At Euphoria we aim to make all cutting-edge natural therapies available to the Squamish community. Below is a list and description of everything we offer. Click what appeals to you and when you’re ready, hit the blue button to make an appointment!

THERAPIES

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At Euphoria Natural Health we strive to provide excellent naturopathic care for the entire family. Combining the benefits of western medical science, orthomolecular/functional medicine and traditional naturopathic modalities, patients of our clinic will experience the highest level of professionalism in an integrative care model. We are a team of naturopathic doctors, registered nurses, medical herbalists and holistic nutritionists working collaboratively with local medical doctors, pharmacists, psychologists, chiropractors, physiotherapists, massage therapists and  acupuncturists. We emphasize a patient-centered collaborative team approach to achieve the highest potential for our clients.

Administering nutrients intravenously provides several advantages over oral supplementation. With IV therapy, higher doses can be administered which are immediately available to cells. Administering nutrients into the bloodstream ensures that nothing is lost due to poor digestion or absorption within the digestive tract. A wide variety of nutrients, minerals, anti-oxidants and herbal extracts are available via IV therapy. IVs are used for acute infections (colds/flus), chronic fatigue, athletic performance, anxiety, depression, cancers, fibromyalgia, Lyme’s disease, pre/post surgery and for many other conditions. Learn more here
Euphoria Natural Health clinic is now offering herbal consultations. Meet with a Medical Herbalist one-on-one for an in-depth health assessment. This is a thorough process which aims to gather information about your specific health concerns in order to create an individualized herbal treatment protocol. At the end of your consultation you will be given one or more custom herbal formulations tailored specifically to your symptoms and constitution. If appropriate, you may also receive suggestions regarding supplements, nutrition, and lifestyle practices. This holistic and individualized approach allows for safer and more effective healing. Herbal therapies can be effective in dealing with digestive issues, immunity, chronic disease, inflammation, hormonal imbalance, and so much more. Many herbalists agree that true healing lies in the whole plant. Much like the whole food movement argues for less manipulation of the food we ingest, herbalists make the case for using whole medicine. The strategic blending of plants by a trained herbalist can create a unique synergy to ease symptoms and deal with underlying conditions. Consultations with our medical herbalist can be booked by emailing clinic@euphorianaturalhealth.com or in person at our shop.
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) is an injection therapy of highly concentrated platelets which are derived from the patients’ own blood sample. The platelets in the blood store compounds known as growth factors which stimulate the body’s healing process after injury. The major concept is to inject these high concentrations of growth factors directly into the site of injury to rapidly accelerate the healing process. PRP is used in both acute and chronic injuries involving tendon, ligament, unstable joints, degenerating vertebral discs and osteoarthritis. For those who respond to PRP therapy, improvements are often noticed after a single treatment, however a series of treatments over the course of several months may be required. PRP is especially considered in cases of chronic pain (longer than 3 months) or for patients wanting to return to athletics as soon as possible.
Prolotherapy is an injection therapy used to aid the body in the proliferation and strengthening of tissue. It is considered in injuries involving partial tearing of tendon or ligament, in osteoarthritis, in degenerative vertebral discs and in hypermobile or unstable joints. A series of treatments are required, though many patients notice improvement after the first or second treatment.  Learn more about prolotherapy here.
