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Functional Diagnostic Nutrition ®

How We Can Help


I must get asked this question 15 times a day from prospective clients and the general population so I know there is an interest in what we do and how we can help.  I will break it down into two components with more of an emphasis on the latter.

Client number 1

This is the person who typically wants to lose weight and get into shape.   There are many derivatives of this but it usually revolves around losing fat, adding muscle and having strong cardiovascular health. They need guidance on nutrition, training programs, sleep, lifestyle modifications, stress reduction techniques, etc.  We provide this with or without the utilization of lab testing.  Depending on the client’s financial situation, we run the personalized panels that will give us the most pertinent data.  With this data, we can then tailor the programs accordingly.

Client number 2

This is the person with a more specific health issue or diagnosed disease.  These can range from thyroid problems, autoimmune conditions (celiac, lupus, crohn’s, rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, type 1 diabetes, etc.), type 2 diabetics, adrenal fatigue/stress, anxiety, depression, neurological disorders, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) and many other gut and brain disorders.  We typically run a few labs that determine what is causing the problem and then address it with a very specific protocol.  There is much more personalized in depth analysis as they have been suffering with these issues for years or decades.  They typically have not been able to get the help they require and are looking for alternative options.  This is relatively new area of practice around the world especially in Canada.  Many people are unaware that these conditions can be reversed or improved dramatically where they don’t have to suffer in pain anymore.


If this sounds like you or anyone else you know, please feel free to each out to our team.  We are always here to help.  Have a great day.



Have you ever wondered what it would feel like to have a full night’s sleep, go through a day without a headache, full of energy in the morning, afternoon and evening?  Do you suffer from allergies, acne and blood sugar problems?  Do you find yourself feeling depressed, emotionally fragile or anxious?   Do you have inflammation, pain, indigestion and bloating?  Have you ever experienced low sex drive, menstrual (not you gentlemen) problems or weight gain around the waist or buttocks?  I ask these questions because many people experience symptoms related to systemic dysfunctions but can’t receive the proper help to alleviate them.  They are frustrated with traditional care and have nowhere else to turn.  Well, I am here to tell you that you do.  Functional Diagnostic Nutrition ® (FDN) is an emerging field and growing body of work that bridges the gap between medical care and self care.  I want to outline some testing procedures that I can administer with you to seek the underlying malfunction that is causing your discomfort.  I have run these on multiple clients (including myself) and I can’t stress (pardon the pun) how effective they have been.  For me personally, these lab results have uncovered dysfunctions that were not revealed by standard medical testing.


Lab Test # 1 (BH 205 for Adrenal Stress Profile and Hormones)

This lab tests seven different hormones throughout the day and they include Testosterone, Progesterone, Estradiol, Estriol (sex and reproductive hormones), Cortisol (stress hormone), DHEA (recovery hormone) and Melatonin (sleep hormone).  It is the signature test that gives an FDN practitioner insight into your circadian rhythm, your ability to handle stress, body physiology, mood, energy levels,quality of sleep and reproductive hormones.  This is where we can get an initial view into any malfunctions and a clinical correlation to the symptoms you have been dealing with.

Lab Test #2 (DUTCH Test for Adrenals)

The dutch® urine steroid hormone profile measures hormones and hormone metabolites (called conjugates) in a dried urine sample. Measuring both hormones and their metabolites can give a better overall picture of hormone production. For example, a urine steroid hormone profile on someone with low salivary cortisol could show normal cortisol production, but high levels of metabolites. In other words, he/she is producing enough cortisol, it’s just getting broken down into its metabolites very quickly. There are also some metabolites that are important markers for breast cancer risk that can only be measured in urine.


Lab Test # 3 (BH 101 for Liver Function, Toxicity within the body and your ability to Digest Protein)


This lab measures a patient’s urinary bile acid sulfates (UBAS), which is a direct indicator of liver congestion and a window into its efficiency at handling toxins and other metabolically undesirable compounds (MUC). This test also evaluates lipid peroxide levels, which represent how much “oxidative stress” (toxicity) is present in the body. The final test in this section is for bacterial breakdown of protein into amino acids.  How well does your body digest protein for fuel sources, muscle development and body tissue repair!


Lab Test #4 (ARL Mineral and Nutrient Testing)

The Analytical Research Labs HTMA (Profile 1) provides insight on mineral and toxic metal levels and how well the body is able to currently excrete toxic metals.


Calcium, Magnesium, Sodium, Potassium, Iron, Copper, Manganese, Zinc, Chromium, Selenium, Phosphorus, Nickel, Cobalt, Molybdenum, Lithium, Boron, Lead, Mercury, Cadmium, Arsenic, Aluminum.
Provides a basic Multi-Element Laboratory Assay reporting the patient test results for macro and micro minerals, toxic metals and significant ratios. A chart is provided that identifies the patient/client information and graphically illustrates the test results.


