Holistic Nurse

Don't guess, test!

Functional Labs are very different than any average test that you may have done at your yearly physical.

Unlike the conventional model, the functional approach considers the underlying bodily dysfunction which cascades into what is felt as a symptom. Labeling and suppressing symptoms is usually not enough to result in sustainable health. If the root causes are not addressed, they will often manifest as different or worsening symptoms. 

Are you ready to stop playing wack-a-mole with your health complaints? Consider using labs to look for healing opportunities and root causes that may be contributing to your symptoms!

Root causes like..

  • Digestive bugs- Paracites, Bacteria overgrowth and Yeast
  • Leaky gut
  • Hormonal imbalances
  • Digestion - protein malabsorption 
  • Detoxification issues
  • Oxidative stress
  • Heavy metal toxicity and mineral deficiencies

These labs can help shape your personalized holistic, drugless self-care protocols that are safe and powerful.

To find out which labs I would recommend for you, book a free consulation.

Functional Health Labs

DUTCH Hormone Testing

 This lab looks at your HPA (hypothalamic pituitary adrenal) axis function and hormonal imbalances, it is an important baseline test and can help us figure out how well your body is adapting to stress. Markers included are cortisol, cortisone pattern, DHEA, cortisol and cortisone metabolites, progesterone, testosterone, melatonin and estrogens. Adrenal dysfunction can be related to all malfunction within the body and therefore should always be considered when using a functional approach to heal the body.
The DUTCH hormone panel provide you with detailed information on how adrenal and sex hormones are being produced AND metabolized in the body. DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones.


Metabolic Assessment Profile

  This lab is super informative and can help guide our focus in supplementation, diet and other recommendations. This one lab screens the detoxification, digestion and antioxidant capacity of the body to find valuable healing opportunities and hidden stressors. The three markers (indican, bile acids and lipid peroxides) interrelate to each other and all body systems.  My personal favorite marker is bile acids as this result can give us a good insight into your liver/gallbladder function which is an important key to good health! After finding my own UBA value trending high, I started to increase liver support which led to improved energy and mental clarity.  This is a foundational lab to help discover healing opportunities and guide coaching focus.



 This lab includes markers for gluten sensitivity (anti-gliadin IgA), inflammation in the gut (lactoferrin), immunity in the gut (SIgA), pancreatic enzyme sufficiency (elastase), and occult blood. It also looks for the presence of pathogens – including H Pylori and other bacteria, parasites, and viruses. Bacteria, parasites and yeast can cause a huge amount of stress on the body and often need to be addressed to resolve symptoms and prevent disease. Before taking this lab, I recommend clients take 1000mg of N-Acetylcysteine for up to two weeks before stool collection. I may suggest the use of diet and supplementation protocols that must be followed to obtain the best results. Duration of suggested self-treating protocols will vary with each case, re-testing is encouraged. 

GI Intestinal Permeability Test (Genova)

  Health is in your GUT! Even if your symptoms don’t seem to be related to digestion, intestinal permeability can result in undigested food particles, toxic waste products and bacteria “leaking” through the intestinal wall which can enter the blood. This is known as “Leaky Gut” and can cause inflammatory effects and increased toxic load on the body which can result in different symptoms depending on your unique case. The mucosal layer is the surface barrier of the GI tract which is essential to disease prevention and overall health. The GI tract is exposed to many stressors such as inflammatory foods, pathogens, toxins and medications. This test measures the ability of two sugar molecules, lactulose and mannitol, to penetrate the intestinal mucosal layer.  This lab is used to help identify malabsorption and “leaky gut” syndrome, this is associated with increased inflammatory symptoms and many systemic disorders.    

Other Functional Labs

  • Functional Thyroid Panel - Thyroid issues are often missed by the conventional model. While your doctor will only look at your T4 values, A functional panel includes markers for  TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Thyroid Peroxidase (TPO) IgG, Thyroglobulin Ab (Tg) IgG, and Reverse T3
  • Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) - Heavy Metal Toxicity Testing
  • Food sensitivity testing
  • Multiple Autoimmune Reactivity Screen - This test would be considered if autoimmunity is suspected. People don’t become aware that they have an autoimmune disease until enough tissue damage has taken place that they begin to experience symptoms. If we can detect the autoimmune mechanisms at its earliest stage, we can work to normalize antibody levels and arrest the development of the disease, before too much tissue damage takes place.