Chelation treatments have two main functions. First, it is used to pull heavy metals out of the body. This applies for both current or past exposure. A urine test is first required to assess if high levels of metals are present, and which particular metals. IV treatments are then used to reduce the amount back to safe levels. Second, chelation is a powerful treatment for heart disease (atherosclerosis). It has been shown to be highly effective at improving blood flow, lowering blood pressure and reducing risk of heart attack and stroke. Sometimes 20 or more treatments are required. Chelation is offered by Dr. Sal Meli ND.
Ozone therapy offers several health benefits. When administered intravenously it has profound cardiovascular benefit and is useful in cancer therapy, in chronic viral infections, chronic fatigue, fibromyalgia and in most auto-immune conditions. Ozone therapy also has anti-aging benefits and is a powerful immune system stimulant. Ozone can be administered topically for skin infections including acne, fungal infections of the nails and diabetic foot ulcers.
Prolozone is a safe and effective pain therapy for nearly all types of pain. It involves a two-part injection, which serves to provide immediate anti-inflammatory and analgesic support while also providing key nutrients required for cell repair. Afterwards ozone is injected to further accelerate the healing process. We have found that even some of the more severe chronic cases respond very well to a series of prolozone treatments. Read more here 
Trigger points or ‘muscle knots’ tend to occur after localized injury or as a compensatory mechanism to aid in stabilizing a nearby injured joint.  Often these painful regions can be treated successfully with massage therapy or IMS. When trigger points remain or reoccur, a simple injection into the region can have near immediate benefit. While a trigger point injection may relieve the pain, a complete physical assessment is always warranted.
Neural prolotherapy is used in the treatment of nerve-related chronic pain. Often what is experienced as muscle and/or joint pain can actually be partially caused by inflammation along the nerve pathway, leading to an exaggerated pain response. This treatment involves injections just below the skin along the common nerve pathways. Dr Meli will often use this therapy in combination with other pain management therapies for maximal benefit.
Your genes are the codes to make all the proteins and enzymes in your body. When small errors (called SNPs) in the genetic code occur, the proteins that are made take on a slightly different shape and sometimes that makes a big difference in how that protein will function. With the information fathered from genetic testing, we can support those biochemical pathways that have the most genetic changes associated with it. Genetic testing (requiring only a saliva sample) is still in its infancy but can provide useful treatment information in both chronic illness and for general health promotion.
Optimal nutrition is the cornerstone to actualizing any health goal, although nutrient requirements will differ over the lifespan and in relation to performance demands. Improving digestion is a foundational part of holistic care. Lab testing for nutrient status and food sensitivities  are readily utilized. In cases where digestive symptoms predominate, comprehensive panels are often recommended. With detailed assessment and laboratory testing, customized dietary plans are created and meal plans can be generated with our holistic nutritionists.
Acupuncture is one of the foundational treatments in the naturopathic toolbox. Acupuncture treatments are often added into a comprehensive naturopathic plan for cases of chronic stress, anxiety, insomnia, infertility and many others. Acupuncture is safe during pregnancy. Intramuscular Stimulation (IMS), also known as dry needling, involves the use of acupuncture needles for the treatment of muscle pain, often related to trigger points. IMS is often a fair starting point with trigger point pain and can be used in conjunction with trigger point injections of procaine or with prolozone therapy.
The naturopathic doctors at Euphoria Natural Health have each taken additional training and are qualified to prescribe, modify and aid in the weening process of many (but not all) pharmaceutical medicines.
A nebulizer is a device that creates a fine mist from a liquid medicine. Using a nebulizer is an ideal way to administer natural medicines to the lungs. Glutathione, a potent anti-oxidant, is the most commonly nebulized medicine. This treatment has been shown to be helpful in bronchitis, pneumonia, upper and lower respiratory tract infections, COPD, chronic congestion and sinusitis.


