At Suburban Wellness Group, in Newark, New Jersey, we seek to identify the underlying causes of illnesses by first reviewing your diet, stress, energy, digestion, exercise, lifestyle, past and present medical history and family history. Our physicians and healthcare professionals use the latest standards in diagnostic examination and laboratory testing. We evaluate your immune health, digestive function, liver detoxification, hormone balance, cardiovascular health and nutritional status.
Functional medicine testing differs from standard testing that a conventional doctor might order. The purpose of functional medicine lab testing is to help evaluate how well your body is (or isn’t) functioning regarding a spectrum of health parameters rather than just diagnosing a disease. Many people without any diagnosable disease still don’t feel well but they frequently don’t understand why. Functional medicine testing provides deeper insights into the root cause(s) of your health challenges so we can help you feel your best. Deeper insights into your health issues will allow us to treat the source of your symptoms.
Based on your individual needs, we may order the following tests to evaluate your health concerns:
Types of Testing
You may be feeling out of sorts but not sure why. Now you can get micronutrient and antioxidant deficiency testing to determine if you are eating the right foods and taking the right supplements. Micronutrient testing is a next generation blood test for measuring specific vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino/fatty acids and metabolites within an individual’s white blood cells (lymphocytes). Scientific evidence shows that analyzing the white blood cells provides the most accurate analysis of a body’s deficiencies and how they affect cellular function in a person. With your results, we can customize an IV Drip or treatment plan to optimize your nutrient levels, offer recommendations on foods and supplements in order to maintain optimal health and wellness.
GUT MICROBIOME TESTING
Microbiome tests pinpoint the specific nutrients, toxins, and bacteria that are active in each individual’s gastrointestinal system. Because everyone’s GI profile is completely different, these complex tests can create precise and personalized recommendations about food, nutrients, and supplements that are specific to the individual’s needs. Our physicians use these test results to help you live a better, healthier life on a day-to-day basis and to improve your long-term health.
THYROID PANEL TESTING
Thyroid hormone tests are blood tests that check how well the thyroid gland is working. The thyroid gland makes hormones that regulate the way the body uses energy. The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland that lies in front of your windpipe (trachea), just below your voice box (larynx). The thyroid gland uses iodine from food to make two thyroid hormones: thyroxine (T4) and triiodothyronine (T3). The thyroid gland stores these thyroid hormones and releases them as they are needed. The Thyroid Panel Testing is used to find out what is causing an abnormal thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) test and to check how well the treatment of thyroid disease is working.
CARDIAC PANEL TESTING
There’s nothing as important as a healthy heart. Heart health lab testing such as a cholesterol blood test, along with advice from your doctor, is a great first step in assessing your health and risk for heart disease. This panel combines two tests to help evaluate risk for cardiovascular disease, heart attack, or stroke. Included are a Lipid Panel and a C-Reactive Protein High Sensitivity test. A Lipid Panel is the standard and most commonly ordered cholesterol test. It measures Total Cholesterol, LDL, HDL, Triglycerides, and VLDL. A CRP High Sensitivity test measures a protein which can be a risk factor for events like a heart attack or stroke.
LEAKY GUT TESTING
There is a new generation of testing available for celiac disease, gluten sensitivity, gut permeability and autoimmune antibody reactivity. These tests were developed from the updated understanding and research into how and what type of erosion of the gut can lead to food sensitivities, gut dysbiosis and autoimmunity and vice versa, how food sensitivities and gut dysbiosis can lead to further food sensitivities and gut erosion. Leading edge blood tests determine the type and level of gluten sensitivity and celiac disease, gluten cross-reactive foods, along with an intestinal antigenic permeability screen. The latest in the battery of blood tests is the 25 panel autoimmune antibody screen and the 180 food allergy panel.
FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING
At Suburban Wellness Group, we’re here to help diagnose and treat your food sensitivities. We do this by using comprehensive food sensitivity testing to identify the foods that should be eliminated or limited in your diet. Once our experts diagnose the foods you should avoid or limit, we will then offer a program of customized nutrition recommendations to help start you on the road to feeling better. The test looks at common food sensitivities, environmental sensitivities such as pollen and plants, as well as testing heavy metals, mineral levels and a range of food and cosmetic additives.
FOOD ALLERGY AND INHALANT ALLERGEN TESTING
Food allergies and food sensitivities are abnormal responses to a food component triggered by the immune system in the form of immunoglobulins (IgE, IgG, IgA), representing either an immediate or delayed response. Specific IgE food panels include the major food allergens known to be responsible for immediate type reactions and are grouped for adult, basic or comprehensive panels. Individual specific IgE foods can be ordered from the lab’s inventory of over 100 different foods as needed.
Environmental IgE & IgG Allergy Tests & Panels
Inhalant allergy IgE test selection is based on regional allergen prevalence, allergen cross-reactivity, home or occupational exposure with special consideration of symptoms and history. Individual inhalant allergens include airborne pollens from grasses, trees, and weeds; animal danders, molds, dust mites and occupational allergens are available.
HORMONE PANEL TESTING
The Expanded Hormone Panel for men measures hormone levels for Free and Total Testosterone, DHEA-S and Estradiol, Sensitive. The Expanded Hormone Panel for Women measures hormone levels for Free and Total Testosterone, DHEA-S and Total Estrogen. Carefully reviewed by our physicians, these panels provide a thorough analysis of your hormone levels, and should be a part of any wellness routine, helping identify health concerns before they progress into chronic or life-threatening conditions. Given the voluminous scientific data demonstrating the myriad associations between declining hormone levels and age-related disorders such as Alzheimer’s and heart disease, there should be no doubt that hormone testing is an essential element of every annual check-up and disease-prevention program.
MTHFR MUTATION TEST
This test looks for mutations (changes) in a gene called MTHFR. Genes are the basic units of heredity passed down from your mother and father. The MTHFR gene helps your body break down a substance called homocysteine. Homocysteine is a type of amino acid, a chemical your body uses to make proteins. Normally, folic acid and other B vitamins break down homocysteine and change it into other substances your body needs. There should then be very little homocysteine left in the bloodstream. If you have an MTHFR mutation, your MTHFR gene may not work right. This may cause too much homocysteine to build up in the blood, leading to various health problems. The test is used to find out if you have one of two MTHFR mutations: C677T and A1298C. It is often used after other tests show you have higher than normal homocysteine levels in the blood. Conditions such as high cholesterol, thyroid disease, and dietary deficiencies can also raise homocysteine levels. An MTHFR test will confirm whether the raised levels are caused by a genetic mutation.
SUBURBAN WELLNESS GROUP
554 Bloomfield Avenue
Newark, NJ 07107
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