New England Naturopathic Health utilizes both conventional and integrative Diagnostic laboratories in order to fully assess and understand the underlying causes of seemingly-mysterious health issues. As accurate Diagnostics are so integral to the NENH approach, testing is ordered in the first patient consultation, prior to the initiation of treatment.
The lab is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 8:00AM-4:00PM to patients among other facilities who have a lab requisition from their doctor. The lab is closed on Wednesdays.
Common labs drawn in the first visit include:
- Complete Blood Count with differential
- Comprehensive Metabolic panel
- Lipids, Cardio-reactive Protein, Hemoglobin A1c, Ferritin, Homocysteine and other markers of inflammation
- Total Vitamin D
- Comprehensive Thyroid Panel including: TSH, Free levels of T3 and T4, Reverse T3 and thyroid antibodies
- Hormone testing, including testosterone for men and estrogens, progesterone and testosterone for women
- Immune system assessment of total antibody output, if indicated
- Infectious Disease Panel (as indicated from patient history and symptoms):
- Western Blot and Lyme Disease co-infections
- Viral Infection Panel
- Anti-nuclear Antibodies, to assess for auto-immune disease caused by infection
Salivary Cortisol Levels, through Diagnostechs
Testing the function of the adrenal glands is central to understanding any case where fatigue, inflammation, prolonged stress, and/or insufficient thyroid function are part of the patient picture. Adrenal function can be assessed through a 4-point saliva collection which looks at cortisol output throughout the day. Depending on the results, our doctors work to improve your adrenal function as part of your overall holistic health plan:
Gut Microbiome Assessment, through Diagnostechs and Diagnostic Solutions Lab
Dysbiosis, or an imbalanced population of intestinal flora, is the root cause of many digestive issues, allergenic and auto-immune pathologies. A stool culture can diagnose or detect the following:
- Overgrowth of yeast, bacteria, or parasites
- Insufficient beneficial flora
- Digestive enzyme levels
- An under- or over-active intestinal immune system
- Undigested nutrients in the stool
- Inflammatory markers
- Presence of occult (hidden) blood
SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterail Overgrowth) Breath Test, through Neurovanna
Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, or SIBO, is the most common cause of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This condition is diagnosed though a breath test that is looking for hydrogen and/or methane gas production. If positive, this indicates the presence of SIBO pathology.
Food Allergy Testing, through US Biotek
NENH utilizes nutrition as a first-line treatment for reducing symptoms of inflammation. If you are not aware of which foods contribute to your symptoms, a food allergy panel to determine which foods irritate your immune system can be a good idea. The US Biotek food allergy panel checks for IgG antibodies to 96 common food allergens through a blood draw or a finger-stick. Foods that are determined to have an antibody reaction must be avoided in the short-term in order to immediately decrease inflammation and de-sensitize the immune system to them. The US Biotek food allergy panel is also an excellent assessment for “leaky gut” syndrome and to determine the extent of treatment that will be necessary for the GI tract to function normally.
Other Functional Testing companies used by NENH include:
IGenex: comprehensive Lyme and co-infection testing through blood work
Microbiology Dx: testing of chronic bacterial and fungal sinus infections and the “biofilms” that protect the infections; samples are obtained through a swab culture of the sinuses
Great Plains Laboratory: heavy metal testing through provocated 12-hour urine collection and OATS urinary analysis of neurotransmitter metabolites for mood disorders