Naturopathic medicine is covered by most extended health insurance plans.
T H E R A P I E S
Clinical Nutrition examines the relationship between
diet and health. Special diets may be recommended. Treatment may
include nutritional supplements such as vitamins, minerals, enzymes and functional foods.
The use of Botanical/Herbal Medicine for healing
dates back to the beginnings of civilization and is the foundation of
modern pharmacology. Plant substances from around the world may be used
for their healing effects and nutritional value.
Based on the principle of "like cures like",
Homeopathic Medicine uses minute amounts of natural substances to
stimulate the self-healing abilities of the body.
A variety of hands-on techniques for the spine,
joints and soft tissues, physical medicine also includes hydrotherapy
and the therapeutic use of light, heat and cold, massage and
Asian Medicine & Acupuncture
Based on balancing the flow of Chi (energy) through
the meridian pathways, Asian Medicine includes the use of acupuncture
Physical, emotional, nutritional and environmental
factors affect health. Lifestyle Counseling helps patients make
informed choices to reach and maintain their optimal health.
S E R V I C E S / T E S T I N G
_Confirming a diagnosis often requires laboratory testing. These advanced diagnostic assessments can assist in revealing the functional status of one’s health.
SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) Breath Test
SIBO stands for Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth. Normally the small intestine is a sterile environment, with cleansing waves of intestinal muscular contraction flushing bacteria through the ileo-cecal valve and into the large intestine (colon). Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth occurs when bacteria overgrows in areas of the small intestine where it should not be present, which can lead to many different symptoms and associated conditions. SIBO is confirmed through the Lactulose Breath Test which measures hydrogen and methane gases in the breath that are produced by bacteria in the small intestine. This test is also used to monitor the success of each round of SIBO treatment. I use Sage Clinic in Vancouver BC to do my SIBO breath tests. Sage Clinic is now one of the only private clinics in Canada to have it’s own Quintron Breathtracker machine to perform the Lactulose Breath Test on-site.
The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis 2.0™ (CDSA 2.0) is a gastrointestinal stool test which offers a comprehensive look at the overall health of the gastrointestinal (GI) tract. It helps identify inflammatory conditions such as IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease), food allergies, NSAID enteropathy, and post-infectious Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS). The CDSA 2.0 stool analysis provides information using advanced biomarkers that evaluate digestion, absorption, pancreatic function, and inflammation, in addition to bacterial balance, yeast, and parasite infection.
Digestive Complaints are Among the Most Common Reasons that Individuals Seek Medical Care Evidence suggests that both local and systemic health issues may begin as imbalances in GI function. This diagnostic gastrointestinal stool analysis provides immediate, actionable clinical information for the estimated 50% of all patients seen by primary care practitioners who have GI complaints including IBS.
GI Effects® Stool Profile
The GI Effects Comprehensive Stool Profile is the stool test of choice for optimizing clinical value in managing gut health and has been enhanced to now offer:
Further insight into gut flora by identifying 24 Commensal Bacteria targets using PCR technology
Identification of parasites using O&P technology
Biomarkers indicating levels of digestive and absorptive functions, as well as potential issues with gut inflammation and immunology
Why use targeted stool testing?
Gastrointestinal function is critical for good health. The intestinal tract contains significant amounts of bacteria which, when imbalanced, scientific literature has associated with a wide variety of common illnesses including, but not limited to:
Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD)
Additionally, balancing gut microbiota is key for improving core gastrointestinal functions, such as digestion and absorption of nutrients, as well as metabolic functions. Poor digestion and malabsorption may impact immune function, optimum nutritional status, and mood.
ORGANIC ACIDS TESTING
Metabolic Analysis Profile (Organic Acids)
The Metabolic Analysis Profile is a nutritional test that assesses urine metabolites in order to evaluate four critical areas of metabolism: gastrointestinal function, cellular and mitochondrial energy production, neurotransmitter processing, and amino acid/organic acid balance as influenced by vitamin/mineral cofactors. Results can be used to address chronic systemic complaints ranging from chronic fatigue and mood disorders to headache, muscular/joint pain, and digestive problems.
The Metabolic Analysis Profile is a nutritional test using an urinary assessment of 46 key organic acids grouped according to their primary roles in the following four central areas of metabolism. Gastrointestinal Function — This profile measures eight markers that can reveal malabsorption and dysbiosis. These imbalances can be addressed to improve gut health and to help prevent or alleviate: chronic digestive problems, common causes of nutritional deficiency, yeast overgrowth, cognitive impairment, gastrointestinal distress, and degenerative conditions.
Energy Production —This profile assesses metabolites that serve as important intermediates in the citric acid (Krebs) cycle. This cycle supplies the body with its primary energy needs, converting 90% of food energy into cellular energy. This subpanel also includes:
Carbohydrate metabolites that can signal impaired glucose metabolism
Markers that help evaluate the breakdown of fats and production of cholesterol
A marker measuring the production of coenzyme Q10
Imbalances of cellular energy metabolites are linked with chronic fatigue, accelerated cell breakdown, and unhealthy aging.
Neurotransmitter Metabolites - A special grouping of neurotransmitter metabolites serve as important diagnostic indicators of abnormal metabolism that can underline many key aspects of neuropsychiatric function. These markers are urinary metabolites of powerful neurotranmitters that act on the central nervous system, including: Epinephrine, Dopamine, and Serotonin. These substances can profoundly influence patterns of stress response, emotional well-being, cognition, and sleep.
Assessment of Nutrient Sufficiency — This nutritional test provides a functional assessment of nutrient sufficiency and usage that covers a broad range of vitamins, coenzymes, elements, enzyme activators, and other nutrients. An analysis of amino acid metabolites which require vitamin and mineral cofactors for their metabolism can hint at deficiencies of: vitamins B6, B12 and C, magnesium, copper, iron, and various amino acids.
The reference ranges for this test apply to children (2 — 12 years) and adults.
FOOD SENSITIVITY OR ALLERGY TESTING
Food and Environmental Sensitivity Testing
IgG is the antibody involved in delayed onset sensitivity reactions. This type of sensitivity is difficult to diagnose because reactions do not occur until hours or days after exposure to an substance. This makes it extremely difficult to pinpoint which foods are causing the reaction.
There are many symptoms of this type of reaction. Some of them may include:
digestive upset (including irritable bowel)
Testing for IgG reactions can be done quickly (in-clinic) with a simple finger prick. It is important to consume a wide variety of foods a minimum of 7 days prior to taking this test. Some individuals find this type of testing helpful. I find the results of an elimination and re-challenge diet more accurate in identifying food sensitivities.
Salivary hormone testing is a non-invasive method which will assess hormone imbalance that may be responsible for a variety of symptoms including menstrual issues, decreased sex-drive, fatigue, insomnia, mood swings, and hot flashes. Analyzing various hormone levels can provide great insight into thyroid function, stress and adrenal function, male hormone imbalance, and fertility issues.
Types of salivary tests available:
ADRENAL FUNCTION PANEL(cortisol, DHEA-S)
This panel measures the body’s ability to cope with stress and reflects the extent to which the body has been affected by it. Symptoms of impaired adrenal function can include: