Hormone Testing Why Test Saliva Cortisol? Saliva measures hormone that actually gets into tissue, and is the preferred method for measuring cortisol. Since cortisol is the major stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands, measurement of cortisol levels is an excellent means of assessing adrenal gland function. Cortisol Excess: weight gain around waist, sleep disturbances, bone loss, insulin resistance, loss of scalp hair, low sex drive, loss of muscle mass, high blood pressure, irritability, feeling ‘tired but wired.’ Cortisol Insufficiency: impaired memory, fatigue, allergies, muscle aches, feel ‘burned out,’ feeling cold, morning sluggishness, symptoms of poor thyroid function, low sex drive, feel unable to cope.
Why Test Thyroid Levels? Thyroid hormones are essential for proper development of all cells. They regulate protein, fat, and carbohydrate metabolism, and affect how human cells use energy. Common Thyroid-Related Conditions:Coldness, depression, headaches, weight gain, fatigue, poor reflexes, arthritis, and muscle cramps.
Allergy Testing Food Sensitivity IgG (sensitivity) reactions take hours or days to develop, which makes it difficult to determine the food cause without testing. The inflammatory chemicals released with antibody-antigen complexes that cannot be removed the body’s normal “clean-up cells,” known as macrophages, may have the following effects: Skin – redness, swelling, itching, rashes (including eczema and psoriasis) Digestive tract – bloating, diarrhea, abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting Lungs – asthma and bronchitis symptoms Systemic – fatigue, chills, fever, sweating, feeling weak Brain – mood and memory disturbances and behavioural problems Muscoloskeletal – joint pain, swelling, and muscle stiffness Other – migraines, weight gain, and mood/attention deficit disorders
Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac Disease Both gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are reactions to proteins found in gluten flour, which helps bind baked goods together. Gliadin is the toxic protein in wheat, secalin in rye, and hordein in barley. Pure oats (not cross-contaminated with other grains) are believed to be safe for celiacs. Why are the villi in our intestines important? Healthy villi increase the surface area available for nutrient absorption. In celiac disease, gluten reactions destroy the villi and flatten them, making it more difficult to absorb nutrients from your food.
Comprehensive Blood Analysis Lab testing requisitioned by a naturopathic doctor in Ontario 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, Vitamin D levels, Blood Cholesterol and Triglycerides, Thyroid Panel, Complete Blood Count, Liver Enzyme Levels, Kidney Function Testing, B12 levels, Blood Glucose Testing, H. pylori Breath Test and Stool Ova & Parasite Testing. We use a lab called Gamma-Dynacare for our standard lab testing requisitions.