Duke City Healthcare provides basic lab testing with most patients to get a baseline understanding of their overall health.
In-depth lab testing helps assist in the diagnosis and management of conditions commonly addressed by integrative medicine. The lab results help practitioners take comprehensive approaches to patient care.
Lab testing is also an important first step that needs to be taken before a patient receives a consultation for bioidentical hormone replacement therapy (BHRT), also known as pellet therapy.
Participants in our Direct Primary Care monthly membership program receive one free complete set of labs per year. This lab set includes cholesterol, diabetic screening, hormone labs and basic annual labs.
Lab Tests We Perform
Dietary Antigen Testing for Food Sensitivities
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.
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 the cause of food reactions, such as a Comprehensive Stool Analysis or Intestinal Barrier Assessment.
Researchers estimate that at least 60 percent 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:
A food sensitivity, or food intolerance, occurs when a person has difficulty digesting a particular food, leading to symptoms such as intestinal discomfort such as gas, abdominal pain or diarrhea.
According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma and Immunology, a food intolerance can be confused with a food allergy. Food intolerances involve the digestive system while food allergies involve the immune system.
Mens’s and Women’s Wellness Panel
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.
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.
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.
Oxidized LDL predicts the progression of heart disease and plaque formation in the arteries.
Airborne Allergy Testing
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.
Itchy, Watery Eyes
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.
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.