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Lab Testing

Duke City Healthcare provides basic lab testing with most patients to get a baseline understanding of their overall health.

It is an important first step that needs to be taken before a patient receives their bio-identical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT) consultation.

In-depth lab testing helps assist in the diagnosis and management of conditions commonly addressed by integrative medicine. The lab results are designed to help practitioners address comprehensive approaches to patient care.

Dietary Antigen Testing for Food Sensitivities

What are food sensitivities?

The majority of human allergies are caused by a limited number of inhaled small-protein allergens that elicit immune response in susceptible individuals. We inhale many different proteins that do not induce immune response which raises the question of what is unusual about the proteins that are common allergens.

Although we do not yet have a complete answer, some general principles have emerged. Many allergens are relatively small, highly soluble proteins that are carried on desiccated particles such as pollen grains or mite feces. On contact with the mucosa of the airways, for example, the soluble allergen eludes from the particle and diffuses into the mucosa. Typically, when the immune system is first exposed to an allergen, a type of antibody called immunoglobulin E (IgE) is produced in response.

Why should I test for food sensitivities?

Researchers estimate that at least 60% of the U.S. population suffers from unsuspected food reactions that can cause or complicate health problems. Symptoms can be extraordinarily diverse, ranging from arthritis to eczema to migraines. In extreme cases, food allergies can lead to anaphylactic shock and death if untreated. Fortunately, most people do not have severe reactions.

Clinical Signs and Symptoms:
Eczema
Joint Pain
Constipation
Diarrhea
Gas
Headaches
Bloating
Palpitations
Bowel Dysfunction
Anxiety
Depression
Indigestion
Fatigue
Congestion
Rheumatoid Arthritis
Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis

How are food sensitivities treated?

If your test results show you have food sensitivities, it means your immune system is attacking certain foods. Doctors generally remove severe, high, and moderately reactive foods and rotate healthy foods in an effort to heal the gastrointestinal lining. Later, foods may be reintroduced one at a time to see if they cause problems. Each report includes a rotation diet template, shopping list so that dietary changes are easy to make. Depending on your clinical history and symptoms, your doctor may use treatments such as enzymes, probiotics, and antimicrobial herbal formulas.

If you have signs of intestinal permeability, your doctor may use supplements designed to strengthen your gastrointestinal lining. Sometimes further testing is needed to find out why a person has so many food reactions, such as a Comprehensive Stool Analysis or Intestinal Barrier Assessment.

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Mens's and Women's Wellness Panel

Basic Oxidative Stress

A panel that tests for levels of harmful metabolic byproducts in a patient’s body

Oxidized LDL with Lipids

Oxidized LDL predicts the progression of heart disease and plaque formation in the arteries.

Comprehensive Screening

This comprehensive screen is designed to ensure health in your patient. It allows you to screen for extreme conditions so that you treat patients who can be safely addressed and refer out those who need special services. In addition to monitoring for organ decline, there are a number of markers that will give nutritional information and are fundamental to integrative medicine and health.

Advanced Cardio Panel

The Complete Cardio Profile with Oxidized LDL offers doctors and patients a complete picture of a person’s CVD risk compared with a standard lipid profile. This Profile measures standard cardiovascular disease markers: total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL), high-density lipoprotein (HDL), very-low-density lipoprotein (VLDL), and triglycerides. In addition, the Complete Cardio Profile measures oxidized LDL, markers of inflammation, obesity, and metabolic syndrome.

Male and Female Hormones

Hormones can be a useful part of many different treatment strategies. The hormone profile is a comprehensive look at all the major hormones. By measuring all the major hormones together and at one time, one can determine their interactions and how to optimize their balance.

Airborne Allergy Testing

What does this test tell me?

Airborne allergies are a common ailment among millions of people every year. Airborne allergies, which can often worsen during the spring and fall seasons, are particularly aggravating to the body and can include symptoms such as sneezing, itchy watery eyes, rhinitis, headaches, congestion, and in more extreme cases, asthma.

Why do I need this test?

Do you have asthma? Do you suspect something in your home, such as your pet, potential pests or mold are causing you discomfort? Do you have seasonal symptoms but are not sure what to avoid? Our Airborne Allergy test will assist you in pinpointing which airborne substances are causing an immune response allowing your practitioner more tools to correctly diagnose and treat.
Symptoms:

Headache
Congestion
Allergic Rhinitis
Sneezing
Itchy, Watery Eyes
Asthma

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Labs for Members of the Direct Primary Care Program

As a benefit of becoming a monthly member of Duke City Healthcare, when you choose Option 1 or Option 2, a free complete set of labs is included each year. This set of labs includes cholesterol, diabetic screening, hormone labs, and basic annual labs.