CONDITIONS TREATED

Below are the more common conditions treated by our NDs. Our goal is always to provide immediate symptom relief while also addressing the root of the problem. Complimentary 15min meet and greet visits are available with each of our practitioners.

A common concern in our busy, stressful world. Luckily, naturopathic medicine has much to offer. The ND approach involves first starting with the fundamentals of diet and lifestyle. Hormone testing is often helpful but may not always be required. Treatment options include supplements, tinctures, IV nutrient therapy, acupuncture and sometimes pharmaceutical interventions may be considered for the short-term.  No two cases of adrenal fatigue are the same, so seeing an ND at Euphoria will help direct you toward a plan to get your energy levels up as quickly as possible.
Autoimmune diseases are complex, often multi-system disorders. The more common diseases include rheumatoid arthritis, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, multiple sclerosis, Lupus, Crohn’s disease, ulcerative colitis, Type-1 diabetes and psoriasis. The common thread amongst each condition is an over-active and misguided immune response. Addressing the root causes of the ‘immune dysfunction’ is critical for lasting improvement. Dr. Matt Greenwood has extensive experience in the treatment of chronic autoimmune diseases. All required testing and treatments are available at Euphoria.
At the very core of health, one finds a properly functioning digestive tract. For this reason we always focus our efforts on ensuring that digestion remains optimal. The naturopathic medical approach works very well for the vast majority of digestive concerns. Each of the naturopathic doctors at Euphoria are capable of treating these concerns. IV therapy is an important consideration to ensure adequate nutrients are being absorbed while working to improve the digestive concerns. We carry a wide variety of products that will be helpful in these cases, from probiotics, enzymes, anti-microbials and much more.
Whether due to a recent accident or a chronic concern, naturopathic medicine has a lot to offer. After a thorough history-taking and physical assessment, a treatment plan would address all potential sources of inflammation (with diet, lifestyle, supplements or herbs). With acute injuries, several injection therapies are available including PRP, Prolotherapy, Prolozone, Neuro-prolotherapy, Trigger Point therapy and cortisone shots, with Dr. Sal Meli. Acupuncture with Natalie Yu is also a good option for sport-relate joint pain. Natalie is an experienced acupuncturist and treats all joint injuries.
Hypo and hyperthyroidism are very common medical condition, esp in women. Lab testing is often required to assess for the root cause of the condition. With pharmaceutical prescriptive rights, each of our NDs are able to manage thyroid cases using both natural medicine (nutrients/herbs/thyroid tissue/bio-identical hormones) and pharmaceutical medicine. Cases of hypothyroidism are after missed or left untreated for too long. Each of our naturopathic doctors are fully capable of assessing, treating and managing even the most complex thyroid conditions.
Fatigue may be the most commonly treated condition by our naturopathic doctors. Starting with a very broad assessment, we aim to uncover any and all of the contributing factors. In certain cases, we may recommend lab tests, including hormone panels or a heavy metal analysis. As always, we will recommend dietary and lifestyle changes, assess for nutrient deficiencies and likely recommend IV therapy as it is the most effective way to boost energy in the short term. If the fatigue is long-standing, we will assess for chronic infections as this is a common reason for fatigue that doesn’t improved with the ‘first-line’ therapies.
We offer integrative and evidence-based cancer care. Dr. Matthew Greenwood and our team provide care that is complementary to the current standard of care and increases the effectiveness of chemotherapy, radiation and targeted therapies. We offer a wide range of therapies to support your body’s healing process and fight against cancer. Some of these therapies include: IV High-dose Intravenous Vitamin C, IV Artensunate, Mistletoe therapy, Low Dose Naltrexone. IV DCA, Personalized nutritional support, Chemotherapy, radiation, and targeted therapy support These treatment options allow us to provide better quality of life, reduced side effects of standard of care treatments, and most importantly we provide science-based and effective cancer care support to ensure successful results.
