A physical exam, clinical assessment, signs and symptoms and history reveal much about a client’s nutrition status. However, biochemistry of blood, urine and stool samples reveal a depth of understanding that is crucial to creating a complete assessment. I am an engineer (once an engineer, always an engineer) in addition to a dietitian. I love science, reading research articles with a critical eye and learning biochemical pathways of nutrients and physiology. I am a neRD. I love numbers because I can track progress and catch things that might be going out of balance in the process of fixing other things. Like supplements, the things I test for, the questions I have, will be different for every person, based on their full list of signs, symptoms and clinical presentations. I will work with your primary care physician to get many basic conventional labs that are very revealing. In this way, most will be covered by insurance. There may be other labs that will prove to be important to fully understanding your status and some are not covered by insurance. I will not recommend labs that are not appropriate for your situation but it will ultimately be up to you whether the additional data is worthwhile.
- Nutrition panel
- Immune response to many foods and chemicals via mediator release testing
- Stool culture
- Hormone panels
- Genome to analyze impaired detox, methylation, energy metabolism, etc