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Laboratory 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.

Standard Lab Testing

Naturopathic Doctors are licensed to order standard lab testing (blood, stool, urine, and saliva). However, lab testing requisitioned by a naturopathic doctor in Ontario is not covered by OHIP. There is a separate fee structure for ND-requisitioned lab tests, if you find this process more convenient than going through your family physician.

We recommend patients bring copies of previous lab results to their initial appointment at our clinic or we can requisition records from your family doctor.

In-House Lab Testing

We offer many useful lab tests that can be completed during your visit. Fees for in-house lab testing are separate from standard service fees and are always discussed with patients before being recommended. In-house lab tests 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.
  • Zinc Tally Test – an oral test to determine the body’s zinc levels. Many health conditions are associated with a zinc deficiency, such as low immunity, low libido and sperm count, early tooth decay, poor development and low thyroid activity.
  • Koenisburg Test – a urine test to determine adrenal gland function.

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 service fees. Specialized lab tests include:

  • Rocky Mountain/CanAlt 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 Analysis – a 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 behaviour disorders, hyperactivity, movement and neurological disorders, unexplained fatigue and impaired immune function.
  • GI Profile Test – DNA analysis identifying microbial balance and assessing gastrointestinal function/disorders.
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth/Intestinal Methane Overgrowth Testing - a breath test to identify overgrowth of pathogenic bacteria causing bloating, IBS, constipation or diarrhea.
  • Urinary Heavy Metal Test – as assessment of toxic metal retention and essential element status.

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