*For All Patients
Metabolic testing is performed at all new patient visits and rechecks.
Blood Work for All New Patients
Prior to seeing each patient for the first time, it is helpful that we have results of the following lab tests. This ensures initial visits with us are the most efficient. If the following blood work has not been performed in the last 6-12 months we will be ordering it at your visit.
- Free T4
- Free T3
- Reverse T3
- Vitamin B12
- Folic Acid
- Vitamin D
- Comprehensive metabolic panel
- Lipid panel
Sometimes patients encounter difficulty getting these tests run or having them ordered. Should this happen, please contact our office and we will order them for you through LabCorp .
Should you decide to work with another practitioner to order these labs for our review, but encounter the practitioners unwillingness to order them, the following article may help to convince him/her to assist you. *Hypothyroidism and the Limitations of Blood Tests
For Hormone Patients
The following labs are needed and provided in the office if you have not already received them:
For Fertility/ Preconception Patients
The following additional labs are needed for fertility or preconception patients:
For Fatigue Patients Urine Toxic Metals
The following additional labs are needed above the basics:
Urine Toxic 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. Results are expressed per 24 hours or creatinine corrected to account for urine dilution effects.
Selenium – RBC, Zinc – RBC, Magnesium – RBC and a Vitamin A. Iron and Total Iron-Binding Capacity (TIBC) levels
After Labs are Ordered
After we order labs for you, we will fax a lab requisition form and print one for you to take to a LabCorp draw site in your area or in the cast of other testing sent off in the mail. You will need to call the lab to determine if drop-in times are offered, or if an appointment is required. It is also most helpful to ask about any specific instructions, like a fasting requirement, which might be associated with certain labs (We suggesting fasting with all of our blood labs). After the lab has conducted the tests, make sure to ask the technician to ensure results are faxed to our office at (877) 343-5484.
Payment of Labs
Insurance will often pay for labs ordered by EQUILIBRIUM Natural Health, but we cannot guarantee this. Understanding insurance coverage, and whether labs will be covered or not, is the sole responsibility of every patient.
We suggest to all patients who are paying out-of-pocket for labs to order through our office as we get a less expensive cash contracted rate.