Food Allergy and Food Sensitivity Tests in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton
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Food Allergy and Food Sensitivity Tests
in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton

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Food Allergy and Food Sensitivity Tests<br /> in Toronto, Mississauga and Brampton
Should You have a Food Allergy or Sensitivity Test?

Food allergy testing may be helpful if you experience any of the following symptoms: irritable bowel syndrome, headaches, high blood pressure, asthma, recurrent lung infections, skin conditions, joint pain, anxiety and depression, runny nose or watery eyes, etc. The necessity for the test would be determined by a licensed naturopath at the initial assessment.

About IgG Testing for Food Sensitivity

Procedure: The IgG blood spot measures levels of IgG antibodies to 96 different foods. Antibodies are highly specialized protein molecules that bind to specific antigens. All foods have antigen molecules on them, and sometimes these food antigens can trigger the production of antibodies. The exact reason why food antigens trigger the release of IgG antibodies is not known. Antibody levels are measured via an ELISA (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay) method. For an ELISA test, food antigens must first be chemically bonded to the surface of a tray containing multiple wells. Each of these wells is coated with the food antigens of one specific food. Up to 96 foods can be tested on a single tray for any given patient. Measured amounts of the patient’s blood are placed in each well and then the entire tray is treated with a series of chemical solutions. Eventually a colour develops in each well, and the intensity of the color is measured by a spectrophotometer. The degree of colour change reflects the amount of antibody in the blood specific to the food present in that well. The colour for each food is compared to known standards to determine how much of a reaction has taken place.

Accuracy: There is no accepted standard for determining accuracy of an IgG food sensitivity test, although interlaboratory comparisons are completed twice yearly. In general, multiple analyses of the same sample/same patient are the best means for ascertaining reliability of a test. A study published in Natural Medicine Journal compared the IgG food sensitivity blood strip test offered exclusively through Rocky Mountain Analytical to a cell size variability method. Results showed that on repeat testing, 99% of the IgG foods tested were within one reactivity level of one another (82% were in the same level). For the cell size variability method, repeat testing found that only 14% of foods were within one reactivity level of one another (only 2% within the same level).

Saliva Hormone Test

Saliva Hormone Test
Should You have a Saliva Hormone Test?

Female or male hormone panel testing is designed to assist with the following conditions: bone loss, erectile dysfunction, memory loss, apathy, depression, breast enlargement in males, weight gain, hormone imbalance, etc. The necessity for the test would be determined by a licensed naturopath at the initial assessment.

What are the benefits of saliva hormone testing?

Numerous studies support the use of salivary hormone analysis to map out menstrual cycle hormone profiles. A study by Gandara measured estradiol and progesterone in serum and saliva and rated menstrual cycles as normal or abnormal according to the results. There was good agreement between serum and saliva, with both sample types finding normal or near normal cycles in 78% of women studied. The author concluded that “whole saliva samples … provide a noninvasive, feasible method of determining menstrual cycle profiles.” Saliva hormone testing is also useful for identifying endogenous hormone excesses or deficiencies. For example: discovering a woman has insufficient progesterone to balance high estradiol levels or; that high cortisol levels are interfering with the action of progesterone and testosterone. Once a hormone imbalance has been identified, nutritional or bio-identical hormone therapy can be instituted.

When hormones are being supplemented, saliva testing can also be used to approximate whether hormone levels are too high or too low; although dosage adjustments should be made on the basis of symptoms rather than saliva hormone levels. In other words, if hormone levels are above range and there are symptoms consistent with hormone excess, a dosage reduction is likely indicated. In all cases, the practitioner must make his or her best estimation as to the dosage adjustment needed, and carefully monitor patient symptoms to ensure that adjustments are reasonable.

Saliva collection is painless and more convenient, particularly when multiple samples are required.

Urine Elemental Analysis Test

Urine Test
Should You have a Urine Elemental Analysis Test?

Urine element analysis is traditionally used to assess exposure to toxic elements like lead, mercury or arsenic, but can also be used to measure essential elements. Measurement of toxic and essential elements in hair, urine and blood has been used clinically for decades. The necessity for the test would be determined by a licensed naturopath at the initial assessment.

