Collaborative Natural Health Partners team shares some insight about their favorite functional medicine lab tests. We utilize conventional and specialty laboratory and diagnostic testing to get to the root of the problem. Our physicians outline below what some of these tests can tell us about our body and environment. The results are utilized to develop a treatment plan specific to your body and needs to help you to feel your best!
Heavy metal exposure is on the rise. Assessing body-burden of heavy metals can provide insight on what may be contributing to many chronic symptoms. These metals can be found in the environment, cigarette smoke, certain medications, foods, water, dental fillings, and more. Heavy metal exposure may contribute to behavioral disturbances, dementia, infertility, headaches, fatigue, and gastrointestinal distress, among other symptoms. Heavy metals may affect the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune and nervous systems. Some metals that may be tested include lead, mercury, arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, and thallium. If left untreated, heavy metals can cause lasting health effects. Investigating for exposure to these metals may be provide a key piece of information that has been holding you back from your health goals.Megan Lester
I have always had a fascination with biochemical individuality, as it is the center of the ‘venn diagram’ of nutrition, chemistry, and genetics. Nutrigenomics is a valuable test that gives feedback on ones inherent/genetic metabolic weaknesses. It can help guide a treatment plan based on the patients unique blueprint. It provides the patient with what supplement and diet may be best for them.Nick Edgerton
Having gotten my undergraduate degree in molecular biology, I cannot help but view health from biochemical standpoint. All functions within our body rely on vitamins, minerals and other key nutrients. Without proper levels of these, our system cannot operate correctly. This is why I find it imperative to assess a persons nutrient levels. Supporting this foundational groundwork is key for achieving optimal wellness.Tonya Pasternak
I have been using comprehensive digestive stool analysis more frequently. It can give a more tailored treatment to your digestive complaints. I like these because it looks at bacteria levels (the good guys and the bad guys), inflammation, and digestion of foods. Instead of guessing, we can give you targeted support.Carissa Fioritto
In this overworked and overburdened world, hormonal irregularities are remarkably common. Salivary hormone testing allows us to track cortisol production through the course of a day, showing us in real time how the body is responding to the stresses of daily life. Other sex hormones such as estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, and DHEA can be assessed this way as well, often unlocking the doors toward better management of symptoms ranging from fatigue and brain fog to weight management to male and female hormonal issues.Craig Fasullo
Digestive health is paramount in overall health from nutrient absorption, detoxification and neurotransmitter production. I find myself utilizing the SIBO test, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, to evaluate the health of the digestive tract. I have seen correction of digestive ecosystem improve chronic symptoms and improve quality of life.Ashley Burkman
I love to run the Dried Urine Test For Comprehensive Hormones (DUTCH test). This gives us a comprehensive view of your hormone profile, including hormone metabolites. Are you making more potent estrogen or testosterone? How is your liver handling hormone breakdown? The answer to these questions are important and play an important part into how your personal hormone imbalance is treated, it is a great example of how personalization is key!Mary Tracey