Nutrition and gastro-intestinal health are the cornerstone of Naturopathic healing.  Most chronic conditions can be directly correlated to the quality and type of food consumed.  Our country's food supply is becoming compromised nutritionally and genetically by large corporate entities primarily seeking financial gains.  Food is engineered for a lasting shelf-life and beauty, while the nutritional integrity is gone.  

Conventional agriculture is sprayed with a multitude of chemicals, which include: herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides.  An increasing amount of produce and animal products are derived from Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).  The combination of the chemicals and genetic modification add to our body burden of toxicity.  This in turn can contribute to food sensitivities, which can manifest as allergies, gas/bloating, diarrhea, constipation, fatigue, systemic and localized inflammation, cancer, autoimmune conditions, etc...  

Dr. Hayman can look at your nutritional and gastrointestinal status using different investigative tools.  A four-day Diet Diary is a helpful tool to see if there are any foods which could pose an obstacle to heal.  She also does a thorough intake and physical exam to determine if there are any other underlying factors.  Depending on the case, Dr. Hayman has a large array of specialty labs that can determine nutritional and gastrointestinal status.  

In addition to standard labs to assess nutritional health, Dr. Hayman uses advanced speciality labs to analyze patients' nutritional and gastrointestinal status.  Following is a list of speciality labs that Dr. Hayman has used with her patients to help determine their obstacles to heal:

Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology - tests GI inflammation, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/candida, parasites

Food Sensitivity Panel - tests IgG Antibodies in the blood by looking at over 90 different foods, as well as markers for Candida/Yeast overgrowth

Micronutrient Blood Cell Analysis - analyzes blood cells for deficiencies in minerals, vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants

 

"Everyone has a Doctor in him or her; we just have to help it in its work.  The natural healing force within us is the greatest healing force in getting well.  Our food should be our medicine.  Our medicine should be our food." ~ Hippocrates