Lyme and related infections often lead to chronic illness when the initial infection is not property addressed. Complete, comprehensive testing is required to understand this infection. We use a lab in Germany for testing to ensure the most accurate results possible. With any tick-borne infection, treating the whole person is essential. This requires adequate immune support, detoxification, energy/mitochondrial support and antibiotic medications or herbs. Dr. Meli is a Lyme-literate ND, trained at ILADS with additional training in Functional Medicine. He is well-versed in and has full access to all advanced Lyme-specific treatments including: herbal medicine, pharmaceutical antibiotics (including IV antibiotics), ozone therapy, chelation therapy, IV nutrient therapy and Lyme-specific supplements. Whether you were recently bitten by a tick, have chronic/late-stage Lyme or have chronic symptoms that you suspect might be Lyme, we can help. Book an initial assessment with Dr. Meli.
Rates of infertility are on the rise for both men and women. In these cases, assessment is focused on hormone status, inflammatory load, genetics, anti-oxidant status and heavy metal exposure. The treatment plan will depend on these test results and will therefore be different for everyone. A combination of dietary and lifestyle changes, supplements, herbs, IV antioxidants, and hormone support will be customized for your needs. Dr. Amy Rolfsen focuses her practice on women’s health, pregnancy and hormones balances and has experience treating infertility for both women and men. Natalie Yu practices acupuncture and Chinese medicine and is experienced in the treatment of infertility for both women and men.
Osteoarthritis (OA) is a joint disorder characterized by degeneration of the supportive joint cartilage, resulting in chronic pain and stiffness. The goal in treatment for OA is to maintain and proliferate this cartilage so that the cushion between bones is maintained. PRP (an injection therapy) has substantial supportive evidence to greatly improve joint function and reduce pain, even in more advanced cases. Specific nutrient supplements are also used to reduce inflammation and pain. If you’re wanted an alternative to continual pain killers or joint replacement surgery, consult with Dr. Meli to determine if PRP is right for you.
Fibromyalgia (FM) patients do very well when treated with the naturopathic approach. This is a complex condition and needs to be addressed from a multi-factorial approach. This essentially means investigating and addressing any and all sources of systemic inflammation while supporting cellular energy production to combat the associated fatigue. The emphasis in treating FM involved correcting nutrient deficiencies, ensuring optimal digestive function, reducing oxidative cellular damage and assessing for and treating lingering viral, bacterial or parasitic infections. Dr. Meli focuses on pain-related conditions and has had great success treating FM patients.
Everyone hates succumbing to the common cold. There is a lot we can offer to help shorten the duration of the infection and also to boost the immune system to prevent from ever getting infected. The main treatment options include herbal and mushroom tinctures, supplements, IV therapy (either the ‘Immune booster’ or the ‘Flu Fighter’). Nebulized treatments are also widely used to help with these symptoms.
Whether you want to lose 5 or 50 pounds, we can help you reach your goal with a strategy that works for you, but is also safe and ensures the highest probability of keeping the weight off. If you’ve been struggling to lose weight, your ND will likely assess several hormone levels and ensure that there is no medical condition that might be standing in the way. Starting with the basics, you will receive a diet plan, exercise plan, as well as customized supplements to accelerate the weight loss. IV therapy is an additional option to boost metabolism which we’ve had great results with. None of our practitioners endorse the ‘hCG diet’ approach.


