“Test don’t Guess” is a mantra of Functional Medicine. It is extremely important as clinicians that we pick the highest quality labs we can find, because our diagnoses will depend on the findings.
I use a few different labs because they offer different specialty testing. Genova; Cyrex; and Diagnostic Solutions. They are all CLIA certified, and are leaders in the field.
We test for:
Gastro Intestinal abnormalities,
Immune system deficiencies,
Hormone and endocrine function,
Neurotransmitter evaluation and imbalance,
Environmental Toxic Exposure
ORGANICS ACID & ION TEST
Which is urine and serum testing - for metabolites, antibody testing. Organic acids are metabolic byproducts of cellular metabolism and they can be measured from a urine sample. There’s no need to go to a lab for a draw blood, you just collect urine at home. It’s a bit like when you put your car onto the rolling road and the mechanic analyses the exhaust gases. You can learn a lot about how well an engine is running like that.
Genome and epigenetic evaluation and application. Genetic testing uses laboratory methods to look at your genes, which are the DNA instructions you inherit from your mother and your father. Genetic tests may be used to identify increased risks of health problems, to choose treatments, or to assess responses to treatments.
Genetic tests can help to:
Identify gene changes that are responsible for an already diagnosed disease
Determine the severity of a disease
The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile can reveal important information about the root cause of many common gastrointestinal symptoms such as gas, bloating, indigestion, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. This stool analysis utilizes biomarkers such as Calprotectin to differentiate between Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS).3,4 In addition, Genova's GI Effects test can be used to evaluate patients with a clinical history that suggests a gastrointestinal infection or dysbiosis.