Specialty Lab Testing
Dr. Alice may order certain labs for you based on what you discuss in your initial virtual consultation. She will have the kit shipped right to your home. Once the results come in, she will go over it with you during your follow-up consult and discuss the next steps to optimizing your health.
Lab Tests that are INCLUDED in the Survive to Thrive Program: NeuroHormone Complete, Micronutrient Test, and Food Allergy Testing
Other tests may be ordered on an “as needed” basis, and the program does not cover the cost of these labs. Dr. Alice will discuss pricing with you if one one or more of these are needed.
- This profile is the best starting point for initial assessment of hormonal status, adrenal function and neurotransmitter balance. This profile is important for both men and women, providing baseline and monitoring information for patients of all ages. It is especially useful in individuals who are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
o Mood disorders, depression, anxiety
o Addiction, dependency
o Fatigue, lack of stamina, insomnia
o Chronic illness, immune deficiency
o Cognitive confusion, learning challenges, declining memory
o Weight issues, appetite control
o Low libido, sexual dysfunction
o PMS, menopause, andropause
o Fibromyalgia, chronic pain
Neurotransmitters are the brain chemicals that facilitate the transmission of signals from one neuron to the next across a synapse. Neurotransmitters work with receptors in the brain to influence and regulate a wide range of processes such as mental performance, emotions, pain response and energy levels. Functioning primarily in the Central Nervous System (CNS), neurotransmitters are the brain’s chemical messengers, facilitating communication among the body’s glands, organs, and muscles. Numerous clinical studies have shown that inadequate neurotransmitter function has a profound influence on overall health and well-being. In fact, imbalances in certain neurotransmitters are associated with most of the prevalent symptoms and conditions seen in practitioners’ offices today.
This is a non-invasive urine and saliva test that you can do in the convenience of your home.
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Micronutrient Testing for Nutritional Deficiency
There is overwhelming evidence confirming that nutrient deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function contributing to chronic disease process including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s. SpectraCell’s Micronutrient test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of how well the body utilizes 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health. This test provides the basis of a personalized, functional approach in addressing a broad variety of clinical conditions. Rather than shooting the dark with what supplements to take, this test lets you know exactly what your body is deficient in so we can treat accordingly based on the results. This is a blood draw. I will send you to lab to have this test complete. Learn more here.
Food Allergy and/or Sensitivity Testing
Certain foods could be contributing to your stress and anxiety. Knowing how food impacts your body and mind can make a big difference! If you are experiencing any digestive issues or seem to be sensitive or reactive to certain foods, we can help! Dr. Alice can help you with the elimination/challenge diet, as well as offer support and guidance on the process. In addition, we can order a blood test that can check for possible food allergies or sensitivities. This test will check for IgG antibodies for 96 or 184 different general foods. IgG reactions can occur later in life and are generally more chronic long term reactions that are not typically life threatening, but can still cause great distress or discomfort on the body in various ways such as bloating, gas, skin issues, migraines, etc. IgG reactions can also be delayed reactions that make it more difficult to figure out which food a person may be reacting to, whereas IgE reactions tend to be more immediate. IgE reactions are the life threatening anaphylactic reactions, that typically are present from birth/childhood and require immediate treatment with an epic pen. See test below for a comprehensive allergy panel that includes both IgG and IgE testing. Learn more here.
Intestinal Permeability (Leaky Gut) Testing
Intestinal Permeability Assessment is a powerful noninvasive gastrointestinal test assessment of small intestinal absorption and barrier function in the bowel measured in the urine. The small intestine uniquely functions as a digestive/absorptive organ for nutrients as well as a powerful immune and mechanical barrier against excessive absorption of bacteria, food antigens, and other macromolecules. Both malabsorption and increased intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) are associated with chronic gastrointestinal imbalances as well as many systemic disorders.
Gastrointestinal Health Panel
Maintaining a healthy GI system is essential to your overall health. GI infections and inflammation can lead to a wide range of abdominal symptoms and decrease the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Commonly thought to only be found in developing countries, parasites are a cause of GI symptoms in millions people in the United States as well. These are non-invasive screens of the GI system and its function.
