Lab Kit Packages provide assessments into: yeast and bacteria, parasites; hormones for stress, energy & reproduction; cardiovascular risk markers, inflammation & oxidative damage to DNA, micronutrient needs and neurotransmitter requirements. These tests provide insights to support your body's ability to manage stress, regulate your reproductive, energy, thyroid, weight and blood-pressure hormones and digestion. Have problems in one or more of these areas? Book a call to discuss with me if this lab-kit package is right for you.
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patient’s overall health with over 70 markers. It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine. The cause of these high levels could include oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, acquired infections, as well as genetic factors.
The small intestine (SI) is a hard place to get to. If we want to see or sample the SI, endoscopy only reaches into the top portion, and colonoscopy only reaches into the end portion. The middle portion, which is substantial (about 17 feet) is not accessible, other than by surgery. And stool testing predominantly reflects the large intestine (LI). Luckily, there is a non-invasive test which is commonly used in SIBO research; the Hydrogen Breath Test.
Breath testing measures the hydrogen (H) & methane (M) gas produced by bacteria in the SI that has diffused into the blood, then lungs, for expiration. H & M are gases produced by bacteria, not by humans. The gas is graphed over the SI transit time of 2 or 3 hours & compared to baseline. Patients drink a sugar solution of lactulose after a 1 or 2 day preparatory diet. The diet removes much of the food that would feed the bacteria, allowing for a clear reaction to the sugar drink.
IgG (immunoglobulin G) testing is a useful guide for structuring elimination diets in many chronic conditions. Individuals with neurological, gastrointestinal, and movement disorders often suffer from IgG food allergies. These people may continue to eat offending foods unaware of their potential effects. This IgG food allergy is a delayed hypersensitivity reaction in which symptoms appear anywhere from hours to days after eating the offending food. This test can identify problem food so it can be eliminated from the patient’s diet. Elimination of IgG positive foods can improve symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome, autism, AD(H)D, cystic fibrosis, rheumatoid arthritis, and epilepsy according to numerous clinical studies.
The dutch hormone profile measures hormones and hormone metabolites (called conjugates) in a dried urine sample. Measuring both hormones and their metabolites can give a better overall picture of hormone production, or to see how supplemented hormones are being broken down by the body. With serum and saliva hormone spot-testing, it's possible to track variations in hormone release throughout the day - what we call the circadian rhythm. In contrast, the standard 24-hour urine collection reflects the total hormone output in a 24-hour period. With the dried urine test for comprehensive hormones, you get the best of all methods.
Blooddraw lab tests are not covered by OHIP. Lab test requisitions that you can take to a Lifelabs location range from $23 - $450.
Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common reasons that patients seek medical care. Symptoms associated with GI disorders include persistent diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and malabsorption. The Comprehensive Stool Analysis is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic assessment of bacteria, yeast, fungus and parasites. It also evaluates the efficiency of digestion and absorption and assimilation of nutrients, inflammation (and whether inflammation is caused by inflammatory bowel disease, IBD, or pathogens), through specific markers.