Functional Laboratory Testing
Functional laboratory testing and evaluation is a critical component in gaining a more comprehensive understanding of how your body is functioning. Having the ability to test for instead of just guess what biochemical, nutrient, microbial, hormonal etc imbalances are present is invaluable in generating the most targeted, individualized, effective therapeutic strategy. Knowledge is power, and having the knowledge of why a particular disease state is present might be the most important factor in achieving optimal wellness. When we understand the “why”, we can employ a variety of approaches at correcting the underlying imbalances. Additionally, baseline testing allows us to monitor progress, and change treatment parameters as needed.
We utilize both conventional and “functional” laboratory testing to provide the most comprehensive assessment of your health. Even when conventional blood testing is ordered, we interpret the results from a functional perspective. We utilize advanced blood chemistry software to provide functional reports based on your conventional lab test results. In addition to standard blood testing, functional laboratory testing through specialty labs may be recommended to provide further understanding of why dysfunction is occurring, and elucidate effective strategies to restore balance and improve symptoms and disease. Functional laboratory testing may include blood, stool, urine, saliva or hair samples to provide information about a variety of systems including metabolic, nutritional, endocrine, gastrointestinal, hormonal, immune, genetic, detoxification, and others.
With so many testing options available and it is possible to not only identify what disease is present, but to obtain reliable and reproducible information to explain “why” and “what” led to the present state of dis-ease. Understanding what factors contribute to a given condition allow for individualized and targeted treatment recommendations, including education on how to prevent recurrence and exacerbations in the future.