One of the tools that naturopathic physicians can offer patients is specialty and functional testing that is not offered in conventional medical practices.
We use either blood or saliva to monitor sex and adrenal hormones including estrogen(s), progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, and cortisol levels. Thyroid hormones and antibodies are tested through blood.
Food Sensitivity Testing
We use blood testing to screen for food sensitivities and food allergies.
Microbiome Stool Testing
Read a brief article by Dr. Haynes about long standing digestive symptoms and other chronic health conditions that associated with a disturbed microbiome here.
Environmental Exposures to Toxins, Heavy Metals and Mold
https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/gpl-tox (toxic non-metal chemicals including glyphosate)
https://www.greatplainslaboratory.com/gplmycotox (mold exposure)
https://www.zrtlab.com/test-specialties/heavy-metals-nutrients/ (heavy metals & essential elements)
Expanded Cardiovascular Testing
The standard cholesterol (lipid) test is only a limited picture of your risk for heart disease and stroke. Quest Diagnostics has paired with Cleveland Heart Lab to offer expanded testing – inflammatory markers, genetic factors, particle size, oxidation of lipids.
SIBO – Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth
A chronic digestive condition that’s tested for with the breath.
Chronic Infection – Lyme & Coinfections
Lyme and co-infections are often underdiagnosed in patients. This is partly because practitioners are not aware that the bacteria that causes Lyme has been found in all 50 states, but also that the standard labs are not as sensitive in detecting the infections. For more sensitive testing beyond the abilities of standard labs, we use Igenix, often seen as the gold standard in tick borne illness detection.