At Southeastern Integrative Health and Wellness we use high quality, specialized lab testing as part of our personal care given to patients. Lab testing can be used as a screening tool to detect early disease, help discover the root cause of an illness, monitor treatment results, and improve the effectiveness of treatment. Some of the common lab work we order includes:
General Wellness Panel – This comprehensive panel gives insight into how your body is functioning – From your thyroid, to your liver and kidney, to heart and circulatory system. This panel includes:
- Complete Blood Count (CBC)
- Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
- Lipid Panel (includes HDL, LDL, and triglyceride levels
- Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
- Vitamin D
Complete Thyroid Panel – Thyroid hormone has a large effect on all the systems of the body. It is the primary metabolic hormone in the human body. Dysfunction can cause everything from weight gain, to depression and anxiety, fatigue, and more. The Complete Thyroid Panel tests not just for levels of thyroid hormone, but for markers of autoimmune disease that can affect thyroid hormone levels. (Test includes TSH, T3, T4, and TPO)
Individual Nutrient Testing
Vitamin D – Studies continue to show the import role Vitamin D plays in from everything from mood to bone health. Making sure there are adequate levels is the first step toward the treatment of many conditions from depression to autoimmune disease.
Ferritin – Ferritin is an important marker of how much Iron is stored in your body. The common test for anemia is a CBC, but testing for Ferritin is better test for iron deficiency.
RBC Magnesium – The majority of American’s don’t have an adequate intake of magnesium. Magnesium plays a large role in enzyme systems throughout the body. Low levels can affect everything from mood to cardiovascular health. Unfortunately magnesium levels are hard to test for, but RBC Magnesium can be useful in some patients.
Methyl Malonic Aid (MMA) – It’s hard to directly test for vitamin B12 levels, a nutrient important for proper methylation, but testing for MMA gives a good picture of B12 levels indirectly. If vitamin B12 levels are low then MMA isn’t properly broken down and it builds up in the body which can be detected via a blood test.
Food Allergy Testing
IgG/IgE/IgA – The most extreme example of food allergy is the anaphylactic reaction to peanuts that some people experience. This is an example of a severe IgE food allergy. The onset of IgE allergies is almost immediate and happens right after the exposure to the allergen which can be a food (shellfish and peanuts are common examples), a bee sting, or any other protein the body has been sensitized to. This is in contrast to IgG and IgA food allergies which can take hours or even days to start. The symptoms of IgG and IgA allergies while less severe are harder to detect. They can simply be feeling s of fatigue or digestive disturbances. Food allergy testing can help give clues to food that you may be reacting to and help guide an elimination diet.
Hemoglobin A1C – The best test to monitor treatment of diabetics. As blood sugars become better controlled this number will go down.
Testosterone – Adequate testosterone levels in men are important for mood, energy, sleep, and more. A test of free and total testosterone will give a picture if levels are too low or high and guide treatment accordingly.
Genetic testing for methylation defects, stool testing for parasites, heavy metal testing and more..
Some of the Common Conditions We’ve Helped
- ADD/ADHD (Adolescent and Adult)
- Alzheimer’s Disease (early and middle stages)
- Autoimmune Disease (Crohn’s/UC, Lupus, MS)
- Back Pain
- Cancer Treatment Side Effects
- Digestive Problems
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Menstrual Problems
- Thyroid and Other Endocrine Disorders
- Sleep Problems
- Sexual Dysfunction
- Weight Loss