Naturopathic Doctors can request blood testing. This is available through Lifelabs. Blood testing is useful in diagnosing specific conditions, investigating nutrient deficiencies, or monitoring treatment progress.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food sensitivities can be investigated with an Elimination Diet or with a blood test. Regardless of which option you choose, Dr. Melyssa can support you through either process.
An Elimination Diet involves elimination of suspected food triggers for a specific amount of time, then strategic re-introduction of suspected foods while monitoring symptoms. The blood test to investigate for food sensitivities is called an IgG Food Sensitivity Test. In this test, a sample of your blood is taken (no fasting required) and tested for antibody (IgG) production to specific foods. The lab classifies this reaction as "Normal", "Borderline", or "Elevated". Once we receive the results, we work to eliminate the "Borderline" and "Elevated" foods from your diet, while stimulating gut healing and ensuring you are maintaining adequate nutritional levels. Once the gut is healed and inflammation is decreased, most people can add the foods identified previously as sensitivities back into their diets without symptoms.
Hormone testing is available through saliva, urine, or blood testing. Many hormones and their metabolites can be measured to identify imbalances present within the body. Female, male, thyroid, and adrenal (stress) hormone panels are available.
Organic Acids Test
The Organic Acids Test (OAT, for short) measures products of various metabolic processes in the body via a urine sample. From this test, we can determine if, and where, there are defects in an enzyme pathway, resulting in build-up of a specific metabolite. Based on the different metabolites measured, we can determine if there are issues in energy production cycles, imbalances in neurotransmitter levels, nutritional and antioxidant deficiencies, as well as gut bacteria and yeast imbalances.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis
The Comprehensive Stool Analysis is a detailed test performed on a stool sample. This test provides information on the microflora (microorganisms) present in the large intestine. From this test, we can determine if there are pathogenic bacteria, yeast species, or parasites present in the gut and contributing to symptoms. We can also determine whether beneficial bacteria present in the gut are at appropriate levels.
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Testing
Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is diagnosed using a breath test. In SIBO, bacteria present in the small intestine eat the foods we should be digesting and produce significant amounts of gas, in the form of hydrogen and methane. These gases are released in the breath and can be measured to diagnose Hydrogen-dominant SIBO, Methane-dominant SIBO, or Mixed SIBO (high amounts of both methane and hydrogen gases).
Heavy Metal Testing
Exposure to heavy metals and heavy metal accumulation in the body can be investigated using a urine test. Heavy metals within the body can come from occupational exposures, exposures from hobbies (for example, welding), contaminated food and water, or waste handling. Accumulation of heavy metals can cause a variety of symptoms and have negative consequences for a number of body systems.