Essential Elements

Essential elements are involved in virtually all metabolic and biochemical processes, and urine levels are generally reflective of recent intake. Consequently, urine testing for essential elements may be used to assess current nutritional status. For example, urine boron levels reflect intake of boron orally and via inhalation. Urine element levels may also correlate with patient symptoms: i.e. urine selenium correlates fairly well with hypothyroid symptoms. Low or very low levels of various essential elements in urine may indicate poor absorption or assimilation of nutrients. The presence of toxic elements may also interfere with normal excretion of essential elements.

Toxic Elements

Acute significant exposure to toxic elements is rare and may even constitute a medical emergency, whereas chronic low-level exposure often goes undetected. Toxic elements appear in urine immediately after exposure, which makes urine element testing useful for assessing recent exposure. Although urine is the primary route of elimination, toxic elements can also be incorporated into hair, bone or other tissues when exposure is excessive or continual. The sequestration of toxic elements in body tissue stores may contribute to symptom development. For example, mercury and lead accumulation can cause higher rates of Parkinsonism, cognitive decline, depression, nausea, fatigue, developmental delays, neurological and movement disorders. Cadmium toxicity is associated with increased risk for osteoporosis, kidney damage and cancer. In fact, many symptoms of chronic heavy metal toxicity are similar to those of neurological, kidney and digestive disorders; making it nearly impossible to identify the root cause without testing. Our Essential & Toxic Elements Reference Guide for Practitioners gives more detailed information on the effects and sources of various toxic and essential elements. Hair element analysis is useful for assessing chronic exposure, because toxic elements can be sequestered and stored in hair tissue. Oral or intravenous chelation is often used to mobilize toxic elements from storage sites in tissue.

Elemental Analysis of Hair

Elemental Analysis of Hair

The quantitative measurement of elements in biological samples such as blood, urine, and hair has been used clinically for decades. Historically, elemental analysis has been used primarily to determine whether a person has had excessive exposure to toxic elements such as lead, mercury or arsenic: the heavy metals that are known to cause serious health problems. Toxic elements concentrate in soft tissue rather than blood or urine, so hair analysis is uniquely suited for measuring toxic elements. Elemental analysis also provides information on the absorption and assimilation of nutritionally important elements (e.g. iron, copper), making it useful for assessing nutrient deficiencies and imbalances as well.

PRIVATE LAB TESTING PRICE LIST

  • Initial Consultation $150 +tax
TEST Kit + Test + Lab Fees:
FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST
  • Basic Food Sensitivity (96 foods) $375+tax
  • Advanced Food Sensitivity (96 foods+ candida) $450+tax
  • Vegetarian Food Sensitivity (95 foods) $425+tax
  • Herbs + Spices Sensitivity (48 herbs) $450+tax
  • Candida Food Sensitivity $300+tax
ADVANCED FOOD SENSITIVITY TEST
  • Basic Food + Herbs/Spices Sensitivity $750+tax
  • Vegetarian + Herbs/Spices Sensitivity $800+tax
  • 6 Custom Allergens $250+tax
HORMONE TESTS
  • Estrogen Metabolism Ratio $395+tax
  • Urinary Thyroid Test (T3, T4) $295+tax
  • Month Long Assessment $395+tax
  • Female Panel $295+tax
  • Female Panel + Cortisol $495+tax
  • Male Panel $295+tax
  • Male Panel + Cortisol $495+tax
  • Specialty Hormones (per each) $75+tax
  • Cortisol $295+tax
NUTRITIONAL TEST
  • Hair Element Analysis $200+tax
  • Urine Element (17 toxic elements) $179+tax
  • Advanced Urine Element (39 elements) $199+tax
  • Environmental Pollutants $275+tax
  • Result Explaining Consultation $100+ tax

Between step 1 and 2: 1 week interval
For Test results to be ready: 3 weeks
All Supplements are EXTRA
All services performed by ND, charges covered under Naturopathic Treatment.

 

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