GI Effects assesses three critical areas of gut health: digestive function, gut inflammation, and the gut microbiome—areas affecting not only GI health, but overall health as well. For patients with symptoms that may have gastrointestinal dysfunction as their root cause, comprehensive stool diagnostics provide an effective tool for gaining clinical insight into next steps.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Testing
SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth) is a condition in which abnormally large numbers of bacteria – the types that are normally found in the large intestine – are present in the small intestine. When not functioning properly, the migrating motor complex (MMC) fails to effectively sweep intestinal contents into the colon during periods of fasting. Once in the small intestine these bacteria proliferate and feed off carbohydrates from food, creating fermentation gases, specifically methane and hydrogen.
It can be a cause of many health problems, including diarrhea, abdominal pain, and protein/fat malabsorption. In recent years, there has been renewed interest in SIBO since it has now been implicated in the pathophysiology of certain diseases previously not classically associated with overgrowth. The World Journal of Gastroenterology claims a definitive association between irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and SIBO, suggesting that SIBO be excluded before diagnosing a patient with IBS. This a Non-invasive breath collection which involves a lactulose challenge to detect bacterial overgrowth in the distal small intestine. The 3-hour collection method reveals SIBO in patients with slow transit times.
Candida overgrowth is the most common cause of systemic fungal infection and accounts for 80% of all major systemic fungal infections. Symptoms may be attributed to food sensitivity because the invasive fungi can increase rapidly in number and permeate the digestive tract. Diets high in simple carbohydrates have been found to increase rates of oral candidiasis. Mild, chronic and polysystemic candidiasis can be positively diagnosed by the determination of high serum levels of IgG, IgA and IgM antibodies against Candida antigens. Immune complexes are clusters of interlocking antigens and antibodies. Normally, immune complexes are rapidly removed from the bloodstream. Sometimes, however, they continue to circulate, and eventually become trapped in the tissues of the kidneys, the lungs, skin, joints, or blood vessels. There they set off reactions with complement that lead to inflammation and tissue damage.
Test results include an interpretation and positive results are accompanied by The Candida Diet.
Comprehensive Panel: Candida Immunoglobulin’s IgG, IgA, IgM, Candida Immune Complex, Candida Profile
As with all laboratory tests, results should be assessed by your healthcare provider in light of the patient’s full medical history.
Hormonal imbalances can led to PMS symptoms, migraines, irregular menses, fertility issues, and more. Whether you are a male, cycling female, peri-menopausal, menopausal, or post-menopausal, finding out more information on your hormone levels can help us figure out the best approach to treating your conditions. This is a non-invasive saliva test.
Genomind Professional PGx Express - Genotyping for Anxiety and Depression
Includes 24 well-characterized, well-annotated genes, extensively supported in peer-reviewed publications to affect treatment for psychiatric conditions. It includes pharmacodynamic genes, which indicate the effect a drug has on the body and can inform drug candidate selection. It also includes pharmacokinetic genes, which indicate the effect the body has on the drug via metabolism and can inform drug dosage.
Heavy Metal Testing - Hair Analysis
There are a number of elements that are toxic to the human body at high doses which can interfere with its functioning and undermine health—such as mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. These toxic metals have no known physiological functions. They can be toxic to organ systems and may disrupt the balance of essential nutrients. Toxic metals and essential element status can be assessed in urine, blood, feces and hair. Hair Elements analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, especially methylmercury and arsenic, and time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. This noninvasive screening test requires only .25 grams of hair. Doctor’s Data offers a Hair Elements profile containing essential and toxic elements and a Hair Toxic Element Exposure profile containing an expanded lineup of toxic metals.
This test is useful for evaluating: toxic element exposure, excessive fish consumption, alopecia, depression, fatigue, malabsorption, hypertension, impaired glucose tolerance, kidney function, Parkinson’s-like symptoms, sexual impotence or decreased testosterone production, and vision problems.
Toxic elements may be 200 to 300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of recent exposure to elements such as arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, lead, antimony and mercury. The CDC acknowledges the value of hair mercury levels as a maternal and infant marker for exposure to neurotoxic methylmercury from fish.