Urinalysis

Urinalysis2018-11-11T21:25:06+00:00

Urinalysis detects metabolites and captures critical information.

Organic acids are by-products of the body’s internal biochemistry. They are excreted through the urine as waste products. Over 70 markers of the body’s biochemistry can be measured through a simple urine test. It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria.

Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue, and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine.

The OATs test also includes markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, and is the only OAT to include markers for oxalates, which are highly correlated with many chronic illnesses.

Often, this broad analysis allows patients to focus in on dietary, supplemental, and behavior changes that can be made to have the biggest impact on their health. Upon treatment, patients have reported significant improvement such as decreased fatigue, regular bowel function, increased energy and alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, and decreased abdominal pain.

Mold exposure is quickly being recognized as a major player in chronic illness. It generates a variety of toxins (collectively known as mycotoxins) that cause inflammation when inhaled or ingested. Inflammation caused by mycotoxins can mimic all of the symptoms of Lyme disease. It’s important to know if symptoms are being driven by mold, chronic infections, or both to offer successful treatments.

Usually unseen in the home, workplace or vehicle, mold is rarely considered as a source of symptoms. However, in a patient who is being exposed to mold regularly, the consequences can be severe. If mold toxins are present in urine, then we know that there is an exposure somewhere in that person’s life.

Every day, we are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals through products like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution. As we have become more exposed to chemical-laden products and to toxic chemicals in food, air, and water, we have been confronted with an accelerating rate of chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/AD(H)D, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Because exposure to environmental pollutants has been linked to many chronic diseases, assessment of the state of exposure to environmental chemicals is crucial. We use a toxic non-metal chemical profile that screens for the presence of 172 different toxic chemicals including organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, benzene, insecticides, acrylamide, diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide, and more. This profile also includes Tiglylglycine (TG), a marker for mitochondrial disorders resulting from mutations of mitochondrial DNA.

This is one of the newest and best tests for hormones available today. The DUTCH (dried urine test for comprehensive hormones) Test combines the benefits of serum (blood), saliva and urine to give a complete hormone picture that includes metabolites (break-down products of hormone metabolism).

While traditional testing methods provide a tremendous amount of information, measuring hormone metabolites can provide a better understanding into imbalances. For example, in cases where a hormone may be too low or too high, there are several possibilities; too little or too much hormone production or, increased or decreased hormone clearance. Treatment is different for each case. With this information, we can identify the cause of hormone imbalance and treat it more effectively.

The DUTCH Test is especially effective for measuring cortisol, our stress hormone. Similar to saliva, this test measures free cortisol, a much better marker than total cortisol (as tested in serum/blood.) By taking multiple samples throughout the day, the results provide a cortisol pattern (a cortisol curve) much like a saliva test. The major advantage with the DUTCH Test over a saliva sample is the addition of cortisol metabolites that can differentiate adrenal dysregulation, adrenal fatigue, or inflammatory conditions that mimic an adrenal imbalance.

People can have trouble with the volume of heavy metals they have accumulated and can also have an intolerance to metals (similar to a food intolerance). Heavy metals can store in tissues like the bone, kidneys, and central nervous system.

This test is a direct method called “provoked” testing that involves giving a patient a chelator (an agent that pulls metals from the tissue) and then collecting urine for a period of time afterwards to see what comes out. It is preceded by an “unprovoked” test in order to have a comparison to determine the levels of heavy metals that are being excreted by the body both with and without the chelator. Most of time the unprovoked test shows very little metal being excreted and the provoked test shows excessive metals being excreted which indicates stored metals in the tissues.

Heavy metals cause issues with mineral usage just by their presence in the body. However, there can be added stress on the body when there is an intolerance to the metals as well. Anyone who has food intolerances can attest to the inflammation that can be caused when they eat a food for which they are reacting. The same thing can be happening, on a constant basis, for someone who is reacting to a heavy metal. This is regularly seen in patients with an autoimmune disease diagnosis.

The disadvantage to this method is that very sensitive patients can be overwhelmed by moving metals too quickly. It is recommended that these patients undergo the more gentle alternative of Hair Trace Mineral Analysis. The presence of heavy metals can be inferred based upon a pattern of minerals being excreted in the hair.

Additional urine tests are available based on individual patient needs.