IV THERAPY

IV treatments are used for a variety of conditions and can be customized to your needs after visiting with a naturopathic doctor. Most treatments take 35-40min and are administered in our comfortable IV lounge. Treatments starting at $99.

Named after Dr. John Myers MD,  this is a commonly prescribed multi-nutrient IV bag. It contains the full range of B-vitamins, vitamin C, magnesium, calcium and sodium bicarbonate. It is used for adrenal fatigue, chronic stress, anxiety and fibromyalgia. We often use this formula as a baseline from which modifications can me made to meet the specific needs of our patients. Allot 20 minutes for this treatment.
Similar to the Myers cocktail, this IV bag contains a wider array of nutrients commonly depleted during prolonged illness or with conditions that impair nutrient absorption such as celiac, Crohn’s disease or small intestinal bacterial overgrow (SIBO). Allot 90 minutes for this treatment.
A combination of liver support, electrolytes for rehydration and nutrients for cognitive function, this treatment can turn your day around. Allot 60 minutes for this treatment.
It is possible to significantly shorten the course of the common cold or flu with this combination of anti-viral agents. This treatment is most effective if given soon after the onset of symptoms, by 1-2days. In some cases intravenous ozone therapy can be used in conjunction with the IV flu fighter treatment. Allot 60 minutes for this treatment.
Glutathione is considered to be the body’s ‘master antioxidant’. Derived from 3 amino acids, it is not found in food and needs to me made within the body. IV administration is the best way to increase blood levels of this vital molecule. The brain and the liver are the organs that benefit most from IV glutathione. It is useful for cognitive support (memory, concentration and focus), liver support (hepatitis), some cancers and for impaired vision. Patients who receive this treatment report clearer thinking, sharper vision and prolonged attention and focus. Glutathione is commonly added at the end of other IV treatments. Allot 20 minutes for this treatment.
The goal of this treatment is to support the body’s production of white blood cells to aid in the immune response to infection. This treatment is recommended for chronic infections such as colds/flus, bronchitis, pneumonia and sinusitis where symptoms linger longer than 1 week. Allot 20 minutes for this treatment.
The goal of this therapy is to support brain function in a two-part manner. First is to provide phosphatidylcholine, an essential element of the membranes of nerve cells which allows improved nerve function and then following with glutathione, the master antioxidant which is primarily used by the brain. This combined treatment is helpful for early signs of dementia, but also to help achieve greater focus, concentration and memory. Allot 90mins for this combination treatment.
IV therapy is an effective means of aiding the regulation of normal heart rhythms. Adding a series of IV nutrients to a comprehensive plan is an excellent option for maintaining healthy cardiac function or for the treatment of arrhythmia. Allot 30 minutes for this treatment.
In cases of severe asthma, it is important to first identify the underlying inflammatory causes. IV medicines allow for more immediate symptom improvements and aid in minimizing frequency of attacks. The typical approach is to use one or two more comprehensive IV treatments and then follow up with a series of smaller ones to maintain the benefit. Allot 2.5hours for initial treatment(s) and 20 minutes for subsequent treatments.
This treatment is used for inflammatory pain specifically. Given intravenously, it suppresses the inflammatory response and reduces pain throughout the body. This IV treatment can be very helpful for people with rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, acute joint injury and cancer-related pain.
It has been shown in the literature that regular glutathione injections can prevent acceleration of symptoms in Parkinson’s patients. This therapy requires multiple treatments over a short period of time followed by a break period for best results. Allot 20minutes per treatment.
This treatment is designed to aid in the recovery phase after high-intensity endurance activities to minimize the ‘delayed onset muscle soreness’ (DOMS). This treatment rehydrates and replenishes electrolytes, minerals and trace minerals as well as providing the full spectrum of amino acids. Allot 2.5 hours for this treatment.
Artesunate is an herbal extract with potent effects on immune function. It has shown positive clinical effects in cancer therapy, in chronic viral and bacterial infections including Lyme’s disease and Epstein-Barr Virus. For maximal effect, this treatment is paired with high dose vitamin C. Allot 1.5 to 3 hours for the combined treatment.
Vitamin C can be helpful in some cancer patients as an adjunct to chemotherapy/radiation or as a stand-alone treatment. The high doses of Vitamin C act as an immune support as well as being directly effective in slowing tumor growth. Only certain types of tumors appear to respond favourably to this therapy. The doses of Vitamin C are progressively increased to ensure safety and tolerability. Allot 1.5 to 3 hours for this treatment (depending on dose).
Maintaining healthy physiologic function during the battle with cancer is of highest importance. This includes keeping a healthy weight. This IV treatment includes a full spectrum of nutrients, minerals, trace-minerals and amino acids. Patients typically report feeling more energized and enjoy a better overall quality of life after these treatments. Allot 2.5 hours for this treatment.
Vitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin, unlike the B-family and vitamin C. For this reason it must to administered alone. Vitamin D deficiency is very common in British Columbia and IV administration has been shown to replete levels faster than oral dosing. Allot 60 minutes for this treatment.
Alpha Lipoic Acid (ALA) is a potent anti-oxidant and is unique in that it is both water-soluble and fat-soluble, which means the oxidant-quenching capacity exists both inside and outside of the cell. In addition, ALA regulates blood sugar and is therefore an excellent therapy for patients with Type-2 Diabetes. Studies have found this compound helpful in patients suffering from chronic fatigue. Allot 60 minutes for this treatment.
The convalescence period post-surgery often lingers longer than necessary. During this period the body requires more essential nutrients than normal. IV medicine is an ideal method to provide those nutrients in ample doses to help shorten the recovery period. Allot 80 minutes for this treatment.
This treatment is used to help slow the vision loss associated with macular degeneration. Many patients have found this IV treatment to be profound benefit in their vision, but repeated treatments would be required to sustain the benefit.


LAB TESTS

A wide variety of comprehensive tests are available to help diagnose the root cause of your symptoms. Some tests are done in-office while others are completed at home. Call us with any questions at 604-390-4455!

Food intolerances effect the majority of the population. They manifest in a wide variety of presentations including irritable bowel syndrome, chronic bloating, fatigue and lethargy, eczema and other rashes, depression, anxiety and joint and muscle pain. They are often found in patients with chronic inflammatory conditions and autoimmune diseases. Identifying and eliminating food sensitivities is a critical step in establishing a customized dietary plan. Our holistic nutritionists can help establish detailed meal plans based on your test results.
Several test panels are available to meet your specific requirements including 120, 200 and 300 food panels, vegetarian panels and others.
Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth  (SIBO) is the condition where bacteria from the large intestine enter into the small intestine and begin to colonize. Studies suggest that up to 80% of patients with IBS may in fact have SIBO.