Lab Test #5 ( Comprehensive Thyroid Testing)

The SpectraCell Laboratories Comprehensive Thyroid Panel provides insight on thyroid function.  This is extremely important as many patients with thyroid conditions have an autoimmune component.

  • TSH
  • Free T3
  • Free T4
  • T4 Total
  • Thyroglobulin
  • Thyroxine-Binding Globulin
  • Anti-Thyroglobulin Ab
  • Anti-TPO Ab


Lab Test #6 (Micronutrients)

The SpectraCell Laboratories Micronutrient Test assesses the function of over 30 different vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants within white blood cells.


  • B Complex Vitamins (B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, Folate, Biotin)
  • Amino Acids & Metabolites (Serine, Glutamine, Asparagine, Choline, Inositol, Carnitine, Oleic Acid)
  • Other Vitamins & Minerals (Vit D3, Vit A, Vit K2, Manganese, Calcium, Zinc, Copper, Magnesium)
  • Individual Antioxidants (Glutathione, Cysteine, CoQ10, Selenium, Vit E, Alpha Lipoic Acid, Vit C)
  • Carbohydrate Metabolism (Fructose Sensitivity, Glucose-Insulin Interaction, Chromium)
  • Spectrox (Total Antioxidant Function)
  • Immunidex (Immune System Function)


Lab Test #7 (Cyrex Array 2 For Gut Health)

The Cyrex Laboratories Array #2 (Intestinal Antigenic Permeability Screen) measures intestinal permeability to large molecules which inflame the immune system.
  • Actomyosin IgA
  • Occludin/Zonulin IgG, IgA, & IgM
  • Lipopolysaccharides (LPS) IgG, IgA, & IgM

To assess intestinal permeability, the lab measures antibodies against bacterial endotoxins (LPS), tight-junction proteins (occludin/zonulin), and cell cytoskeleton (actomyosin), and identifies both transcellular and paracellular routes of intestinal barrier penetration by large molecules with a capacity to challenge the immune system.


Lab Test #8  (Genova Intestinal Permeability Test)

Intestinal Permeability Assessment is a powerful non-invasive gastrointestinal test assessment of small intestinal absorption and barrier function in the bowel. The small intestine uniquely functions as a digestive/absorptive organ for nutrients as well as a powerful immune and mechanical barrier against excessive absorption of bacteria, food antigens, and other macromolecules. Both malabsorption and increased intestinal permeability (“leaky gut”) are associated with chronic gastrointestinal imbalances as well as many systemic disorders.

Increased intestinal permeability (leaky gut) of the small intestine can:

  • Increase the number of foreign compounds entering the bloodstream
  • Allow bacterial antigens capable of cross-reacting with host tissue to enter the bloodstream, leading to auto-immune processes
  • Enhance the uptake of toxic compounds that can overwhelm the hepatic detoxification system and lead to an overly sensitized immune system


Lab Test #9  (BH401H for Parasites, Bacteria, and Fungus/Yeast)

This stool analysis determines the presence of ova and parasites such as protozoa, flatworms, and roundworms; Cryptosporidium parvum, Entamoeba histolytica, and Giardia lamblia antigens; bacteria, fungi (including yeasts), and occult blood; and Clostridium difficile colitis toxins A and B. Sensitivity to pathogenic organisms will be reported as necessary. Causes for concern are both an overgrowth of microorganisms that are normally present in the intestines and the presence of microorganisms that are not normally present in the intestines. Either condition signals that major physiological pathways in the intestinal environment are outside homeostatic limits.

Parasite infections in particular can be silent but destructive, perpetuating chronic stress on the infected individual 24/7 by raising cortisol levels and causing inflammation. Treatment protocols using natural methods and/or prescription drugs are often necessary to resolve infections.

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a bacterium which can be found in the stomach mucosa of infected individuals. The infection may produce little or no noticeable symptoms, but can cause gastritis, gastric ulcers, stomach cancer, and other serious pathologies. By neutralizing stomach acid through the destruction of parietal cells in the stomach, H. pylori causes digestive problems, constant acute stress on the hormonal stress response, and can lead to progressively threatening disease conditions unless treated.

