DIAGNOSTIC TESTING FOR HAIR LOSS
Y our doctor will diagnose the cause of your hair loss based on your medical history, the medications you take your nutritional status, your hairdressing habits and a physical examination. If your doctor suspects a fungal infection of your scalp, he or she may take a hair sample for laboratory testing.
Blood tests probably will be needed if your doctor suspects a medical illness (such as lupus) or a thyroid problem, iron deficiency or sex-hormone imbalance. Some of the testing at our clinic may include:
- Hormone testing (estrogens, testosterone, cortisol and progesterone using blood and saliva
- Hair mineral analysis to check for heavy metal status
- Blood tests for assessing the thyroid function and iron status
We provide the following medical tests at the clinic:
Amino Acid analysis measuring 38 amino acids in plasma to evaluate dietary protein adequacy, digestion, absorption, amino acid transport, metabolic impairments, and nutritional deficits; including essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids.
Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acid assessment measures the levels of fatty acids in red blood cell membranes that affect cellular communication and the inflammatory cascade.
Elemental Analysis examines blood or hair samples for levels of toxic and nutrient elements. Toxicities and nutrient insufficiencies are identified, allowing for targeted interventions. The Toxic Element Exposure Profile evaluates a hair sample for levels of 21 toxic elements. To measure urinary excretion of toxic and / or nutrient elements, clinicians can use the Comprehensive Urine Element Profile or the Toxic Element Clearance Profile.
The Elemental Analysis, Packed Erythrocytes provides a reliable means of identifying short-term toxic element exposure and evaluating intracellular mineral nutrient status. Elemental analysis in red blood cells is a reliable means to identify short-term toxic metal exposure and to evaluate intracellular nutrient mineral status.
Women's Hormonal Health Assessment provides a focused overview of hormonal balance in both pre- and post-menopausal women, using a single serum sample to evaluate dynamics of sex steroid metabolism that can profoundly affect a woman's health throughout her lifetime.
Estrogen Metabolism Assessments, Urine or Serum evaluate how estrogen is being processed in the body. The tests yield clinical insight into many estrogen-dependent conditions and provide important tools for monitoring dietary, lifestyle and hormone therapies.
Comprehensive Thyroid Assessment is a comprehensive analysis of thyroid hormone secretion and metabolism, including central thyroid regulation and activity, peripheral thyroid function, and thyroid autoimmunity. This serum test allows the practitioner to pinpoint commonly occurring imbalances that underlie a broad spectrum of chronic illness.
Adrenocortex Stress Profile is a salivary assay of cortisol and DHEA, imbalances of which are associated with ailments ranging from obesity and menstrual disorders to immune deficiency and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.
Male Hormone Profile analyzes four saliva samples over a 24-hour period for levels of testosterone. Elevated levels suggest androgen resistance, while decreased levels can result from such causes as hypogonadism, hepatic cirrhosis, lipid abnormalities and aging. The comprehensive profile includes the Adrenocortex Stress Profile and the Comprehensive Melatonin Profile to reveal how testosterone is influenced by cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.
Female Hormone Profile analyzes eleven saliva samples over a 28-day period for the levels of ß-estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone, providing clues about menstrual irregularities, infertility, endometriosis, breast cancer, and osteoporosis. The comprehensive profile includes the Adrenocortex Stress Profile and the Comprehensive Melatonin Profile to reveal how the sex hormones are influenced by cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.
Saliva testing is an easy, painless, and reliable way to measure bioavailable hormone activity. Saliva hormone levels best approximate the amount of hormone actually working at the cell level because hormones must pass through cells of the saliva gland before entering saliva. Blood testing, on the other hand, measures both bioavailable and unavailable (protein-bound) hormone, and may not reflect the actual activity of the hormone.
Menopause Profile examines three salivary samples over a 5-day period to determine levels of ß-estradiol, estriol, estrone, progesterone, and testosterone for women who are menopausal. The comprehensive profile includes the Adrenocortex Stress Profile and the Comprehensive Melatonin Profile to reveal how the sex hormones are affected by the influences of cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin.
Comprehensive Melatonin Profile analyzes three saliva samples for the secretion pattern of this important hormone. Melatonin imbalance has been associated with Seasonal Affective Disorder, infertility, sleep disorders, and compromised immune function.
Blood hormone panel analyzes all the female hormones – 3 estrogens, testosterone, prolactin, follicle stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, additional testing can be done if requested by the patient.
Hormones are constantly changing. Usually the hormones work with each other through a feedback mechanism. Hence if one hormone is off balance, other hormones get affected through the feedback loop.