Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (FBCA)

Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (FBCA)

Functional Blood Chemistry Analysis (FBCA) is one of the most important tools to get a clear picture of the health of the body. FBCA uses standard blood tests to not only look for potential disease processes, but also about how all the systems of the are working.

Functional medicine doctors commonly use specific lab tests to gain a better understanding of what is going on in your body’s ecosystem. Your body is complex, so different root causes may show up as symptoms that seem typical or irregular for that particular ailment. When scheduling an intake appointment, we will order blood panels in advance of your functional medicine appointment.

In conventional medicine the doctors are only looking to see, if the patient’s test are outside the laboratory range. If so then the patient might have an obvious medical condition.

With FBCA we interpret the blood test with with greater scrutiny. We examine panels to see if part of the body isn’t functioning correctly and might be cause the of ill health or may later lead to disease. Conventional medicine uses a bell curve analysis of all the people who have blood tests at the lab— healthy or not. They use a wider range of acceptable lab values.

Thyroid Panel

Thyroid dysfunction has a wide array of symptoms and can be difficult to diagnose. The symptoms might include weight gain, weight loss, dry skin, hair loss, depression, or fatigue. A lack of proper diagnosis can occur within conventional medicine because usually only TSH and T4 tests are run when thyroid dysfunction is suspected. A full thyroid panel will include testing for TSH, T4, free T4, T3 uptake, total T3, free T3, reverse T3, and thyroid antibodies. This blood panel provides a comprehensive view of your thyroid function to understand the full scope of your thyroid health and check for possible autoimmune thyroid problems.

Adrenal Stress 

If you are experiencing brain fog, fatigue, anxiety, depression, irritability, trouble sleeping, blood sugar imbalances, or unexplained weight gain, it is possible that you could have a cortisol imbalance as a result of adrenal gland dysfunction. Your adrenal glands release different hormones into your body, including cortisol, which is your body’s main stress hormone. Balanced hormones are an integral part of your overall health and having an imbalance in cortisol levels can lead to other hormone imbalances, as well. These hormones are released through a complex network of communication between your brain and adrenal glands known as the HPA-axis. If miscommunication happens within the HPA-axis, adrenal fatigue occurs and causes cortisol to be perpetually high, perpetually low, to be high when it should be low, or vice versa. An adrenal stress index test is a saliva test that tracks your cortisol levels over a 24-hour period to measure the health of your adrenal system in response to stress.

Hormone Panel

As mentioned, hormones play a massive role in our health. Most of the time, they go unnoticed if they are properly balanced. However, if levels of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone become unbalanced, symptoms can be severe. They may include acne, hair loss, weight gain, low sex drive, infertility, anxiety, depression, other mood disorders, or changes in the menstrual cycle. Doctors use saliva and blood tests to look at the ratios of these hormones to deduce whether or not they are at healthy levels or if treatment is needed.

Food Sensitivity Panels

A food sensitivity test will test anywhere from 30-200 foods that may be causing patients to have reactions. This test measures IgG antibodies which are associated with delayed food reactions—in other words, the reaction is not seen for up to 72 hours after you have ingested the food. This means that the test can help reveal food allergies you may not know about because the reaction does not happen immediately after you eat the food, making it difficult to attribute your reaction to the allergen. Surprisingly, food allergies may mean that what we traditionally view as “healthy” foods may not be healthy for your individual body. Testing for IgG reactions helps people discover the foods to avoid, often leading to a higher quality of life due to decreased symptoms and inflammation.

*** Please Visit Our Testing Page for a list of additional tests.

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