ASSESS YOUR FUNCTION – LAB TESTING AT SAGE CLINIC
We offer functional lab testing in a personal, caring environment to compliment our natural treatments and to provide a more detailed view of your current state of health. Alternative lab tests can detect imbalances in health well before conventional testing which is aimed at primarily detecting disease states. We offer in house blood testing as well as take homes tests.
The following is an overview of some of the alternative lab testing available at Sage Clinic:
SIBO (Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth) Testing
Sage Clinic uses its own Quintron Breathtracker SC machine for fast, accurate and cost-effective diagnosis of SIBO. Click here for the Sage SIBO Center to learn more about SIBO and diagnosis.
E95 Food Allergy Testing
We offer a very simple blood test called the E95, to identify an individual’s sensitivity to 95 commonly eaten foods. Accurate testing requires the patient to eat a wide range of foods within 3 weeks of assessment for IgG exposure to be present. The test provides a report of whether the levels of antibody to the various foods suggest that each one is “safe” to eat, best to eat in moderation, or to avoid entirely. A blood draw is done in the clinic and shipped to a lab for processing. Results are usually received within 2-4 weeks.
Salivary Hormone Testing
Testing hormones through the saliva is an easy, non-invasive way of assessing hormone levels. We offer a selection of take home kits that test a range of hormones from the stress hormone Cortisol to Estrogen, Progesterone and Testosterone and more. Once complete, the kit is returned to the clinic for shipping and you will be contacted in approximately 2-4 weeks, when the results return.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis
Through sampling the stool we not only test for the presence of parasites and yeasts that may directly affect our digestive function, but we are also able to assess how well the immune system is doing and how well we are absorbing nutrients that the rest of our body needs to function properly. We offer a selection of take home kits. Once complete, the kit is returned to the clinic for shipment and you will be contacted in 2-4 weeks when the results return.
Currently available in Victoria only: the Vega Bio-expert is an excellent tool for determining food sensitivities by measuring electromagnetic fluctuations in the body in response to testing various foods. This test is non-invasive, gentle and yields immediate results. It is great option for children and babies.
Urine Toxic Metals and Essential Elements Profile
This is test is used to evaluate exposure to potentially toxic elements and wasting of nutrient elements. In this take home test, a chelating agent is administered that binds to, and then removes via the kidneys the toxic metals from your system. The sample is returned to the clinic and shipped to a lab in the US for analysis. Results are usually received in 2-4 weeks.
Hair Elements analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals and time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. This noninvasive screening test requires only .25 grams of hair. Results are usually received in 1-2 weeks.
Environmental Allergy IgE Skin Scratch Testing
Skin scratch IgE allergy testing is a simple and common method of testing for allergic reactions (stuffy nose, sneezing, asthma, red eyes) to environmental allergens. The top 8 environmental allergens are tested: dog and cat dander, mold, dust mites, ragweed, weeds, tree pollen and grasses (based on local plant varieties). Under the supervision of a physician, a small drop of the allergen is put onto the skin of the forearm and then “pricked” by making a relatively painless indentation. A positive reaction will occur within 20-30 minutes and will look like a small mosquito bite on the arm.
Sublingual Immunotherapy (SLIT)
SLIT is a non-invasive therapy designed to reduce and eliminate your allergic symptoms by exposing the immune system to small doses of allergens over time to develop a tolerance or immunity. After IgE Skin Scratch Testing, the offending allergens are combined into an individualized serum. The allergens are then delivered in drop form under the tongue every day. Symptoms elimination occurs in approximately 2-4 weeks and there is complete immunity after 3-5 years of use at which time it may be discontinued. Sublingual immunotherapy can safely be taken at home, providing a great alternative to medically supervised allergy injections in the doctors office.
Please contact the Sage Clinic near you to book an appointment for functional lab testing.