Lab Testing

Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis

We ask you to bring recent blood work (within 6 months) with you so that we can take a closer look at your results.  You may have been told that everything is “normal’” or “fine”, but those terms usually mean that your values have fallen into a very broad range of acceptable values.  But what do these ranges really tell you?  For one, they do not tell you if your cells, glands, and organs are functioning at their optimal level, and they do not tell you if you may be developing patterns of disease.  What they do tell you is whether or not you have a disease and can be treated with prescription medicine.

Let’s take fasting blood sugar for example.  We know that optimally your fasting blood sugar should be below 90.  Values between 90 and 100 are beginning to show signs of problems with sugar metabolism.  The lab, however, will not flag your fasting glucose value as high until it exceeds 100.  Even then, your doctor will most likely “monitor” your levels because there is nothing he knows to do at this point.  Your doctor will not tell you that you have diabetes until your blood sugar is over 130.  That leaves a lot of gray area in between where your doctor is just watching and waiting before he or she can diagnose diabetes and start you on medication.  We say Take Action Sooner!

Using a functional blood chemistry approach, we detect changes in your blood chemistry early on and address these issues before they become chronic problems.  We will review your cholesterol profile, blood sugar, thyroid, immune system, Vitamin D, and more.  This is actually the best time to use nutritional supplements and herbs to correct such problems.  We use two high quality lines of nutritional supplements, MD Prescriptives and Premier Labs, which have proven effective in balancing blood chemistry documented by before and after lab studies.

If you do not have current blood work, we will order it for you.

 

Saliva Hormone Panels

These panels are used to closely evaluate your adrenal glands, female hormones, male hormones, and gastrointestinal function.  The information gleaned from the adrenal panel can help us diagnose and treat adrenal fatigue, with symptoms of burnout, exhaustion, tiredness or lethargy that does not improve with sleep, and lack of motivation.  The female and male hormone panel can help explain and guide treatment of female or male infertility, menopause, peri-menopause, or andropause (male menopause), and heavy, irregular periods or other menstrual problems.  The GI panel helps detect parasites, yeast, bacterial overgrowth, enzyme deficiencies and food allergies to wheat, dairy, soy and egg.

We will discuss this testing with you if we feel the information would help us treat you more effectively.