Depending on your specific health concern, lab testing may be recommended in order to evaluate how your body is functioning and develop specifically targeted treatments. Both conventional and specialized diagnostic lab testing is used in establishing a full constitutional picture of your physiology.
Food Sensitivity Testing– There is a growing body of evidence to support the clinical benefit of eliminating IgG reactive foods from the diet. IgG food sensitivities have been implicated in digestive disorders, fatigue, headache, eczema, joint pain, memory loss, and etc. Continued consumption of reactive foods may contribute to weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight. Since IgG food reactions take hours or days to develop, it is difficult to identify which foods are problematic. Therefore, food sensitivity testing can be a simple and practical investigative tool.
Hormone Level Testing– Both men and women can be affected by changes in hormone levels, resulting in unpleasant symptoms and/or infertility. Hormone saliva testing is an important investigative tool for identifying where the imbalance is and targeting treatment accordingly.
Men and women of any age, who are having symptoms of hormone imbalance and are considering supplementing with hormone replacement (including oral contraceptive pills and bioidentical hormones) should have a baseline hormone test in order to determine what treatment is appropriate and where these treatments should be targeted.
Adrenal Function Tests– Stress is an unavoidable part of life and therefore the body has processes in place to manage it using hormones, mainly cortisol, produced by the adrenal glands. Measuring saliva levels of cortisol at scheduled times throughout the day can provide important information on how your adrenal, hypothalamus and pituitary glands are managing your stress.
GI Functions Tests (Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis)– Digestive complaints are among the most common reasons for individuals seeking medical care. Evidence suggests that both local and systemic health issues may begin as dysfunctions in the gastrointestinal (GI) system. A GI stool test offers a comprehensive look at the overall health of the GI tract by evaluating digestion, absorption, pancreatic function, inflammation, yeast and parasitic infections and bacterial balance. This test is an excellent tool for individuals who have “tried everything,” to fix their digestive function without results.
Routine Blood Work– Includes things like blood analysis (CBC and WBC), ferritin (iron) levels, cholesterol/triglyceride levels, thyroid hormones, B12 and vitamin D.
These markers are important for establishing a baseline of how your body is functioning. Your health care practitioner may ask you to do a select few of the above tests, or the full list depending on your presenting case. Even though these labs are conventionally used, they are not covered by OHIP when ordered by a Naturopathic Doctor. Therefore, if you have any past blood work that was ordered by a previous health care professional, it can be extremely beneficial if you bring it to your first visit.
Urinalysis- Evaluating urine is a simple and inexpensive test, used to detect and assess a range of disorders including urinary tract infections, kidney disease, and diabetes.