Naturopathic Lab Testing
Naturopathic lab testing is an effective way to diagnose many medical conditions. At NDcare, Dr. Andresen may recommend standard and/or specialized lab tests as part of her assessment process. This allows her to properly evaluate your health status, screen for potential health conditions, and monitor the progress of your treatment.
While not covered by OHIP, when ordered by a Naturopath, lab test fees can be covered by your extended health insurance plan and billed directly to your insurance provider.
Standard Lab Tests
Naturopathic Doctors order many of the same standard diagnostic tests as your family physician, such as blood work, stool, urine, and saliva testing. Depending on your health concerns, Dr. Andresen may recommend checking your iron status, blood cholesterol and triglycerides, thyroid function, complete blood count, liver enzyme levels, kidney function, blood glucose levels, inflammation levels and more. In addition to blood tests, there are a wide variety of standard breath, stool or urine tests that may be recommend including an H Pylori Breath Test as well as Stool Ova & Parasite testing and Urinary Tract cultures.
As a new patient, if needed, you might be asked to bring copies of most recent lab results to your initial visit. Please note that in Ontario, fees for naturopathic lab tests are not covered by OHIP, and are subject to an additional cost. For her standard lab requisitions, Dr. Andresen uses a lab called Life Labs.
Specialized Lab Tests
To help her assess and create a natural treatment plan for gastrointestinal issues, hormonal imbalances, chronic fatigue, stress management, allergies and other issues, Dr. Andresen also performs specialized lab tests and panels including the following:
- Digestive Health Tests
- Hormones & Reproductive Health
- Chronic Fatigue, Stress, Mood
- Cardiovascular Disease & Diabetes Risk
- Allergies & Environmental Exposures