Special Testing

SALIVA TESTING

Saliva testing is used for measuring hormones like testosterone, estrogen, progesterone and cortisol and its non-invasive collection asks patients to spit into a plastic tube. This sampling method allows patients to collect saliva at home at specific times, which is important for accurately measuring hormone levels.

Why do we test hormones in saliva? Steroid hormones in the bloodstream are 95-99% bound to carrier proteins, and in this form are unavailable to target tissues. Saliva testing measures the amount of hormone available to target tissues – the bioavailable amount. For this reason, saliva testing better relates to specific symptoms of excess or deficiency, and is a good option for monitoring hormone therapy.

At Bellissimo Medical we use one of the first labs to measure hormones in saliva to give our patients the most accurate results for better health and treatment benefits.

The EstroGenomic® Profile

The EstroGenomic® Profile is a saliva test that uses genomic testing to identify susceptibility to diseases and conditions such as breast cancer, osteoporosis, and heart disease. More specifically, it evaluates genetic variations, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes that modulate estrogen metabolism, coagulation, cardiovascular function, bone health, and inflammation.

The EstroGenomic® test uncovers potential genetic susceptibility to diseases and conditions such as:

  • Breast cancer
  • Osteoporosis
  • Thrombosis
  • Strokes
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Heart Disease

This genetic testing enables one to minimize the risk by:

  • Identifying hidden gene mutations that may promote chronic disease
  • Preventing disease through early intervention
  • Modifying gene expression through more precise, targeted, individualized interventions
  • Identifying key areas for follow-up testing
  • Monitoring therapeutic effectiveness of intervention strategies with laboratory testing
The CardioGenomic Plus™ Profile

The CardioGenomic Plus Profile uses genomic testing to identify the risk of genetic susceptibility to cardiac related diseases and conditions. Specifically, the CardioGenomic Plus profile evaluates genetic variations, called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in genes that modulate blood pressure regulation, lipid balance, nutrient metabolism, inflammation, and oxidative stress. It is a saliva testing that uncovers potential genetic susceptibility to:

  • Hypercholesteremia
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Obesity
  • Hypertension
  • Myocardial infarction
  • Thrombosis
  • Endothelial dysfunction
  • Stroke

This genetic testing enables one to minimize the risk by:

  • Identifying hidden gene mutations that may promote chronic disease
  • Preventing disease through early intervention
  • Modifying gene expression through more precise, targeted, individualized interventions
  • Identifying key areas for follow-up testing
  • Monitoring therapeutic effectiveness of intervention strategies with laboratory testing

At Bellissimo Medical, we use the best genomic testing lab and we highly recommend this test to our patients. Whether or not you choose to see genes, they are always there and will continue to play an important role in one’s health. With genomic testing you have the opportunity to influence the ultimate outcome and more actively promote a healthy life.

The Adrenocortex Stress Profile

The Adrenocortex Stress Profile is a noninvasive salivary assay that evaluates the bioactive levels and interrelationship of the body’s important stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA. This profile serves as an insightful tool for uncovering biochemical imbalances that can be associated with anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, obesity, dysglycemia, and a host of other clinical conditions.

In the case of stress hormones, the majority of circulating stress hormones are bound to proteins and are biologically inert. Salivary testing assesses unbound, biologically-active levels of Cortisol and DHEA.

The Rhythm Plus™

The Rhythm Plus hormone test is a comprehensive assessment of estradiol, progesterone, and testosterone spanning a full 28 days. Additionally, this hormone testing profile includes the Adrenocortex Stress Profile and the Comprehensive Melatonin Profile to reveal how the sex hormones are influenced by cortisol, DHEA, and melatonin. Hormone imbalances revealed in this hormone test can help illuminate root causes of disorders such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility, and menstrual irregularities.

Micronutrient Testing

Micronutrient tests measure the function of 35 nutritional components including vitamins, antioxidants, minerals and amino acids within our white blood cells.  Scientific evidence shows us that analyzing the white blood cells gives us the most accurate analysis of a body’s deficiencies.

Vitamin, mineral and antioxidant deficiencies have been shown to affect the function of the immune system which can contribute to degenerative processes such as arthritis.

d in this hormone test can help illuminate root causes of disorders such as premenstrual syndrome (PMS), infertility, and menstrual irregularities.

Food Allergy

The Laboratory we work with, uses a state-of-the-art enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay technique (ELISA) to measure serum IgG4 and IGE antibodies for food allergy testing. Serum is added to a 96-well plate containing different food antigens and then evaluated for classic antigen/antibody interactions. Accurate testing requires the patient to eat a wide range of foods within 3 weeks of assessment for IgG exposure to be present. The test provides a report of whether the levels of antibody to the various foods are low, moderate, or should be avoided altogether.

Urine Heavy Metals

Urine Elements are traditionally used to evaluate exposure to potentially toxic elements and wasting of nutrient elements. Additionally, the comparison of urine element concentrations before and after administration of a chelator can be used to estimate net retention of potentially toxic elements. Subsequent urine element analyses, also following the administration of a chelator, are useful for monitoring the efficacy of metal detoxification therapy.

Neurotransmitter testing

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the nervous system to relay information from one nerve to another. Optimal neurotransmitter balance is required to maintain proper health. Imbalances can cause the brain and the body to be over- or under-stimulated, producing neurological or psychological symptoms, such as:

  • general fatigue
  • Poor concentration
  • impulsive behavior
  • muscle problems
  • moodiness
  • restlessness
  • forgetfulnes
  • anxiousness
  • sleeplessness
  • hyperactive disorders.

 

Test includes:

  • Epinephrine
  • Norepinephrine
  • Dopamine
  • DOPAC
  • Serotonin
  • 5-HIAA
  • Glycine
  • Taurine
  • GABA
  • Glutamate
  • PEA
  • Histamine
  • Creatinine
Cardiovascular and Cancer screening profiles

Cardiovascular and Cancer screening profiles it is a comprehensive blood test designed to monitor biomarkers that are commonly associated with certain cancers and cardiovascular disease. Cancer and cardiovascular disease represent the most common causes of death in the U.S. When monitored on a routine basis, the biomarkers of our associated Laboratory give you the best possible chance of uncovering these conditions before the onset of symptoms.