Medical Lab Tests
Health problems and confusing symptoms are not always easy to resolve. The human body usually does not reveal its defects with superficial investigations. Lab tests to pinpoint the contributing causes of symptoms and disease are not commonly performed by conventional doctors. The following list details areas of investigation that could uncover some reasons and possible treatments for your health problems.
Toxic Metal Screen
Protein Metabolism Imbalances
Endocrine System Diagnostic Testing
Additonal Lab Tests
The composition of your food and diet can play a major role in contributing to disease and risk of disease. The balance of ingested carbohydrate, protein, fat, fiber and other nutrients is critical to finding some answers. The results of this test give us a comprehensive overview of your current diet and where it needs to be changed and balanced to increase your health.
Lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, nickel, copper and aluminum are toxic metals that can accumulate in the tissues (muscle, bone, fat, brain) of the body. Unless the exposure is currently ongoing, high levels of these metals will not show in the blood or urine. If your body has accumulated 1 or more of these metals over the years they may play a role in causing your symptoms. Generally the accumulation comes from contaminated air, water, food or from some environmental or work exposure.
This test uses a sample of hair or urine to measure toxic metals and might reflect the level in your body tissues. If the level is high, treatment to remove the toxic metal from the body is warranted or further lab tests are recommended.
Digestion of food happens in two primary areas: stomach and upper small intestine. The lining of the stomach secretes hydrochloric acid and a protein-digesting enzyme called pepsin. If your stomach makes too little acid/pepsin and does not completely digest the food you ate it could lead to gas, bloating, burping, constipation, food allergies, irritable bowel, colitis and other intestinal problems. Too much acid causes heartburn.
Once the food passes from the stomach into the upper small intestine the pancreas floods the food with enzymes to digest protein, fat and carbohydrate. If the pancreas is weak and low in enzymes, this can also lead to gas, bloating, burping, constipation, food allergies and other intestinal problems.
One way to determine the strength of acid or enzymes is to give a trial of hydrochloric acid and/or enzymes to see if it improves digestion and diminishes or removes symptoms. A more objective way to test markers of digestion and intestinal function is done with a stool sample. This lab test is called a CDSA (comprehensive digestive and stool analysis).
Foods can cause immediate reactions such as hives, rashes, and throat constriction. They can also cause delayed reactions of all sorts including fatigue, asthma, irritable bowel, colitis, joint pain, headaches, depression, and sinusitis. Delayed reactions are much more common than immediate reactions.
We have lab tests for food allergies. If you do have food allergies they may be the cause of, or contribute to, your symptoms. Your symptoms might disappear when you eliminate the food for 12-16 weeks. If your problem diminishes or clears, the particular food or foods were causing the problem.
Antibiotics, high sugar diet, steroids, and a low fiber diet may cause an imbalance in either the bacteria or fungi (yeast) in your intestines. Once an imbalance takes hold, it can cause significant problems with the intestines directly causing irritable bowel, gas, bloating, colitis, and a depressed immune function leading to chronic infections and/or allergies, asthma, hives, and fatigue. (For more information on this you can read The Yeast Connection by William Crook).
Three different lab tests help identify these underlying problems. Candida antibody blood panel, dysbiosis markers in urine, and stool culture.
Urine amino acid analysis assesses the metabolism and levels of approximately 40 amino acids. Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. Proteins are used to generate energy, hormones, and brain transmitters. They detoxify the liver, build muscle and repair damaged tissues.
This laboratory test provides a window into many steps of metabolism as well as uncovers deficiencies of certain vitamins, minerals and trace metals. Once these deficiencies are identified and restored, it may begin to resolve medical problems and help restore health. Amino acids - urine or plasma.
The amount of stool that you eliminate each day has a tremendous impact on health and wellbeing. Stool volume eliminated in a 24-hour period should total 18 inches or more. If stool stays in the bowel longer than it should, the bowel reabsorbs a variety of potentially toxic chemicals into the blood. These chemicals cause the liver to overwork and may disorder the immune and nervous systems. Adequate stool elimination is mostly dependant upon consumption of enough water (minimum 40-48oz/day), dietary fiber (30+ grams/day), stomach acid, pancreatic enzymes, and the proper balance of bacteria in the intestines. Making sure you have daily adequate stool elimination is probably one of the most important things you can do to restore and maintain health.
There are several lab tests that are useful to assess bowel function. CDSA, Stool Culture, Dysbiosis Markers, Food Sensitivity Screen.
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- Allergy/intolerance - environmental
- Biomarkers of anti-aging
- Bone loss - osteoporosis
- Chemical exposure/accumulation
- Chronic infection – bacteria, viruses, yeasts/fungi, parasite
- Essential fatty acids deficiency/imbalance
- Growth hormone
- Immune system imbalance/deficiency
- Intestinal permeability
- Liver detoxification
- Metabolism - organic acids
- Nutritional deficiency - vitamins, minerals, etc.
- Stool culture - bacteria, parasites, yeasts
- Thyroid - comprehensive evaluation
- Toxic metals - urine
Endocrine System Diagnostic Testing