Lab Test #10 (GI MAPS which is DNA based)

The Diagnostic Solutions Laboratory GI Microbial Assay Plus (“GI-MAP”) looks for the presence of pathogens – including H Pylori and other bacteria, parasites, and viruses – in the gastrointestinal tract.
  • Bacterial Pathogens (Campylobacter, C difficile Toxin A & B, E coli 0157, Salmonella, Shiga-like Toxins, Shigella, etc.)
  • Parasitic Pathogens (Cryptosporidium, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia)
  • Viral Pathogens (Adenovirus, Norovirus, Rotavirus)
  • H pylori (H Pylori, cagA, vacA)
  • Normal Bacterial Flora (Bifidobacter, Enterococcus, E. coli, Lactobacillus)
  • Opportunistic Bacteria (Citrobacter, Klebsiella, Proteus, Yersinia, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus, etc)
  • Parasites (Blastocystis hominis, Dientamoeba fragilis, Endolimax nana, Entamoeba coli, Chilomastix mesnelli, etc.)
  • Fungi/Yeast (Candida albicans, Candida spp., Geotricum spp., Microsporidia spp., Trichosporon spp.)
  • Additional Tests (SIgA, Anti-Gliadin, Elastase, Lactoferrin, Occult Blood)
  • Antibiotic Resistance Genes

To detect pathogens, the lab uses PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) technology to detect the DNA of microorganisms.


Lab Test #11 (MRT Oxford Medical Test for 150 Food Sensitivities)


This final initial lab tests your body for 150 different foods that you may be sensitive to.  That means you can find out what foods cause inflammation, GI issues, headaches, pain, and the like.  What is healthy for someone else may not be good for you.  It is a specific test that lets you know what foods work best within your body.  We can then develop a nutrition plan that augments the data that is revealed.


Lab Tests #12 From Cyrex (Cyrex Labs For Autoimmunity and Sensitivities)

ARRAY #3: Wheat/Gluten Proteome Reactivity and Autoimmunity

Cyrex Laboratories Array #3 measures antibody production (IgG/IgA) against 9 wheat proteins and peptides and 3 essential structure enzymes to help you accurately identify gluten sensitivity.
  • Wheat IgG/IgA
  • Wheat Germ Agglutinin IgG/IgA
  • Native & Deamidated Gliadin 33 IgG/IgA
  • Gliadin Peptides: Alpha-Gliadin-17-Mer, Gamma-Gliadin-15-Mer, Omega-Gliadin-17-Mer, & Glutenin-21-Mer 33 IgG/IgA
  • Gluteomorphin + Prodynorphin IgG/IgA
  • Gliadin-Transglutaminase Complex IgG/IgA
  • Transglutaminase-2 IgG/IgA
  • Transglutaminase-3 IgG/IgA
  • Transglutaminase-6 IgG/IgA


ARRAY #4: Gluten-Associated Cross-Reactive Foods & Foods Sensitivity

Cyrex Laboratories Array #4 measures antibody production (IgG/IgA) against foods that contain gluten(rye, barley, spelt, polish wheat), foods that are known to cross-react with gluten (dairy, yeast, oats, millet, rice, and corn), foods that are newly-introduced and commonly over-consumed on a gluten-free diet (rice, sorghum, quinoa, etc), and foods that are common allergens (corn, soy, eggs, etc).
  • Rye, Barley, Spelt, Polish Wheat (sources of gluten)
  • Dairy (cow’s milk, casein, casomorphin, milk butyrophilin, whey protein, chocolate milk [processed dairy])
  • Gluten-Free Grains & Grain-Like Seeds (amaranth, buckwheat, hemp, millet, oats, potato, quinoa, rice, sesame, sorghum, tapioca, teff)
  • Yeast
  • Coffee (instant – which is almost always contaminated with gluten during processing)
  • Common Food Allergens (soy, egg, corn)


ARRAY #10: Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen

Cyrex Laboratories Array #10 measures antibody production (IgG/IgA) against 180 different foods (raw and/or modified), foods enzymes, lectins and artificial food additives (including meat glue, colorings, and gums).


  • Fruits
  • Vegetables
  • Grains
  • Beans & Legumes
  • Nuts & Seeds
  • Fish & Seafood
  • Meat
  • Dairy & Eggs
  • Spices
  • Herbs
  • Gums
  • Brewed Beverages & Additives


There are dozens of other labs that I can perform like gluten sensitivity, celiac, thyroid panels, etc. but these labs will give you a solid foundation on where your dysfunctions are and how you can find the hidden stressors that have been causing you concern.  We don’t treat the symptom, we correct the root cause.  Please feel free to e-mail me at, call me at 905-425-1803 or go over to the website ( and find out more on how we can help you.  Thank you.

Additional Reading:

Physiological Aspects Of Cortisol And DHEA copy

Steroidal Hormone Principle Pathways

MRT Testing

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