 Breath testing measures the hydrogen and methane gas produced by bacteria in the small intestine that has diffused into the blood, then through the lungs, for expiration. These gases are only produced by bacteria. The test is performed at home and requires 1-3 hours in the morning after a 12 hour fast and a special diet for the previous day.

 The SIBO breath test is a commonly used test to confirm the cause of several symptoms including: nausea, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, malnutrition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Rosacea, Restless Leg Syndrome, Fibromyalgia and Heartburn.

The Female Panel of five hormones may highlight imbalances that can contribute to a number of different health conditions. Low levels of estrogens may contribute to bone loss, fatigue, heart disease, hot flashes, sleep disturbances, vaginal dryness and depression. Low testosterone may also contribute to bone loss, depression, fatigue, heart disease and vaginal dryness.  High estrogens or low progesterone may be a factor in anxiety symptoms, weight gain and breast cancer risk.  Fatigue often accompanies hormone imbalance and is frequently observed in postmenopausal women. Hormone imbalance may also be a feature of metabolic syndrome.
We offer 2 tests for assessing female hormones, one requiring a saliva sample and the other requiring a urine sample. The test chosen depends on the presenting symptoms and the possibility of overlapping hormonal dysregulation.
The urine elements test is used to evaluate the exposure to potentially toxic elements (heavy metals) and the malabsorption of nutrient elements. Additionally, the comparison of urine element concentrations before and after ingestion of a chelating agent can be used to establish the amount of toxic elements that are stored within the body. Testing for heavy metals is considered with known toxic element exposure, unexplained hair loss, cardiovascular disease, depression, skin rashes,poor wound healing, to guide detoxification therapy, fatigue, gastrointestinal symptoms, hypertension, immune function, impaired glucose tolerance/Type 2 diabetes, systemic inflammation, kidney disorders, nutritional deficiencies and Parkinson’s-like symptoms.
Testing for the full panel of thyroid hormones and antibodies altogether will improve accuracy of diagnosis and clinical success.  It has been estimated that 60% of those with thyroid disease are unaware of their condition. It is not uncommon that those who are diagnosed with thyroid disease are clinically mismanaged. It is very well established that many patients who have thyroid disorders remain undiagnosed, in part because symptoms of hypothyroidism are similar to several other conditions including depression, anxiety, chronic fatigue, PMS, fibromyalgia and others.
The recognition that an autoimmune process is the leading cause of thyroid dysfunction has led to the evaluation of auto-antibodies in thyroid testing.

 Measuring only thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) may be misleading in a wide variety of circumstances. The evaluation of thyroid hormones Free T3 and Free T4 and thyroid antibodies (anti-TPO and anti thyroglobulin)  may clarify the diagnosis of thyroid conditions and signifcantly improve clinical success.

 The complete thyroid panel is used when in hypothyroid or hyperthyroid conditions, autoimmune conditions, arrhythmia, infertility, cholesterol disorders, fatigue, pituitary disorders and for those with consistent low body temperature.

Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common reasons that patients seek naturopathic medical care. Symptoms may include persistent diarrhea, constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome and malabsorption of nutrients. The Comprehensive Stool Analysis is a panel of tests used to help assess digestive and absorptive functions and the presence of opportunistic pathogens within the digestive tract. This test is commonly run when baseline testing is normal or when symptoms do not improve significantly with initial treatments. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to prescriptive and natural agents is also performed for appropriate bacterial and fungal species at no additional charge which eliminates the guess work when choosing the correct medication.
This test is considered in gastrointestinal symptoms, autoimmune disease, IBS, Crohn’s disease, chronic fatigue, systemic inflammation, joint pain, food sensitivities and nutritional deficiencies.
Amino acid analysis aids in the identification of dietary protein adequacy and amino acid balance, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, forms of protein intolerance, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, kidney and liver dysfunction, psychiatric abnormalities, susceptibility to inflammatory response and oxidative stress, reduced detoxification capacity and many other inherent and acquired disorders in amino acid metabolism. Blood testing for amino acids is traditionally used to assess the status of essential amino acids while urine testing provides more information regarding how amino acids are utilized in the body as well as any co-factor (vitamin) insufficiencies. Amino acid testing is useful in the following conditions: ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cardiovascular Disease, Depression, Anxiety, Digestive Disorders, Epilepsy, Fatigue, Hypertension, Infertility, Insomnia, Kidney Function, Nutritional Deficiencies, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is associated with more deaths in Canada than all cancers combined. This Comprehensive Cardiovascular Risk Profile evaluates a thorough battery of traditional and advanced blood markers to aid in early detection and modification of these risk factors. Early detection of this all-too-common disease process offers the best chances at reversing the disease. The panel of tests measures oxidized LDL, small dense LDL and Lp(a), which are higher in patients with early-stage cardiovascular disease and correlated with the severity of the disease. A total of 17 risk factors are evaluated, providing highly useful information which we use to create a customized, actionable plan.

