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and

Preventive Medicine

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Bio-nutritional Testing

includes some of the following

Metabolic Testing

Functional Liver Detoxification Profile is a challenge test to assess your liver's detox system and cumulative liver impairment. Chemical and toxic overload can impair many organ systems such as the immune, endocrine, nervous system and brain function, and energy producing systems. This can cause long term health problems. This test gives us clinical insight on how to properly detoxify and upregulate liver function to remove waste and restore proper organ function.

Organic Acid Analysis is a urine collection which provides information on imbalances that can cause or complicate many health problems. Organic acids are used by the body to generate cellular energy and provide the building blocks necessary for cell function.

Oxidative Stress Test looks at the levels of protective anti-oxidants in the body which protect our cells from harmful free radicals. It also measures the level of these harmful free radicals so the correct amount of anti-oxidants can be given. Free radicals are involved in all the chronic diseases of aging including heart disease, cancer, diabetes, auto-immune disease, and brain disease.

Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Profile analyzes the traditional lipid level (cholesterol, etc.). This test looks at other markers for heart disease such as Lipoprotein(a), homocysteine, apolipoprotein A1 and B, fibrinogen, C-reactive protein, and lipid peroxides.

Nutritional Testing

Toxic Metal Analysis provides information on heavy metal toxicity (mercury, arsenic, aluminun, lead, etc.) and mineral imbalances. 

Amino Acid Analysis examines a urine collection which evaluates amino acids and their role in many disorders including chronic fatigue, immune problems, neurological disorders, and depression.

Essential Fatty Acids examines imbalances of the fatty acids which can effect inflammation and many other chronic conditions such as heart disease, cancer, arthritis, immune disorders, allergic conditions, inflammatory bowel disease, and hormone balance.

Endocrinology and

Hormone Testing

Comprehensive Thyroid Panel gives a complete look at all aspects of the thyroid and includes TSH, free T4, free T3, reverse T3, thyroid antithyroglobulin antibodies, and thyroid peroxidase antibodies. Most thyroid screens only give a partial look at the thyroid which includes TSH and T4. These tests miss the whole picture because the active hormone is the T3. These numbers can look good. However, if the antibodies are elevated, they block the uptake of thyroid hormone by cellular DNA and can cause thyroid dysfunction. Some of the top symptoms of thyroid problems include fatigue, depression, elevated cholesterol, muscle and joint pains, muscle cramps, weight gain, sensitivity to the cold, and poor achilles tendon reflex.

Bone Loss Assay is a simple urine collection that can show the loss of collagen which effects bone mass. Anyone at risk for osteoporosis would be a candidate for this test.

Adrenocortex Stress Test is a saliva sample assay of cortisol/DHEA which is associated with ailents ranging from obesity and menstrual disorders to CFS and hypoglycemia.

Male and Female Hormone Testing are advanced profiles using a saliva collection which includes the adrenal cortex profile plus a complete evaluation of your hormone levels. In women, this includes estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, melatonin, cortisol, and DHEA.

Estrogen Metabolism Assessment looks at the estrogen metabolites produced by the body. This gives valuable information for women concerned about breast cancer, have hormone imbalances, or have been on hormone replacement therapy. The estrogen metabolite 2-hydroxyestrone is considered to be the "good" estrogen and protective against breast cancer. 16-hydroxyestrone is the "bad" estrogen and is associated with an increased risk to breast cancer. The ratio between the 2 metabolites is an important risk factor. Fortunately, certain chemicals from our foods can influence enzymes that control the production of these estrogen metabolites and can be used to reduce the risk factors. 

Digestive Testing

Comprehensive Stool Analysis provides valuable information on digestive function including digestive enzymes, immune function, inflammatory markers, risk factors for colon cancer, malabsorption, gut permeability, good and bad bacteria, pathogens, and parasites. It is used to identify and treat a wide variety of digestive problems.

Intestinal Permeability tests for leaky gut which constitutes the link between gut imbalances and internal illness. A leaky gut causes the passage of toxic substances into the body which is associated with a wide array of inflammatory conditions such as inflammatory bowel disease, auto-immune disease, arthritis, food allergies, celiac disease, ankylosing spondylitis, dermatological conditions, allergic disorder, neurological problems, HIV infection, CFS, and fibromyalgia.

Anti-Candida Antigen is an analysis of antibodies for candida immune complexes which can contribute to a wide variety of health problems.

Immunology

Comprehensive Immune Panel is a custom designed panel which provides an in-depth analysis of your overall immune system, exposure to environmental and chemical overloads, and weaknesses of your immune system.

ELISA ACT LRA is an allergy test for delayed hypersensitivities (hidden allergies) to foods, chemicals, pesticides, food additives, heavy metals, and inhalants. Symptoms can range from headaches, chronic ear infections, asthma, depression, skin conditions, muscle and joint pains, ADHD to auto-immune disorders, thyroid problems, and weight gain. 

Neurological Testing and       Brain Chemistry

Performed by NeuroScience Labs, this test measures serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine, epinephrine, GABA, PEA, and other stress related chemicals in the urine. This addresses neurotransmitter diseases including depression, anxiety, ADHD, migraine headaches, mood swings, brain fog, sleep disorders, seizures, poor appetite control and food cravings, and other neurological disorders of the brain. Based on this clinical information, we can use a system of neurotransmitter precursors to balance brain chemistry and improve health outcome. To find out more info on NeuroScience, visit them on the web at http://www.neuroscienceinc.com/.

Genomics (Genetic Marker) Testing
We use Great Smokies Diagnostic Labs. They are one of the pioneers in developing a practical test which looks at genetic risk to various diseases that can be modified by changes in lifestyle. Everyone has a genetic make-up which may be strong for a certain type of disorder. The "Human Genome" project has found that 75% of how the gene expresses itself is due to influences of our lifestyle and environment. By modifying our lifestyle, we are able to turn the switch off for a certain health problem based on our genetic make-up. The test measures SNP's or "Single Nucleotide Polymorphyms" for a certain disease like heart disease. These SNP's can express themselves in different ways such as a disease state or a healthy state based on our lifestyle. The genomic tests currently available are for heart disease, bone loss, immune problems, and liver detoxification.

The tests are listed as Cardiogenomics, Osteogenomics, Immunogenomics,and Detoxgenomics. They can be performed by a simple saliva or blood test. To find out more information about the genomics testing and other services available from Genova, log on to http://www.gsdl.com/.

These are just a sampling of the many Bio-nutritional tests Dr. Grosso can perform using labs from across the country.