FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE LAB TESTING
Functional medicine focuses on primary prevention by identifying the underlying causes of chronic disease rather than focusing on symptom prevention. Evaluating organ and systems functions rather than looking for a specific disease is a basic principle of functional medicine. Functional medicine lab tests may examine blood, hair, stool, urine, or saliva to evaluate nutritional status, digestive function, allergies, detoxification ability and more. These results help better inform your wellness program.
CLIA Certified Labs: All Test Kit samples are collected off-site (most are home kits but some require a blood draw at a referred certified lab). The kits are then sent to CLIA certified lab testing facilities directly by the client. Payment for kits & lab work is due at time of ordering the test. A Superbill can be provided, upon request, for submission to an insurance carrier or Flex Spending account.
Ordering the Tests: An initial 1.5 hour Integrative Health Consultation (fee $165) with Noah Samuels, L.Ac., Dipl. OM is required for ordering lab testing. The cost of the lab tests range from $250 to $850 and are in addition to the consultation fees. Noah Samuels is an acupuncturist, clinical herbalist and Nutritional Consultant. He is a licensed health care practitioner under the DC Board of Medicine.
LAB TESTING OFFERRED
MicroNutrient testing is an innovative assessment of a patient's nutritional status. Over 31 vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants are evaluated. It is the gold standard of nutritional assessment tests.
Organix Comprehensive Profile:
This test measures organic acid levels to reveal the nutritional and metabolic basis of patient symptoms, including anxiety, mood changes, and immune responses. Test Kit
Amino Acid Profile:
This test illuminates problems in amino acid absorption by determining essential amino acid imbalances. Amino acids play a major role in nearly every chemical process in the human body and affect both physical and mental function. The status of 20 amino acids are measured.
Essential Fatty Acid Profile:
From a simple finger stick, this test measures key omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and calculates key indicators to establish your optimal balance. Trans fatty acids-the "bad" oils in processed foods-are also measured.
IgG Food Sensitivity Profile:
This test measures levels of IgG antibodies specific to 30 commonly offending foods, identifying foods causing patient reactions. IgG antibodies are associated with non-atopic or "delayed" food reactions that can worsen or contribute to many health conditions.
The Triad Profile integrates three individual tests: Organix Comprehensive Profile, Amino Acid Profile, and IgG Food Sensitivity Profile.
Designs for Health Metabolic Profile w/ Essential Fatty Acids:
This profile combines the Organix and Fatty Acids profiles. This comprehensive profile assesses problems with detoxification, vitamin & mineral insufficiencies, oxidative damage and levels of antioxidants, B-complex deficiency, central nervous system imbalances, yeast and/or bacterial growth in the gut. In addition, it assesses levels the Omega 3 & 6 fatty acids, as well as trans fatty acids.
Adrenal Stress Profile:
This test is a measure of an individual's response to stress. It is an important tool for pointing to adrenal imbalances that may be impacting a patient's health.
This test analyzes the six main neurotransmitters involved in proper mood and cognitive function. This test is essential for mood, sleep and memory disorders.
The HPA Profile combines both the Adrenal Stress & Neurotransmitter Profiles.
Gastrointestinal Function Profile:
This test evaluates gut health. It assesses bacteria, fungus, and parasites. In addition, it tests for markers of inflammation and mal-absorption. This is an essential test for those with IBS, inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's, ulcerative colitis.) and autism spectrum disorders.
The Estronex Profile measures five important estrogen metabolites and their ratios to help assess whether a patient (female or male) is at risk for developing estrogen sensitive cancers. This test measures the levels of "good" estrogen versus "bad" estrogen. Estrogen sensitive cancers include breast, uterine, ovarian, cervical, prostate, and even head and neck cancers.
Nutrient/Toxic Elements Hair Analysis:
Human hair concentrates heavy metals several hundred-fold above concentrations found in blood. This test assesses levels of both nutrient & toxic elements including aluminum, arsenic, lead, mercury, calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, selenium, sodium, and zinc.