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Cutting-Edge Comprehensive Testing

Accurate and appropriate testing is essential in determining health status as well as any health deficiencies that may exist. At the Optimum Wellness Naturopathic Medical Clinic we pride ourselves in offering our patients some of the most cutting-edge advanced testing available.

For any further questions or information, please call our clinic at 780 - 439-1200.

Vitamin/ Mineral/ AO “32” testing: This test is important for people who want to know their levels of vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants and whether supplementation is currently needed or if vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants are already being taken, whether they are being absorbed.

This test measures levels of selected vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential micronutrients inside white blood cells. It identifies deficiencies and provides intracellular concentrations of the various nutrients tested. Deficiencies may be a result of: arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders, metabolic disorders, nutrient deficiencies. Measuring and correcting vitamin deficiencies is essential for patients concerned with wellness and anti-aging.

Omega 3 Fatty Acid testing: This test is important for people who want to know their levels of omega-3's fatty acids and whether supplementation is currently needed or if omega-3's fatty acids are already being taken, whether they are being absorbed.

Levels of omega 3 fatty acids and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and EPA in particular, have been proven protective against heart disease. In addition, a healthy ratio of AA to EPA has been associated with improvements in a variety of diseases like: rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and diabetes. Some cancers may also benefit from a lowered ratio of AA to EPA.

Amino Acid testing: This test is important for people who want to know their levels of amino acids and whether supplementation is currently needed or if amino acids are already being taken, whether they are being absorbed.

Amino acid analysis provides information about nutrient adequacy: the quality and quantity of dietary protein, digestive disorders and vitamin and mineral deficiencies (primarily folic acid, B12, B6 metabolism, zinc and magnesium). It also provides information about renal and hepatic function, availability of neurotransmitters, detoxification capacity, susceptibility to occlusive arterial disease and many other disorders related to amino acid metabolism.

Female Hormone testing: This test is important for women entering peri-menopause, menopause or women who are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalances.

Five hormones make up the Female Panel: Estradiol, Progesterone, Progesterone to Estradiol Ratio, Testosterone and Cortisol. Interactions between these hormones are fundamental to health and, as a consequence, imbalances may negatively impact health. Saliva hormone testing is very accurate for uncovering hormone imbalances. Once a hormone imbalance has been uncovered, nutritional or bio-identical hormone therapy can be instituted.

Male Hormone testing: This test is important for men entering andropause (change of life in men) or men who are experiencing symptoms of hormone imbalances.

Four hormones make up the Male Panel: testosterone, estradiol, DHEA-S and cortisol. Interactions between these hormones are fundamental to health and as a consequence, imbalances may negatively impact health. Progesterone levels are generally not useful in men, although if men are exposed to progesterone cream through skin to skin transfer from a partner, there can be significant accumulation and testosterone deficiency symptoms may ensue. Saliva hormone testing is very accurate for uncovering hormone imbalances. Once a hormone imbalance has been uncovered, nutritional or bio-identical hormone therapy can be instituted.

Food Intolerance IgG and IgE testing: This test is important for people who may be experiencing food intolerances or allergies and want to know which foods are involved and whether these food reactions may be contributing to their various body symptoms or immune system dysfunction.

Common everyday problems like migraines, aching joints, fatigue, gastrointestinal disorders, eczema, hyperactivity, ADD, asthma and even obesity have been linked to food sensitivity and chronic activation of the immune system.

Two of the antibodies involved in allergic reactions are immunoglobulin E (IgE) and immunoglobulin G (IgG). IgE production occurs right after ingestion or inhalation of an allergen and is referred to as a Type I immediate hypersensitivity reaction. IgG antibodies are produced for several hours or days after exposure to an allergen and are called Type III delayed hypersensitivity reactions. This allergy serum test evaluates for immediate or delayed reaction to food allergens through IgE and IgG respectively. IgG can be done via a blood spot, while IgE testing requires a blood draw.

Environmental Allergy testing: This test is important for people who may be experiencing environmental allergies and want to know which allergens are involved and whether these reactions may be contributing to their various body symptoms or immune system dysfunction. These allergens may be in their homes, workplace or the environment.

Common everyday problems like general headaches, migraines, aching joints, fatigue, eczema, runny and itchy eyes, runny nose, sinus congestion, chest congestion, asthma have been linked to environmental sensitivity and chronic activation of the immune system.

This allergy serum test evaluates for immediate or delayed reaction to environmental allergens through IgE and IgG respectively and requires a blood draw. Common inhalant allergies (IgG, IgE) may include: grasses, molds, trees, weeds and airborne indoor particles.

Environmental Xenobiotic (chemical) testing: These tests are important for people who want to know whether they have elevated levels of various chemicals from environmental exposure or from contaminated water or food. Some of these chemicals include phtalates, bisphenol-A (BPA) (from plastics, paints and cosmetics) and various solvents like benzene, toluene and xylenes.

