Laboratory Testing

Naturopathic Physicians Can Run Conventional Labs

Laboratory Testing - Bend Naturopathic MedicineIt is within the scope of licensed naturopathic physicians in Oregon to be able to run all conventional labs. That is, the labs your MD or DO would run.

I can order and interpret labs in order to evaluate your health status and monitor progress with your current treatment plan. The benefit of these tests is that insurance companies usually cover them! Though, this is subject to your individual plan.

Additionally, the results usually come back fairly quickly. Most of these tests are serum (blood) and need to be collected while having fasted for 10-12 hours. I will direct you to a local draw site to collect the sample.

I will run a series of conventional lab tests annually and utilize the data collected to functionally assess your health risk factors and progress. The test that I choose will be determined by your health concerns, personal past medical history, family medical history and current presentation. I may also recommend further testing if your results indicate significant risk of any kind.

Some of the tests I may run include:

  • Urinalysis – to determine or allow a glimpse at general urinary tract health including kidney, urinary bladder and urethral
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) – to allow insight into blood cell health, absolute and relative numbers of red and white blood cells, biological markers for anemia, signs of infections (white blood cells are an important part of our immune system)
  • Complete Metabolic Panel (CMP / Chem 14) – included electrolytes, blood sugar, enzymes and proteins that give insight to general kidney, liver and heart health. This panel looks at electrolytes which must be in balance for heart health.
  • Lipid Panel (cholesterol) – to evaluate risk of heart attack, stroke, and other cardiovascular conditions.
  • Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR), high sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP), homocysteine and Ferritin – markers of general inflammation.
  • Iron Panel – to assess for iron deficiency anemia
  • Hemoglobin A1C – an indicator of longer-term blood sugar health
  • Insulin – a hormone related to blood sugar regulation
  • Thyroid Hormone Panel – to evaluate health of thyroid or monitor treatment progress
  • Vitamin D – an important vitamin for immune system and bone health
  • Various Antibodies – when indicated, to evaluate for auto-immunity

Sex-specific testing

  • Paps – regular interval testing to detect cervical cancer
  • Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) – tested with Paps when appropriate to screen for cervical cancer
  • Beta-HCG – to evaluate for pregnancy
  • Prostate Specific Antigen – when indicated, a marker of prostate health

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