented triggers or exacerbators of autoimmunity. Tick-borne pathogens are obvious triggers of Lyme disease, however there are additional pathogens that haven’t been in the limelight. One example is the opportunistic bacterium Acinetobacter, which, due to cross-reactivity with neurological tissues, has been shown to play a role in multiple sclerosis. Giardia lamblia is well known as a cause of watery diarrhea, but less known for persisting in asymptomatic patients where the pathogen destroys intestinal villa thereby preventing nutrient absorption. Giardia can then cross-react with structural proteins such as tubulin and actin, which then triggers autoimmunity of the joints. Array 12 contains a variety of pathogens including oral pathogens, gastrointestinal pathogens, gastrointestinal parasites, bacterial and stealth pathogens, environmental molds, viral pathogens and tick-borne pathogens."

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Cyrex: Comprehensive Lymphocyte Immunophenotyping

The Lymphocyte MAP measures the integrity of the immune system at the cellular level. It uses an advanced flow cytometry method that combines laser technology with monoclonal antibodies to measure the properties of living cells based on size, shape, density and granularity, resulting in a high-precision count of various lymphocyte subpopulations. The Lymphocyte MAP identifies the patterns of balance or imbalance of T cells, B cells and natural killer cells detected in the blood, and organizes them into specific immunotypes.

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"Tickborne diseases are rising throughout the US from a variety of ticks, which carry and pass on different microorganisms to humans and animals. Tickborne diseases have more than doubled in 13 years and represent 77% of all vector-borne disease reports. Lyme disease accounts for 82% of all cases." - Vibrant Wellness 

Lyme & it's co-infections can present with fever, chills, muscle aches and pains, GI issues, enlarged lynph nodes, rash, neurological issues, depression, anxiety, numbness or weak limbs & much more. The infection can disrupt your whole life & had been implicated in infertility & pregnancy loss. 

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. Schedule your consultation to build the plan that suits your needs & health goals. 

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