Dr. Miller, ND uses a variety of labs to assist her in determining an individual’s needs and monitor treatment. Sample collection may include blood, saliva, stool, or urine depending on the most appropriate lab test for that unique person. Some examples of available testing include:
Female Hormone Panel — a comprehensive salivary test that measures estradiol, progesterone, DHEA-S, testosterone throughout the menstrual cycle. It is the best available test to track a woman’s unique hormone fluctuations throughout her cycle.
Male Hormone Panel — a comprehensive salivary test that measures DHEA, androstenedione, progesterone, estrogen, testosterone, and DHT for to assist the doctor in identify hormone imbalance.
Adrenal Stress Index Test — an advanced salivary test that measures circadian cortisol levels throughout the day to determine how effective your body is dealing with stress and inflammation.
GI panel — a comprehensive digestive panel that checks for yeast, bacterial, and parasitic infections, digestive enzyme levels, inflammatory markers in both small and large intestine, and blood in the stool.
Estrogen Metabolism Testing — a urine test that measures estrogen metabolites to determine how a woman’s body is processing estrogens. Low ratios of these metabolites has been shown to be associated with an increased risk of breast cancer. Determining a woman’s ability to metabolize estrogen provides the opportunity to focus treatment on improving liver function to reduce risk.
Iodine Loading Test — a urine test that determines if an individual has sufficient iodine for proper thyroid function and breast/prostate health.
Blood testing available through conventional labs is extensive and may include as appropriate for the individual: fractionated estrogen panel (estradiol, estrone, estriol), serum progesterone, DHEA-S, testosterone panel (free and total), PSA (prostate), TSH, free T3, free T4, TPO (checks for Hashimoto’s), celiac panel, comprehensive metabolic panel (checks liver and kidney function), complete blood count, VAP (expanded lipid profile for those with increased risk of cardiovascular disease), cardiac CRP, homocysteine, serum B12, ESR (inflammatory marker), ferritin (iron stores), TIBC (iron study), etc.
MTHFR and other methylation cycle SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms).