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 and often precedes initiation of treatment.
The NENH phlebotomy lab is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday by appointment only. The lab is closed on Wednesdays. NENH is also able to send a lab requisition to the local lab of your choice. Most private insurances and group plans will cover conventional testing ordered by Naturopathic Doctors, but it is the patient’s responsibility to ensure coverage and understand applicable deductibles prior to completing any Diagnostics.
Currently, we have two options for conventional labs, including Maine General Laboratory for those wishing to use their health insurance and New Century Labs [link] for those wishing to pay out-of-pocket for labs.
Due to the complex nature of many chronic medical conditions, many patients find that their common conventional laboratory values will be “normal” when in actuality the right testing has not been run. This is a common and very frustrating experience for many patients who are outside of the “bell curve”. Often it is necessary to “think outside of the box” to make an appropriate diagnosis. The following are labs used by NENH that are unlikely to be used by your conventional provider.
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.
Microbiome Assessment, Diagnostic Solutions GI Map
Dysbiosis, or an imbalanced population of intestinal flora, is the root cause of many digestive issues, allergenic and auto-immune pathologies. A high-quality stool culture/PCR analysis 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
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 crucial. The US Biotek food allergy panel checks for 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:
Medical Diagnostic Labs: 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: mycotoxin and heavy metal testing through provocated 12-hour urine collection