Symptoms of excessive levels of these chemicals include steroid hormone and endocrine system function disruption, early childhood developmental disruption, impaired male reproductive development, increased prostate mass, endometriosis, obesity and oxidative cellular DNA stress. Higher levels of these chemicals can also increase the incidence of heart disease, diabetes, liver degeneration, and even some cancers.

Oxidative DNA Damage testing: This test is important for people who want to know whether they have elevated levels of free (hydroxyl) radicals that can be causing excessive DNA damage to their cells. Free radicals can be elevated from exposure to toxic metals, chemicals, ionizing radiation, poor lifestyle (smoking, illicit drugs), and even some prescription drugs.

Oxidative damage to DNA have been associated with many diseases, including bladder and prostate cancer, cystic fibrosis, atopic dermatitis, rheumatoid arthritis, Parkinson's disease, Alzheimer's disease and Huntington's disease.

Toxic Metal & Essential "Urine" testing: This test is important for people who want to know whether their various body symptoms may be related to increased levels of toxic metals in their system. This test also assesses the levels of essential (good) metals.

Analysis of the levels of toxic metals in urine after the administration of a metal detoxification agent is the "most accurate" objective way to evaluate the accumulation of toxic metals. This test is used to assess chronic, low-level exposure to toxic metals that can result in significant retention in the body that can be associated with a vast array of adverse health effects and chronic disease. It can also be used to assess acute exposure.

Toxic Metal & Essential "Hair" testing: This test is important for people who want to know whether their various body symptoms may be related to increased levels of toxic metals in their system. This test also assesses the levels of essential (good) metals.

Toxic elements (such as lead, mercury or arsenic) concentrate in soft tissue rather than blood or urine, so hair analysis is uniquely suited for measuring toxic elements. Elemental analysis also provides information on the absorption and assimilation of nutritionally important elements (e.g. iron, copper), making it useful for assessing nutrient deficiencies and imbalances as well.

Bowel Leaky Gut testing: This panel is important for people who want to know whether they may have physiological imbalances, causal factors, trigger symptoms or hidden risk factors that may contribute to Leaky Gut Syndrome.

An overload of antibody-allergen complexes can cause inflammation in the lining of the digestive tract, and this inflammation causes the gut to be more porous (or to "leak) to various food proteins. The leaky gut then allows more antibody-allergen complexes to escape into the bloodstream which then can settle into tissues, and then can provoke more food allergies. Therefore, anyone with leaky gut should be tested for food allergies and anyone with significant food allergies may need to be treated for leaky gut syndrome.

Bowel Parasite testing: This test is important for people who want to know whether their various body symptoms or bowel complaints are linked to various pathogens.

This test measures the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, yeast/fungus and parasites. Precise identification of pathogenic species and susceptibility testing greatly facilitates selection of the most appropriate pharmaceutical or natural treatment agents.

Cardio LPP Panel: This panel is important for people who want to know whether they may have physiological imbalances, causal factors or hidden risk factors that may contribute to cardiovascular disease.

Standard cholesterol tests provide an estimation of the cholesterol contained in lipoproteins. In contrast, the LPP directly measures the quantity and size of lipoproteins in serum. This includes lipoproteins identified as risk factors by the NCEP (National Cholesterol Education Program): HDL2b, VLDL, lipoprotein-a, remnant lipoprotein (RLP). Standard cholesterol tests give an incomplete picture, leaving many people with seemingly “normal” cholesterol numbers unaware of their true heart attack risk. This panel assesses hidden risk factors, giving health providers valuable information needed to make more effective treatment decisions.

Celiac Panel: This panel is important for people who want to know whether they have trigger symptoms, gluten sensitivity or intolerances that may contribute to celiac disease.

Both gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are reactions to proteins found in various grains, however, the reactions they produce are different. In the case of gluten sensitivity, the body produces antibodies to the protein in grains like wheat, which can cause inflammation to the gut lining, but do not appear to cause permanent damage. In celiac disease, eating gluten triggers the immune system to attack and damage the villi of the small intestine, which seriously impairs the ability to absorb nutrients from food. Although no link has been proven, some health care providers believe that gluten sensitivity may be an early warning sign of celiac disease.

Diabetic Diatest: This functional breath test is important for people who want to know whether they may have insulin resistance that may contribute to metabolic syndrome or diabetes type II.

This breath test measures how well insulin functions at delivering glucose to tissues by measuring CO2. If insulin is functioning well, more glucose is delivered to tissues and the result is more CO2. If insulin is functioning poorly, less glucose is delivered to tissue and the result is less CO2.

Lyme Disease Advanced Panel: This test  is important for people who want to know whether their various body symptoms and complaints are linked to the pathogens responsible for Lyme Disease or other related Babesia infections.

This blood test uses the "latest technology" to measure the most current markers for Lyme disease including Western Blot IgG, Westerm Blot IgM, Lyme IFA, PCR Serum, and Whole Blood PCR.

Unlike this comprehensive panel, routine lab work often fails to produce a positive identification for Lymes disease, since this condition is a multi-phasic condition that is always changing and difficult to identify.

Neurotransmitter testing: This test  is important for people who want to know whether their various body symptoms or mental health are linked to an imbalance of neurotransmitters or hormones.

