Functional medicine testing is different from conventional lab testing that your typical doctor might order. It helps evaluate how well your body is or is not functioning on a spectrum of health rather than just diagnosing a disease – many people without any diagnosable disease still don’t feel well. Functional medicine testing gives us a more in-depth insight into the root cause of your health issues so we can help you feel your best even if you have a chronic disease or before you develop a chronic disease.
Advanced lab testing is a dynamic test that checks the functional state that your body is in currently. In contrast, conventional testing is a static test that only checks your body at a specific moment in time. At Phoenix Integrative Medical Center, we take a personalized approach to your health care needs by determining which Advanced Functional lab testing is necessary for your particular health conditions.
The following is a list and description of some of the Advanced lab tests performed at Phoenix Integrative Medical Center:
NutrEval Plasma® test- an advanced nutritional analysis designed to reveal nutritional imbalances or inadequacies. NutrEval Plasma evaluates the functional need for antioxidants, B-vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive support, and other select nutrients.
The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile – an advanced stool test that provides immediate, actionable clinical information for the management of gastrointestinal health. Utilizing cutting-edge technologies and biomarkers, this test offers valuable insight into digestive function, intestinal inflammation, and the intestinal microbiome.
The Rhythm™ hormone test – a comprehensive assessment of estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone spanning a full 28 days. Hormone imbalances revealed in this hormone test profile can help illuminate the root causes of disorders such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility, and menstrual irregularities. This hormonal test analyzes 11 saliva samples of a 28–day period. Hormonal balance is the key. Research has long shown that fluctuating levels of estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone play a major role in a woman’s overall health.
The IgG Food Antibody Assessment – a blood test that measures antibodies to 87 commonly consumed foods. The panel also includes a total IgE measurement. The body can react to foods in many different ways. Adverse food reactions can lead to distressing symptoms and chronic health conditions. Often it is unknown exactly which food(s) may be the cause, and testing can help identify the problematic foods. Removal of the reactive foods often results in resolution of symptoms.
Female/Male Saliva Profile III – This profile is used to assess waking levels of estradiol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA-S, and cortisol along with additional cortisols collected throughout the day offering a complete diurnal cortisol pattern.
Adrenal Stress Profile – When individuals experience continuous stress, not only from emotional stressors (e.g., marital, financial, occupational) but also from physical stressors (e.g., sleep deprivation, pain, extreme exercise), it can lead to changes in adrenal hormone levels, related to disorders ranging from anxiety to infertility. The profile tests the adrenal hormones DHEA-S and diurnal cortisol.
Cardiometabolic Profile – This profile, entirely in dried blood spot collected after an overnight fast, allows early detection of major indicators associated with metabolic/insulin resistance syndrome. As a screening profile, it can facilitate appropriate treatment to reduce Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease risks.
NeuroAdvanced Profile – Testing neurotransmitters in patients with a suspected neurochemical imbalance can help assess individual biochemistry and get to the root of persistent issues such as mood disorders, addictive behaviors, sleep problems, ADD, ADHD and more.
Hormone Trio – One convenient collection of saliva for testing estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone. Ideal for baseline levels before hormone replacement therapy or for monitoring HRT dosing.
Vibrant America and Wellness
Wheat Zoomer – Vibrant’s flagship peptide-level test with the most robust panel available for the detection of intestinal permeability, gluten- and wheat-sensitivity, celiac disease, and gluten-mediated autoimmunity
Neural Zoomer – the most comprehensive neurological degeneration and autoimmune screening tool available, with 48 antibodies to various structural and functional elements in the brain and nervous system. Aids in identifying antibodies, including those responsible for dementia (memory loss) blood-brain barrier disruption, neuropathies, and inflammation.
The Great Plains Laboratory
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) – offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patient’s overall health with over 70 markers. It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue, and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine.
The Mycotox Profile – Mycotoxins are some of the most prevalent toxins in the environment. Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by fungi like mold, which can infest buildings, vehicles, and foodstuffs. MycoTOX screens for eleven different mycotoxins, from 40 species of mold, in one urine sample. MycoTOX uses the power of advanced mass spectrometry (MS/MS), which is necessary to detect lower levels of these fungal toxins. This test is optimal for follow up testing to ensure that detoxification therapies have been successful.
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