Lab work is a staple in any comprehensive treatment program. Many tests can be performed through OHIP (B12, iron, glucose, etc), but many blood tests can be inconclusive or not show us the whole picture.
For example, the ranges for TSH (Thyroid stimulating hormone) and B12 are not adequate on conventional blood tests. Many patients experience symptoms despite their lab results being in the “normal” range. In addition to interpreting these tests differently, there are many tests ordered through your naturopath that relay a better understanding of your health.
Food Sensitivity Test: By-far the most popular test! This quick, and simple pin-prick blood test, measures the amount of IgG antibodies that your body produces against 96 common foods. Unlike the skin-prick test that measures immediate food allergies (hives, swollen lips, difficulty breathing), this test measures a delayed immune response to food that can cause bloating, gas, IBS & IBD, skin rashes like eczema & acne, headaches, fatigue, joint pain and impaired immunity.
Adrenal Stress Index: Canadians are under chronic stress, causing long-term release of cortisol. Cortisol has many negative impacts on the body,including insulin resistance, difficulties losing weight, mood imbalances, low libido, impaired immunity and fatigue. This test not only measures your cortisol rhythm throughout the day—Is it too high or too low in the case of burnout—but also the related hormones such as DHEA, progesterone and insulin, which are affected by its release. This test provides you with an accurate depiction of how stress is affecting your overall health.
Month-Long Female Hormone Panel: Menstrual irregularities, menopause and PMS are the result of an imbalance in female hormones. Simple blood tests provide only a snapshot during the month, being useful only if their is a gross abnormality. Also, blood tests of hormones do not accurately reflect the hormones that reach tissues and have a physiological effect. Salivary hormone testing is done for 11 days over an entire cycle, mapping out the absolute concentration and relative balance of the female hormones, estrogen and progesterone, FSH and LH.
Male Hormone Panel: Low libido, difficulties losing weight, and depression can be symptoms of testosterone and hormone imbalance. The hormones are also measured in the saliva, providing greater accuracy and they include testosterone, DHEA/S, Androstenedione, DHT and Estrogen.
*At least partially covered by most extended health benefits
**The results of most tests are reported within 3 weeks.