Laboratory assessments and testing are a very important piece of the naturopathic medicine puzzle. We follow an approach of “test, don’t guess” when it comes to determining the underlying cause of your symptoms or condition.
The conventional paradigm in medicine uses the “Let’s wait and take a look at things down the road. If you develop a serious disease, we will intervene with surgery, medication or both.” The integrative medicine paradigm is “Let’s be proactive to prevent serious conditions and diseases from occurring in the first place.” When we use quantifiable measurements through testing, we can catch areas of concern quickly, and remove the causes before the issues become chronic, making them expensive and more difficult to deal with.
The type of testing we recommend here at Neurvana Naturopath Medicine, changes depending on each individual and what we need to identify or uncover for their particular issues. We start with having a new client fill out several pages of paperwork. This includes a comprehensive intake questionnaire regarding health history, symptoms, environmental factors, current lifestyle, childhood history, nutrition assessment, and food log. We will also look at your previous medical history and results, including bloodwork, urinalysis, imaging like CT’s or MRI’s, and any other pertinent medical information.
We use qEEG brain mapping as our “North Star” to determine areas in the brain experiencing dysfunction. This brain map gives our clinician incredible insight of where your particular dysfunction could be stemming from in the body and helps guide each step through all stages of your health protocol. We can determine if the brain is being affected by an inflammatory issue, metabolic problems, hormonal dysregulation, physical or emotional trauma, gut imbalances, and many other factors.
During your initial intake with your practitioner we will spend time discussing your health goals, chief complaints, what you’d like to accomplish working with us, what you have tried so far, what’s worked or hasn’t worked, and make recommendations based on your answers to all the above.
Once we’ve determined the course of action for you, we will use a combination of testing. Important tests we use include gastrointestinal (or GI) mapping, comprehensive stool analysis, organic acids, methylation, neurotransmitters, adrenal hormones, nutritional markers and nutrient status, genetic analysis, immunological testing, environmental toxins and exposure, and mould or biotoxin testing, among others.
Lab tests that involve blood work can be done in our nearby Calgary location. We have phlebotomist staff that are trained on performing the tests properly to receive the most accurate result – something that most government-run labs are not familiar with. Our phlebotomist staff near you are certified to provincial standards and often have background in hospitals and government labs.
We can typically expect results from laboratories within 7-21 days depending on the length of the lab queue. Once we receive results, our office will schedule you a consultation with our clinician to review the results and create a targeted protocol specific to your needs and results. This protocol may include supplementation, lifestyle changes, nutritional planning, or other interventions if needed.
At Neurvana Naturopath Medicine, your top choice for functional medicine near you in Calgary, we want to help you uncover the hidden issues that have been causing you pain and difficulty. Medical lab testing is just one of the tools we use to help you get to the bottom of things and take a step towards relief and feeling better again. Because our goal is on fixing the causes, positive changes are more long-lasting and progressive once they begin.
Our Functional Medicine clinic practitioners in Calgary are highly trained and certified to practice Functional Medicine. Please contact our office to set up an appointment with one of our practitioners or if you have any questions. (403) 768-3407
“I had been extremely healthy, for most of my life, until May, 2020. Over several months, the medical system put me through every test that was available to me. I was referred to a Dermatologist, Periodontist, Cardiologist; and even they, said that I had ever test done, that was ‘possible’. In the end, they said that there was no cure for my ‘condition’, and that the only relief would be to give me prednisone. Fortunately, I was referred to Dr. Corey Deacon, and after 1 visit, and the prescribed peptide, my symptom’s disappeared! Now, I have started down a path with Corey, to get to the root of what caused all of the symptoms, to reverse the effects, and get 100% healthy again! Thank you to Neurvana; for your expertise and help! I owe my good health, to YOU!!”