Functional Lab Testing
Functional Lab Testing
THE SCIENCE OF “WHY”
Functional lab testing is the cornerstone of functional medicine. This type of testing moves beyond traditional diagnostic testing. Instead of looking for and treating the symptoms of disease, functional lab testing looks at networks of function and causality in your body. In other words, conventional medicine is the WHAT- what disease, what pill. Functional medicine is the WHY- why is this symptom occuring at this time and in this way, and what is at the root. It is through the understanding of why dysfucntion is occuring in your body that allows us to improve the condition you are in and perhaps remove your health problems altogether.
Tringali Vibrant Health offers a wide variety of functional lab testing and is proud to partner with the following lab companies.
FIT (Food Inflammation Test)
The patented FIT (Food Inflammation Test) Test is geared towards the treatment of underlying symptoms and individualized results.
FIT Test employs unique methods that detect both IgG antibody and complement antigen together to determine the reactivity of each sample against a wide variety of food antigens. These methods yield more complete profiles of the various foods that may cause food sensitivities.
FIT Test is the highest quality and most sensitive food sensitivity test available which can measure up to 132 of the most common foods, colorings and additives.
Blood Metals Test
Quicksilver Scientific’s Blood Metals Test screens for a broad range of toxic and nutrient metals to show elevated exposure to toxic metals or imbalances of nutrient metals in whole blood.
This whole blood elemental metals analysis uses state-of-the-art inductively coupled plasma/mass spectroscopy. The test measures levels for 15 metals, including beneficial nutrient metals and potentially toxic metals. Find out if your levels of the “bad guys” are within acceptable parameters and whether or not your levels need to be supplemented with the “good guys.”
NutrEval® with Genomics
Unlike any other nutritional assessments, NutrEval FMV® provides a framework of core nutrients in 5 key areas: Antioxidants, B Vitamins, Digestive Support, Essential Fatty Acids, and Minerals. In this test, the Amino Acids are measured in a convenient first-morning urine collection.
GI Effects® Comprehensive Profile
The GI Effects® Comprehensive Stool Profile is an advanced stool test that provides immediate, actionable clinical information for the management of gut health using the most innovative technologies available.
Bacterial Overgrowth of the Small Intestine (BOSI / SIBO)
This simple, non–invasive, gastrointestinal test detects bacterial overgrowth in the small intestine, often referred to as BOSI or SIBO. Small intestine bacterial overgrowth (SIBO) is a common gastrointestinal disorder that often underlies chronic gastrointestinal symptoms of maldigestion and malabsorption, including bloating, gas, diarrhea, irregularity, and abdominal pain.
Micronutrient testing measures how micronutrients are actually functioning within your white blood cells. These tests allow your nutritional assessment for a broad variety of clinical conditions, general wellness and the prevention of chronic diseases including arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular risk, diabetes, various immunological disorders and metabolic disorders.
Hormone & Thyroid Testing
SpectraCell Laboratories offers comprehensive male and female hormone panels that reveal the overall state of hormonal balance in a patient. Like nutrients, hormones influence all aspects of health and disease – mood, sleep, metabolism, immunity, heart health and appearance. An imbalance of one hormone can initiate cascade of events that alters other hormones, so a comprehensive look at hormone status is key.
Thyroid hormones directly regulate every cell in our body as most basic functions like metabolism, emotions and thinking. We also test several proteins that affect thyroid function as well as antibodies to thyroid which can detect autoimmunity (when the immune system attacks healthy tissue) and your levels of cortisol, the stress hormone.
Your cellular metabolism and your cardiovascular system (heart and blood vessels) are very intricately linked. For various reasons – not just age – our metabolism changes. Our personal chemistry controls these changes and they can be measured in SpectraCell’s CardioMetabolic panel, which covers the three main areas of keeping a healthy metabolic profile your whole life: Glycemic Control, Lipid Profile, and Vascular Inflammation.
Clinical microbiology plays a crucial role in individual and community health. Because most microbes living on or within the body are beneficial, distinguishing those that are disease-producing is a critical function of a clinical microbiology laboratory.
