Laboratory Testing

Advanced Thyroid Panel – A simple blood test that measures 6 markers of thyroid health. 4 hormones – TSH, T3, T4, Reverse T3 and 2 antibodies – anti-thyroperoxidase and anti-thyroglobulin will diagnose Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, cellular hypothyroidism, thyroid resistance and subclinical hypothyroidism. This can be performed in clinic or at any Lifelabs location.

Sex Hormone Testing – The dried urine analysis hormone test has become the most detailed hormone test available. The 3 types of estrogen and their breakdown products are of particular interest and can be used to assess a woman’s risk to conditions associated with estrogen. Progesterone, DHEA, testosterone, melatonin and a full look at adrenal and cortisol function are included in this 30-hormone window of the endocrine system. Once bio-identical hormone replacement has started, testing is switched over to a saliva panel of the main hormones in order to evaluate prescription doses.

Cortisol Testing – Using either saliva or urine, pooled values of cortisol can be tested throughout an average day. This typically results in a cortisol curve analysis which candefine adrenal dysfunction. Cortisol should be high in the morning and low in the evening with a gradual drop throughout the day. Once an individual’s cortisol curve is tested, appropriate herbs, vitamins, diet and lifestyle can be prescribed to establish healthier cortisol levels and promote optimal wellness. If testing along with sex hormones for the most complete picture, urine samples are typically used. For an in-depth look at adrenal function without sex hormones, saliva samples are tested.Stool Microbiology – A comprehensive analysis of the bacteria, parasites and yeast strains found in the digestive tract is reported in this simple stool test.  A look at the relative amounts of the beneficial and dysbiotic (“bad” bacteria) bacteria and yeast is determined followed by a list of herbs and medications which will get rid of those unwanted microbes.  This test is usually ordered when digestive disturbances such as gas, bloating, constipation and diarrhea are present or other symptoms like rashes, sugar cravings, inability to loose weight, fatigue and headaches. Different variations of this test can include DNA analysis by PCR of the organisms to give a more detailed report.

SIBO breath test – A relatively newly identified disorder, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is being diagnosed at an increasing rate.  Infections present in the digestive tract can cause a variety of symptoms including bloating after eating most meals, heartburn, abdominal pain and irregular bowel movements.  This test is performed after consumption of a sugary drink which acts as a food source to the unwanted bacteria.  Different gases are released by the bacteria and can be analyzed by performing a breath test at regular intervals.

Mycotoxin Testing – Mold illness is more common in BC than is widely known. It is estimated that 25% of all basements have a mold overgrowth. Mold effects new builds, old homes and workplaces by means of leaks, water damage or poorly circulated spaces. Living in a home with water damage can cause susceptible individuals to develop many different symptoms ranging from insomnia, water retention, recurrent infections, rashes, headaches, digestive disturbances, hormone imbalances, infertility and cancer. These exposures can be at any point in life, even from as early as the uterus. Kidney excretion of tiny by-products released from mold called mycotoxins allows for a urine analysis of common mycotoxins. Mold can be treated!

Genetic Testing – Since the human genome project was completed in 2001, advances in learning the roles of genes in our DNA has helped to individualize health.  Of particular interest, variations or SNPS in the genes of detoxification pathways lead to deficiencies in much needed vitamins and anti-oxidants.  Testing is done by a saliva sample from which genetic information is extrapolated followed by an interpretation using a medical genetic program.

OAT – Organic Acid Test.   75 different markers of health are reported which range from how efficient energy production is at the cellular level to yeast and bacteria imbalances to nutrient levels such as vitamins, anti-oxidants and neurotransmitters. Custom supplement formulations can be developed based on results.  This test is a single urine test collected at home and sent off to the laboratory.

Food sensitivity testing – A blood test that looks at the IgG reaction to either 96 or 184 foods. If a healthy gut flora is established, this test may be useful to identify foods that contribute to inflammation.