Features Overview

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IgG Food Sensitivity Testing

Food Allergies & Food Sensitivities

When an aggravating food is consumed, a reaction occurs between the allergen and antibody that triggers the release of chemicals that lead to inflammation in our bodies. This can contribute to a variety of health problems including:

  • Headaches and high blood pressure

  • Allergies

  • Mood disorders (such as hyperactivity, depression, anxiety, inability to concentrate)

  • Asthma, chronic congestion and recurring respiratory infections

  • Eczema, psoriasis, acne and other skin conditions

  • Chronic fatigue

  • Joint pain

  • Runny nose and puffiness around the eyes

  • Autoimmune disorders

  • Gastrointestinal symptoms (bloating, diarrhea, constipation, gas, IBS, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis)

IgG food allergies are difficult to identify based on observation alone. Unlike IgE food allergies (the classic immediate and acute “food allergy” response, leading to hives, swelling or anaphylaxis), IgG food allergies present as a chronic delayed response, which may not be noticeable until several meals or even days have passed. These IgG food allergies present more like what most would consider as an “intolerance” or “sensitivity” response. Commonly, these present as chronic digestive (eg. irritable bowel syndrome) or skin conditions (eg. eczema, acne, psoriasis) and pain.

This test includes a 220-food panel. This includes the standard 96-food panel as well as foods found in various ethnic cuisines becoming popular in North America. The turnaround time for this test is a few days. You will receive your kit via mail and send it back to the lab (everything you need is included, so no extra costs for postage). 

What is the difference between a food allergy, food sensitivity and a food intolerance?

The term allergy is basically an all-encompassing term that describes any ingested/inhaled/contacted substance that causes an undesirable response in the body. The above three terms (food allergy, food sensitivity and food intolerance) all refer to immune reactions to foods, but commonly are used to describe different pathologies behind these reactions.

A food allergy usually refers to IgE immune reactions to foods (think anaphylactic shock or other classic allergic symptoms).

A food sensitivity usually refers more to IgG immune reactions, which are slower to manifest and can be confused for other causes (i.e. low-grade inflammations, skin conditions like acne or eczema, etc.).

A food intolerance refers to the body’s general inability to metabolize a food, which can lead to an immune response against that substance. For example, lactose intolerance and celiac disease are considered food intolerances because the body cannot breakdown or deal with lactose or gluten, respectively.

are YOu ready to get clear answers on what foods have been causing you Digrestive Issues?

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Dutch Complete Hormone Testing

Science has come a long way and right now we have the ability to test for hormones in ways that we never have been able to before. So if you’ve ever wondered, “Do I have a hormone imbalance?”, now we can easily answer that question.

DUTCH is an acronym that stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones. It is a simple, but sophisticated test that looks not just at your hormones, but how your body processes and metabolizes them.

The DUTCH test looks not just at your reproductive hormones (although it does look at those quite thoroughly), but it also looks at your stress hormones, your androgens (male pattern hormones), your melatonin and the new DUTCH test also looks at organic acids – markers for mood and nutritional balance in the body.

Simple collection

Nothing is easier than peeing on a piece of filter paper. (Ok… some people might get a little pee on themselves, but still… is that the worst thing that can happen to you today?)

In depth hormone levels

If you have a question about your hormones, the answer is likely to be found in the DUTCH test. While your Naturopathic Doctor may still recommend blood testing for hormones like thyroid hormone, FSH or LH, just about every other hormone is covered in the DUTCH test.

Metabolism matters

Hands down, the reason the DUTCH test is the best, is that it measures metabolites. The absolute level of your hormones matter – but what can matter more is what your body doeswith those hormones. This is metabolism – does your body turn testosterone into nasty acne-promoting 5a-DHT?? Does your body turn estradiol into DNA damaging 4-OH estrone? Are you healthfully metabolizing and eliminating estrogen from your body? The DUTCH test can tell you.

