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Lab Tests

      

Comprehensive Urinary & Blood Hormone Profile

Hormones are crucial for health and well being. They are made and released by cells of the endocrine glands. These chemical messengers are transported by the blood to various target cells on which they have specific effects. They mediate a wide variety of functions from regulation of sexual function and resistance to stress, to anti-inflammatory activity to protection against osteoporosis and certain cancers. The adrenal hormones include cortisol and DHEA. The hormones of the gonads, known as sex hormones, include estrogens, progesterone and testosterone. These steroid hormones and their metabolites are the foundation of our Comprehensive Urinary Hormone Profile. Hormone testing is primarily used to identify hormone deficiencies and excess. Our comprehensive Urinary Steroid Hormone Profile provides data for 30 key analytes serving as markers for major androgens, estrogens, progesterone and metabolites, and adrenal hormones and metabolites. The levels of many hormones and their metabolites may fluctuate throughout the course of a day reflecting physical and mental status. A 24-hour urine sample offers the most sensitive means to account for these natural daily variations.  

Vitamin D testing:

Vitamin D helps the body control calcium and phosphate levels. If the blood levels of these minerals become too low, the body may produce hormones that cause calcium and phosphate to be released from the bones. This leads to weak and soft bones. Vitamin D is absorbed from food or produced by the skin when exposed to sunlight. Lack of vitamin D production by the skin may occur in people who:

  • Live in climates with little exposure to sunlight
  • Must stay indoors
  • Work indoors during the daylight hours

You may not get enough vitamin D from your diet if you:

  •  Are lactose intolerant (have trouble digesting milk products)
  • Do not drink milk products
  • Follow a vegetarian diet

Food Allergy Testing

Allergic and other hypersensitivity reactions to foods and aeroallergens are characterized by elevated allergen-specific antibody levels in the affected individual’s blood. Research indicates that these types of reactions are implicated in a number of health problems. Through our Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA) methodology we provide a useful tool for practitioners to assess their patients’ allergies and sensitivities to a variety of common allergens.

Our standard, curve based method for our semi-quantitative allergen-specific IgE ELISA is traceable to World Health Organization’s standards. These standards increase immunoassay sensitivity against a broad range of allergen concentrations allowing for the detection of minute levels of IgE antibodies in a serum specimen for accurate assay performance. This respect for global standards and attention to detail guarantees the highest quality antibody testing for your patients.

Toxic Metals testing

Some elements can accumulate in tissues causing toxic effects. Metal toxicity is a significant environmental health concern. A toxic load of lead, cadmium, mercury or arsenic is capable of rendering considerable damage to the brain and nervous system, particularly in children. Toxic elements produce their many negative effects through various mechanisms. One mechanism, irreversible enzyme inhibition, is illustrated by the anemia caused when lead binds to enzymes in the hemoglobin synthesis pathway. The cancer-inducing effect of arsenic seems to be due to an inhibition of DNA repair. Genotoxicity, in which chromosomes are damaged, is linked to the free radical generation abilities of cadmium, lead and nickel. Mercury causes enzyme poisoning.

 

Free Radicals Measurement

Revelar provides the first accurate aldehyde measurement system that  both detects and measures aldehydes in the breath. Aldehydes are  known to be indicators of free radical damage also known as external factors, such as diet, activity, stress, chemicals and pollutants cause our bodies to produce excess free radicals that damage healthy cells. This can lead to heart disease, cancer and rapid aging. “Making the right choices in our lives enables us to help stop the damage and lead healthier lives”, says Dr. Ruthie Harper MD, a leader in nutritional medicine. To limit the effects of free radical damage, millions of Americans take antioxidant supplements, making such supplements a multi-billion dollar industry. Studies have shown that the right antioxidants and regimen may help the body to effectively process free radicals and reduce damage to healthy cells. But because of the differences in our bodies and inaccurate information in the market, we do not know which antioxidant supplements really work to effectively reduce free radical damage. We need an accurate way to measure the effectiveness of an antioxidant regimen. Revelar provides unprecedented accuracy in measuring aldehydes, a known by-product of free radical damage. The presence and quantity of aldehydes is known to cause free radical damage, resulting in cell damage. Revelar works via the breath, a matrix that uniquely contains multiple aldehydes. The previous gold standard, the TBARS blood test, measured only one aldehyde. Measuring and monitoring the multiple aldehydes detected by Revelar is an important indicator that can help patients obtain tangible feedback. For more information visit http://www.myrevelar.com/