 This panel is valuable for anyone with a family history of cardiovascular disease and especially those with known cardiovascular disease, elevated cholesterol or triglycerides or elevated markers of systemic inflammation. Also for those with a personal history of heart attack, stroke or diabetes.

25-Hydroxyvitamin D, known for its role in bone health and calcium absorption, also appears to affect immune function, neurodegenerative and cardiovascular conditions. Vitamin D occurs in two forms—D3 is obtained from animal diet sources and through sun exposure, and D2 is obtained through vegetable diet sources. This test uses the gold standard method to measure both types of Vitamin D (D2 and D3) as well as total Vitamin D. 

 This test is useful when monitoring the following conditions: Alzheimer’s Disease, Bone Health, Calcium Absorption, Cardiovascular Disease, Depression, Immune Function, Infections, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurocognitive Dysfunction, Preeclampsia, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Type 2 Diabetes.

For the male panel, the hormones tested may highlight imbalances that can contribute to different health conditions.  The common patterns seen are low levels of testosterone that may contribute to bone loss, fatigue, heart disease, irritability, grumpiness, memory loss, prostate enlargement, sleep disturbances and depression.  High estrogens can arise from excess conversion of testosterone to estrogen, causing breast enlargement and erectile dysfunction.
This panel of tests provides assessment of the likelihood of Metabolic syndrome in at-risk patients. Five blood markers are used to assess a patient’s risk of developing Metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of symptoms that directly relate to risk of cardiovascular events (ie heart attack, stroke, coronary artery disease and others).

 This panel of tests is recommended for patients who are overweight/obese (BMI> 30), who have high triglycerides or cholesterol or require cholesterol-lowering medication, who have high blood pressure or require medication, who have Type-2 diabetes or for those with a family history of these conditions.

The adrenal function panel measures the adrenal hormones cortisol and DHEAs.  Low cortisol levels are associated with disturbed sleep, fatigue, trouble concentrating, difficulty waking, chronic allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities and depression.  High cortisol levels are associated with anxiety, bone loss, and disturbed sleep.  An excess of cortisol over DHEA can accelerate the breakdown of bone and muscle, thus potentially contributing to premature aging.  Chronic stress may eventually lead to decreased cortisol production and result in fatigue symptoms.  Insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and difficulty losing weight may be associated with an imbalance in the adrenal hormone ratio of cortisol to DHEAs. Both salivary and urine testing is available.
Identification of abnormal levels of  yeast species in the stool is an important diagnostic step in managing cases of chronic gastrointestinal and systemic symptoms. This test also measures which antimicrobial agents (prescriptive and natural) are effective at eradicating the yeast. This provides useful clinical information to help plan an appropriate treatment protocol.
This test is considered in gastrointestinal symptoms, autoimmune disease, IBS, Crohn’s disease, systemic inflammation, food sensitivities, nutritional deficiencies and skin conditions (eczema, dermatitis, acne)
Normal metabolism of methionine is critical for cellular methylation of DNA, proteins and neurotransmitters. Abnormal methionine metabolism can occur in anyone at any age and can be associated with numerous health consequences including cardiovascular disease and cancer. The Methylation Profile provides a functional assessment of the phenotypic expression of common SNPs (MTHFR, MS, CBS) by evaluating the plasma levels of methionine, cysteine, SAM, SAH, homocysteine and cystathionine, and provides the important “methylation index,” a ratio of SAM to SAH.

