Lab

Affinity Health Clinic Lab Services – Taking you from Body Stress to Resilience

Standard Naturopathic Lab Testing

Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to draw blood and order standard lab testing (blood, stool, urine, saliva) comparable to the testing your family physician would order.  Lab testing requisitioned by a naturopathic doctor in Ontario, however, is not covered by OHIP.  A separate fee structure is in place for ND requisitioned lab tests for patients who find it more convenient to use this option versus going through a family physician.

Examples of these tests include: Iron Panel, Blood Cholesterol and Triglycerides, Thyroid Panel, Complete Blood Count, Liver Enzyme Levels, Kidney Function Testing, Blood Glucose Testing, H Pylori Breath Test and Stool Ova & Parasite Testing. We use Life Labs for our standard lab testing requisitions.

*We recommend that patients bring copies of previous lab results to their initial appointment at Affinity Health Clinic.

 

AFFINITY HEALTH CLINIC IN HOUSE LAB TESTING

For your first appointment with our Naturopathic Doctors we request you complete an initial lab analysis. As each individual’s body chemistry and metabolism is unique, the information from your results will allow for a more individualized prescription and possibly lead to further investigative lab work. Knowing your baseline markers saves you money in the long run.

 

INITIAL LAB (Urine, Blood and Body)

URINE PICTURE

A standard urinalysis is completed plus:

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. (Text from Dr. A.J. Denault, N.D.)

 Adrenal Gland Health & Fatigue

This test is recommended for people experiencing anxiety, insomnia, fatigue and chronic stress. The results reveal the impact that stress is having on the body and with repeat testing allows for treatment evaluation

 

LIVE BLOOD PICTURE

Darkfield Microscopy (Live Blood Cell Analysis)

In this simple in-office test a single drop of blood is viewed under a high power microscope. The shape, size, distribution and quality of the cells provide important information about vitamin and mineral deficiencies, immune status and certain organ function. The patient is able to view their own blood on a video monitor and observe changes before and after treatment.

 

BODY PICTURE

Body Index Assessments (BIA) for Body Composition

The BIA is a clinical assessment of hydration, muscle mass and fat mass in the body. This is an important tool for monitoring weight management, anti-aging, and athletic performance.

 

ADDITIONAL CLINICAL IN HOUSE TESTING

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.

  • 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. (Text from Dr. A.J. Denault, N.D.)

The TOG GaitScan™ – an innovative diagnostic tool and digital casting device that allows practitioners to analyze patient biomechanics and order custom orthotic products. With 4096 sensors and a scan rate of 300 frames per second, GaitScan™ is the industry leader in dynamic scanning capabilities. The mechanics of how your entire body functions is dependent upon the proper mechanics of your feet and lower limbs. Whether you are interested in resolving an acute or chronic condition or seeking to prevent future problems, the information that this assessment will provide is essential to your health.

Heart Math 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 person’s 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.

Zinc Tally Test for Zinc Deficiency

A quick taste test indicates zinc levels in the body. Zinc is important for optimal immune system function, prostate health, and healthy bones, hair and teeth.

Blood Typing

Following a food plan based on blood type adds health value for some people.

 

SPECIALIZED CLINICAL LAB TESTING

In addition to standard lab testing and in-house testing, Affinity Health Clinic offers a broad selection of specialized tests to better assess digestion, hormonal imbalances and heavy metal toxicities.  These include:

GASTROINTESTINAL ASSESSMENTS:

Food Allergy Blood Spot Test

This simple blood spot test looks at reactions to 96 foods. The results can help you decide which foods to avoid. There is also a 96 Vegetarian option

http://rmalab.com/sites/default/files/files/Standard-Allergens_Sept20-2012_web.pdf

 Food Allergy

  • Only IgE reactions are considered true food allergies.  IgE reactions typically occur within minutes of exposure to, or ingestion of, food antigen.  Commonly observed IgE reactions include: hives, itchy watery eyes and breathing difficulties.  Testing for IgE food allergies requires a blood draw  Diagnosis of a food allergy can only be made by an allergist, and may involve skin prick tests or a double-blind, placebo-controlled oral food challenge.

