Laboratory Testing

COMPREHENSIVE HORMONE PANELS

Adrenal Stress Index

The Adrenal Stress Index Panel is a simple test that determines how stress is impacting your health and the effects it has on your body. This test is helpful for people who suffer from any of the following:

• Chronic stress and stress-related health problems
• Fatigue or lack of energy
• Muscle and joint pain or weakness
• Blood sugar dysregulation
• Osteopenia or osteoporosis
• Insomnia, sleep disturbances or difficulty waking
• Poor memory or difficulty retaining information
• Irritability or mood swings
• Changes in skin integrity, easy bruising or excessive stretch marks
• Frequent or chronic infections
• Hypertension
• Increased waist-to-hip ratio or abdominal obesity
• Anxiety or depression

Complete Thyroid Panel

The most complete thyroid hormone profile. Find the cause of your thyroid dysfunction, there are six different causes and the conventional medical system currently only uncover one. This causes a lot of frustrations in patients with thyroid issues. They are only being prescribed synthroid for the rest of their lives and none to little relief of unfavorable symptoms.This Test can help uncover the cause of the following symptoms:

• Fatigue
• Weight gain despite adhering to a low-calorie diet
• Morning headaches that wear off as the day progresses
• Depression
• Constipation
• Hypersensitivity to old weather
• Poor circulation and numbness in hands and feet
• Muscle cramps while at rest
• Increased susceptibility to colds and other viral or bacterial infections and difficulty recovering from them
• Slow wound healing
• Excessive amount of sleep required to function properly
• Chronic digestive problems, such as lack of stomach acid (hypochlorhydria)
• Itchy, dry skin
• Dry or brittle hair
• Hair falls out easily
• Low auxiliary (body-heat) temperature, although this may also be caused by any hormonal imbalance
• Edema, especially facial swelling (myxedema)
• Loss of outermost portion of eyebrows

Expanded Female Cycling Hormone Panel

Female hormones oscillate during the month, depending on where a woman is in her cycle. We offer a saliva test called the Female Hormone Panel that assesses various hormone levels essential for female reproduction and fertility. Similar tests only evaluate hormone levels on one day of the month, providing limited information and only part of the picture. In the convenience of your own home, eleven saliva samples are collected throughout the month for a thorough analysis that your doctor can use to understand the root cause of your symptoms. The Female Hormone Panel can be helpful for determining the underlying cause of:

• Irregular or painful periods
• Infertility or miscarriage
• Premenstrual syndrome (mood changes, breast tenderness, water retention, pelvic cramping
• Low libido
• Facial hair growth
• Acne
• Migraines
• Recurrent Miscarriages

Peri/Post Menopause Hormone Panel

Hormones change when a woman transitions into menopause. The Postmenopausal Panel is ideal for this demographic because it helps to understand the role of hormones as a contributing factor to menopausal symptoms. This test is also useful for people undertaking hormone treatment strategies and only requires one saliva sample. A separate test, The Perimenopause Panel, is for women noticing the initial signs of menopause like menses become irregular and infrequent. This test involves two saliva samples collected two weeks apart. The Peri/Post Hormone Panel can be helpful for determining the underlying cause of:

• Hot flashes
• Insomnia
• Depression or anxiety
• Night sweats
• Fatigue
• Changes in menstrual cycle
• Vaginal dryness
• Urinary incontinence
• Low libido
• Memory loss or difficulty concentrating
• Bone loss or osteoporosis
• Loss of muscle mass
• Increased fat accumulation
• Risk of cardiovascular disease or heart attack

Male Hormone Panel

Like female hormones, male hormones can become out of balance as well – playing an important role in reproductive and sexual health. A simple saliva test provides thorough information about various hormone levels that could be contributing to issues such as infertility, sexual dysfuntion, and declining male hormones that can occur naturally with age. The Male Hormone Panel can be helpful for determining the underlying cause of:

• Impaired libido
• Erectile dysfunction
• Baldness and/or extremity hair thinning
• Fat accumulation around the waist
• Urinary problems such as pain, frequency or urgency— or interrupted stream
• Changes in sleeping habits
• Lack of enthusiasm for life
• Increase in bad cholesterol—decrease in good cholesterol
• Osteoporosis

Urine 24 hour hormone testing (male or female)

This test is gold standard in uncovering the interaction between adrenal, thyroid and sex hormone metabolites. It also allows your practitioner to assess potential health risks with how estrogens are being broken down, there are good and bad estrogens that are either protective or carcinogenic.

 

STOOL ANALYSIS

Assessing for: parasites, yeast, bacteria and digestive functioning markers

Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x 3 days

Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common in medical care. This comprehensive profile helps pinpoint the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic systemic conditions, and measures key markers of digestion, absorption and inflammation. Using growth-based culture, the standard of practice in clinical microbiology, as well as sensitive biochemical assays and microscopy, this thorough profile evaluates the status of beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeast and parasites. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to prescriptive and natural agents is also performed for appropriate bacterial and fungal species at no additional charge. Parasitology testing is over a three-day collection.

Comprehensive Parasitology x 3 Analysis

The Comprehensive Parasitology profile is an important tool for identifying imbalances in intestinal microflora. It includes comprehensive bacteriology and yeast cultures to identify the presence of beneficial flora, imbalanced flora including Clostridium species, and dysbiotic flora, as well as detection of infectious pathogens and evaluation for the presence of parasites. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to prescriptive and natural agents is also performed for appropriate bacterial and fungal species. Parasitology testing is over a three-day collection.

Comprehensive Stool Analysis

Digestive complaints are some of the most common reasons why people visit a doctor. Symptoms people are seeking relief from include, but are not limited to: diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and malabsorption. The Comprehensive Stool Analysis is a tool that identifies pathogens, assess how well you are digesting and absorbing your nutrients, and determines how effective your treatment for existing gastrointestinal disorders is. More specifically, it tests for parasitic infections, yeast overgrowth, digestive enzyme function, bacterial overgrowth, auto-immune markers, and the presence of blood.

 

URINE TOXIC METALS & ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS

Urine Toxic Metals/ Essential Elements Testing

 Urine Elements Testing determines if there has been exposure to toxic elements and whether nutrient elements are unnecessarily leaving the body. If you plan to begin a chelation program, it is helpful to compare urine element concentrations before and after chelation; this determines how well it is working for you. It does this by identifying how much of the toxic elements remain after your chelation treatment.

Metals Tested are: aluminum, antimony, arsenic, barium, beryllium, bismuth, cadmium, cesium, gadolinium, lead, mercury, nickel, palladium, platinum, tellurium, thallium, thorium, tin, tungsten, uranium.

MICRONUTRIENT & AMINO ACID TESTING

Micronutrient Testing

This test will measure your vitamins, minerals, amino acids, anti-oxidants, carbohydrates, fatty acids, and metabolites. It provides you a broad picture of your health, allowing you to take care of your deficiencies and supplementing those nutrients that are becoming depleted before symptoms present. Vitamins Minerals Amino Acids Antioxidants Vitamin A Vitamin B1 Vitamin B2 Vitamin B3 Vitamin B6 Vitamin B12 Biotin Folate Pantothenate Vitamin C Vitamin D Vitamin K Calcium Magnesium Zinc Copper Asparagine Glutamine Serine Alpha Lipoic Acid Coenzyme Q10 Cysteine Glutathione Selenium Vitamin E Carbohydrate Metabolism Fatty Acids Amino Acids Chromium Fructose Sensitivity Glucose-Insulin Metabolism Oleic Acid Choline Inositol Carnitine This test has become even more pertinent in North America the majority of the adult to geriatric population is on up to 10 different pharmaceutical medications that cause micronutrient deficiencies. Their biochemical interactions with different pathways in the body deplete selective nutrients. Here are some of the pharmaceutical drugs that should be monitored for nutrient deficiencies:

• Anti-Inflammatories
• Diuretics
• Cardiovascular drugs
• Diabetic drugs
• Anti-viral agents
• Antacids
• Antibiotics
• Cholesterol drugs
• Anti-depressants
• Female Hormones
• Anti-convulsants

Amino Acid Testing

 This test has a multitude of purposes. Amino Acid Testing can be used to clarify problems within the digestive system (gastrointestinal), identify protein intolerances, reveal vitamin and mineral deficiencies, determine kidney and liver dysfunction, and can even uncover the root cause of psychiatric concerns. Furthermore, amino acid irregularities can create a susceptibility to inflammation, oxidative stress, and limits a person’s ability to complete the utmost important detoxification process. A serum is used to determine amino acid or urine is collected to identify amino acid wasting.

 

REFERRALS FOR PRIVATE MRI AND ULTRASOUND IMAGING

All Naturopathic Doctors at Aumakua Integrated Wellness Clinic can refer privately for Ultra Sounds and MRI’s. Please contact the clinic if you need more details.

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