When it comes to customizing a roadmap to getting our patients well, lab testing can play a critical role in this process. There are primarily 2 perspectives when evaluating blood work and testing: 1) looking at the individual’s results to diagnose disease; or 2) looking at the results to evaluate for imbalances or less-than-optimal levels to assess for optimal organ function.
Often times, your medical doctor will order lab testing in order to make a diagnosis of a health condition and subsequently prescribe a medication to normalize numbers that may be out of range. Our approach to viewing labs and blood work is not to diagnose a disease and treat symptoms. We often evaluate results from a different perspective in order to detect even subtle imbalances that can indicate even mild dysfunction.
We order different types of testing to gather the right information in getting to the underlying root cause of your health challenges. Instead of recommending products to treat symptoms and alter lab ranges, we take a holistic approach to restore balance and function to the body and utilize follow-up testing to track progress and continuously guide treatment recommendations.
We have partnered with the following labs in order to best evaluate patient concerns. All lab partners are on the cutting-edge with knowledge and technology and offer progressive testing and support to offer the most comprehensive approach to our holistic care.
Food Intolerance & Sensitivity Testing
ALCAT offers a unique and comprehensive test for food sensitivities and allergies. Most tests available fall short and have a high number of false positive and false negative results, making it confusing for the patient and difficult for the doctor to pinpoint triggers from dietary sources. ALCAT tests the cellular response from a wide array of substances including various foods, additives, colouring, chemicals, functional foods and medicinal herbs.
The ALCAT Test is the only test shown to correlate with clinical symptoms by double blind oral challenges, the gold standard.
Boston Heart Diagnostics
Comprehensive CardioVascular + Genetics
Boston Heart is transforming the early risk assessment and advanced treatment of cardiovascular disease and diabetes. The Boston Heart Lifestyle Program combines your blood test results and personal preferences for food and exercise to create a fully customized nutrition and activity plan just for you.
With novel diagnostics, reports, and a personalized, scientifically designed nutrition and lifestyle program, the way we view and discuss heart health is being revolutionized. Founded by accomplished lipidologists, clinicians and scientists, there is finally a comprehensive and advanced assessment for better understanding of cholesterol, inflammation, diabetes, genetics and other risk factors for heart disease that have been missing for decades.
Whether you or a loved one is on a statin, has high blood pressure, or has never been tested for cholesterol or glucose factors, it's a must-have test for any adult interested in their health, well-being and longevity.
Cell Science Systems
Genetics | Adrenal
Cell Science Systems Corp. is a specialty clinical laboratory that develops and performs laboratory testing in immunology and cell biology supporting the personalized treatment and prevention of chronic disease. Their testing is superior to most and we love their MethylDetox Profile, Adrenal Stress Profile and Vitamin D testing.
Standard MTHFR genotyping only evaluates folic acid metabolism. The MethylDetox Profile makes it easy to understand the complicated methylation process by giving comprehensive insights into the functional status of the methylation pathway.
The Adrenal Stress Profile measures cortisol levels at strategic times during the day (to assess your 24-hour rhythms) and measures the most abundant form of DHEA known as DHEA sulfate (DHEA-S). Only free (unbound) circulating and biologically active hormones are measured in this profile.
They also offer Vitamin D testing of levels of 25(OH)D3 (cholecalciferol), since it is far superior than monitoring 1,25(OH)2D3 levels that many standard labs may test for.
Autoimmunity + Functional Immunology
Cyrex™ is a Clinical Immunology Laboratory Specializing in Functional Immunology and Autoimmunity. Cyrex™ offers multi-tissue antibody testing for the early detection and monitoring of today’s complex autoimmune conditions. Cyrex™ develops innovative arrays through continuous collaboration with leading experts in medical research and clinical practice. Cyrex Labs is a cutting edge testing facility that focuses on mucosal, cellular, and humoral immunology and specializing in antibody arrays for complex thyroid, gluten, and other food-associated autoimmunities and related neurodysregulation.
Heavy Metals | Nutrition | Metabolics | Iodine + Halides
Doctor's Data, Inc. has provided innovative specialty testing to healthcare practitioners around the world from our advanced, CLIA-licensed clinical laboratory since 1972. A specialist and pioneer in essential and toxic elemental testing, the laboratory provides a wide array of functional testing to aid in decision making and better patient outcomes. Choose DDI to help you assess and treat heavy metal burden, nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal function, cardiovascular risk, liver and metabolic abnormalities, and more.
Digestion + Gut Health | Nutrition | Cardiovascular ION
Genova Diagnostics offers a comprehensive and varied array of testing. We primarily contract Genova to assess the gastrointestinal health and pathogen/flora imbalances through the GI Effects probile. Results can determine if further testing for Leaky Gut or SIBO need to be completed. Genova is considered the “gold standard” in assessing parasites, yeast, bacterial imbalances, and more. They offer an extremely wide range of testing options including the NutraEval and nutritional, metabolic, and toxicant testing. These extremely unique and complete tests allow our doctors to custom tailor nutritional therapies, detoxification programs and other lifestyle changes that can result in significant improvements.
LabCorp & MidAmerica Clinical Laboratories
Blood Draws | Standard & Comprehensive Bloodwork
For our local patients, we frequently use MACL to complete our basic and comprehensive blood workups and blood draws. They have many convenient locations around the Indianapolis and surrounding areas (visit www.macl1.com for a list of locations). From basic CBCs and Complete Metabolic Panels, to comprehensive thyroid testing and lipid panels, we have used Mid America Clinical Labs successfully for years for basic assessments. A little bonus ... they handle all of the insurance billing for all of us!
LabCorp is frequently contracted for our specialty lab blood draws and for patients outside the Indianapolis area. They offer locations throughout the country and offer clean, quality labs for a more pleasant patient experience. Who doesn't love that!?
NeuroScience & Pharmasan Labs
Neurotransmitter & Adrenal Testing
Neuroscience, now Pharmasan Labs, specializes in different testing procedures specifically designed to evaluate the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems. They are a leader in progressive neurotransmitter and hormone testing and are most utilized by medical physicians, chiropractic neurologists, chiropractors, naturopathic physicians and nurse practitioners. Testing is simple and easy and extremely important in locating the CAUSE of many common conditions like ADHD, anxiety, fatigue, depression, seizures, mood disorders, insomnia, and sleep issues.
MicroNutrient | Genetic | Pre-Diabetes
SpectraCell Laboratories, Inc. is a leading clinical laboratory specializing in personalized disease prevention and management solutions. Our pioneering nutritional and cardiometabolic testing, driven by state-of-the-art technology, assesses a spectrum of risk factors and biomarkers for optimum wellness. Through our dedication to research and development, SpectraCell also provides innovative solutions for hormone health and genetics. We are committed to providing scientific excellence, superior disease prevention and management solutions, and the highest quality of service to clients and their patients worldwide.
Costs of lab testing vary significantly and insurance coverage is often limited. You will soon discover that in the world of functional medicine today, patients are investing their own resources in their health testing and wellness programs. There are times when insurance may help or may even cover the majority of testing. This is a contract between your insurance provider and the laboratory offering the testing, not our office or practitioners. We are happy to help where we can, but we often ask patients to speak to the lab company or their insurance carrier directly to verify coverage.
Our office does not mark-up the costs of testing in the majority of cases to keep the prices as affordable as possible. We simply order and at time require testing for our patients to help in the discovery process of the root causes of your health challenges ... not to make more money.