Functional Diagnostic Testing
Functional Diagnostic Testing provides us with objective data to create your individualized treatment plan in the most effective manner. Following the comprehensive health assessment, specific tests may be recommended in order to rule out and identify the underlying causes of your symptoms.
Functional tests are focused on prevention by identify potential health conditions before they become issues and will help us track changes in your health over time. These functional tests are more dynamic and provide greater detail than routine blood tests, and are typically not offered by conventional medical services. The testing our clinic provides include the following.
Urinary hormone assessment
Balanced interactions between hormones are essential to good health and hormone panels can provide an objective overview of the relevant elevations or deficiencies that contribute to the your symptoms. Hormone imbalances can have a significant impact on a patient’s well-being and when corrected. A urinary hormone panel may be recommended when conventional blood tests do not provide us with the essential, detailed information required to understand the full impact hormones may be having on your health. Symptoms that would warrant further hormone testing can include mood swings, anxiety, infertility, premenstrual syndrome, depression, fatigue, weight gain, prostate enlargement, memory loss, sagging skin, increased belly fat, vaginal dryness and hot flashes. We use urinary hormone assessments to measure not only the levels of your hormones, but also how your body is using and metabolizing your hormones that can indicate problems with liver metabolism, and enzyme deficiencies that may be causing the hormonal imbalance
Food Allergy/Sensitivity testing
For patients that present with digestive issues or symptoms that are related to their diet, testing to identify food reactions can be offered to assess how their bodies react to your daily diet. Food sensitivities and allergies can manifest as symptoms such as eczema, acne, rashes, fatigue, weight gain, joint pain, diarrhoea and vomiting and can range from mild to severe in intensity. By removing foods identified as reactive, we can help reduce the these symptoms by reducing systemic inflammation, therefore helping your body heal quickly and efficiently.
Heavy Metal testing
In today’s society, we are exposed to toxic chemicals and pollutants on a minute to minute basis. These toxins are found in everything from makeup and toys to water, food and the air. We eventually accumulate these toxins and heavy metals through chronic exposure and can’t efficiently rid our body of these toxins due to the eventual burden to our detoxification organs. Heavy metal accumulation can manifest in the form of headaches, irritation of the nose and eyes, effects on the central nervous system (i.e. impaired movement or thinking), digestive health and yeast problems, as well as mental health issues. By identifying these key exposures, we can work with you to reduce/eliminate the burden through naturopathic treatments as well as identifying and reducing/eliminating your day-to-day exposures.