Tired of not knowing exactly what’s wrong? Not getting answers elsewhere?
I utilize a wide variety of conventional and specialized diagnostic testing to evaluate what’s really going on in your body. Nothing gets closer to the root cause!
Our adrenal glands regulate our stress hormones, like cortisol and adrenaline. Depending on how severe and how long you have been under stress (or suffering from what’s known as adrenal fatigue), cortisol may be too high, or too low. Cortisol affects energy, thyroid function, hormonal balance, mental health and body composition. A four point salivary cortisol test is the optimal way to assess adrenal gland function.
Signs of low cortisol – allergies, fatigue, muscle aches and pains, feeling cold, morning sluggishness, low sex drive, inability to cope, ‘burnt out’ feeling, impaired memory and/or symptoms of low thyroid function.
Signs of high cortisol – irritability, ‘tired but wired’ feeling, weight gain (especially around mid-section), sleep disturbances, bone loss, high blood pressure, loss of muscle mass, insulin resistance, low sex drive, and/or loss of scalp hair.
Most patients are just screened with a simple test known as TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) by their doctors to assess thyroid function. However, recent research suggests TSH is inaccurate and doesn’t provide an accurate indication of thyroid function. I offer comprehensive thyroid hormone testing. This includes:
- TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone)
- Free thyroid hormone (T3 and T4)
- Thyroid anti-bodies
- Reverse T3
- Urinary iodine, selenium, cadmium and bromine testing – essential nutrients to test to assess thyroid function and dysfunction
Whether you’re looking to optimize your health or manage disease, standard bloodwork is used to better assess and treat your concerns. Common tests include:
- Complete blood count (CBC)
- Cholesterol panel
- Thyroid panel
- Vitamin B12
- Inflammatory markers (ESR and hs-CRP)
- Vitamin D
- Blood glucose (sugar) and HbA1c
- Insulin and fructosamine
- Liver and kidney function
- And more
Food impacts every illness. IgG food sensitivity testing is a simple and easy way to determine your individual food intolerances. Your blood sample is tested against 96 different foods and then your report is issued. Health concerns commonly affected by food sensitivities:
- Headaches and Migraines
- Digestive concerns (gas, bloating, constipation, heartburn)
- Skin conditions (eczema, psoriasis and acne)
- Joint pain and arthritis
- Mood disorders and ADHD/Autism
- Runny nose and allergy symptoms
- Autoimmune conditions
It doesn’t get more individualized than DNA!
We are all exposed to environmental toxins and contaminants, including heavy metals (lead, mercury, arsenic, bromine, cadmium, etc). Some of these toxic elements can affect organs like the thyroid and pancreas and the nervous system. Potential symptoms of heavy metal toxicity include migraine headaches, fatigue, depression, anxiety, nerve pain, learning disabilities and ADHD.
Measuring estrogen, progesterone, cortisol, DHEAs and testosterone through the saliva or urine provides a more accurate interpretation of hormone levels and activity than through the blood. Hormonal panels are indicated for females experiencing any of the following: acne, weight gain, depression/irritability, sleep disturbances, PMS and painful/heavy periods, hot flashes/menopausal symptoms, infertility, endometriosis, etc.
A month long hormone assessment is especially useful for menstruating women with cycle related concerns, such as PMS, heavy bleeding, breast pain and/or trouble conceiving.