Lab Testing

Premise: The command and control mechanism of the body is accomplished through the hard-wired system, or way of nerves, and the wireless system, of by way of hormones & chemo-transmitters.  In order to maintain or restore health, the hormonal system must remain in balance.

Blood testing reliably identifies hormone imbalances. Hormones exist in harmony with each other and when levels of each hormone are in the right proportions, body systems are stable. When balance is lost, hormone deficiencies and excesses can become toxic to the body causing unwanted symptoms, disorders and disease.
Stages of Life uses diagnostic tools for the prevention and management of chronic disease conditions. There is overwhelming evidence confirming that nutrient deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function contributing to chronic disease processes including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer’s disease.

Hormone Testing

Generally, we like to get our hormone levels drawn between 7 am and 8 am.
Many of the hormones fluctuate widely during the day, and peak levels are in the
early morning hours. It makes sense, then, to check them when they peak, thereby
permitting consistent results from which an intelligent clinical decision can be
made.

Blood levels are more reproducible than are levels derived from saliva,
and insurance (including Medicare) covers blood testing.

Saliva testing, at this time, is not FDA approved, and is therefore not a
covered expense. Having performed concurrent saliva and blood testing in a
number of patients, I have not found the saliva levels to be nearly as useful as
the blood levels, and for this reason, I prefer the blood studies over saliva
studies.

The hormone levels that are most valuable to my evaluation include: cortisol
(am), total testosterone, total estrogen, estradiol, progesterone, DHEAs,
pregnenolone, T-3, T-4, & TSH.

Because of the problems that we frequently see with “Euthyroid-Sick
Syndrome,” which is a common presentation of mis-diagnosed auto-immune thyroid
disease, we obtain anti-thyroglobulin and thyroid peroxidase (TPO) levels.

Undiagnosed auto-immune thyroid disease is extremely common, and commonly
presents as ‘fibromyalgia,’ ‘chronic fatigue syndrome,’ ‘syndrome X,’ and “low
metabolism.” The first indicator is low resting body temperature. That is,
temperatures that rarely, if ever, reach 99 deg F.

  • Blood is drawn at our facilities for your convenience.
  • Micronutrient deficiencies are identified, and an intelligent and cost-effective replacement is begun.
  • Without knowing what is missing, how can you intelligently replace it?
  • The Nutrient and Blood analysis is currently covered by various (if not all) insurance companies.
  • The test is performed every 6 months after initiation of treatment.

FIA Testing for Nutritional Deficiencies

Nutrient deficiencies may be induced by a variety of conditions. With a functional deficiency, a nutrient may be present, but it may not be properly activated, it may not be appropriately localized, or it may not have sufficient co-factors to function at a normal level of activity.

Underlying reasons for a functional nutrient deficiency include inefficiencies or deficiencies in the following:

  • Absorption by the gastrointestinal tract – intracellular activation
  • Transport to the appropriate tissue – storage
  • Transport through the cell membrane – concentration or activity of co-factors
  • Presence of intracellular inhibitors – tissues with increased metabolic needs

Thus, a functional deficiency includes anything that may reduce the concentration or the efficacy of a nutrient. No matter what the underlying cause, the result will be a defect in the biochemical pathways that depend upon the optimal function of that nutrient. A deficient or defective pathway may operate at a sub-optimal level for many months or even years before a clinical symptom may become apparent.

Because we evaluate the function of a nutrient rather than just the concentration present in blood or tissue, the clinical consequences of any of the problems listed above will be more likely to be detected by Stages of Life, than by conventional serum concentration measurements.

The nutrient testing that we prefer is described to the left.

 

 

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