This page gives an overview of the various tests and testing methods that we utilize in the clinic when indicated.
Adrenal Stress Index (ASI)
The adrenals are two small glands located above the kidneys. The outer zone of the adrenals, the cortex, secretes the adrenal steroids; cortisol, dhea and aldosterone. The inner zone, or medulla, secretes the catecholamines; adrenaline and nor-adrenaline. Cortisol, DHEA and adrenaline are the three main adrenal stress hormones.
These hormones are released in a daily cycle with the highest value in the morning and the lowest value at night. Any abnormal adrenal rhythm can influence many functions of the body, including; energy levels, mood, sleep, thyroid function, blood sugar regulation, sexual desire, memory, focus and immune function.
Comprehensive Blood Chemistry Analysis – These traditional blood chemistry profiles which look at blood chemistry, liver, kidney, thyroid and immune function took a great leap forward in usefulness and clinical application with the research and software analysis program developed by Dr. Datis Kharrazian. In addition to looking at normal reference ranges we can now utilize this information in a much more detailed, functional and pro-active manner to determine where the underlying dysfunction is happening and what nutritional supplements and dietary interventions are indicated for successful treatment.
BodyBio – Blood Biopsy Analysis
BodyBio medical data management transforms lab data, such as blood chemistry and red-cell membrane fatty acids into a clear concise format that takes the individual test results and matches the disturbances in a person’s metabolism to appropriate nutritional intervention, as supported by medical literature. Understanding the biochemistry of autism opens a unique treatment window for targeted nutrient therapy which can lead the child back into a normal life.
Digestive – Gastrointestinal Testing
Parasitology Center (PCI) – Comprehensive Stool Test
This comprehensive stool analysis uses fecal specimens to diagnose and identify human and animal-borne parasitic organisms. These include over 40 species of single celled protozoan and other stages of multiple-celled parasites like roundworms, tapeworms, flukes, and other parasitic organisms. PCI uses state of the art technologies for staining, processing and identifying parasites in fecal samples presented via mailable kits.
Comprehensive Stool & Digestive Analysis (CSDA)
This test is a comprehensive, multifaceted stool analysis useful in a wide range of clinical problems. It consists of macroscopic and microscopic examinations with staining, chemical assays, parasitology and aerobic cultures. In general, the CSDA is useful for assessment of the digestive and absorptive capacities of the gut and for the identification of pathological states. Specifically, the test may yield useful information about the following areas: food allergies, gastric acidity, liver/gallbladder function, pancreatic function, presence of inflammation or intestinal permeability.
EnteroLab has developed a unique screening test for gluten sensitivity as well as for dietary yeast, cow’s milk and chicken egg sensitivity that is more sensitive and specific than many other tests in current use. The testing method utilizes stool rather than blood as the testing substrate; the rationale of using stool rather than blood for testing for food sensitivity is that immunologic reactions to proteins in the diet that cause these reactions are centered within the intestinal tract and not in the blood.
Food Allergy Testing
ELISA (Enzyme linked Immuno-Sorbent Assay) Test – Checks against IgE, and IgG antibodies. This is my first choice for food allergy testing, as it incorporates testing against short-term and long-term antibodies, thereby detecting immediate and delayed reactions. It is also able to test a wide number of foods (typically up to 95different foods) at one time. This is a blood test that requires an intravenous blood draw and then is able to give an allergy rating on all 95 foods.
D’Adamo Serotype Panel – DSP Test – Our blood- type can also provide valuable guidance for what foods are easiest for our bodies to digest and assimilate and which foods will cause the most wear and tear on our digestive, circulatory and immune systems. This test looks at other sub-group factors within each blood type to customize the food choices even more specifically to each individual. The DSP test is a blood test providing these details and a customized food and dietary list.
Dental Compatibility Testing
Clifford Materials Reactivity Testing (CMRT) is a laboratory screening process used to help identify the most bio-compatible dental materials for when dental work is required. This test can help any individual avoid placing any type of material that may be incompatible or toxic to their particular body and immune
Heavy Metal Testing
This can be evaluated with a urine challenge or 24 hour collection test and/or with Hair Analysis. Often a combination of both these testing methods will provide a more accurate picture than either one individually
Hair Elements Analysis
Extensive research established that scalp hair element levels are related to human systemic levels. The strength of this relationship varies for specific elements, and many researchers consider hair as the tissue of choice for some toxic metals and several mineral elements.
Diagnos Techs – Flexi-Matrix Saliva Test; Both female and male panels are available to assess hormone balances. Clinicians and investigators have used saliva to assess numerous clinical problems including, digitalis toxicity, celiac disease, liver function and immunodeficiency. The value of saliva as a monitoring medium resides in the fact that it is easy to collect, store and ship, and is non-invasive, thus convenient for multiple sampling.
Neurological/Brain Transmitter and Nutritional Questionaire
This questionnaire was specifically developed to evaluate the current nutritional habits, stress levels and brain chemistry status for both adults and children. Evaluating and understanding the brains neurotransmitter production, distribution and any imbalances can provide useful clinical information and guidance for prescribing.
Organic Acid Testing
Provides a view into the body’s cellular metabolic processes and the efficiency of metabolic function. Organic acids are metabolic intermediates that are produced in pathways of central energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter breakdown, or intestinal microbial activity. Marked accumulation of specific organic acids detected in urine often signals a metabolic inhibition or block. The metabolic block may be due to a nutrient deficiency, an inherited enzyme deficit, toxic build-up or drug effect. Several of the analytes are markers of intestinal bacterial or yeast overgrowth. This test is often helpful to determine what nutritional interventions are necessary for complex health concerns.
Whole Blood Elements Analysis
Whole blood element analysis is a diagnostic method that assists in determining deficiencies, excesses and imbalances of essential elements as well as recent or ongoing exposure to specific toxic elements. Whole blood analysis measures total element levels that circulate extracellularly (serum/plasma) as well as intracellularly (function within blood cells).