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Functional Labs

The three tests below provide me with some of the most valuable information when it comes to discovering hidden stress within each of my clients. For that reason, I require anyone that I work with to start here. Don’t worry though, if you’re not ready to commit financially to running all three labs up front, we can still get you headed in the right direction by starting with at least one of these tests. If you’re not sure where to start, that’s what I am here for. Contact me here to set up your FREE 30 minute consult  to discuss what would be the best place for you to start.

Oxford Biomedical MRT (Food Sensitivity)

If you want to balance your hormones and heal your gut, you MUST address food sensitivities! Foods that are causing inflammation create a chronic stress response in the body, leading to hormone imbalance and depletion and overall gut dysfunction.

Removing suspect foods is vital to your health. The MRT takes out a lot of the guess work that accompanies just doing an elimination diet alone and allows you to eliminate problematic foods quickly and start improving upon your health immediately.

The Mediator Release Test tests is a blood test that tests the inflammatory response for 150 common foods and commonly added food chemicals and additives. It is the most logical, direct, comprehensive and functional measure of food sensitivity reactions with 96.3% split sample reproducibility.

Not only does the Mediator Release Test give insight into inflammation provoking foods and food chemicals, but more importantly the MRT identifies your BEST foods. The foods that will form the basis of your health building program.

Common signs that the food you are eating is making you sick: migraine and other headaches, irritable bowel syndrome, chronic diarrhea, heartburn/GERD, fibromyalgia, arthritis, joint pain, muscle pain, weight imbalances, chronic fatigue, chronic sinusitis, insomnia, skin eruptions, autism/ADD

FIND OUT IF THE FOODS YOU ARE EATING ARE CONTRIBUTING TO YOUR MAIN HEALTH COMPLAINTS!

Precision Analytical DUTCH Complete Hormone Panel

Our hormones tell us A LOT about how we are handling stress and give HUGE insight into potential hidden stressors and need for further testing based off of the results we find.

This test is the best and most accurate test available today to assess hormone status and is a critical first step in new client evaluation as well as follow up studies.

DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones. This test gives a complete picture of adrenal and reproductive hormones providing not only the total level of free hormones, but their metabolites as well.

The metabolites are what make the DUTCH test superior to saliva hormone testing.

While saliva tests are good for determining the up and down picture of cortisol throughout the day, they are TERRIBLE at telling you whether or not you are actually producing enough cortisol.

Cortisol in saliva measures only FREE cortisol and is only 2-4% of total production. Metabolized (aka. total cortisol) is a better marker for overall production because it comprises 70-80% of production and actually tells us if the adrenals are producing enough cortisol or not.

Many people are misdiagnosed with “adrenal fatigue” or low cortisol with saliva tests because it misses a BIG piece of the puzzle (the metabolites. aka. total cortisol).

The science of testing has advanced. The DUTCH test is the way to go if you suspect something is not right with your health!

Below are the specific hormones that are tested with the DUTCH as well as their function in the body:

Cortisol: Cortisol is a steroid hormone that is produced in the adrenal cortex.  In a healthy individual it naturally rises in response to any type of stress on the body.  It should follow the normal circadian rhythm being highest in the morning, helping us wake up, and should slowly lower throughout the day to where it is lowest at night as we are about to go to sleep. It also acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and pain killer and aids in blood sugar regulation.

DHEA: DHEA is also a steroidal hormone made in the adrenal cortex and acts as a counter-regulatory agent to cortisol. In other words, it helps to balance out the negative effects that cortisol has on our body. It happens to be the most abundant circulating steroid hormone in humans. It promotes the growth and repair of protein, especially muscle tissue and is often lowered when the body is under chronic stress.

Melatonin: Melatonin is made in the gastrointestinal tract as well as the pineal gland. A majority of this hormone is produced in the gut, thus levels of this hormone gives us a good window into gut function. Low levels may indicate gut dysfunction and need for further testing. It has many benefits in our body including but not limited to, aiding in digestion and elimination, helps protect the upper Gastrointestinal mucosal tissues in reflux, relaxes smooth muscle in the gastrointestinal tract, increases mucosal blood flow in IBS, is an important antioxidant, and most commonly is known for helping us to go to sleep.

