Health Tests We Offer

At Thriveology, the mission is to help you help yourself…Thrive! There are lots of tools available to us to make sure that goal is being met. Functional health tests, as completed in nationally-certified labs just like your physician uses, lay the groundwork for health goals to be met by presenting vital information about your body’s functioning and current “state of tune.” These tests can be used to assist you in making smart choices for your best health.
Functional Metabolic Lab Tests

This testing is much like what your physician orders when evaluating your health for your yearly physical examination, or when specific lab tests are ordered for a suspected disorder. The Thriveology difference is in how this vital information is evaluated. At Thriveology, we look at lab results from a functional standpoint. Think of this in terms of the optimal range for optimal health, not simply if you fit into a wide-ranging bracket. Let’s use the much talked about thyroid gland to illustrate the difference. In most medical scenarios, if there is concern that your thyroid may be under or overactive, your doctor will send you to the lab to have a TSH test completed. If your lab testing shows that your TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) value is 3.2, chances are you will be told that your thyroid function is fine. This is because the “normal” values for TSH range from 0.35 to 5.50 µU/ml. This is deceiving, however; the best functional range for TSH is 1.30 to 2.00. Worse yet, simply running a TSH test doesn’t tell the whole story of how your thyroid is functioning. A panel of thyroid testing should include the ubiquitous TSH and also free T3, free T4, reverse T3, anti-TG antibodies and anti-TPO antibodies to fully assess central and peripheral thyroid function, as well as thyroid auto-immunity.

This full panel of thyroid testing provides a much better snapshot of your current state of thyroid health, and is an example of the type of functional lab testing that gives Dr. Stacy the necessary information to help you feel your best. A complete array of tests are available, including comprehensive wellness, hormone balance, cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, vitamin/mineral, men’s and women’ health, autoimmune and cancer testing.

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ALCAT Sensitivity Testing

Food, chemical and mold sensitivities, or intolerances, are often misdiagnosed due to the fact that common allergy testing doesn’t spot them. Unlike food allergies, food sensitivities lurk under the surface, helping to produce chronic health symptoms. What’s the difference? Food allergy is an IgE immune system response that is typically characterized by hives, shortness of breath, upset stomach and in some cases anaphylaxis. The most common food allergies are nuts, shellfish, wheat and dairy. According to the Food Allergy & Anaphylaxis Network, only about 4% of the United States population has a food allergy. The ALCAT Test does not detect Food Allergy.

Food intolerance, on the other hand, is much more common than food allergies and is characterized by digestive disorders, migraines, obesity, chronic fatigue, aching joints, skin disorders and behavioral issues. It has been stated that upwards of 70-80% of the US population has food intolerances. Unfortunately for many, those food intolerance symptoms are often identified as individual problems and treated as such, thus treating the symptoms and not the cause. The ALCAT Test is now considered the “gold standard” laboratory method for identification of non-IgE mediated reactions to foods, chemicals and other substances.  Click here to learn more!

Hair Tissue Minerals Analysis

Hair Tissue Minerals Analysis, or HTMA, is a standard test used around the world for the biological monitoring of trace elements and toxic metals in humans and animals species. The same technology is used for soil testing and testing of rock samples to detect mineral levels. Hair, like all other body tissues, contains minerals that are deposited as the hair grows. Although the hair is dead, the minerals remain as the hair continues to grow out. A sample of hair cut close to the scalp provides information about the mineral activity in the hair that took place over the past three to four months, depending on the rate of hair growth. Providing a mineral blueprint of one’s biochemistry, a hair tissue mineral analysis can provide pertinent information about one’s metabolic rate, energy levels, sugar and carbohydrate tolerance, stage of stress, immune system and glandular activity. HTMA testing can also be used as a starting point for natural detoxification methods of toxic minerals in the body.

pH Testing

Your body, much like a swimming pool or hot tub, has a pH level that it diligently maintains. pH stands for the “power of hydrogen” and is a measure of our body’s acidic/alkaline levels. Overall, humans are designed to be slightly alkaline; due to the acidic nature of the standard American diet (SAD!) our bodies are frequently being besieged by acid! This constant acid battle that our bodies wage can result in minerals depletion and many poor health symptoms. Testing your body’s urine and saliva pH levels is an easy way to check for a potential minerals imbalance and can provide evidence of a nutritionally-sound eating plan. Testing is easy; Dr. Stacy can show you how to pH test yourself as yet another tool in your arsenal to THRIVE!  Learn more about the importance of pH balance at pH Life.  Dr. Stacy & Nicole co-founded this pH Body Balance company in 2011.  Their mineral drops are sold to health food stores, practitioners, and health-conscious individuals all over the world.

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