Diagnostic Tests

Testing is an important part of our comprehensive naturopathic treatment services. After your three-hour initial consultation, Dr. Abernathy may recommend one or more specific tests to determine the presence of imbalances, toxins and deficiencies in your body that could be causing your symptoms. After analyzing the test results, she will design a customized treatment plan using natural remedies, botanical medicines, nutritional supplements and diet to return your body to its natural state of health.

A. Standard Blood Tests.

These tests are done at any LabCorp location, and may include common tests like a Complete Blood Count (CBC) but often include much more specialized tests such as extensive vitamin/mineral testing, Insulin sensitivity testing, and a special Lipid profile which can give you excellent info about your cardiovascular risk (especially important in today’s era of increased heart attacks and strokes that come from seemingly nowhere).  Did you know that just one deficiency (Vitamin D) can put you at an 80-95% higher risk of dying from Covid?  One of these blood tests is a Fatty Acid Analysis.The findings of this blood test can have a tremendous effect on a patient’s health. By analyzing your body’s levels of essential fatty acids such as Omega-3 and Omega-6 acids and identifying deficiencies, it provides important information about your total body health, including cardiovascular and neurological health, inflammation and immunity.  We offer deeply discounted lab prices so that our patients are able to get the testing that they need, to determine the proper course of treated based on results.  Many holistic doctors are content with just guessing, but we use real science, and are very successful as a result.

B. Specialized Tests.

These are often “Do-At-Home” test collections (for urine, saliva, stool).  For blood tests, you can take your collection kit to a local lab (locations near you will be provided), or better yet, for your convenience we can schedule a professional phlebotomist to come to your home or office to draw your sample (additional fees may apply).

  • Food Allergy TestWe use a lab who has 30+ years experience in the detection of food allergies (IgG, IgE, IgA, IgG4) including grains, dairy, meats, fruits, vegetables, nuts, etc.  The number of foods tested ranges from 96 to 240. Testing can be done as a finger stick at home, or by going to a nearby lab.
  • Hormone TestingThis test helps assess hormonal imbalances and how they relate to certain symptoms you may be experiencing, such as loss of libido or muscle mass or hot flashes. Available with both saliva and urine samples which are much more accurate than blood tests.  The very popular DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Complete Hormones) is available.
  • Stool Test Digestive health is the keystone to total body wellness. This important test will show us everything that is happening in your digestive system, including the presence of pathogenic bacteria, yeast, parasites and blood as well as markers for digestion, absorption, immunity and inflammation. Once we understand what is going on in your gut, we can treat you with safe and natural remedies and restore harmony to your body.
  • Toxic Elements Test This urine test identifies the presence of 20 heavy metals such as mercury and lead. Toxicity can be the underlying cause of a wide variety of mild and severe symptoms.  Excess mercury is a risk factor for cancer and dementia/Alzheimer’s disease and high levels are often found in those who have many dental fillings.
  • Genetic Testing: Have you heard of MTHFR?  It’s an SNP (genetic variation) which is highly associated with increased risk of:
    • Heart Disease
    • Cancer
    • Diabetes
    • Thyroid problems
    • Neurological conditions like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s
    • Depression
    • Infertility
    • Chronic Pain
    • Digestive Disorders
    • It was once thought to be rare, but we now know that at least 30% of the population has it.  Do you?

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Dr. Crystal Abernathy, N.D.

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