 Food Sensitivity

  • Food Sensitivity is a term that usually refers to delayed immune reactions to foods.  For example, IgG and IgA reactions to foods are commonly referred to as food sensitivities.
  • The term food sensitivity is sometimes used to describe non-immune reactions to food.  There is no agreed upon definition of what a food sensitivity is. IgG and IgA food reactions can be tested from a dried blood strip sample.

 Food Intolerance

  • Usually refers to non-immune reactions like enzyme deficiencies.  For example, people who lack the enzyme lactase have trouble digesting milk.  This is called lactose intolerance.

Comprehensive Stool Analysis

This is a non-invasive screen of the gastrointestinal tract and its function. It includes 15-22 tests of both saliva and stool samples from a home collection. The panel includes:

  • Pathogen screening for bacteria, fungi, yeast and various parasites
  • Digestion related screens for enzyme levels and immunochemical markers for intolerance to common offending foods
  • Intestinal function marker to evaluate irritation and inflammation: markers to indicate overall status of gut immunity and integrity

 

HORMONE ASSESSMENTS:

Adrenal Stress Index

This test assesses the very important function of your adrenal glands that produce your main stress hormones. It is these hormones that are essential to help your body deal with stressors in life, get you bouncing out of bed in the morning, and also takes over hormone production for postmenopausal women and men in andropause. The Adrenal Stress Index is indicated for patients with chronic stress, sleep disturbance, lack of vitality and energy, muscle and joint pain, hypoglycemia, migraine headaches, osteoporosis, poor memory, stress maladaption, low sex drive and low body temperatures. (Text from Dr. John Matsen, N.D.)

Female Cycling Hormone Panel (For Women who are menstruating each month)

The female hormone panel is a simple non-invasive test. Eleven saliva samples are collected throughout the women’s menstrual cycle, no matter what the length is. This assessment gives a clear and descriptive picture of the wpmen’s hormones throughout the whole cycle instead of a snapshot assessment on a single day of her cycle. This data will show how estrogen and progesterone are cycling and where the dysfunction in a women’s cycle is. Theis test would be very beneficial in women who experience PMS, infertility issues, miscarriages, cycle irregularities, migraine headaches, early osteoporosis, poly cyctic ovarian disease, dysmenrrhea (painful and heavy periods). (Text from Dr. John Matsen, N.D.)

Post Menopause Hormone panel (For women who have not had a period for 1 year)

This test is one sample that gives a hormone baseline of the bioactive fraction of hormones. It also gives a risk assessment for both breast and uterine proliferation diseases and osteoporosis. This test is recommended for almost all post menopausal women that are experiencing menopausal symptoms or would like a risk assessment done. It also provides a baseline to work from to initiate bio-identical hormone corrective therapy. (Text from Dr. John Matsen, N.D.)

Perimenopause Hormone panel (For women who are getting irregular periods as they transition into menopause)

This test takes 2 samples, 1st one collected anytime and the 2nd one 13-15 days later. It is a great assessment for peri menopausal women with regular or irregular cycles. It also gives a risk assessment for both breast and uterine proliferative diseases and osteoporosis. This test is recommended for most perimenopausal patients to get a good baseline as they are transitioning into menopause. (Text from Dr. John Matsen, N.D.)

Male Hormone Panel

Many changes can be seen in man’s body between the ages of 40 and 50 that point towards hormone imbalances and deficiencies in hormones. This may be considered the male equivalence of menopause, which is called andropause. These symptoms can include, decreased mescle mass and strength, decreased vigor or low energy, decreased libido, insomnia, nervousness and depression, hair loss. The male hormone panel gives a nice overview of what a man’s hormone picture is. (Text from Dr. John Matsen, N.D.)

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. (Text from Dr. A.J. Denault, N.D.)

CARDIOVASCULAR ASSESSMENTS

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.(Text from Dr. A.J. Denault, N.D.)

ENVIRONMENT AND NUTRITION CLINICAL TESTING

Omega 3 Fatty Acid Profile

The Fatty Acid Profile measures the percentage of fatty acids in red blood cells from a convenient dried blood spot. Measurements include the Omega-3 Index and Omega-3 score to assess for heart disease risk,  the ratio of Arachidonic Acid (AA) to Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) as a marker of inflammation, total Omega-3 fatty acids, total Omega-6 fatty acids along with mono-unsaturated fatty acids, trans fatty acids and saturated fats.  Measurement of fatty acid content in red blood cell membranes shows less biological variability than measurement in plasma or serum.

  • Preventing a heart attack starts with knowing which risk factors you have and correcting what you can.   The Fatty Acid Profile helps by measuring your fatty acid levels and letting you know how your numbers stack up compared to a normal population.   And, if you start supplementing with fish oils and avoiding those trans and saturated fats, you can always retest and see how well you’re doing. (Text from Rocky Mountain Analytical Lab http://rmalab.com/)

Micronutrient Testing

This test will measure your vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anti-oxidants, carbohydrates, fatty acids and metabolites, giving you a great broad picture of your health and allowing you to be preventive in taking care of your deficiencies, and to supplement those nutrients that are on their way to becoming deficient, before you have any symptoms.  

 VITAMINS                                  ANTIOXIDANT                        METABOLITES                 CARBOHYDRATE METABOLISM

Vitamin A                                         Alpha Lipoic Acid                       Choline                                       Chromium
Vitamin B1                                       Coenzyme Q10                           Inositol                                   Fructose Sensitivity
Vitamin B2                                       Cysteine                                     Carnitine                                Glucose-Insulin Metabolism
Vitamin B3                                       Glutathione
Vitamin B6                                       Selenium                                SPECTROX
Vitamin B12                                     Vitamin E                               Total Antioxidant Function

 Biotin                                           IMMUNIDEX                                                                                                   
Folate                                           Immune Response Score
Pantothenate
Vitamin C
Vitamin D

Vitamin K

Micronutrient testing is very important because a large percentage of our population in North America is on up to 10 different pharmaceutical medications that cause micronutrient deficiencies. Their biochemical interactions with different pathways in the body deplete selective nutrients from those pathways. (Text from Dr. John Matsen, N.D.)

The following pharmaceuticals should be monitored for nutrient deficiencies:

  • Anti-Inflammatories
  • Diuretics
  • Cardiovascular drugs
  • Diabetic drugs
  • Anti-Viral agents
  • Antacids
  • Antibiotics
  • Cholesterol drugs
  • Antidepressants

D-Spot

This test measures your Vitamin D levels.  It is a good test to have done at any time. Many practitioners will test at the end of March and the end of August or waiting for 4 weeks if you have increased your Vitamin D supplementation dose. Only about 1/3 of Canadians have vitamin D levels* above 75 nmol/L, the minimum considered optimal for health.  Health Canada

  • Specific medications, like anti-rejection, anti-seizure and AIDS medicines can speed up the breakdown of vitamin D, resulting in low levels of 25-hydroxyvitamin D.

Cholesterol-lowering medications are commonly prescribed for high cholesterol and heart disease.   Monitoring cholesterol is important, because having too-low cholesterol impairs the body’s ability to make vitamin D. (www.rmalab.com)

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. (Text from Dr. A.J. Denault, N.D.)

Hair Mineral Analysis – Analysis of your hair can show mineral deficiencies and heavy metal toxicity. This information is useful for monitoring osteoporosis, and for looking at causative factors for attention deficit, fibromyalgia, mental health and more.