Lab Testing & Evaluation
Dr. Bossio utilizes both conventional and functional laboratory testing. When conventional labs fall short in identifying the underlying cause of disease, Dr. Bossio looks to more functional assessment.
Dr. Bossio routinely orders conventional labs - those typically used by MDs - to assess basic organ function, thyroid function, cholesterol and other cardiovascular risk factors, blood sugar, autoimmune status, inflammation, and more.
Food Allergy & Sensitivity Tests
Dr. Bossio has found that food allergies and sensitivities are contributing factors to many patients’ health concerns. Unfortunately, many people who are sensitive to foods are unaware of it because their symptoms may be delayed for several hours or even up to a couple of days after ingestion. For this reason Dr. Bossio utilizes IgG food sensitivity testing to help patients identify specific foods that may be contributing to their symptoms. This test can be done through a simple blood draw at Dr. Bossio’s office and will examine a panel of 96 different foods.
Lyme & Tick Borne Disease Testing
Dr. Bossio offers both standard and specialized Lyme disease testing. In addition to the standard ELISA, Western Blot, and PCR tests, Dr. Bossio often utilizes expanded western blot panels, extensive co-infection testing, immune markers and cytokine testing, as well other specialized tick-borne disease labs (i.e. Igenex, Pharmasan, and more).
Neurotransmitters are the chemical signals in our nervous system that affect our mood, energy, attention, cognition, and sleep. Imbalances in our neurotransmitters can lead to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, attention deficit, fatigue, headaches, and more. Through a urine test, Dr. Bossio can gain insight into the specific neurotransmitter imbalances one may suffer and target one’s natural therapies accordingly.
While Dr. Bossio utilizes a variety of digestive analysis, she most commonly uses a comprehensive stool analysis. This test evaluates digestion and absorption, bacterial balance and metabolism, parasitology, yeast and immune status for patients with irritable bowel syndrome, indigestion, malabsorption, and other GI-related problems. In addition, Dr. Bossio often utilizes specialized breath testing to evaluate for Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO), lactose intolerance, fructose intolerance, and more.
Hormone Balance Evaluation
With an understanding that hormones are messengers in the body affecting nearly all systems, it becomes clear that identifying and treating underlying hormone imbalances is essential to long term health. For this reason, Dr. Bossio routinely evaluates hormone levels in both men and women. Hormone testing may include evaluation of thyroid and adrenal function, sex and reproductive hormones, metabolic hormones, and more. Dr. Bossio utilizes a combination of blood, urine, and saliva testing.
Nutritional Analysis (NutrEval)
Dr. Bossio utilizes the NutrEval test to provide a comprehensive nutritional evaluation identifying specific imbalances of vitamins, nutrients and essential co-factors. This profile also provides assessment of gastrointestinal dysfunction and detoxification impairment. Through blood and urine specimens the panel assesses Organic Acids, Amino Acids, Essential Fatty Acids, Nutrient and Toxic Elements, and Oxidative Stress.
Dr. Bossio evaluates genetic variations, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), in genes that modulate methylation and detoxification pathways. Dr. Bossio most commonly tests for variations in the MTHFR (methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase) and COMT (Catechol-O-methyltransferase) genes, but will provide additional genetic testing when appropriate.
The SpectraCell micronutrient test provides an accurate assessment of the functional nutrient level of white blood cells. This test evaluates vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential amino acids showing a three-six month window of nutritional status. For more information please click here.