About Lab Testing
Nutritional assessments and hormonal health analysis are the key to staying healthy and living longer. Our micronutrient test measures 31 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites – and how they affect cellular function in a person. Correlating micronutrient deficiencies not only slows aging and degenerative disease progression, it can also prevent as well as repair cellular dysfunction, and by extension, disease. Hormone testing can look at everything from testosterone, estrogen and progesterone to DHEA, cortisol and more. In addition, we can test cholesterol, thyroid and MHTFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) and CBC (complete blood count) and chemistries.
COVID-19 Antibody Test
Wondering if you have been exposed to COVID-19? Curious if that was the reason you were sick in the past few months? If so, maybe you’re considering getting tested. But which test should you get?
There are two main options for testing:
1. Reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction test, or RT-PCR.
2. Antibody testing
Both tests have their strong points and weak points. The RT-PCR test is best for those that are currently symptomatic. This test uses a swab to collect a sample from the nasopharynx. This is the test the CDC most commonly recommends. But NP swab samples are technically challenging to obtain, and a suboptimal collection may reduce test sensitivity and increase the likelihood of obtaining a false-negative result in a patient with the virus. Read more here.
Hormone activities have a profound effect on nervous system and immune function. Hormone imbalances can lead to many symptoms including insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, hot flashes, emotional ability, acne, skin problems, infertility, depression, headaches, weight gain and sexual dysfunction which can affect both men and women. Salivary hormonal testing and blood testing can be utilized to assess baseline hormone levels. The specific type of follow up testing, salivary or blood, is dependent on the type of hormone therapy prescribed.
Micronutrient testing is a valuable way to assess cellular function and overall physical wellness. Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to suppress the immune system which can contribute to a decline in one’s overall health and speed the aging process. These deficiencies can give rise to diseases such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ADHD, autism, celiac disease, metabolic syndrome and obesity long before we are aware of it. In fact, 50% of people are nutritionally deficient despite eating a balanced diet and taking supplements Everyone is metabolically and biochemically unique, so the micronutrient requirements that work for one person may not necessarily work for another. Many nutrients are not adequately absorbed even though one may think they are eating a well-balanced diet. Micronutrient requirements at age 30 are different than from ages 40 and 50 and beyond. Lifestyle habits also greatly impact micronutrient demands such as taking prescription drugs, smoking, alcohol use, and physical activity. Micronutrient testing is a blood test.
Lipoprotein Particle Profile (LPP)
Standard cholesterol testing only gives you part of the picture leaving many people with what they consider “normal” cholesterol numbers and unaware that they are still at risk for a heart attack. According to the National Cholesterol Education Program guidelines, 50% of people who have a heart attack have normal cholesterol levels. Research has shown that there are different sizes of HDL and LDL particles and some are much more dangerous than others. Having a detailed LPP will give the doctor in- depth information needed to create a plan for more effective treatment decisions. LPP is a blood test.
MTHFR is short for methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase, an enzyme responsible for converting 5,10-methylenetetrahydrofolate to the product 5-methylenetetrahydrofolate, which is involved in the metabolism of folate and homocysteine. MTHFR genotyping is important to see if there is reduced activity of MTHFR which can lead to elevated levels of homocysteine, especially if folate is low. Conditions that have been proposed to be associated with MTHFR include:
- Cardiovascular and thromboembolic diseases (specifically blood clots, stroke, embolism, and heart attacks)
- Addictive behaviors
- Increased sensitivity to chemicals and drugs
- Colon cancer
- Acute leukemia
- Chronic pain and fatigue
- Nerve pain
- Recurrent miscarriages in women of child-bearing age
MTHFR genotyping is a blood test.