Specialized Lab Testing

If there is a test you're interesting in taking, please let the front desk or Dr. Alice know, so she can be prepared with the right test kit at your next naturopathic consultation. A consultation is required before a test can be ordered to evaluate your medical history and whether the test is appropriate for your case. These lab fees are in addition to the standard consultation fee, and typically paid directly to the lab with a credit card.

Most of the specialty labs are not covered by insurance. However, Dr. Alice Fong does have accounts with Labcorp and Genova Labs, so she can order some basic labs that may be covered by insurance depending on your insurance plan.

Food Allergy and/or Sensitivity Testing ($159)
If you are experiencing any digestive issues or seem to be sensitive or reactive to certain foods, we can help! Dr. Alice can help you with the elimination/challenge diet, as well as offer support and guidance on the process. In addition, we can order a blood test that can check for possible food allergies or sensitivities. This test will check for IgG antibodies for 96 different general foods. Vegetarian, Asian, Japanese, and Mexican food panels are also available (prices may vary).

Adrenal Stress Index Panel ($120)
This a non-invasive way to help evaluate the effects of stress on your body. It includes 10 tests for six different hormones and immune markers that may be affected by chronic stress or other conditions. It can provide useful information if you have one of the following issues: Chronic stress and stress-related, health problems, fatigue, muscle and joint pain or weakness, blood sugar dysregulation, insomnia, poor memory, irritability or mood swings, changes in skin integrity, easy bruising or excessive stretch marks, frequent or chronic infections, hypertension, increased waist-to-hip ratio or abdominal obesity, anxiety or depression. Four saliva samples are used to assess the following: cortisol (helps evaluate the stress response), insulin (helps investigate blood sugar control), DHEA/DHEA-S (helps determine degree to which other hormones may be affected by cortisol changes), Secretory IgA (helps evaluate the toll of stress on immunity), 17-OH progesterone (helps determine underlying causes of abnormal cortisol levels), gluten antibodies (helps identify immune response to gluten).

Hormone Testing (Post menopause $112, Peri menopause $180, Cycling female $200-270, Male $120)
Hormonal imbalances can led to PMS symptoms, migraines, irregular menses, fertility issues, and more. Whether you are a male, cycling female, peri-menopausal, menopausal, or post-menopausal, finding out more information on your hormone levels can help us figure out the best approach to treating your conditions. This is a non-invasive saliva test.

Micronutrient Testing for Nutritional Deficiency ($390)
There is overwhelming evidence confirming that nutrient deficiencies have been shown to suppress immune function contributing to chronic disease process including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis and Alzheimer's. SpectraCell’s Micronutrient test provides the most comprehensive nutritional analysis available by measuring functional deficiencies at the cellular level. It is an assessment of how well the body utilizes 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients that enable the body to produce enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health. This test provides the basis of a personalized, functional approach in addressing a broad variety of clinical conditions.

Heavy Metal Testing - Hair Analysis ($60 for standard profile, $120 for expanded profile)
There are a number of elements that are toxic to the human body at high doses which can interfere with its functioning and undermine health—such as mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. These toxic metals have no known physiological functions. They can be toxic to organ systems and may disrupt the balance of essential nutrients. Toxic metals and essential element status can be assessed in urine, blood, feces and hair. Hair Elements analysis provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, especially methylmercury and arsenic, and time-averaged status of specific nutrient elements. This noninvasive screening test requires only .25 grams of hair. Doctor's Data offers a Hair Elements profile containing essential and toxic elements and a Hair Toxic Element Exposure profile containing an expanded lineup of toxic metals.
This test is useful for evaluating: toxic element exposure, excessive fish consumption, alopecia, depression, fatigue, malabsorption, hypertension, impaired glucose tolerance, kidney function, Parkinson's-like symptoms, sexual impotence or decreased testosterone production, and vision problems.
Toxic elements may be 200 to 300 times more highly concentrated in hair than in blood or urine. Therefore, hair is the tissue of choice for detection of recent exposure to elements such as arsenic, aluminum, cadmium, lead, antimony and mercury. The CDC acknowledges the value of hair mercury levels as a maternal and infant marker for exposure to neurotoxic methylmercury from fish.

Candida Antibodies (IgG, IgA, IgM) and Candida Antigen ($95)
The candida panel will assess for acute (IgA/IgM) and chronic (IgG) exposure to Candida albicans. The genus Candida comprise about 154 species of which six most commonly inhabit the skin and mucous membranes as members of normal flora. Candida albicans represents the most abundant opportunistic strain while Candida tropicalis, Candida glabrata, Candida krusei, Candida parapsilosis and Candida lusitaniae may also mount infection under opportunistic conditions. Predisposing factors that may set up such conditions include trauma (infection), surgery, underlying disease (diabetes mellitus, Addison's disease), medications (corticosteroids, antibiotics, oral contraceptives), immunodeficiency, pregnancy, age (elderly, infancy), and malnutrition.
Generally, fungal infections due to overgrowth of Candida are referred to as Candidiasis of which cover a broad range of clinical signs and symptoms encompassing superficial, local and deep-seated infections.
As with all laboratory tests, results should be assessed by your healthcare provider in light of the patient's full medical history.

Gastrointestinal Health Panel ($210-$285)
Maintaining a healthy GI system is essential to your overall health. GI infections and inflammation can lead to a wide range of abdominal symptoms and decrease the body’s ability to absorb nutrients. Commonly thought to only be found in developing countries, parasites are a cause of GI symptoms in millions people in the United States as well. These are non-invasive screens of the GI system and its function. They include 15-22 individual, yet related tests.
Stool and saliva samples are submitted after convenient at-home collection. The GI Health Panels combine pathogen testing, inflammatory markers and other lab measures of possible disease or dysfunction for a comprehensive evaluation of GI health. The GI-1 panel screens for bacteria, fungi, yeast, parasites, antibodies to gluten, digestive function markers, markers of intestinal inflammation, fecal occult blood (to look for GI bleeding), and total sIgA (to evaluate function of immune barrier in the GI tract).