Testing

Testing

Dr Kristin Spark, ND

Serum blood testing

Blood tests are used in primary practise to confirm or reject a clinic diagnosis. These tests are the same as what your Family Physician orders, and are orderable by any licensed naturopathic doctor in Ontario. A requisition form is required for the blood draw, and these test are not covered by OHIP when ordered by a naturopath.

Food sensitivity antibody testing (+/- candida testing)

Food sensitivities present with a variety of symptoms such as gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, skin rashes, and fatigue. Food sensitivities are not a food allergy, but rather, a “delayed hypersensitivity”.  Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies are produced in response to food sensitivities and are a sign of an inflammatory reaction occurring in the body. A small blood sample is taken from the finger. Many (96 or 184) commonly eaten foods such as wheat, eggs, cow’s milk, are assessed for sensitivity.

Saliva adrenal health testing

Food sensitivities present with a variety of symptoms such as gastrointestinal discomfort, headaches, skin rashes, and fatigue. Food sensitivities are not a food allergy, but rather, a “delayed hypersensitivity”.  Immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies are produced in response to food sensitivities and are a sign of an inflammatory reaction occurring in the body. A small blood sample is taken from the finger. Many (96 or 184) commonly eaten foods such as wheat, eggs, cow’s milk, are assessed for sensitivity.

Thyroid panel – TSH, fT3, rT3, fT4, thyroid antibodies

This testing is useful in diagnosing hypothyroidism, hyperthyroidism, underactive thyroid function, autoimmune thyroiditis Hashimoto’s and Graves’ disease. Often TSH levels can be normal but patients still present with symptoms. Testing the thyroid function thoroughly best guides patient care and is beneficial in providing an accurate diagnosis.

Organic acid testing

A urine sample is collected and assessed for organic acid metabolites. This test is best used for patients with gastrointestinal difficulties and discomfort or mood disorders like anxiety or depression. Assessment of neurotransmitter function (serotonin, dopamine, etc), as well as microbial (bacteria, fungi) species information helps diagnose as well as offer clinical information about the best therapies for treatment.

Stool testing for parasites and dysbiosis

A stool sample is collected for assessment of ova and parasites for diagnostic testing for parasites. The comprehensive stool panel uses a stool sample to look for bacterial, parasitic and fungal balance in the intestines, as well as digestive function of the internal organs.

Urinalysis

An in-office test performed on urine samples. A convenient way to assess for evidence of urinary tract infections and/or pregnancy. A small urine sample is collected and testing in house.

Individual prices of testing varies. Please inquire to learn more about specific prices.

Appointments are always required in order to receive testing, as test are only recommended when clinically indicated and as part of a patient treatment protocol.

Testing

Holly Bradich

Your gut health affects every single aspect of your physical and mental well being.

Holly uses IgG food sensitivity blood spot testing to help you figure out what you’re reacting to so that you can remove the foods causing inflammation and heal your gut.

Food sensitivity reactions, unlike true food allergies, come on more gradually and aren’t life threatening. Your immune system mounts a reaction to a food creating an IgG antibody, so that every time you eat that food your body can flag it as not safe.

Most allergies are caused by a condition called leaky gut”.

Leaky gut has many causes including bacteria and yeast overgrowth, but regardless of the cause, the result is inflammation and microscopic tears in your intestine lining that allows small particles of food to leak into your bloodstream.

Since food is supposed to stay in your gut and not enter the bloodstream the body automatically flags this as a foreign invader and mounts an attack – an IgG reaction that may cause symptoms such as stuffiness, brain fog and indigestion.

Beyond these symptoms, there is now research linking chronic intestinal inflammation to chronic diseases including metabolic and autoimmune diseases. The good news is you can reduce your risk for these diseases by healing your gut.

Due to the fact that food sensitivity reactions can take up to 72 hours to develop it can be quite difficult to determine what you’re reacting to.

For this reason, testing is an important part of your healing process because in removing the foods you’re reacting to you’re reducing inflammation and allowing your gut to heal, and eventually become much less reactive to foods.

The great news is that eventually your food sensitivities may disappear altogether! 

However, for many people there are a few foods that will continue to cause a reaction, but once they’ve been tested they now have the knowledge and can choose when to eat these foods so their health and well being is in their hands. Clients feel empowered and in charge of their healing process.

Holly offers food sensitivity panels for 24 or 88 foods.

Once your results come in Holly creates a comprehensive meal plan and protocol designed to heal your gut and reduce your food sensitivities.

24 Panel Foods

88 Panel Foods

Individual prices of testing varies. Please inquire to learn more about specific prices.

Appointments are always required in order to receive testing, as test are only recommended when clinically indicated and as part of a patient treatment protocol.

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