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Diagnostic Testing

Standard Laboratory Testing and Imaging

We use Quest Diagnostics laboratory for our standard laboratory testing such as: complete blood count, chemistry panels, cholesterol screening, fasting blood sugar, thyroid testing, throat and general bacterial cultures, etc. However, appropriate codes can be provided if your insurance will not cover the use of this lab.  For those patients requiring imagining services, we refer to local radiology centers.


Hydrogen Breath Test

Administered in the office, the hydrogen breath test is a test that uses the measurement of hydrogen in the breath to diagnose several conditions that cause gastrointestinal symptoms which can lead to other systemic symptoms such as allergies, chronic fatigue, migraines, joint pain, etc.

In humans, only anaerobic bacteria, like that found in the colon, is capable of producing hydrogen. The bacteria produce hydrogen when they are exposed to unabsorbed food, particularly sugars and carbohydrates. Although limited hydrogen is produced from the small amounts of unabsorbed food that normally reach the colon, large amounts of hydrogen may be produced when there is a problem with the digestion or absorption of food in the small intestine, that allows more unabsorbed food to reach the colon (often termed malabsorption).  Large amounts of hydrogen also may be produced when the colon bacteria move back into the small intestine, a condition called bacterial overgrowth of the small bowel. In this latter instance, the bacteria are exposed to unabsorbed food that has not had a chance to completely traverse the small intestine to be fully digested and absorbed.  Some of the hydrogen produced by the bacteria, whether in the small intestine or the colon, is absorbed into the blood flowing through the wall of the small intestine and colon. The hydrogen-containing blood travels to the lungs where the hydrogen is released and exhaled in the breath where it can be measured.


Functional Laboratory Testing

In addition to the diagnostic testing we offer our patients from Quest Diagnostics and local imaging centers, we also work with Doctor's Data, Neuroscience, and SpectraCell Laboratories to provide our patients the latest in testing for the assessment, detection, prevention and treatment of heavy metal burden, nutritional deficiencies, gastrointestinal functions, hepatic detoxification, metabolic abnormalities, neurotransmitter and hormone imbalances, and diseases of environmental origin.


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