Specialty Lab Testing
As traditional lab testing often looks for only the presence of disease or manages existing diseases, Wellness Doctor offers a wide variety of specialty and preventative labs. From testing for nutritional deficiencies in athletes, stool testing for those with IBS, food allergy & sensitivity and/or gluten testing, or a more comprehensive cholesterol and cardiovascular panel- contact our office TODAY! Below is a list of just a few of the lab options we offer.
Nutritional and Micronutrient Testing
As we are all biochemically unique, several factors affect our personal micronutrient needs such as age, lifestyle, intensity of physical training, prescription drug usage, past and present illnessses or injuries, absorption rate, genetics and more. The "normal" amount of each micronutrient varies from each athlete to each individual sport and even in the same athlete depending on the circumstances in his or her life. For athletes, to optimize performance, speed recovery, lessen oxidative stress, and truly achieve that competitive edge- this test is a must!
Testing for a nutritional deficiency or nutritional deficiencies is also recommended for those who are or have gone through any chronic health conditions. We recommend this testing for those with any digestive disorders, autoimmune disorders, or those who have gone through cancer treatments.
For more information on the NutrEval Nutritional Deficiency test we regularly use-
Celiac/Gluten Sensitivity Tests
This is a great test for people who have a family history of any autoimmune disease, even if they're asymptomatic (no symptoms). Blood tests regarding Celiac testing are typically covered by insurance. Since so many autoimmune diseases are triggered by gluten, these tests show patients if a gluten-free diet may help prevent him or her from going down the same path as other family members that may be experiencing disease. Prior to testing, gluten must be in the diet.
MTHFR Genotyping looks for the common genetic defects that are responsible for increasing the risk of cancer, heart disease, and many neurological and mental disorders. Those who carry this genetic mutation produce much less of the MTHFR or “Methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase” enzyme, resulting in a reduced ability to convert (through a process of methylation) folic acid/folate into its bioavailable form (5-methyltetrahydrofolate) which is required by the body to function properly and affects more than 20 different processes. Functions of methylation involve turning genes on and off, processing hormones, building immune cells, DNA and RNA synthesis, energy production, detoxification, and neurological function. Without proper methylation, serious health complications can arise.
Lipoprotein Particle Profiles are the Gold Standard tests for addressing cardiovascular risk factors. Cholesterol testing has historically been used as the standard indicator for cardiovascular disease classified as HDL (good) or LDL (bad). However, it is actually the lipoprotein particles that carry the cholesterol throughout the body, not necessarily the cholesterol within them, that are responsible for key steps in plaque production and the resulting development of cardiovascular disease. Approximately 50 percent of people suffering from heart attacks have shown “normal” cholesterol numbers (NHLBI – The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute). Wellness Doctor offers this leading cardiovascular technology through a simple blood test and integrates dietary intervention for getting your risk factors under control- Naturally.
Food Allergy/Sensitivity Testing
Wellness Doctor offers a variety of panels looking at what foods may be problematic to you. Dr. Kremer is an authority in the field of gluten and food sensitivities and has had much success helping individuals lose weight, eliminate migraines, eczema, acne, chronic fatigue and numerous other ailments through detecting environmental and food triggers.
Lyme Disease Testing
Lyme disease and it’s often overlooked co-infections are on the rise in the U.S. and other parts of the world. Let’s start with some basic information about the fastest growing vector-borne disease in the U.S. and Europe (Lyme Disease) as stated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
• Each year, approximately 30,000 cases of Lyme disease are reported to the CDC.
• Recent estimates suggest the actual number of new Lyme cases in the U.S. alone to be over 300,000 annually.
• Lyme can be effectively cured if caught early and treated with 2-3 weeks of antibiotics.
• The number of confirmed Lyme cases has nearly tripled since the 1990s, and in the northeastern and upper midwestern U.S., Lyme disease has increased by more than 300%. (1)
• The CDC’s chief of epidemiology and surveillance states: “Lyme disease is a tremendous public health problem in the United States, and clearly highlights the urgent need for prevention.”
In a part of the country where I never expected to see a single individual with Lyme disease, it turns out, I've seen many right here in Central Oregon. Most present with a form of chronic or persisent Lyme in which early treatment was missed. Many present with the typical "chronic fatigue", joint and muscle pain, or "fibromyalgia". I also see conditions like POTS or Mast Cell Activation Syndrome in many of these patients. The good news is- We offer the most broad and in-depth testing available in the area of Lyme and it's co-infections.