The Best Tests

 Thyroid, Vitamins & Minerals, Lyme (blood)
Regular blood draw is the best way to check thyroid function (TSH, T4, T3 and Thyroid Antibodies), vitamin and mineral levels, lyme (and coinfections), MTHFR, inherited heart disease and inflammation. We also check CBC (complete blood count) and CMP (complete metabolic panel) to monitor your red blood cells, kidney function, liver function and basic electrolytes. Covered by your insurance, done at any regular lab center.
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We test vitamin levels that are important for thyroid function, general health, cancer prevention, mental function and longevity. If a patient is found to be low, we replace conservatively, and recheck every 6 months. It is very rare that any patient that comes to us is fully replete in vitamins. Even those eating a “good diet” have deficiencies.  Our soil is depleted of nutrients so the broccoli of today is not the broccoli of the 1950’s. We strongly recommend that any vitamin supplementation is done with pharmaceutical-grade vitamins, to ensure potency and purity.

 
Sex Hormones (saliva) $320
The most accurate way to test following the hormones: the three estrogens, testosterone, progesterone, DHEA, Melatonin and DHT. We use saliva to measure the free available hormones that you body can actually use. In the blood, we have sex hormone binding globulin (SHBG) which binds hormones and makes them unavailable. You may see one number on blood tests, but your body might but able to utilize them freely. It is important that the hormone panel includes dihydrotestosterone (DHT), a stronger version of testosterone that increases men’s risk of prostate cancer and can cause hair loss in men & women.  For women that are cycling, this should be done between the days of 20 and 23 of your cycle.
 
Adrenal Function (saliva) $260
To measure your cortisol, we cannot get a lab to draw your blood at 8am, noon, 4pm and 10pm. Measuring at those different times are important for treatment, which is why the saliva works so well. You are given the kit and are able to test in the privacy of your own home.
 
Saliva Testing combined $580
 
 
Gastrointestinal Testing: GI:MAP (stool)

GI-MAP: DNA/ PCR analysis of Viruses, Bacteria, Parasites, Enzymes, Microbiome Balance with sensitivities & resistance, H.Pylori & Worms. As well as inflammatory Markers & occult blood. $400

GI-MAP with Zonulin - “Leaky Gut” Testing $450

In depth H. Pylori Testing $150 | Zonulin Only $100

Pathogens Only $300

Incredible research in the past 5 to 10 years has shown us the importance of gut health. More than 80% of our immune system resides in the gut, and we find the GI-MAP test is important for a variety of symptoms. Patients with IBS, Crohn’s, ulcerative colitis, food allergies, SIBO, autoimmune diseases, abdominal pain, autism, recurrent diarrhea, constipation, gas or bloating, find this test very helpful.

The GI-MAP test is a stool DNA/PCR analysis of viruses, bacteria, parasites, enzymes, microbiome balance (with sensitivities and resistances), H. Pylori & worms. This means, we can see if there are imbalances in the gut microbiome, which can direct our probiotics treatment, as well as see if there are any infections pathogens causing the issue. Enzyme levels show pancreatic health and guide supplementation.

Testing also evaluates inflammatory markers and blood in the stool, which can help us understand the underlying disease process. Those with an autoimmune disease, food allergy or suspected “leaky gut”, zonulin levels can be measured to see if increased intestinal permeability is occurring.

 
ALCAT
Food Allergy Test, Chemical and Mold Sensitivity (blood)
Blood draw done at our office to test 200 different food, chemical and mold sensitivities. We recommend that you first check with ALCAT (800-US-Alcat ext 184) and see if they work with your insurance company. Make a morning appointment with us and we will go over the insurance codes with you which will help with reimbursement. If you are out of state you can buy the kit and have a urgent care draw your blood for about $25.  The test is nonfasting.
 
Heavy Metal Testing (urine) $420
This is an at home urine test looking for common heavy metal toxicities such as: lead, arsenic, mercury, etc. Heavy metal poisoning can manifest itself as many different symptoms, however mostly neurological and can even accelerate aging. If decided it would be useful, you would be given one pill of DMSA to take in the morning before collecting urine.
 
*Environmental Toxins (urine) $420
These xeno-estrogens (estrogen like compounds) found in plastics, skin creams, fertilizers, fungicides, and petrochemicals. These are known to increase the risk of breast, uterine and ovarian cancers in women and prostate cancer in men. It is also implicated in the blood dyscrasias in children and adults. The toxins evaluated are phthalates, xylene, toluene, benzene, trimethylbenzene,  and styrene.