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Specialty Labs

Specialty Labs

Along with standard labs and Imaging Winter Wellness is well versed in specialty testing. Digging a little deeper to uncover hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, neurotransmitter dysfunction, digestive disorders, and food sensitivities and allergies.

DUTCH Testing

The most in depth look at your sex and adrenal hormones and their metabolites. It also includes the daily, free cortisol pattern, organic acids, and melatonin.

How does the DUCTH test compare to other testing?

DUTCH vs. Saliva Testing

While the free cortisol pattern in saliva has clinical value, there is a significant missing piece to surveying a patient’s HPA-Axis function with saliva testing – measuring cortisol metabolites. To properly characterize a patient’s cortisol status, free and metabolized cortisol should be measured to avoid misleading results when cortisol clearance is abnormally high or low. Likewise with sex hormones, measuring estrogen and androgen metabolites gives a fuller picture for more precise clinical diagnosis of hormonal imbalances and HRT monitoring.

DUTCH vs. Serum Testing

While the most universally accepted testing method (due to the availability of FDA-cleared analyzers that are reliable and inexpensive), serum testing is lacking in some areas. Adrenal hormones cannot be effectively tested in serum because free cortisol cannot be tested throughout the day. There is also a lack of extensive metabolite testing (especially for cortisol and estrogens).

DUTCH vs. 24-Hour Urine Testing

There are two primary drawbacks to 24-hour urine testing of hormones. First, the collection is cumbersome, and as many as 40% of those who collect, do so in error (Tanaka, 2002). Secondly, dysfunction in the diurnal pattern of cortisol cannot be ascertained from a 24-hour collection. Some providers add saliva for daily free cortisol. DUTCH eliminates the need for two tests.

Micronutrient Testing

SpectraCell’s Micronutrient test measures 31 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites – and how they affect cellular function in a person. Correlating micronutrient deficiencies not only slows aging and degenerative disease progression, it can also prevent as well as repair cellular dysfunction, and by extension, disease.

ZRT Neurotransmitter Testing

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the nervous system to relay information from one nerve to another.

Optimal neurotransmitter balance is required to maintain proper health. Imbalances can cause the brain and the body to be over- or under-stimulated, producing neurological or psychological symptoms.

The 5 most common scenarios indicating a neurotransmitter dysregulation are: anxiety and depression, chronic fatigue, impulsivity, insmona, and PMS/PMDD. It’s possible for individuals to present with similar symptoms yet have unique foundational imbalances. Testing helps clarify these root issues.

ZRT Neurotransmitter test  includes a range of 14 neurotransmitters and metabolites in its testing including: serotonin, 5-HIAA, GABA, Glycine, Glutamate, Histamine, PEA, Dopamine, DOPAC, HVA, Norepinephrine, Epinephrine, Normetanephrine, and VMA.

SpectraCell’s Micronutrient test measures 31 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites – and how they affect cellular function in a person. Correlating micronutrient deficiencies not only slows aging and degenerative disease progression, it can also prevent as well as repair cellular dysfunction, and by extension, disease.

Genova GI Effects

The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile is a group of advanced stool tests that provide immediate, actionable clinical information for the management of gastrointestinal health. Utilizing cutting-edge technologies and biomarkers, this profile offers valuable insight into digestive function, intestinal inflammation, and the intestinal microbiome.

Diagnostech Food Allergy Panel

Food sensitivities are recognized to be correlated with many chronic health conditions, such as IBS, eczema, fatigue, and others – but with proper identification and elimination of offending foods, many experience relief from their symptoms. IgG, IgG4, and IgA antibody assessment panels can serve as useful tools in the identification of trigger foods in individuals.

Are you ready to feel your best?