"All disease begins in the gut"
I believe in testing and not guessing. We can learn a lot about how your body is functioning in the areas of hormone balance, immune function, digestion, detoxification, energy production and nervous system by running appropriate labs that you will most likely not do with your medical doctor. These labs serve to identify malfunctions at a subclinical level, helping to discover problems way before a medical diagnosis of an illness shows up. With valuable lab information and symptom analysis, we can identify healing opportunities for you to self-treat in an effort to restore vitality and optimal functioning in your body.
Most disease processes happen slowly over time. The key is to discover and eliminate the roots of disease long before they take hold. Most of us understand this approach in connection with skin cancer. We eliminate pre-cancerous growths because we know they will mutate into cancer if left untreated. We take a similar approach, using sophisticated tests to reveal what is going on inside your body well before disease takes root. With careful analysis of your lab results and symptoms, we can intervene with diet and lifestyle adjustments as well as natural supplements.
I will not treat your symptoms like your medical doctor would but, rather, will coach you through a drugless protocol involving the 5 areas of diet, rest, exercise, stress reduction and supplementation. Together, we can substantially improve your quality of life and empower your body's own powerful systems to keep you healthy.
The labs described on this page are the ones I most commonly use although there are many other labs available. Please know that when we work together I charge you for my time and never mark up the cost of these labs.
GI Microbial Assay Test (MAP)
The GI-MAP is the first FDA-approved DNA/PCR assay for GI pathogens, making the results more widely accepted. This one-day DNA-based stool test includes markers for gluten sensitivity (anti-gliadin IgA), inflammation in the gut (lactoferrin), immunity in the gut (SIgA), pancreatic enzyme sufficiency (elastase), and occult blood. It also looks for the presence of pathogens - including H Pylori and other bacteria, parasites, and viruses - in the gastrointestinal tract. In addition to looking for pathogens, this test panel contains several additional markers which can provide invaluable insight into gut immunity (SIgA), gut inflammation (lactoferrin), pancreatic enzyme sufficiency (elastase), and gluten sensitivity (anti-gliadin).
Intestinal Permeability Test
This simple urine test assesses whether there is increased intestinal permeability ("leaky gut”) in the mucosal barrier. It examines small intestinal absorption and barrier function in the bowel. To assess intestinal permeability, the lab measures the ability of two non-metabolized sugar molecules to permeate the intestinal mucosa. The client drinks a pre-measured amount of lactulose and mannitol. The degree of intestinal permeability or malabsorption is reflected in the levels of the two sugars recovered in a urine sample collected over the next 6 hours.
Food Sensitivity Test
This test uses blood to discover hidden inflammatory responses to 150 different foods and food-chemicals. Food sensitivities are different from food allergies and can go undetected for years, with side effects from the offending foods often showing up days or weeks after eating. This test provides insight into inflammation-provoking foods and food chemicals and identifies the best foods for the individual - the foods that should form the basis of the client's eating plan. It is not dependent on antibody reactions (IgG, IgA, etc). Diet-induced inflammatory reactions cause mediator release (cytokines, histamine, leukotrienes, prostaglandins, etc) from various white blood cells (lymphocytes, neutrophils, monocytes, eosinophils). This test measures subtle volumetric changes in white blood cell populations indicating food or food-chemical challenge and quantifies results as Non-Reactive, Moderately Reactive, or Reactive.