Test Don’t Guess

In my practice, I use a variety of cutting-edge functional testing to uncover and heal the source of your weight loss or wellness issues. This approach will yield you the best and quickest results and, in the end, save you time, money and tons of frustration. This approach enables me to truly customize your plan to your unique biochemistry. You will be amazed at what YOU will find out about YOU. This information is not only fascinating, but it is pivotal to achieving your wellness goals because it is after all…ALL about YOU!

The following is a representation of the functional testing that I use in my practice:

Alcat 200 Food Sensitivity Test

In my opinion, this test is essential if you truly want a customized plan and achieve optimal results. I have used this test in my practice for over 10 years and the results have been nothing short of miraculous.

The ALCAT Test identifies cellular reactions to over 350 foods, chemicals and herbs. These inflammatory reactions are linked to chronic health problems like obesity and diabetes, as well as skin, heart, joint, and digestive disorders. The Alcat test is not a food allergy test, but rather, a food intolerance test. Food intolerances are delayed reactions as opposed to food allergies, which are more immediate reactions. Food intolerances are much more common and characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, or inability to lose weight, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders, and behavioral issues. It has been estimated that an upwards of 70-80% of the US population has some type of food intolerance. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause. The ALCAT is the most effective Food Intolerance Test available.

The Alcat test requires a blood sample. You can either have your blood drawn at my office, go to a participating lab, or use Alcatʼs mobile blood draw service.

DFH Energy Essentials Profile

Are you tired of being tired? The Energy Essentials Profile can help to identify some of the underlying causes of your fatigue — including mood imbalances, lack of concentration, skin disorders, muscle aches, and inability to handle stress — and get you back on the road to wellness.

The Energy Essentials Profile uses a simple at-home urine collection sample to analyze areas of cellular energy, detoxification, inflammation and B-vitamin sufficiency.

DFH Basic Metabolic Profile

This test gives me the ability to evaluate your nutritional and metabolic health and provides a roadmap to your nutritional needs by identifying the nutrients your body is starving for.

The Basic Metabolic Profile uses a simple at-home urine collection sample to analyze your B-vitamin status, energy production, neurotransmitters, detoxification, intestinal dysbiosis, and oxidative xtress and provides a complete individualized supplement plan just for you, based on you.

Functional Adrenal Stress/Hormonal Profile

Support the adrenals and balance hormones: this foundational test is truly a window into your core state of health. It identifies the impact of chronic stress and helps to uncover the underlying cause of your weight loss and wellness complaints. It provides invaluable information to assist me in helping you heal your individual wellness issues so that you can achieve your optimal wellness goals.

The #205 uses a simple at-home saliva sample that measures your cortisol rhythm with DHEA sulfate (to determine the stage of your adrenal fatigue), measures your hormone levels (progesterone, testosterone and the estrogens) for possible insufficiency and imbalances, and measures melatonin and night time cortisol to help with evaluation of sleep problems.

BioHealth Diagnostics GI Pathogens Test #401

This test uncovers and identifies the most common pathogens and GI infections that may be causing or exacerbating your individual wellness issues. It is estimated that eight out of ten patients who seek care have one or more GI infections. Some have active GI symptoms; others present with general complaints, including fatigue, body pain, headaches, cognitive problems, light headedness, brain fog, and/or general malaise.

Currently, the two most prevalent infections are Helicobacter pylori, a bacterium that primarily inhabits the stomach, esophagus, and upper duodenum (and often the cause of stomach ulcers, acid reflux, burping and belching and general upper GI distress, as well as stomach cancer) and Cryptosporidium parvum, a parasite that primarily inhabits the small intestine and regularly cycles from intracellular to extracellular.

The GI Pathogens Test uses a simple at-home stool sample (I know – yuck!) to determine the presence of ova and parasites such as protozoa, flatworms, and roundworms; Cryptosporidium parvum, Entamoeba histolytica, and Giardia lamblia antigens; bacteria, fungi (including yeasts), and occult blood; and Clostridium difficile colitis toxins A and B. These are more common than you would think, and they have the ability to negatively impact our wellness on so many levels.

BioHealth Diagnostics Expanded Chemistry Profile #290

Why Do Blood Chemistry Testing?
Blood chemistry testing provides a vast amount of information regarding your health and could disclose information about disease states which either exist or are likely to develop. This is the only test that I absolutely require you to do, as it is paramount to your plan. Common markers on blood chemistry tests give insight into renal function, electrolyte levels, liver function, bone health, protein digestion, thyroid health, coronary risk factors, lipid profiles, anemia and iron issues, levels of blood cell types (including erythrocytes, leukocytes, lymphocytes and platelets), and blood sugar control. The issue with routine blood chemistries (normally done at your yearly physical) is that they are typically missing important markers. In addition, the lab ranges are generally way too wide, making almost any marker appear in the normal range. This is dangerous, because by the time a given marker appears out of the range, you are most likely already at the disease stage and past the preventative stage. As the goal of nutrition is preventative, this is not the way we want to go.

The BioHealth Diagnostics Expanded Chemistry Profile, in addition to providing all of the standard markers seen on common lab panels, also includes the following markers and screens that provide critical information regarding the assessment of your health status: anemia screen, auto-immune screen, basic lipid panel, bone and mineral screen, celiac/gluten sensitivity screen, coronary risk screen, glycemic control screen, liver function screen, renal/electrolyte screen, and thyroid screen.