Doctor’s Data bridges traditional clinical microbiology with complementary medicine, providing world-class diagnostic microbiology testing that helps you assess digestive and absorptive functions, detect pathogens or parasites and identify specific bacteria and yeast. Through specimens collected from a variety of body sites and the use of advanced assays and technology, Doctor’s Data determines what microorganisms are present and which may be causing infection. Our painstaking approach can help you select the most appropriate antimicrobial therapy and the comprehensive nature of our testing represents real value for your patients and practice.
Toxic and Essential Elements
Elements are the basic building blocks of all chemical compounds, and human exposure to them occurs both from natural and anthropogenic sources. Many elements are considered nutrients and are essential for the proper functioning of the body. These are generally divided between macrominerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc, and trace minerals including selenium, iodine, boron and molybdenum.
Conversely, there are a number of elements that are toxic to the human body, interfere with its functioning and undermine health—such as mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. These toxic metals have no known physiological functions. They can be toxic to organ systems and may disrupt the balance of essential nutrients. Toxic metals and essential element status can be assessed in urine, blood, feces and hair.
Doctor’s Data has always employed the best-available techniques as a specialist and pioneer in essential and toxic elemental testing. In fact, we were one of the first clinical reference laboratories in the world to employ ICP-MS and high-resolution ICP-MS for elemental analysis.
Proper nutritional intake is essential to overall health and provides the raw materials the body needs to function in the form of carbohydrates, proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Carbohydrates are broken down into sugars and used as energy. Protein is broken down into individual amino acids and used to build and repair muscles, the immune and nervous systems, hormones and organs. The body requires fats which function within the membranes that surround all the body’s cells and are needed to signal hormones. Vitamins and minerals typically function as co-enzymes and have protective anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects.
The typical Western diet contains too many carbohydrates and saturated fats, and is often low in nutrients such as vitamins and minerals. Poor dietary choices can cause nutritional deficiencies and imbalances which may require dietary changes or nutritional supplementation.
Doctor’s Data offers a wide range of tests used to assess nutritional status and to monitor patient response to nutritional interventions.
Environmental Exposure and Detoxification
Environmental chemical exposure has never been more pervasive with thousands of chemicals in use around the world. Many chemicals are integrated into our food supply, the air we breathe and the water we drink. Every day, we ingest small amounts of many chemicals and our bodies cannot metabolize and clear all of them. Chemicals not metabolized are stored in the fat cells throughout our bodies, where they continue to accumulate. As these chemicals build up they alter our metabolism, cause enzyme dysfunction and nutritional deficiencies, create hormonal imbalances, damage brain chemistry and can cause cancer. Because the chemicals accumulate in different parts of the body—at different rates and in different combinations—there are many different chronic illnesses that can result.
Doctor’s Data offers a spectrum of tests designed to evaluate the exposure to environmental toxins, and assess the body’s capacity for endogenous detoxification. Especially important for the latter category is the Plasma Methylation Profile.
Doctor’s Data measures oxidized LDL cholesterol—found to be higher in CVD patients and correlated with the severity of CVD—as well as up to 16 other primary and secondary risk factors. This adds up to an unparalleled breadth of actionable information at a tremendous value.
Blood spot testing is very easy to collect, utilizes a simple finger prick collection system that can be conveniently performed at home by the patient, and does not require a venous blood draw or phlebotomist. Blood spot stability and integrity is maintained through desiccation, and samples can be mailed from anywhere in the world in a prepaid return envelope that does not require an express courier. The experienced staff at Doctor’s Data has validated many different tests using this collection method, and correlation data between blood spot and serum/blood samples is available for each assay.
Allergy and Immunology
Celiac disease is caused by an immune reaction to gluten, a protein complex found in wheat, barley and rye. This reaction produces inflammation that damages the small intestine lining and causes increased mucosal permeability. Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity can cause symptoms similar to celiac disease, but usually without the same level of intestinal damage. An IgE wheat allergy can trigger a reaction with a range of symptoms from mild to severe and can be potentially fatal. The Celiac and Gluten Sensitivity profile can help identify and differentiate between celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy.
Analysis of blood or urine hormones, neuro-biogenic amines and peptides that may affect health, metabolism, mood or behavior.
Elizabeth Tringali, PA-C
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