Testing Services

Salivary hormone testingBelow are some of the “functional” tests that Dr. Leu performs. These tests can help us individualize your naturopathic medicine treatment program. How many times have you taken a supplement and wondered if you really even needed it or not? Our approach removes that doubt and provides you with a scientifically based approach to determine which and how much of a supplement your body requires. Every person has a biochemistry which is unique; there is no “one size fits all” when it comes to your health.

Whether it is fatigue, fibromyalgia, thyroid disorder, weight gain, intestinal challenges, PMS, perimenopause, arthritis, acne, food allergies, cardiovascular disease, or male andropause, there is an underlying cause that we will work on identifying and correcting. This common sense, science-based approach will put you on your pathway to wellness.

During your first office visit with Dr. Leu, he will help you prioritize which test(s) will help you identify the cause of your symptoms. The body is very complex, and he can help you in your quest for optimal health.
 
Thyroid:

Free T3: The free T3 is the most active thyroid hormone that your body makes. When measured in conjunction with the old-fashioned T4 and TSH tests, it has proven to be a more accurate assessment of overall thyroid function. These levels can be measured with blood testing. This is an ideal test if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms: fatigue, constipation, unexplained weight gain or difficulty losing weight, dry skin, hair loss (even thinning of eyebrows), and/or cold hands/feet.

 
Hormones:

Female Hormone Test: Why would anyone want to take hormone therapy without first measuring the need? This simple to perform, very accurate salivary hormone testing measures the 6 most important sex hormones relating to most women’s concerns. Your DHEA (anti-aging, bone health, memory, immune strength), testosterone (muscle mass, bone and heart strength, sex drive), the 3 estrogens you make (estrone, estradiol, estriol), and progesterone (bone, uterine, breast, and mental health) are all measured with this simple salivary test.

Once we receive the report from the lab, we build you a formula based on the test results, and then will retest your levels at an appropriate time to make sure the formula is perfect or if it needs to be fine-tuned. This is an ideal test for women dealing with PMS, depression, perimenopause, menopause, and those with or wanting to prevent breast or uterine cancer.

Male Hormone Test: Like the female hormone test, it makes perfect sense for men to measure their hormone status. Men with low testosterone levels tend to have the following: high cholesterol and/or triglycerides, high blood pressure, high blood glucose, abdominal obesity, higher levels of blood clotting factors, inability to concentrate, tend to be more moody and emotional, fatigue, and diminished sex drive. This is a simple salivary hormone test which measures the following: DHEA, androstenedione, estradiol, estrone, testosterone, and the inflammatory dihydrotestosterone.

NeuroRegulatory Hormones: This is probably one of the most exciting new tests available to date. Have you ever wondered why Americans lead the planet in antidepressant use? What’s going on here? Is everybody really that deficient of serotonin? Well, now there is a test available to take the guesswork out of brain hormone treatment. This urinary hormone test measures serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine levels, which are the key neurochemicals in the brain. If you are experiencing depression, unexplained weight gain, extreme fatigue, ADD, ADHD, extreme food cravings, or panic/anxiety disorders, you should have this test done. It allows us to design a program to correct any potential imbalance of these critical brain hormones.
 

Cardiovascular Health

Since over 50% of the people who have heart attacks have NORMAL cholesterol levels, it has led researchers to search for more potential risk factors than just these lipids. So far, the following have shown to be the most important, which are blood tests:

Homocysteine: a caustic chemical your body makes which damages the smooth lining of your blood vessels, causing enough damage to allow calcium, cholesterol, and fibrin clots to adhere to your blood vessel walls affecting blood flow.

C-Reactive Protein: a protein that becomes elevated in the blood due to infection or inflammation. If elevated, one has an increased incidence of heart attacks and stroke.

Fibrinogen: a precursor to clot material. Some people make more than others, and if their fibrinogen is high, they are predisposed to forming blood clots.


Food Allergy Testing

Have you ever wondered if what you are eating is affecting your health? We have found that food allergies have been the underlying cause of a multitude of symptoms people are experiencing, such as headaches, migraines, arthritis, asthma, colitis, sleep disorders, eczema, bedwetting, fluid retention, and even depression. Also, why waste your immune system on your last meal?

Did you realize that the majority of food reactions are delayed reactions, meaning they may not present themselves for up to 3 to 4 days after consumption? In other words, the reaction you are having today may be due to something you ate 3 to 4 days ago. This is a blood test which measures your antibody (immune) response to 96 different foods.

 

Fecal Microbiology

We all have trillions of healthy bacteria in our intestinal tract; however, these can become imbalanced and actually cause chronic inflammatory conditions, such as headaches, eczema, colitis, irritable bowel, and arthritis. Why put yourself on a strenuous anti-parasite or yeast treatment if you don’t need to? It makes sense to test first. There are several stool culture tests available, which can check for parasites, yeast, and pathogenic bacteria. If the lab does find a pathogenic bacteria or yeast, they run a culture and sensitivity on it, using prescription drugs and herbs, to see what is the most effective agent needed to eradicate the bug.