August 22, 2017

Progressive laboratory testing

There are many Progressive Laboratory Tests that can augment conventional medical testing. These tests often look deeper at underlying nutritional and metabolic deficiencies and toxicities that can contribute to sub-optimal health. Below is a description of some of these tests that are available through WNHA:

IgG Food Sensitivity Testing

Food sensitivities can be contributing factors to digestive and non-digestive health issues. Food sensitivities, unlike food allergies, bring about slow, small reactions that may be difficult to notice but over time can cause big problems. Some conditions that can be affected by food sensitivities include migraines, mood or cognitive disorders (depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, attention deficit, autism spectrum disorders), autoimmune diseases, skin issues (eczema, psoriasis, rosacea), arthritis, chronic fatigue, irritable bowel, reflux, constipation, etc. The General IgG Food Sensitivity Panel tests for sensitivities to 96 different foods, and other tests are available for vegetarians.

Adrenal Hormone Testing

The Adrenal glands perform many functions in our bodies. They are the glands that are most affected by stress. They also help to control blood sugar issues, immune function, energy, reproductive hormonal balance and sleep regularity. This test uses the measurement of the adrenal hormones in your saliva to determine the status of your adrenal glands and what may be needed to help them to get healthy again.

Digestive Health Panel

The digestive system, besides controlling the digestion and absorption of food, is also the largest organ in your immune system. Imbalances in the flora (bacteria) in your digestive tract can contribute to a wide variety of digestive and inflammatory diseases including irritable bowel, Crohn’s disease, colitis and autoimmune diseases. This test measures the good and bad bacteria, yeast and parasites in your digestive tract and also can tell which natural products can treat the abnormal bacteria and yeasts that may be found.

Female Hormone Panel

Many women experience difficulties in their menstrual cycle or with fertility. This salivary test is helpful in determining the hormonal balance of premenopausal women. Starting at the beginning of the cycle, you are asked to take a salivary sample every 2 to 3 days for 11 samples. This will translate into a view of your hormones throughout the cycle, allowing us to pinpoint specific treatments to help improve your hormonal balance at specific times in your cycle.

Post Menopausal Hormone Panel

This saliva test is helpful for women who are experiencing menopausal symptoms. This test measures reproductive and adrenal hormones and allows us to customize a treatment plan to address your specific imbalances.

Estrogen Ratio Testing

Different metabolites of estrogen can either diminish or increase your risk for cancers of the reproductive tissues. This urine test can measure the ratio of the 2 major metabolites to determine your risk factor. We can use this result to take steps to move your estrogen ratio towards a healthy balance, thereby decreasing your risk of cancers of the reproductive tissues.

Male Hormone Panel

Similar to the Female Hormone testing, this salivary test assesses for the appropriate male hormones that can be related to sexual function, fertility and overall vitality.

Organic Acid Analysis

This simple urinary test measures a wide variety of metabolic markers that can affect your health, including: energy production, amino acid insufficiencies, neurotransmitter/brain chemical imbalances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, strength of detoxification pathways, markers for abnormal bacterial and yeast growth in the intestine, etc. This test can be very useful for people with general malaise or fatigue, mood issues and for assessing autism spectrum patients.

Toxic Element Testing

This urine test is helpful to determine if there is an overload of toxic metals in your system, including lead and mercury. Toxic metals can contribute to some degenerative diseases and neurological conditions, including autism spectrum illnesses.

Bone Health Risk Factors

This simple test can measure proteins associated with the breakdown of bone in the body. Increased bone breakdown is a risk factor for osteoporosis. By knowing your levels you can take steps to improve your bone health if necessary and you can assess how well your bone building treatment is working.

Environmental Toxins

There are many environmental toxins that we are exposed to on a daily basis. For most people this is not a problem. Some people, however, may have a metabolism that makes it difficult to get rid of these toxins. Various non-invasive tests can measure the amounts of pesticides, plastic residues and chemicals in your system. These chemicals can contribute to the cause of many conditions, including certain cancers, neurological disorders, chronic fatigue and autoimmune diseases.