The MNHC Naturopathic & Medispa Clinic provides our patients a wide range of Laboratory Testing procedures designed to help better diagnose illnesses allowing us to apply the appropriate Naturopathic remedies. Below is a list of some of the more popular types of testing we offer.
The hair analysis test determines the presence of heavy metals in the body. Such heavy metals include mercury, lead, aluminum, cadmium and many others. Nutritional deficiencies can also be revealed by conducting hair analysis testing.
The dipstick is a urine test. This test involves dipping a measuring stick in urine. The test helps to determine the presence of bacteria, blood, sugar, Ph levels, and Vitamin C levels in a persons urine.
The Indican is a urine test which helps measure how well your body breaks down protein. The Indican scale measures the presence of indol, a metabolic byproduct of the action of intestinal bacteria and fungus. Some conditions where your body does not breakdown protein sufficiently include: improper production of stomach acid, adverse food reactions, parasitic infection, fungal infection, overgrowth of bacteria and insufficient production of digestive enzymes.
The Koinsburg test is a urinary test for adrenal insufficiency. The procedure assesses urinary chloride and gives an indirect measurement of sodium excretion. The goal is to assess sub-clinical stages of low adrenal function. The adrenal glands sit above our kidneys, they are like the body’s battery and get recharged by proper sleep, lifestyle and diet. This specific test is used to check ones adaptation to stress.
This test is a non-invasive urine test that measures the amount of free radicals or oxidants in the body. More specifically, the oxidata test is a urinary test that can determine if your antioxidant levels are too low. The benefit of doing this test is knowing if one is getting enough antioxidants in their diets and nutritional supplements to counteract free radical damage to cells.
The Sulkowich test, or calcium excretion test provides a reflection of your body’s ability to absorb and utilize dietary calcium. A urine sample is used to indicate the level of calcium your body is excreting, proper bone development and muscle contractions.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, a form of bodily energy called “chi” is generated in internal organs and circulates throughout the body, forming paths near the surface of the skin called meridians. This whole-body network is called the meridian system. Organ testing is conducted by stimulating an Acupuncture point on the skin through skin pressure and determines the correct flow of energy in the meridians.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food sensitivity testing is done through bio-impedance electrodermal testing. Electrodermal testing technique involves the use of a precise electronic instrument applied to specific points to measure changes in skin resistance in response to various test substances or medications placed in circuit with the patient. The process is rapid and painless (no needles no electric shocks). Electrodermal testing instruments can be used to determine a wide range of food, chemical, environmental sensitivities and medication tolerance.
Salivary hormone testing provides a convenient, non-invasive method of assessing hormone levels in the body. Hormones are chemical messages that signal certain target cells in the body. They travel in your blood stream to tissues or organs. They work slowly overtime and affect many different processes including growth development, immune system, metabolism, mood, menopause/andropause, sexual function.Some hormone tests which may be performed by your doctor include: Cortisol, dhea, testosterone, estrogen, progesterone, thyroid function, and insulin.
A stool analysis is a series of tests done on a stool sample to help diagnose certain conditions affecting the digestive tract. These conditions can include infection (such as from parasites, viruses, or bacteria), poor nutrient absorption or cancer. For a stool analysis, a stool sample is collected in a clean container and then sent to the laboratory. Laboratory analysis includes microscopic examination, chemical tests and microbiologic tests. The stool will be checked for color, consistency, weight (volume), shape, odor, and the presence of mucus. The stool may be examined for hidden (occult) blood, fat, meat, yeast, fibers, bile, white blood cells and sugars called reducing substances. The pH of the stool may also be measured. A stool culture is also conducted to find out if bacteria may be causing an infection.
Live Blood Cell Microscopy
Nutritional microscopy is the science of qualitative blood analysis for the purpose of evaluating health a cellular level. The test is carried out by extracting a minute amount of blood from the fingertips and placing it on a microscope slide and then observing it through two different optical modalities of a high powered microscope. Some of the results that can be determined using this method include the presence of parasites, bacteria, fungus, pH of the blood, vitamin and mineral deficiency and the absorption of fats and proteins.
Neurotransmitters are the chemical messengers that relay signals between nerve cells and are present throughout the body. Inadequate or imbalanced neurotransmitter levels can result in disrupted or distorted signals between neurons. Some of the neurotransmitters that maybe tested include: dopamine, gaba, eurofrain, and PEA. Some conditions which cause neurotransmitter deficiency are depression, anxiety, and attention deficit disorder.