Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis is one of the most valuable, efficient and cost-effective screening tools for evaluating the status of your health. Unlike conventional blood chemistry testing which uses 'pathological' reference ranges to diagnose disease, FBCA utilises 'optimal' or 'functional' ranges in order to assess disease risk and identify sub-clinical health problems long before they manifest as diseases. With early detection many health problems can be prevented and appropriately managed with diet and lifestyle interventions.
When interpreted correctly, the right FBCA can provide an impressive amount of valuable information regarding a wide-range of bodily functions and physiological mechanisms, including but not limited to:
There are several levels of tests that I recommend depending on the depth of analysis needed. A basic Functional Panel begins with around 60 biomarkers and the more comprehensive panels will contain over 100 biomarkers.
The Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis establishes a baseline of biomarkers that can be used to track health and disease risk over time and can be used to monitor the effects of a specified health program. Periodic testing is recommended every 3-12 months depending upon the patient's health status and concerns.
Each Test Includes:
Comprehensive Report of Findings
45 Minute 1-on-1 Results Consultation
Suggestions for Therapeutic Protocols
Recommendations for Follow-Up Testing
Organic Acids Test (OAT)
The Organic Acids Test provides a view into the body's cellular metabolic processes and the efficiency of metabolic function. This tests for intermediates that are produced in pathways of central energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter breakdown, or intestinal microbial activity. Through analysis of the OAT I can identify specific metabolic blocks which allows me to tailor patient specific personalized interventions to maximize responses, leading to improved outcomes.
Marked accumulation of specific organic acids detected in urine often signals a metabolic inhibition or block indicating either nutrient deficiencies, inherited enzyme deficiencies, toxic build-up or drug effects, and includes several analytes that are markers of dysbiosis (imbalanced gut microbiota).
This test requires only a urine sample.
Dried Urine Testing for Comprehensive Hormones, or DUTCH, is the most advanced test for adrenal and reproductive hormones.
More comprehensive than serum, saliva or 24-hour urine testing
Unparalleled adrenal testing (diurnal free cortisol pattern with cortisol metabolites)
Accurate and comprehensive testing of sex hormones and metabolites (including 2,4,16-OH oestrogens)
Effective monitoring of hormone replacement (improved clinical accuracy for many scenarios)
8 separate lab methods (GC-MS/MS, LC-MS/MS) to ensure the most accurate methods for each test
One simple test to bring you unrivaled clinical information and confident clinical conclusions
Comprehensive Stool Analysis (CSA)
The Comprehensive Stool Analysis is a functional test that provides an overview of the functional components of digestion, absorption, and includes microbial balance and identification of pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeasts.
Poor digestive function and imbalanced gut microbiome can play a critical role in the root cause of many health conditions.
Indicators of poor gut function include symptoms such as constipation, diarrhea, flatulence, bloating, abdominal discomfort and bad breath.
This test involves stool collection in the privacy of you home.
Dr. Craig does his best to keep costs down by ordering lab testing through labs that are generally covered by health insurance. However, with the expansion of insurance many of the more advanced lab testing is now being denied coverage by major carriers. Dr. Jerome Craig carries accounts with a variety of labs to conduct specialized testing as to find the appropriate test to fit the patient's budget. Below are some specialty labs that are available.