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The Integrative Health Centre provides the following testing and blood analysis in Calgary:
Urinalysis is a urine test used to evaluate properties such as acidity, concentration (a measure of hydration or dehydration), and the presence of sugars, blood, or protein in an individual’s urine. These properties may indicate irregularities and disturbances in the urinary system. Specialized urinalysis is used to further evaluate chemical imbalances and stressors within the body.
Live Blood Cell Analysis is not a diagnostic blood test, it is simply an educational tool that allows the client to view their blood under a microscope to learn about cell health, hydration status and whether nutritional or lifestyle changes could be helpful in increasing the overall state of health. Blood carries nutrients to the cells and waste products away from the cells in your body. Knowing how well the blood performs these functions can be helpful in evaluating how well the body is functioning on a day to day basis. Live blood analysis is done by placing a drop of blood from the client's fingertip on a microscope slide. The slide is then viewed at high magnification with a dark-field microscope that sends the image to a television monitor in real time. Both the practitioner and client can see the blood cells live in action, which appear as dark dots outlined in white. Results of the live blood analysis are used as a basis for suggesting supplement protocols, nutritional counselling, water intake and more.
Used to assess hormonal status, salivary hormone tests evaluate hormonal levels of estrogen, progesterone, testosterone, thyroid hormone, cortisol and DHEA (stress hormones) present in a client’s saliva. Imbalances of these hormones may result in menopausal symptoms, decreased ability to adapt to stress, temperature and metabolism imbalances, cancer development, cardiovascular degeneration and an inability to lose weight. At the present time, Naturopathic Doctors in Alberta are unable to prescribe hormones however, the results of a salivary hormone test can be helpful in assessing whether herbal supplements would be the best course of action in treating presenting symptoms or if a discussion with the client's MD would a better approach.