Diagnostic Testing

As new scientific advances in diagnostic tests take place in North America, our present health care system is often slow to integrate such changes. As Naturopathic Doctors, we have access to and utilize a number of medical diagnostic tests to help fill any gaps in our ability to determine the cause of your health condition.

 

Please call our front desk at 382-1329 to inquire about pricing and additional information.

Note: no HST on all lab testing conducted by Naturopathic Doctors - new law just passed by Federal Government!

 

Food allergies/sensitivities tests from Alletess Medical Laboratories

  • IgG food sensitivity blood test: 2 available panels -  96 or 184 different food panels, individual IgG allergens can also be tested
    • If you are interesting in this test, do not start omitting any food groups (e.g. gluten, dairy) prior to your appointment. It’s important to have these foods in your body so that your blood test can capture this immune reactivity. If you are already omitting foods, talk to your Naturopathic Doctor about testing options.
  • IgE allergy tests
Gluten sensitivity, celiac disease and wheat allergy blood tests
  • Various options available - test include a combination of one or more of the following blood tests: anti-tissue transglutaminase antibodies (tTGA) IgG or IgA, anti-deamidated gliadin peptide antibodies (DGP) IgG or IgA, Gliadin IgG or IgA, Gluten IgG and Wheat IgE.

Advanced gastrointestinal (digestive tract) tests

  • Comprehensive Parasitology X3 (CPx3) stool test: Includes verifying for presence/absence of good bacteria and presence of 'bad' bugs (bacteria, yeasts such as Candida, parasites). Many of these are not routinely tested by our conventional hospitals. This tests is often necessary for determining the causes associated with diseases such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), Crohn's disease, ulcerative colitis, immune deficiencies, etc...
  • Microbiology stool test: as above (but parasites omitted).
  • Yeast Culture stool test: Check for Candida albicans and other pathogenic yeast species.
  • Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) breath test: a common (yet often under diagnosed by conventional medical system) gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain.
  • Calprotectin stool test: A reliable marker for differentiating gastrointestinal inflammation associated with Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) - Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis. Calprotectin for IBD is like A1C in diabetes--it is the best non-invasive way to measure the extent of gut inflammation and to monitor treatment success.

Heavy metal toxicity evaluation

  • Heavy metal testing: Analysis of the levels of toxic metals in urine after the administration of a metal detoxification agent (oral DMSA, or intravenous EDTA/DMPS). Includes both pre- and post-provocation testing. To determine total levels of heavy metal toxicity in the body resulting from previous long-term exposure to heavy metals.
  • Heavy metal hair analysis: To determine on-going shorter term exposure to heavy metals.

Hormone testing: either as saliva, blood or urine test (depending on the hormone tested)

  • Female panels: estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA, cortisol
  • Male panels: testosterone, DHEA, cortisol, estradiol
  • Adrenal function panel: cortisol (morning, noon, supper and bedtime levels). Read article entitled "Feeling Tired? Stressed? Adrenal imbalance may be the cause").
  • Female month-long hormone assessment: estradiol and progesterone measured 11 times during the menstrual cycle.
  • Advanced thyroid blood tests: this panel includes more than just TSH. Thyroid hormones T3 and T4 as well as TSH, anti-TPO, rT3 are tested to provide a complete understanding of thyroid function. Such an approach is crucial to diagnose and properly treat thyroid disease (read article entitled "Feeling tired? Thyroid imbalance a potential cause").

Cardiovascular risk evaluation

  • Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Profile: To assess cardiovascular risk and the need for statin drugs by testing more than the routine cholesterol lab test. Read article which offers a different perspective on cholesterol in this article.

Lyme disease testing

  • Complete Lyme Panelas well as Co-infection Panels (Borrelia, Babesia, Bartonella, Human Granulocytic Anaplasma (HGA), Human Monocytic Ehrlichia (HME), Rickettsia, etc). Prices vary according to the panel chosen. This cutting-edge blood test enables our Naturopathic Doctors to accurately diagnose lyme disease. The overall specificity of this panel is greater than 95%.

Gene defects/mutations

  • MTHFr Genotyping: Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) deficiency has been linked with many risk factors including clots, cardiovascular risk, complication from diabetes, mood disorders and other neurological conditions and many medication contra-indications. Family members of child bearing age should be tested since the mutation can cause neural tube defects, miscarriages and infertility.
  • 23andMe: SNP raw data interpretation can be helpful for determining your detoxification ability, methylation ability, genetic celiac profile, mitochondrial function, neurotransmitter pathway function, and so much more.  It can also be very helpful in determining a individualized preventative health plan.
Other diagnostic tests
  • Vitamin D blood test (25-OH-D3)
  • ONCOblot Test - blood test used to confirm cancer presence.  Provides a non-invasive next step to existing tests such as a High PSA, Abnormal Mammogram, Suspicious PET Scan and biopsies.  The test is being used to identify cancer of unknown primary (CUP), for recurrence monitoring, post cancer treatments and for targeted high risk populations. Ask our doctors for more details.
  • RealTime Laboratories - Mold and Mycotoxin Testing - Ask our doctors for more details.
  • Urine analysis
  • Pregnancy test
  • Nutritional analysis: For example, to determine amount of calcium in diet compared to recommended intake.
Notes: Many other tests are also available and may be recommended by our Naturopathic Doctors.

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