Testing

Medical Aesthetics & Laser Spa Serving Sherwood Park, Spruce Grove, St. Albert & Nearby Edmonton, Alberta

More in depth testing can help identify problems and help direct therapy to re-establish balance. It is particularly helpful to those with serious chronic health issues. The focus is preventative and restorative, based on the individual’s metabolism and intolerances. Detailed tests from private labs most of which are in the United States are used to determine how to best restore balance.

Food Allergy and Sensitivity Testing
Can be completed to determine if certain foods are causing upset. Not all allergies are made the same within the body. There are two important types of antibodies produced by the body, IgG and IgE.

The following test includes 96 general foods:

      • IgE and IgG antibody testing—$350

IgG Antibodies develop food sensitivity, for some reason our body over time perceives certain food to be harmful. Often this can be due to a disturbance in the wall of the gut which we call leaky gut syndrome.

The IgG antibodies attach themselves to the food (antigen) and create an antibody-antigen complex. These complexes are normally removed by special cells called macrophages. However, if there are too many of these complexes and the reactive food is still being consumed, the macrophages can’t remove them quickly enough. The food antigen-antibody complexes accumulate and are deposited in body tissues. Once in tissue, these complexes release inflammation causing chemicals, which may play a role in numerous diseases and conditions.

 
There is a growing body of evidence supporting the elimination of IgG reactive foods from the body. IgG food sensitivities have been implicated as likely causes for the following conditions:

 

      • Migraine headaches
      • Irritable bowel syndrome (alternating diarrhea and constipation)
      • Bloating
      • Indigestion
      • Fatigue
      • Eczema

Continued consumption of reactive foods may contribute to weight gain and/or difficulty losing weight. Because IgG food reactions take hours or days to develop, this makes it difficult to determine which food is responsible for the reaction and is also why testing can be so helpful.

IgE Antibodies develop from true food allergies, specific to a reactive food. IgE reactions generally occur within minutes of eating a reactive food, which is why they are also called ‘immediate’ hypersensitivity reactions.

After the first exposure to a food allergen, the body remembers what the food looks like and keeps a supply of IgE ready for immediate release if it sees that food again. Food allergies although rare can be life-threatening (for example, an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts). Skin reactions like hives and eczema, plus breathing and digestive problems are much more common IgE reactions.

The IgE panel offered by Rocky Mountain Analytical may be useful for identifying IgE reactions to regularly eaten foods responsible for unexplained symptoms like:

      • Abdominal pain
      • Diarrhea
      • Eczema
      • Heartburn
      • Nausea
      • Vomiting

Results are generally received 2 to 4 weeks later, and are emailed directly to the patient. The reports are very user friendly and interpretable.   Here is a list of the foods tested with this kit. Here is a sample report  for their IgE and IgG Food Allergy Panel.

To learn more about how you can heal your gut after eliminating the offending foods check out our gut restoration and elimination diet program.

Cortisol/Adrenal Testing

      • Cortisol testing —$350

Cortisol is the major stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands, measurement of cortisol levels may be a useful way of assessing ability to cope with stress. Often we will start by testing cortisol levels through the provincial lab as it is a covered service. Although this bloodwork has its limitations as it only looks at your levels one time in the day.

Through the use of saliva and urine testing we can look at your Cortisol levels throughout the day. This gives a more accurate assessment of adrenal function and can also test for the breakdown components of cortisol known as metabolites. These tests provides a much clearer picture of what is happening in the body and are used as a next step if the bloodwork is not sufficient to proceed with treatment.

Typically, results come back to us after about 4 weeks. At which point we can decide on the best course of action.

Gastrointestinal Testing

          • Stool testing GI Effects—$725

GI Effects stool test measures biomarkers of gastrointestinal function, providing clinical insight into digestive performance, gut inflammation, and the gut microbiome. These areas affect GI health, and overall health as well. Some common illnesses which have been associated with gut dysfunction include:

          • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
          • Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
          • Diabetes
          • Obesity
          • Cardiovascular Disease
          • Celiac and Other Malabsorption Disorders
          • Mood Disorders
          • Autoimmune
          • Autism

Here is a sample report received after completion of the Stool Testing GI Effects, along with this report comes suggestions specifically for you. If you are interested in more information regarding these testing options the Genova Diagnostics website is a great resource and explains everything in further detail.

Vitamin D
As of April 1st, 2015, Vitamin D testing will no longer be covered for population screening by Alberta Health Services. Testing supported by the provincial lab will be restricted to patients with the following criteria:

          • Metabolic bone disease (osteopenia, osteoporosis)
          • Abnormal blood calcium
          • Malabsorption syndromes (celiac disease, small intestinal surgery, anticonvulsant agents)
          • Chronic renal disease
          • Chronic liver disease

If you have received an official clinical diagnosis of any of the above, notify our office and we can provide you with the appropriate blood requisition.

If you do not meet any of the above criteria and would like to have your Vitamin D level checked, it is possible to have it done at a private clinic.

          • Blood spot kit—$75

The kit can be purchased from our office, it is a finger poke blood spot test completed at home and then mailed off to Calgary in the provided pre-paid envelope. At this time, this is the most affordable option to test your vitamin D level. Please let our office know if you would like to purchase a kit.

Fatty Acid Profile
There is significant individual response to omega 3 supplementation; one dose is not optimal for everyone. For interested parties, or those with a strong family history of heart disease, advanced testing of the AA/EPA ratio is available at private labs in the USA through True Balance. This ratio will determine if your dose is optimal for you. An optimal AA/EPA ratio has been shown to reduce all-cause 5 year mortality by 25%.

          • Blood spot kit—$75

Here is a sample report.