Specialized Lab Testing

Naturopathic doctors have access to specialized lab testing companies to understand your health concerns further then routine bloodwork alone. 

Lab companies that Ontario naturopathic doctors can order through LifeLabs and In Common Labs (ICL) include but are not limited to: Precision Analytical, Rocky Mountain Analytical, Doctors Data, BioHealth, Alletess, Meridian Valley and Great Plains Laboratory.


Common specialty labs ordered include:

  • Food Intolerance Testing (IgG/IgE/IgA food sensitivity testing)

  • Salivary Hormonal Testing (cortisol, DHEA, female & male hormones)

  • Dried Urine Hormonal Testing (Precision Analytical - Dried Urine Total Comprehensive Hormone DUTCH test) 

  • Digestive Stool Analysis + Parasitology

  • Urinary Organic Acid Testing

  • SIBO Breath Testing

  • Stool Microbiology

  • Hair mineral analysis

  • Toxic elements exposure

Hormone Testing Explained

Hormones are the key messengers between the brain and the body. The brain communicates commands to various organs through stimulation of hormone releases. Hormones are important for various body processes like growth, cell repair, appetite, metabolism, fertility, reproduction and pain regulation. Any excess or deficiency can contribute to a variety of symptoms and health concerns.

Hormone deficiencies play a key role in the aging process. Critical hormones such as DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone progressively decline as you get older.

Salivary and urinary hormone testing is considered to be more accurate than blood hormone testing, since saliva reflects the level of free/active hormones. Blood level hormones are bound and inactive.

Hormones Tested:
  • DHEA

  • Cortisol

  • Estrone (E1)

  • Estradiol (E2)

  • Progesterone

  • DHEA

  • Dihydrotestosterone

  • Testosterone

Symptoms of hormone imbalances:
  • Changes in menstruation

  • Acne

  • Oily skin

  • Excessive hair growth

  • Fatigue

  • Dizziness

  • Allergy symptoms

  • Anxiety

  • Low sex drive

  • Headaches

  • Weight gain

  • Depression

  • Water retention

  • Urinary tract infections (UTI’s)

  • Hot flashes

  • Vaginal dryness and painful intercourse

  • Night sweats

Conditions associated with hormone imbalance:
  • Endometriosis

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

  • Anxiety/Depression

  • Thyroid conditions

  • PCOS

  • PMS

  • Menopause

  • Obesity

  • Aggression

Specific Hormone Tests:
  • Adrenal Stress Test

  • Female Cycle Map

  • Female Hormone Panel

  • Female Weight Loss Panel

  • Male Hormone Panel

  • Male Weight Loss Panel

*Many health benefits plans cover testing requisitioned by your naturopathic doctor.