What is Integrative Lab Testing?
Integrative lab testing goes beyond the common labs recommended by your doctor. Recommendations on what tests to do as well as intepretation should be done by a certified and qualified functional medicine practicioner who has been highly trained in recommendations and interpretation.
Integrative testing in GI goes beyond the colonscopy and evaluates your microbiome, digestive enzymes, gluten intolerance and microbes implicated in autoimmunity. Testing includes food senstivities/intolerances, stool and urine testing (organic acid testing).
The advances in testing micronutrients levels has grown a great deal in the last 10 years. Testing for vitamins, minerals and oxidative stress status using serum and urine (organic acid testing).
The most common hormone testing uses serum (blood) and only tests for sex hormone levels. More advanced hormone testing uses urine and salvia looking at hormones including cortisol, neurotransmitter levels and hormone metabolites.
GI & Microbiome Testing
Your gut is grand central station for nutrient absorption, immune support and for healthy detoxification. How healthy is your gut?
- Food Sensivitiy Testing & Program: MRT by Oxford Biomedical tests over 140 food and chemicals for your reactivity.
- Stool Testing – Microbiome Testing
- GI Map – Diagnotic Solutions
- Vibrant American
- Organic Acid Testing, Chemicals, Heavy Metals Testing (Hair & Serum)
- Great Plains Labs
Why test for micronutrients like vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants? If you are struggling with a health condition like autoimmunity, then a micronutrient testings is essential.
Or, if you want to know if your genomics are having an impact on your nutrient status.
Current Micronutrient lab panels that I recommend.
Hormone Testing – Is it Right For You?
Did you finally get your doctor to test your hormones and the results were all normal? Now what? The problem with the most common serum hormone tests is that they do not test for the right values like estrogen metabolites. That is why I use the DUTCH hormone tests that tests for all hormones, cortisol and even neuotransmitter levels. If you are struggling with estrogen domaniance symptoms or have low thyroid, then testing levels is a great way to start your healing journey.
DUTCH Hormone Test
Using the DUTCH hormone testing which looks not just at estrogen, progesterone and testosterone but cortisol levels. This test uses dried urine and salvia; one the most accurate methods of testing hormone levels.
In addition, the DUTCH tests for the estrogen metabolites that have been implicated in breast cancer and looks at how you can reduce your risk for breast cancer through nutrition.
Neurotransmitters are tested along with vitamin B12 and vitamin B6. Package includes comprehensive review consult putting together a hormone balancing program for you.
Virtual Nutrition Consulting
All of my consulting is done virtually through a HIPPA compliant platform known as Practice Better.
Not sure about my lab testing and how that is done? Most of my lab kits including genomic testing, is sent to your home with full instructions as well free shipping back to the lab. Lab testing that involves serum or blood draws are done through local Quest Lab facilities.
Start your healing journey today in the comfort of your home.
Frequently Asked Questions
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Are consulting in office only? Do you do virtual consulting?
My practice is currently a virtual practice where I use video/phone consults only. So you can sit back on your comfy couch and begin your transformation.
Do you take insurance?
At this point I do not take insurance and that is for two reasons. Most insurance companies do not cover nutrition consulting. The second reason is this allows me to make the best recommendation for you rather the insurance dicating those decisions as often seen with conventional healthcare.
Do you offer weight loss programs?
I have extensive experience with weight loss clients and over that time have learned that stubborn weight loss is really a symptom of hormonal imbalances. Both of my weight loss programs work with balancing your hormones and improving metabolic health leading to permanent weight loss. Please see my Metabolic Health page for more details.
Do you offer group consulting?
Yes, I do. Group consulting offers a great support system and helps to reduce costs. Since most of my programs are highly individualized, I generally do a one on one to start with and have clients meets in groups after that.
Do you offer genetic testing and evaluations?
Yes, I do! I now offer genomic panels through MaxGen and Nutrition Genomics. I also offer evaluation of other testing including 23and Me.
You can also upload your 23and Me data to Nutrition Genomoics if your testing was done prior to August, 2017. For more details check out my Nutrigenomics page.
Do you offer hormone testing?
Yes, I do. Using one of the most accurate testing for hormonal levels, DUTCH testing provides not just a testing your hormones but your adrenal health too. To learn more, please see my Restore Hormone page.