Spectracell Micronutrient Test

What’s inside your cells? Labs are a normal part of work up when it comes to our health, but what is blood work actually showing us? Blood testing shows us a snap shot of what’s going on in our blood at the particular time the blood was drawn. It’s very helpful to get an idea of what sorts of stresses our body is going through. For example it can tell us our cholesterol levels, how many red blood cells we […]
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Hormones in Men

What they are, and what to do about them! The Significance of Testosterone The primary hormone that we think about in association with men is testosterone. This poor hormone gets some bad publicity as it seems to drive a lot of men’s thoughts and decisions for several years of their life (and from a woman’s perspective, not always in a good way!). Differences in testosterone and estrogen balance do account for many differences between men and women, and sometimes it […]
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Female Hormones

Millions of women today experience some kind of health issue relating to their hormones, ranging from premenstrual moodiness or sugar cravings, to severe hot flashes and sleep problems during menopause. Infertility and miscarriages are becoming more and more common. And while more and more women are searching for solutions, frequently the only solution offered to them by their doctors is to put artificial hormones into their body to relieve their symptoms. Hence the millions of prescriptions for synthetic Hormone Replacement […]
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Male Hormones – “Men”opause

The “mid-life crisis” that affects men in their 40’s and 50’s has never been well understood in medical terms. We now know that men go through hormonal changes in their middle years, just like women do. It’s been termed “andropause”, and it can be just as debilitating and emotionally challenging as menopause can be for women. Men and women have the same sex hormones in their bodies, just in different proportions. Men have a predominance of testosterone, while their estrogen […]
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Functional Medicine Testing – The Top 5 Tests

The top five tests everyone should do (that won’t break the bank)! Adrenal and Reproductive Hormone Levels Ok, so maybe I don’t have my kids do this test, but most adults can glean useful information from it.  Cortisol is the stress hormone, so it can be impacted by any kind of stressor on the body from chronic pain and inflammation to sleep disturbance to nutritional imbalance.  Imbalances in reproductive hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) in both men and women cause […]
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Five things every woman should do BEFORE she gets pregnant

Pre-Pregnancy Checklist by Dr. Nicola McFadzean, Licensed Naturopath in California and Connecticut   Start an exercise routine The general consensus on exercise for most stages of pregnancy is “do during pregnancy what you were doing prior to pregnancy”.  Of course there are limits to this – I would not recommend a pregnant woman do marathon training, even if she ran a marathon the year prior to her pregnancy.  That might be a little extreme!  But nor should she really start […]
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Hormone Testing

There are different hormone tests available depending on your health concerns and the stage of your reproductive life. Dr. Nicola will select the hormone test that is best for you. Functional Adrenal Stress Profile (BioHealth Diagnostics) – this saliva test measures cortisol and DHEA, two of the major hormones put out by the adrenal glands. Checking cortisol and DHEA levels enables us to see how stress is impacting the body, and can provide clues as to other health issues in […]
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Eating Disorder Testing

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 […]
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Male Hormones

The “mid-life crisis” that affects men in their 40’s and 50’s has never been well understood in medical terms. We now know that men go through hormonal changes in their middle years, just like women do. It’s been termed “andropause”, and it can be just as debilitating and emotionally challenging as menopause can be for women. Men and women have the same sex hormones in their bodies, just in different proportions. Men have a predominance of testosterone, while their estrogen […]
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Dr. Nicola’s Approach to Hormones

Dr. Nicola works with both men and women with health problems relating to hormone imbalance, including – * Menopause and peri-menopause * Andropause * Pre-menstrual syndrome * Preconception health * Infertility * PCOS * Uterine fibroids * Ovarian cysts There are many factors that influence the hormonal milieu within a man or woman’s body. Most people do not realize that any kind of stress of the body can throw out the delicate balance and give rise to symptoms. Such stressors […]
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