Naturopathic Specialty Testing

Naturopathic Specialty TestingLaboratory testing is an important part of a comprehensive evaluation process.  In addition to conventional blood tests, Dr. Lee, N.D. offers naturopathic specialty testing. These tests help with diagnosis, and can be used to monitor your progress during the healing process.  By combining laboratory testing with a thorough history, and physical exam, we can best determine & treat the root cause of your concerns.

What kind of specialty testing is offered?

  • IgG Food Sensitivity Testing (FST)
  • Salivary Hormone Tests (Adrenals, female hormones, male hormones)
  • Metal hypersensitivity testing
  • D-Spot (Vitamin D testing)
  • Fatty acid profile
  • Hair Element Analysis
  • Nutrigenomix

IgG Food Sensitivity Testing (FST)

What – Unlike IgE Food Allergy testing, which assesses for potentially serious, acute reactions to foods (e.g. anaphylaxis from peanuts), IgG Food Sensitivity testing assesses for delayed immune reactions to foods. This type of reaction can take months to develop, and can trigger inflammation that can persists for weeks or months. FST can pinpoint foods that your immune system may be reacting to in this way.
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Who – Anyone who is curious about possible food sensitivities, particularly those who have experienced symptoms such as: digestive issues (e.g. IBS, gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, etc.), joint pain, skin conditions (e.g. acne, psoriasis, eczema), headaches, general sluggishness, depression, inability to lose weight…. Determining what foods are contributing to these symptoms can greatly impact the sense of overall well-being, and improve function in the affected areas.

How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & an FST-specific treatment plan will be reviewed during a  follow-up appointment.  This test requires a blood sample, which can be collected via finger-prick at the office, or at a lab via a blood draw.  FST results typically only take 7-10 days after the lab receives the blood sample.  *Note – Possible trigger foods will not show up as positive on testing if you have not eaten them in the past few weeks or months.

Costs

  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • 120 foods – $249
  • 200 foods – $379
  • 160 vegetarian foods -$299
  • Additional foods – $20 for each food

Salivary Hormone Tests

What – Hormone imbalances can affect many areas of life, including mood, the stress response (Adrenal panel), irregular menstruation/PMS/fertility (Female panels), and male symptoms (Male panel).
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How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing may be appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  The tests require 1 to 11 tubes of saliva collection, which patients will collect at home, freeze, & ship to the lab via a pre-paid Fed-Ex envelope. Results take approximately 10 days to arrive after the lab receives the samples.

Costs

  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185& $140
  • Month Long Hormone Assessment (11 tubes) – $312.50
  • Female Panel (1 tube) – $220
  • Female Panel + Bed time cortisol – $275
  • Female Panel + Cortisol curve – $385
  • Male Panel (1 tube) – $187.50
  • Male Panel + Bed time cortisol – $242.50
  • Male Panel + Cortisol curve – $330
  • Adrenal Function Panel (4 tubes) – $220
  • Two-Point Cortisol (morning & bed time collection) – $110
  • Individual hormones – $55
  • Specialty hormones (estriol, estrone) – $66 per hormone

Metal Hypersensitivity Testing

What – Some patients may experience health issues, including autoimmune reactions, due to hypersensitivity reactions to certain metals (e.g. nickel, mercury, aluminum, etc). Conditions that may benefit from metal hypersensitivity detection & metal removal include fibromyalgia, arthritis, depression, chronic fatigue, and headaches.
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How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  This test requires a blood draw; a testing date must be arranged with the lab and the specimen is shipped to them Priority Overnight.  Results take approximately 3 weeks to arrive.

Costs

  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • Mercury & Amalgam – $450
  • Implants – $450
  • Autoimmune, dental & fertility – $750

D-Spot (Vitamin D testing)

What – Most Canadians are deficient in Vitamin D. This ‘sunshine’ vitamin is essential in regulating over 200 different genes, and supports bone health, immune strength, and mental functioning. Deficiency is associated with increased risk of conditions such as depression, osteoporosis, cancer, and multiple sclerosis (MS).
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How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing may be appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  Vitamin D levels can be monitored via repeat testing, if you start a new supplement or have dose adjustments. The D-spot test examines serum levels of 25-OHD3 via a blood sample, acquired via finger prick in-office. Results take approximately 10 days to arrive after the lab receives the sample.

Costs

  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • D-spot test – $75

Fatty Acid Profile

What – Essential fatty acids are part of cell membranes. They are necessary for proper cell function and communication.  Fatty acid imbalance can impact cardiovascular disease, chronic inflammation, depression, behavioural and mood disorders, and early dementia.  This test measures omega-3, omega-6, mono-unsaturated, saturated & trans fatty acids, and provides an Omega-3 Index, Omega-3 Whole Blood Score and AA to EPA ratio.
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How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  The Fatty Acid Profile is done via a small blood sample, acquired via finger prick in-office; no fasting is necessary. Results take approximately 10 days to arrive after the lab receives the samples.

Costs

  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • Fatty acid profile – $179

Hair Element Analysis

What – We can measure levels of 45 different elements in the hair. Testing for toxic elements such as heavy metals can detect excessive exposure, while testing for essential elements such as iron and copper may give insight into nutrient absorption & assimilation.
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How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing may be appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  Hair Element testing requires a weighed sample of clean hair (taken at least 1 hr after washing with a mild shampoo, and no application of hair products) to be sent to the lab. Results take approximately 10 days to arrive after the lab receives the samples.

Costs

  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • 45 toxic element analysis – $90

Nutrigenomix® (Genomic testing)

What – Nutrigenomix® analyzes genetic variants in seven genes, which can affect our responses to nutrients in our foods and supplements. The genes that are tested for influence weight management, nutrient metabolism, cardiovascular health, diabetes risk, eating habits, food intolerances (gluten & lactose), and even physical performance and injury risk.
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How – During your initial naturopathic appointment, Dr. Lee will take a thorough history to determine if/which testing is appropriate for you. Test results & treatment plan will be reviewed during a follow-up appointment.  The tests require 1 tube of saliva collection, which patients collect at home & ship to the lab via a pre-paid Fed-Ex envelope. Results take approximately 3-4 weeks to arrive after the lab receives the samples, and a personalized booklet can be made available in an additional 5-8 weeks.

Costs

  • Initial & follow-up Naturopathic appointments – $185 & $140
  • 45 gene nutrition analysis – $449
  • 45 gene sports analysis – $449 (primarily for professional athletes)