It’s all about those curves

Not every hormone has stable levels over the entire day. In particular, our primary stress hormone, cortisol, and its metabolite cortisone, have a curve that changes over the course of the day. Blood tests only give us a single snapshot of your cortisol levels, but the dried urine test gives us not only the total levels of cortisol and cortisone, but also the curve – how those levels change over the day. This is some VALUABLE information for people who are struggling with stress, fatigue, anxiety, decreased libido, trouble sleeping and insomnia.

Balanced estrogen

Estrogen is one of the most important hormones in our bodies, and it has so many benefits for our health, but it can also have negative impacts if it is not in balance.

Typical hormone testing for estrogen looks just at estradiol, the dominant estrogen in the body. But that only tells us such a small bit of information. If we want to balance our estrogen, and prevent complications of estrogen dominance, then we want to understand how our body copes with our burden of estrogen. What metabolism pathways does our body use? Are those the best pathways?

If you are considering bioidentical hormones (BHRT) for perimenopause, or menopause symptoms, then the DUTCH test is highly recommended at the initial visit to understand how you will metabolize the hormones.

Androgens and acne and hair health

In my work with women, no one condition is more loathed or baffling than acne. WTF, am I right ladies? How did we reach our 30s and still have to deal with acne?? Often it’s an issue of androgen metabolism. But typical hormone testing just looks at the amount of testosterone being made, and not what your body is doing with it. If your body is sending more testosterone towards the DHT metabolites, you will have more acne and possibly hair loss (and chin/ upper lip hair growth!) The DUTCH test will tell you if this is happening – and then we can talk about what to do about it!

Melatonin

If you are having difficulty sleeping, knowing your melatonin levels is amazing information to have. But not only those with insomnia or sleep challenges should know their melatonin levels. Melatonin is also a powerful antioxidant in our bodies, and optimal levels of melatonin have been found to reduce the incidence of hormonal cancers (including breast cancer). No other hormone test looks at melatonin, but the DUTCH test does.

Organic acids

A new addition in 2018 to the DUTCH test is the 6 OAT (organic acid tests). I’m so excited for this new information!

Three new markers for neurotransmitters – to help us understand your mood. If you struggle with depression, anxiety or insomnia, this information can be very significant. If you have tried antidepressants without benefit, your organic acid markers for specific neurotransmitters, like serotonin, may tell you why.

Additionally there are three new markers for nutritional levels – looking at your B6 and B12 metabolism as well as your glutathione status. If you are concerned about weight gain or inflammation as part of your hormone imbalance, now we may be able to identify why.

 
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Heavy metal hair mineral testing

Hair Mineral Analysis is screening test to measure the levels of up to 60 essential minerals and toxic metals. With correct testing and interpretation, one can construct a comprehensive metabolic profile of the human body.

Benefits of Hair Mineral Analysis

Hair is an excellent biopsy material. It is easy to sample, easily preserved and transported, represents a soft tissue of the body, and is a storage and eliminative tissue. As hair grows it forms a permanent record of the body’s nutritional deficiencies or excesses.

This information, along with dietary and nutritional evaluations, will provide the basis for a nutritional balancing program to establish and maintain optimal levels of wellness. By correcting tissue mineral levels and ratios with proper diet, supplementary nutrients and lifestyle modifications, many physical and behavioral health conditions can be prevented or reversed.

Minerals screened include electrolytes - calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium and phosphorus and trace minerals - copper, manganese, chromium, selenium, iron, molybdenum, lithium, cobalt,and zinc.

Elevated readings can have different meanings depending upon:

  1. The symptomotolgy of the patient

  2. The elevated concentration of the mineral in question

  3. Whether a specific treatment, regimen or diet is being followed

  4. Relationships to other elemental readings

Toxic metal screening includes lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, and aluminum.

A very high reading may represent a toxic amount of the mineral in the hair, and/or in the body tissues in general. In the case of a toxic metal, any deposition or accumulation in the hair indicates some degree of toxicity.

High levels of toxic metals inhibit the body’s ability to process and assimilate specific nutritional elements that are essential to good health and have a proven link to many types of diseases.