 This test in very helpful in customizing a regime of supplements for optimizing biochemical function within the cell. This test Is commonly run in cases of Autism, Birth Defects, Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, Congenital Heart Disease, Detoxification Impairment, Down Syndrome, General Health and Longevity, Genetic Disorders, Immune Dysfunction, Neurodegenerative Diseases, Nutritional Deficiencies, Psychiatric Disorders.

Parasitic infections may be an underlying causative factor in several chronic diseases. Symptoms of parasitic involvement often resemble those of other disease and testing for parasite is often overlooked. Parasite testing is a reasonable approach in the investigation of causative factors for chronic gastrointestinal disorders, especially after international travel.
This test is considered in gastrointestinal symptoms, autoimmune disease, IBS, Crohn’s disease, chronic fatigue, food sensitivities and nutritional deficiencies.
Celiac disease is caused by abnormal intestinal permeability(leaky gut) and an abnormal immune response to gluten in genetically predisposed individuals. Gluten is a protein complex found in wheat, barley, spelt and rye. The inflammatory autoimmune response damages the lining of the small bowel and is associated with diarrhea and bloating and subsequent fatigue, nutritional deficiencies, and systemic autoimmune conditions.  Gluten sensitivity can cause similar symptoms but without the same level of tissue damage.
The Celiac & Gluten Sensitivity profile helps differentiate between celiac disease, gluten sensitivity and wheat allergy.
This test would be considered in patients with persistent skin conditions (rash, eczema), unexplained  neurological conditions, iron deficiency anemia, hormone and fertility problems, rheumatoid arthritis, hashimoto’s thyroiditis, bone demineralization unexplained weight loss or persistent  gastrointestinal symptoms. This test is also warranted with any evidence of impaired absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, iron, B12 or folic acid or in individuals that have a first degree relative with a diagnosis of Celiac disease.
Zonulin is the key blood marker for intestinal permeability (leaky gut syndrome), which has been associated with celiac disease, non-celiac gluten sensitivity, and other digestive and systemic conditions.
In a healthy digestive tract, the cells that make up the intestinal wall are firmly linked together and thereby maintain control of what will and will not be absorbed into the bloodstream. In conditions that promote intestinal permeability, the levels of zonulin from the GI tract enter the bloodstream in higher concentrations.
As a result, the zonulin concentration in the bloodstream is a clinically useful marker of intestinal permeability. Consistently, zonulin levels decrease as the permeability heals, which makes it valuable test in monitoring the treatment progression.
This test is useful in celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, type I diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rhuematoid arthritis, asthma and inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis)
Amino acid analysis aids in the identification of dietary protein adequacy and amino acid balance, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, forms of protein intolerance, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, kidney and liver dysfunction, psychiatric abnormalities, susceptibility to inflammatory response and oxidative stress, reduced detoxification capacity and many other inherent and acquired disorders in amino acid metabolism. Blood testing for amino acids is traditionally used to assess the status of essential amino acids while urine testing provides more information regarding how amino acids are utilized in the body as well as any co-factor (vitamin) insufficiencies. Amino acid testing is useful in the following conditions: ADD/ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Cardiovascular Disease, Depression, Anxiety, Digestive Disorders, Epilepsy, Fatigue, Hypertension, Infertility, Insomnia, Kidney Function, Nutritional Deficiencies, Rheumatoid Arthritis
Glutathione (GSH) is the most abundant and important intracellular antioxidant. Measuring glutathione in red blood cells is the best indicator of overall concentration of glutathione within cells, which will correlate directly with the overall health of cells and of the ability to endure toxins and stress. Low levels of glutathione have been reported in cardiovascular disease, cancer, AIDS, autism, alcoholism, and debilitating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. It has also been associated with chronic retention of many potential toxic elements, chemicals and some drugs. Assessing and managing the concentration of glutathione within red blood cells can contribute to healthy aging and effective detoxification of toxic metals and chemicals. Glutathione is routinely administered intravenously in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease, heavy metal toxicity, chronic stress and for cognitive support. Testing is useful for the assessment of general health status, longevity, chronic stress and anti-aging, for Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, cardiovascular disease,  AIDS, Autism, cancer and in cases of heavy metal/toxin exposure.