San Antonio Biomedical Testing
Some of our practitioners may choose to recommend testing to help understand your physical issues better. Your practitioner may suggest tests other than those listed here, but generally these are the tests that we have found most useful in identifying problems, and most helpful in determining what course of action will restore health.
Depending on their discipline, some of our licensed practitioners at the Center are able to order the full range of traditional medical testing for you, including: kidney function, liver function, glucose, prostate specific antigen (PSA) for prostate cancer screening, electrolytes, blood counts, sleep studies, X-rays, EKG, and Pap smears (Go to Labonline.com for an explanation of these studies)
Biomedical Testing / Functional Testing
The blossoming field of complementary and alternative medicine offers laboratory studies that provide information about what therapies may be needed (nutrients, bio-identical hormones, therapeutic diets, etc.) to help people reach optimal health. We offer a wide variety of these tests at the Center including testing for Nutrient Deficiencies, Digestion and Gastrointestinal Issues, Allergy, Immune Disorders, Detoxification, Adrenal Gland Stress, Thyroid Gland Problems, Male and Female Hormone Levels, Anti-Aging Testing, Bone Health, Neurotransmitter Levels, Cardiac Health, Sleep, Metabolic issues, and Nutragenomics.
Each of us is a unique biological individual and we may have unmet nutrient needs at different times of our life. It is possible to get a window into the specifics of your body nutritional status using hair, blood and urine. Nutritional testing looks for levels of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and essential fatty acids in the body.
Digestion and Gastrointestinal Issues
The gut is the core interface between the world and our body. Inflammatory conditions, how well we break down our food, and the presence of unhealthy organisms in the gut all pay a role in our health. Certain conditions may break down the intestinal lining making it leaky to materials that promote allergy. Stool, urine, and blood antibodies can all give information to help guide us in improving digestion.
Male and Female Hormones
Balances of the sex hormones may impact everything from mood, and physical function for people at all stages of life. We utilize testing by multiple methods, including blood and saliva levels, which may be measured at one point in time, or over a period of time to evaluate the full hormone cycle. Hormones that may be tested include estrogens (estradiol, estrone, estriol), progesterone, testosterone, di-hydro testosterone, pregnenalone and DHEA.
In addition to traditional methods, urine testing is helpful in monitoring bone loss.
Traditional food allergy testing may look for the immunoglobulin responsible for immediate allergy reactions, but in our experience it is helpful to look at other types of immune reactions against food to gain the best understanding of what foods may be causing problems. Blood testing is useful for recording these immune reactions.
Immune strength is an important aspect of our health. When appropriate we look at levels of antibodies and immune fighting cells to give us understanding of your capacity for mounting a healthy immune response. Testing of the blood can provide information on whether there is an overreaction or depletion of immune response.
The body needs to be able to rid itself of both the byproducts of metabolism, and of toxins from outside sources. Through blood and urine testing we can look at the functioning of the key organ of detoxification, the liver, and determine what is needed to support this important process.
Adrenal glands are involved in multiple areas of functioning for the body – stress response, salt and water metabolism, immune strength, healing, and many others. Fatigue is often the first indication that the adrenals are not functioning as well as they should. Testing is generally through saliva and blood.
The thyroid is the central gland of metabolism . For a thorough evaluation of thyroid function it’s important to do not only the TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) levels, but also the free T3 and T4, and at times reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies. Complete panels done through blood testing provide information on the function of the thyroid gland to determine treatment and monitor progress.
With our growing understanding of the aging process and the ability to monitor human function, it is possible to balance and support processes that lead to unhealthy aging. Evaluation of growth hormone, adrenal function, anti-oxidant levels, and sleep can be accomplished through blood and saliva.
The complex relations of the endocrine, neural and immune systems as they relate to mood, sleep, attention, and weight gain are understood through testing of the neuropeptides in urine and saliva.
In addition to commonly used risk indicators, it is possible to test other aspects of blood chemistry that look at risk for heart disease. This provides opportunities to target the deeper underlying contributors to heart disease, and provides guidance for therapy.
Sleep is of vital importance as an opportunity for repair and regeneration and when sleep is poor it may impact weight and overall physical and mental function. At home sleep monitoring is available, as is testing of sleep hormones and neuropeptides through saliva and urine.
Understanding metabolic disorders may range from understanding the impact of poor blood sugar handling on body composition or blood components, to testing for metabolic intermediates that build up in the body when nutrient deficiencies limit the normal metabolic pathways. Metabolic issues may be tested by several methodologies ranging from bioimpedance analysis to testing of blood or urine.
Understanding how a person’s individual genetic make-up may give them a tendency to poor metabolism will be an upcoming area for the future.