Comprehensive Lab Testing
Naturopathic Doctors are extensively trained in lab diagnosis and interpretation. Depending on your particular health concerns, our naturopathic doctors may recommend that specific lab testing be conducted to better assess your health and help monitor your treatment progress. At LNHC, our NDs are constantly researching new and advanced lab testing methods that can improve our ability to get right to the root of your health concerns.
Standard Lab Testing
Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to draw blood and order standard lab testing (blood, stool, urine, saliva) similar to the testing your family physician would order. Lab testing requisitioned by a naturopathic doctor in Ontario, however, is not covered by OHIP. A separate fee structure is in place for ND requisitioned lab tests for patients who find it more convenient to use this option versus going through a family physician.
We recommend that patients bring copies of previous lab results to their initial appointment at our clinic or we can requisition copies from your family doctor.
In-House Lab Testing
We also offer a number of useful lab tests that may be conducted in our clinic during your visit. Fees for in-house lab testing are in addition to the standard visit fees and are always discussed with patients before they are recommended. These include:
- Urinalysis – a urine test to check for the presence of substances such as proteins, ketones, blood, sugar and nitrates to evaluate overall kidney function and for the presence of infection
- Indican Test for Bowel Toxicity – an index of the efficiency of protein digestion and the presence of bacterial overgrowth in the gut.
- Zinc Tally Test – an oral test to determine the body’s zinc status. Many health conditions are associated with a zinc deficiency e.g. low immunity, low libido and sperm count, early tooth decay, poor development and low thyroid activity.
- Celiac Rapid Blood Test – a skin prick test to screen for celiac disease, an autoimmune disorder caused by the consumption of gluten (a protein found in wheat).
- Salivary pH – an assessment of overall pH balance in the body.
- Koenisburg Test – a urine test to determine adrenal gland function.
- Blood Typingused to determine ABO typing.
- Environmental Allergy Skin Scratch Test – this test is similar to what is offered by a conventional allergist. We test for the most common environmental allergens that cause an IgE reaction to form on the surface of the skin including dust, pollens, ragweed, mold, cat and dog dander.
Specialized Lab testing
At times, specialized tests are recommended to gain a deeper understanding of a patient’s symptoms. Fees for specialized tests are also in addition to standard visit fees. These include:
- Rocky Mountain/Meridian Valley IgG Tests– food sensitivity testing that assesses delayed-response sensitivities that may occur up to several days after exposure to a food allergen.
- Micronutrient Test – an assessment of an individual’s vitamin and mineral status to determine potential deficiencies.
- Hair Element Analysisa – hair sample is collected to assess the values of essential and toxic elements.
- Hormone Panels – Saliva or urine tests used to uncover hormone imbalances for both women and men.
- Organic Acids Test – an evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria; this test is particularly useful in determining appropriate treatment for those with behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement and neurological disorders, unexplained fatigue and impaired immune function.
- Metametrix GI Profile Test – DNA analysis identifying microbial balance and assessing gastrointestinal disorders.
- Urinary Heavy Metal Test – as assessment of toxic metal retention and essential element status.
At LNHC, it is our mandate to source out the most accurate testing methods at affordable rates for patients. Please contact the clinic for more information about our laboratory services.