The following lab tests are examples of those used by Dr. Nicola to ascertain the underlying stressors that may be contributing to an eating disorder or that may be the result of an eating disorder.
The amount of testing required will depend on the individual. At times, Dr. Nicola may only need to do one or two tests; at other times a more comprehensive work-up may be indicated.
Foundational Health Program (BioHealth Diagnostics) – markers for protein digestion, liver detoxification capacity and oxidative stress (free radicals); saliva test for adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEA, plus estrogen, progesterone, testosterone and melatonin.
Expanded chemistry profile plus (BioHealth Diagnostics) – blood counts, liver and kidney function, some mineral levels, screen for anemia, gluten intolerance, blood sugar dysregulation (fasting insulin, glucose and amylase), thyroid hormone levels, candida (yeast) overgrowth.
Platelet serotonin & norephinephrine (Vitamin Diagnostics) – tests levels of neurotransmitters which may be helpful indicators in depression and anxiety. Also useful for monitoring anti-depressant medications or amino acid therapy.
Food allergy profile (Great Plains Lab) – examines hidden food intolerances.
Plasma amino acids (Great Plains Lab or Doctor’s Data) – checks levels of amino acids which are the building blocks of all our body’s proteins.
Hair analysis for minerals and metals (Great Plains Lab or Doctor’s Data) – assesses mineral status and screens for heavy metal toxicity.
Advanced hormone testing (BioHealth Diagnostics) – these tests will provide further information if hormone imbalance is an issue. The particular test will be chosen depending on whether you are menstruating, amenorrheic, or menopausal. We also have a specific panel for male hormones.
Candida DNA and Antibodies (BioHealth Diagnostics) – more definitive test for candida overgrowth and leaky gut.
GI infection testing (BioHealth Diagnostics) – identifies infections such as H. pylori and common parasites such as Cryptosporidium, Giardia and Entamoeba histolytica.
Whole blood elements (Great Plains Lab or Doctor’s Data) – to further assess mineral status as well as toxic metals such as lead and mercury.
Streptococcus M Protein (ImmunoSciences Lab) – common marker in Obsessive Compulsive Disorders.