Many chronic symptoms and diseases share a common cause. They can begin from imbalances in the body’s messengers, the neurotransmitters and hormones. Imbalances in neurotransmitters and hormones can lead to: weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, poor sleep patterns, menopausal symptoms, depression, etc. This new specialized tests measures many of the body's neurotransmitters and hormones.

Thyroid Urinary testing: This test  is important for people who want to know whether their various body symptoms may be related to thyroid dysfunction when regular thyroid blood test do not find any discrepancies.

The Urinary Thyroid Assessment measures unconjugated free triiodothyronine (T3), unconjugated free thyroxine (T4) and selenium in a 24 hour urine collection. There are several reasons why a urinary thyroid assessment may be beneficial including cardiovascular disease, weight gain, fatigue, skin/hair/musculoskeletal problems, depression, headaches, constipation, cold intolerance, etc. Note: The Urinary Thyroid Assessment does not replace serum testing in the diagnosis of thyroid illness; it is meant to assist clinicians in the evaluation of patients whose clinical presentation is not readily explainable by measurement of serum thyroid parameters alone.

Thyroid Iodine testing: This test  is important for people who want to know whether their various body symptoms may be related to thyroid dysfunction when regular thyroid blood test do not find any discrepancies.

Hormones produced by the thyroid gland are involved in regulating heart rate, body temperature, blood pressure, and weight. Thyroid hormones can also increase energy, help food move through the gastrointestinal tract and increase perspiration. Given their broad effects, deficiencies of thyroid hormone can result in a number of health conditions including: depression, fatigue, coldness, arthritis and muscle cramps, headaches, weight gain and poor reflexes. This test measures whether the body has enough iodine available to the thyroid for proper thyroid hormone production.

General Lab testing: These various tests  are important for people who want to know whether various blood components are within normal parameters. This helps determine biochemical and physiological states such as disease, mineral content and organ function.

The information obtained from these tests can be of great assistance to the health practitioner in determining further testing and treatment. General lab testing may include: complete blood count (CBC), lipids (cholesterol), blood glucose, iron levels, and so on.

EDS (ElectroDermal Screening) Computer testing: This type of computerized testing system allows people and practitioners the ability to evaluate the bio-energetic health and functional capacity of the body organ systems. This is a valuable screening tool and applicable to all conditions and ages (See: www.natural-medicine.ca).

By taking a series of painless readings of electrical conductivity and skin resistance on specific points on the skin of the fingers or toes and comparing them to a pre-calibrated norm, practitioners can assess early stage disturbances in health. This approach, which originated in Germany in the early 1950's, is safe, accurate and is used to check bio-energetic health and functional capacity of the body organ systems. It can also evaluate food and environmental allergies, yeast (candida) levels, vitamin imbalances, drug and supplement compatibility and the overall state of balance in the body. This is a valuable screening tool and applicable to all conditions and ages (See: www.natural-medicine.ca).

DPA Computerized Scan: The Digital Pulsewave Analyzer test  is important for both women and men who want to accurately measure the elasticity of their small and large arteries and receive critical information regarding the aging and condition of their arterial vessels.

The DPA scan is a tool used to identify deficiencies and then to monitor efficacy of treatment options, lifestyle management and reduction of cardiovascular risk factors. It can give you the biological aging pattern of arteries and screens for risks factors by early detection of abnormal arterial wall functions, all in less than 10 minutes.

HRV Computerized Scan: The Heart Rate Variability test is important for both women and men who want to accurately measure cardiovascular health and the active status of the autonomic nervous system. It measures the ability of the heart and the nervous system to adapt to changing circumstances in a persons body and environment.

Psychologists are recognizing the importance of HRV testing. A number of studies have demonstrated that patients with anxiety, phobias and post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD) consistently show lower HRV, even when not exposed to a trauma related prompt. Science also now confirms that stress significantly increases the risk of heart disease, including sudden cardiac death. HRV helps quantify stress levels and then monitor therapeutic interventions.

Thermography Scan: This test  is important for both women and men who want to know whether the function, the physiology and the metabolism of their breasts and other tissues have normal functional activity.

Digital infrared imaging scans show the functional activity, the physiology and the metabolism of breast and other tissues. With the scan, abnormal cells appear "hotter" because a malignant tissue mass requires more blood flow. To feed their rapid growth they produce a chemical that makes new blood vessels grow. This is called angiogenesis (angio means blood vessel, genesis means creation). A digital infrared imaging scan shows the heat difference between normal tissue and problem areas. In scientific terms, the normal tissue acts as the control against any "hot" areas that are being compared. Not all malignancies are hypervascular; that is, a small number do not show an increased blood supply. Unless there are other signs, a thermography scan will not detect a non-hypervascular malignancy.

This digital infrared imaging scan provides the earliest evidence of disease. The sensitivity rate is 90%. This means in 90% of cases, the scan accurately indicates a presence or absence of disease. Digital infrared imaging has a 10% false positive rate; in 10% of cases the results may suggest disease where there is none (See: www.medthermonline.com).

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