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Lab Testing

Blood Analysis

If additional testing is required, blood work can be requisitioned through a local Life Labs.  It is highly recommended that all patients bring copies of their lab work for the initial consultation whenever possible.

Common blood testing may include:

  • Thyroid Panel
  • Blood sugar
  • Iron
  • Cholesterol Panel
  • Vitamin B12
  • Liver Enzymes
  • Hormones – Estrogen, Progesterone, Testosterone
  • Inflammatory Markers
  • Complete Blood Count

Food Sensitivity Testing (IgG)

(offered by Dr. Melanie Reidl only)

Food sensitivities occur when the body has ingested a food that triggers the immune system to react negatively and cause inflammation.  It can occur within hours or within a few days and because of this delay, it can be difficult to determine which foods were the sources of the problem.  Symptoms can range from:

Digestive symptoms:

  • Bloating
  • Gas
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Skin rashes
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Chronic itching
  • Headaches
  • Migraines

Mood disorders:

  • Hyperactivity
  • Lack of concentration and focus
  • Anxiety
  • Depression

Respiratory symptoms:

  • Runny nose
  • Puffiness around eyes
  • Joint pain and discomfort

The procedure involves a blood draw from a local lab, which identifies food sensitivities that may be causing any number of health complaints.  A 120, 160 or 220 food panel is taken with the most common foods eaten, including meat, fish, dairy, grains, nuts, coffee, sugar, other sweeteners, vegetables and fruits.  This test can be valuable for assessing food intolerances and sensitivities in individuals 2 years and older.  It is important to consume a wide variety of foods at least 5 days prior to taking the test to have the most accurate results.

Stool Analysis

(offered by Dr. Melanie Reidl only)

  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis
  • Parasite Testing
  • Yeast Culture
  • Microbiology

Breath Tests

  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)

DUTCH Dried Urine Hormone Testing

(offered by Dr. Melanie Reidl only)

The DUTCH Plus is a comprehensive dried urine and saliva test that maximizes the available information from sex and adrenal hormone production and metabolism. Some hormones tested include Cortisol, Estrogens, Progesterone, Testosterone, DHT, and DHEA. With easy, at-home sample collection over the course of one day, insight is gained into the overall diurnal pattern of free cortisol and cortisone, along with the total distribution of cortisol metabolites. This test offers further insight by including organic acid testing, which evaluates potential nutritional deficiencies, oxidative stress, gut dysbiosis, melatonin levels, and neuroinflammation.

The DUTCH Plus is used in patients with the following concerns:

  • Irregular Menstrual Cycles
  • Night sweats + Hot flashes
  • PMS + PMDD
  • Insomnia
  • Anxiety + Depression
  • Fatigue + Loss of Resilience/Stamina
  • Stress + Burnout
  • Weight Management + Body Composition
  • Hair Loss + Thinning
  • Sexual Health concerns

Female Hormone Panel:

This panel measures the hormones: estradiol, progesterone, cortisol, DHEA-S, and testosterone. Conditions such as a menstrual irregularities, perimenopausal symptoms, PMS, heavy and painful periods, endometriosis, uterine fibroids, tender breasts, fibrocystic breasts and ovarian cysts can all be related to hormone irregularities. Imbalances can contribute to the following hormone-related conditions:

  • Weight gain
  • Low libido
  • Insomnia
  • Fatigue
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Hot flashes
  • Migraines
  • Infertility
  • Bone loss

Male Hormone Panel

This panel measures levels of testosterone, cortisol, DHEA-S and estradiol. Imbalances can lead to the following hormone-related conditions:

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Low libido
  • Memory loss
  • Low mood
  • Irritability
  • Breast enlargement
  • Weight gain
  • Prostate enlargement

Urinary Analysis

A urinary dipstick can be performed, analyzing for possible infection.

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Waterloo, Ontario