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We Offer the Latest Laboratory Testing and Blood Testing

Hormone Testing

The right balance of hormones is essential for good health.

Hormone testing is helpful for finding out if hormone levels are optimal for health. 

Saliva Hormones

Hormones have been measured in saliva for over thirty years, and research continues to accumulate attesting to its reliability and clinical relevance.   Despite a wealth of supporting evidence, many are still critical of saliva hormone testing. Saliva hormone testing is very useful for finding underlying hormone excesses and deficiencies, but needs to be interpreted with care when hormones are being supplemented.

Urine Steroid Hormones

Urine steroid hormone analysis, like saliva hormone analysis, is non-invasive and convenient to do at home.   Producing a saliva sample is generally easy for most people, but conditions like dry mouth and some autoimmune diseases can make saliva collection difficult.  Urine steroid hormone analysis differs from saliva hormone testing in that it measures conjugated hormones.  Conjugated hormones are hormones that the body modifies by adding a chemical - usually glucuronide or sulphate molecules -  to facilitate their elimination (i.e. in urine or stool).  The amount of hormone in urine essentially tells us what the body is getting rid of, not necessarily what is available for use.

Hair Cortisol

Hair collection is noninvasive and convenient to do at home.  Hair cortisol is a good option for anyone who has difficulty collecting saliva and/or finds a 24-hour urine collection inconvenient.  

 

Food Reactions

The immune system produces antibodies to certain foods, but when it does, a noticeable food reaction may result. 

IgG Food Sensitivity

Food sensitivities are delayed reactions to specific foods that are triggered by IgG antibodies.

In an IgG reaction, the IgG antibodies attach themselves to the food antigen and create an antibody-antigen complex. These complexes are normally removed by special cells called macrophages.  However, if they are present in large numbers and the reactive food is still being consumed, the macrophages can’t remove them quickly enough.  The food antigen-antibody complexes accumulate and are deposited in body tissues. Once in tissue, these complexes release inflammation causing chemicals, which may play a role in numerous diseases and conditions.

IgE Food Allergy

Food allergies are triggered by IgE antibody reactions to a specific food.

A true food allergy is triggered by IgE antibody production specific to a reactive food. IgE reactions generally occur within minutes of eating a reactive food, which is why they are also called ‘immediate’ hypersensitivity reactions. After the first exposure to a food allergen, the body remembers what the allergen looks like and keeps a supply of IgE ready for immediate release if it sees that allergen again.  Food allergies can be life-threatening  (for example, an anaphylactic reaction to peanuts), but these reactions are rare, occurring in less than 1% of people.  Skin reactions like hives and eczema, plus breathing and digestive problems are also common IgE reactions.

Symptoms like:

  • abdominal pain
  • diarrhea
  • eczema
  • heartburn
  • nausea
  • vomiting 

IgA Food Reactions

IgA is the immunoglobulin found in mucous membranes.

Of the five major antibodies circulating in the bloodstream, IgA is produced in the greatest quantity in a day.  IgA antibodies are the first line of defence against suspected disease causing agents like viruses and bacteria.  IgA antibodies to specific foods may form when the lining of the intestinal tract, the mucous membrane, becomes inflamed or damaged due to stress, alcohol, medications or other inflammation-causing conditions. 

 

Celiac Profile

Gluten sensitivity and celiac disease are reactions to proteins found in wheat gluten.

What it Measures

The Celiac Profile measures several antibodies: IgG and IgA to gliadin, a protein found in wheat gluten - which, when elevated indicate gluten sensitivity or possibly celiac disease.  IgA antibodies to tissue transglutaminase are also measured, and when elevated strongly suggest celiac disease.  

Urine Element Analysis

Both toxic and essential elements affect health.

Urine element analysis is a simple and inexpensive way to measure levels of essential and toxic elements. The presence of toxic elements has been linked to:

  • neurological problems
  • memory impairment
  • learning difficulties
  • gastrointestinal problems and more...

 

 

And More Tests are available...

 

 

To book an appointment call 587-360-1100
He is your Airdrie Naturopath and serving the surrounding, Olds, Didsbury, Drumheller, Cochrane, Calgary area.

Dr. Kin Leung, B.Sc., N.D., CCT, CPCC, FABNO
Naturopathic Fundamentals Wellness Clinic
Unit 6104, 403 MacKenzie Way SW
Airdrie, AB
T4E 3V7
Canada

(587) 360-1100

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