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Laboratory Procedures

Saliva Testing

Saliva testing is an accurate and cost effective way to assess hormone levels in the body.  Saliva tests hormones in their free or unbound state.  This free state gives us a clearer picture of what is really happening within a patient's endocrine system.  Traditional blood testing typically measures hormones in their inactive or protein bound state giving us very little usable clinical information.

The most common tests:

ASI (Adrenal Stress Index): This test gives us a very functional look at adrenal glands.  The adrenal glands are two kidney bean sized glands that sit on top of each kidney.  The adrenal glands respond to stress and changes in blood sugar.  They are more commonly referred to as our "stress handling gland".  As stress increases the adrenal glands release hormones to increase our heart rate, pump blood to the extremities and get us ready for whatever is causing us to get "stressed".  Also, the adrenal glands release hormones when our blood sugar drops to below normal levels.  This is the body's way of regulating our blood sugar in times of low fuel or food.  At night the adrenals will slowly increase its cortisol release to keep our blood sugar regulated as we sleep.  With this said someone with adrenal fatigue might wake up in the middle of the night and is unable to go back to sleep.  This could be due to a fatigued adrenal system struggling to maintain proper blood sugar levels.

Female Hormone Panel: This test looks at estrogen and progesterone throughout a women entire cycle.

Male Hormone Panel: This test looks at testosterone levels as well as several other hormones relating to the male endocrine system.

Stool Analysis

Gastrointestinal function is at the foundation of health.  Without proper digestive function the body is unable to ward off harmful bacteria, properly digest food and nutrients and eliminates toxins.  Metametrix offers a state of the art stool test that uses DNA analysis for more accurate results.  Metametrix offers the Complete GI Effects profile for the most thorough look at the gut microbiome.  Easy and cost-effective follow-up testing options are also available to help monitor targeted therapy in patients.

The Complete GI Effects Profile looks at:

Microbial – bacteria, fungi/yeast, and parasites

Chemistries – digestive, inflammation, and absorption

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Hair Analysis by Analytical Lab

Hair Analysis is a comprehensive lab hair test that evaluates your overall body chemistry, mineral ratios and heavy metal levels.  This mineral tissue hair analysis evaluates 21 mineral levels and ratio levels in the body.  This comprehensive test gives us insight into adrenal function, blood sugar handling, female or male hormonal imbalances, protein synthesis as well as overall vitality.  The minerals checked are: calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium, phosphorus. The toxic minerals checked for are: lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, aluminum. Additional minerals checked for are: nickel, cobalt, molybdenum, lithium and boron.

This information paired with a comprehensive examination can be very valuable in helping guide Dr. Harris on what aspect of your health needs to be addressed first.  For more information about hair testing and the lab that is used at our office please click here.

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