Functional Diagnostic Testing

GI Map Gut Health Test:
$577 CAD (free shipping) + $300 CAD analysis 

This is the most advanced DNA based stool test that gives complete insight into digestion, your gut microbiome and gastrointestinal function. This is an important test to do if you suffer from acne and/or chronic digestive issues like bloating/gas, acid reflux, constipation/diarrhea etc. All disease begins in the gut! Your GI tract has a very delicate homeostasis that is dangerous to be blindly messing with if no testing has been done. The GI Map is the only accurate test for microbes and microbial imbalances that cause acne. After all, gut health and acne are highly connected due to the gut skin axis. This test also provides markers that overlook blood sugar, bile flow, adrenal health, gluten sensitivity, inflammation, immunity, pancreatic enzyme sufficiency, liver function, leaky gut, SIBO, occult blood and antibiotic resistant genes. It also checks for the following bacteria, parasites/pathogens, worms, viruses and fungi/yeast: 

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DUTCH Complete Hormone Test:
$319 CAD + $13--39 CAD shipping + $300 CAD analysis

 

 

This is a comprehensive dried urine hormone test measuring sex and adrenal hormones along with their metabolites. This test is especially useful if you suffer from PMS, period cramps, irregular or heavy periods, infertility and/or jawline acne. The DUTCH test is a great evaluation if you have or suspect PCOS as it not only looks at the aromatase pathway but also gives complete insight into cortisol, cortisone, estradiol, estrone, estriol, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and DHEA-S. It also looks at DHEA and progesterone metabolites to evaluate how these hormones are being broken down. We are even able to see cortisol and cortisone pattern to analyze circadian rhythm. Most importantly, it tests your estrogen metabolism pathways to see how well you metabolize estrogen through your liver. This is key for estrogen dominant women as it helps us decipher if phase 1 or phase 2 detoxification is slow and in need of repair. Both of these detoxification pathways can cause acne if under-active. In addition, it measures your daily free cortisol pattern, melatonin (6-OHMS), 8-OHdG and the following six organic acids: 

 

Homovanillate (HVA) - the primary dopamine metabolite 

Vanilmandelate (VMA) - the primary norepinephrine and epinephrine metabolite

Methylmalonate (MMA) - elevated if patients are vitamin B12 deficient 

Xanthurenate - elevated if patients are vitamin B6 deficient 

Kynurenate - elevated if patients are vitamin B6 deficient 

Pyroglutamate - elevated if patients are glutathione deficient

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Test:
$500 CAD (includes shipping & analysis) 

 

 

This is a hair mineral test that evaluates how your body responds to stress and how resilient you are. It gives insight into nutritional deficiencies, gut infections, sex hormone balance, blood sugar, adrenal health, thyroid & metabolic health as well as nervous system balance. It also is an assessment for copper and iron overload. With everyone dieting and taking an array of supplements or pharmaceuticals now a days, mineral imbalances have become extremely common. This is unfortunate because minerals are the backbone to our health and the spark plugs of our body. Our body runs off enzymes and minerals are what control enzymes. It is impossible to heal from acne if you do not have balanced minerals as your foundation because you will never be able to detoxify properly. The HTMA test is the best bang for your buck as it is relatively affordable and explains the "why" behind acne, hormone and digestive issues. It displays macro and micro minerals, toxic metal levels and how well your body is able to excrete toxic metals. Minerals are essential but you don’t want too many or too little. It's all about the ratios and overall balance in the body. This is a non-invasive hair tissue mineral biopsy that tests levels of the following minerals and toxic metals: 

 

Calcium              Nickel

Magnesium         Cobalt

Sodium               Molybdenum

Potassium            Lithium 

Iron                    Boron

Copper               Lead

Manganese         Mercury

Zinc                   Cadmium

Chromium           Arsenic 

Selenium             Aluminum 

Phosphorus 

Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Test