Estradiol: This is the main steroid and sex hormone in females. It is essential for the development and maintenance of female reproductive tissues. Though it is the main sex hormone in females, it is also produced in men. Estradiol plays a huge role in bone health. When we are deficient in this hormone we may experience hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, foggy thinking, memory lapses, incontinence, depression, or sleep disturbances. In excess, we may experience mood swings, tender breasts, water retention, nervousness, irritability, anxiousness, fibrocystic breasts, uterine fibroids, weight gain in the hips or bleeding changes.

Progesterone: This steroid hormone is involved in the menstrual cycle, pregnancy and embryogenesis of humans and other species. It also is a precursor to other sex hormones and corticosteroids. When we have deficiency in this hormone we may experience hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, foggy thinking, memory lapses, bone loss, incontinence, depression, sleep disturbances and heart palpitations. If we have excess progesterone we may experience sleepiness, breast swelling/tenderness, decreased libido, mild depression and candida infections.

Testosterone: This is one of the main sex hormones produced by males and is important for sexual and reproductive development. It is also produced in women but at lower levels. If there is deficiency of testosterone in the body one may experience low libido, vaginal dryness, foggy thinking, fatigue, aches/pains, memory lapses, incontinence, depression, and sleep problems. If there is excess in the body one may experience excessive facial/body hair, loss of scalp hair, increased acne, voice change, oily skin or irritability.

When the body is under chronic stress, which most people are these days with poor diet, demanding lifestyles, stressful jobs, unhealthy relationships, medications, environmental toxins, poor sleep etc., hormone imbalance occurs. Hormone imbalance is followed by multiple symptoms and health complaints due to a shift in the preferred hormone pathways in the body. Your hormones will tell me a lot about why you are feeling the way you are feeling and provide me with valuable information on how to start rebalancing them as well as what further steps we need to take to keep building your health!

DISCOVER HOW YOUR BODY IS HANDLING STRESS WITH THE DUTCH HORMONE COMPLETE PANEL

Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory GI-MAP

The Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory Gastrointestinal Microbial Assay requires a single specimen stool sample to test for the presence of  pathogens including H. Pylori and other bacteria, viruses in the gastrointestinal tract.

The markers specifically included on this test are the following:

  • Bacterial Pathogens (Campylobacter, C difficile Toxin A & B, E coli 0157, Salmonella, Shiga-like Toxins, Shigella, etc.)
  • Parasitic Pathogens (Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia)
  • Viral Pathogens (Adenovirus, Norovirus, Rotavirus)
  • H pylori (H Pylori, cagA, vacA)
  • Normal Bacterial Flora (Bifidobacter, Enterococcus, E. coli, Lactobacillus)
  • Opportunistic Bacteria (Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Proteus, Yersinia, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus, etc)
  • Parasites (Blastocystis hominis, Dientamoeba fragilis, Endolimax nana, Entamoeba coli, Chilomastix mesnelli, etc.)
  • Fungi/Yeast (Candida albicans, Candida spp., Geotricum spp., Microsporidia spp., Trichosporon spp.)
  • Additional Tests (SIgA, Anti-Gliadin, Elastase, Lactoferrin, Occult Blood)
  • Antibiotic Resistance Genes

Infections and infestations are one of the most common sources of HIDDEN stress and can often go undetected for years! As long as they remain active in the body, they will keep the body in a stage of chronic stress that will, over time, lead to further dysfunction in the body and multiple health issues.

Pathogens contribute to adrenal dysfunction, mucosal barrier problems, maldigestion, malabsorption, elimination problems, toxicity, detox problems and immune dysfunction. They are a significant contributor to metabolic chaos in the body and therefore will limit results in ANY health program.

They MUST be identified, eliminated or suppressed if you desire to build health!

 

DON’T LET HIDDEN STRESS PREVENT YOU FROM YOUR HEALTH GOALS ANY LONGER! WORK WITH ME AND I WILL HELP GET TO THE ROOT OF YOUR MAIN HEALTH COMPLAINTS, PUT TOGETHER A CUSTOMIZED PLAN FOR YOU AND GET YOU FEELING YOUR BEST.

**Further testing can be discussed after we begin working together and may be recommended based off of your test results. In order to build health, we must work to eliminate all HIDDEN stress**

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