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Ascent Integrative Health

Naturopathic Medicine

Naturopathic medicine is a health care system that blends modern scientific knowledge with traditional and natural forms of health care. Naturopathic medicine emphasizes disease as a process rather than as an entity.

Treating both acute and chronic conditions, naturopathic treatments are chosen based on the individual patient – their physiological, structural, psychological, social, spiritual, environment and lifestyle factors. In addition to diet and lifestyle changes our naturopathic doctor’s natural therapies include botanical medicine, clinical nutrition, homeopathy, injection therapy and acupuncture .

The Goal: to address the biochemical components of health and disease so our bodies can heal themselves.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Hormone Health $650

Hormones are our body’s way of communicating and controlling various physiological processes form hunger to sleep and much, much more. Often long term stress or severe acute stress can shift the balance of circulating hormones to create inflammatory conditions and hormonal imbalances that can contribute to:

  • sleep disturbances
  • painful periods
  • menopausal symptoms
  • weight gain
  • fatigue
  • PCOS
  • acne
  • etc

This package includes:

  • initial Naturopathic visit (60min)
  • a follow up Naturopathic visit (30min)
  • complete thyroid hormone tests
  • dietary assessment and recommendations
  • comprehensive salivary hormone test (sex hormones and adrenal hormones)

 

Stress / Adrenal Health $730

Stress is a natural and important part of life. Too much stress over many years or severe acute stress can impact our quality of life in so many ways. Wired and Tired? Overwhelmed? Unable to handle otherwise manageable tasks? You may need to support your adrenal glands and mitigate you body’s endocrine (hormone) and nervous system to restore health. This package looks at how to do that.

This package includes:

  • initial Naturopathic visit (60min)
  • 4 X biopuncture visits (20min each) an injection based technique using acupuncture points & vitamin B12
  • dietary assessment and recommendations
  • complete thyroid hormone tests
  • comprehensive salivary hormone test (sex hormones and adrenal hormones)

Healthy Weight Healthy You $500

The way our body’s move and feel are an important aspect of health. Additional weight can often be a sign of hormonal imbalance & neurotransmitter imbalances. Working to understanding then correcting these imbalances can be a pivotal part of successfully implementing lifestyle choices to achieving a healthy weight. This packages aims to assess some hormones related to metabolism along with focusing on decreasing inflammation and personalizing a diet and lifestyle program that will suit your needs.

This package includes:

  • initial Naturopathic visit (60min)
  • a follow up Naturopathic visit (30min)
  • complete thyroid hormone test
  • IgG 96 food sensitivity test
  • diet and lifestyle recommendations

 

Healthy Skin $750

Our skin reflects more then what’s going on, on the surface. Often it represents an internal environment of inflammation and hormonal imbalances that require supporting liver functions and gut processes. To uncover what your unique requirements are for optimal healthy skin, this package may be for you.

This package includes:

  • initial Naturopathic visit (60min)
  • a follow up Naturopathic visit (30min)
  • IgG 96 food sensitivity test
  • basic salivary hormone test
  • diet and lifestyle recommendations

Naturopathic Doctors in Alberta can requisition most laboratory tests performed at Calgary Lab Services (CLS). Beyond such test, they also have access to specialized testing. Here are some of those tests available at Ascent Integrative Health.

Food Sensitivity Testing

This test assesses your personal reactivity to 96-184 different foods. Specifically this in house blood spot test will assess your body’s immune response, gauging reactivity of an immunoglobulin IgG against the various foods and the intensity by which they respond (no reactivity, low, moderate or high). Results from this test are used to create a personalized treatment plan to heal the GUT, reduce inflammation and any corollary symptoms that might arise as a consequence of food sensitivities.

Celiac Profile

This in house blood spot test screens for several antibodies whose presence strongly suggest gluten sensitivity and or celiac disease. These antibodies are IgA and IgG to gliadan (a protein found in gluten) to assess for gluten sensitivity and IgA antibodies to tissue transglutaminase which is specific for celiac.

Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA)

This test is collected in the comfort of one’s home, whereby stool is collected and sent to the lab for processing. Results examine digestive and absorptive functions along with screening for opportunistic pathogens and parasites. Often this test is run when symptoms such as persistent: bloating, diarrhea, indigestion, constipation, occur.

Fatty Acid Profile

This in house blood spot test assesses the fatty acid composition of red blood cells (RBC) and their respective ratios.   Specifically it screens for an individual’s Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids (PUFAs), Saturated Fatty Acids (SFAs), Trans-Fatty Acids (TFAs) and Monounsaturated Fatty Acids (MUFAs) profiles of their RBCs. The ratio with which these fats exist is critical for optimal cell function. Imbalances are correlated with chronic inflammation, cardiovascular disease, depression, and other mood disorders. This test will help determine which forms of fat you should be consuming more of and those for which you should be consuming less of to achieve optimal fatty acid balance.

Hormone Testing

This take home test requires collecting saliva at various times of the day to quantify the presence of several hormones. Testing saliva for the levels of sex and adrenal hormones is a non-invasive method that yields reliable results and informs treatments protocols. The saliva is screened for active hormone availability, where results help to determine imbalances and patterns related to some chronic diseases.

Neurotransmitter testing

Assessing neurotransmitter levels by screening the urine can provide insight into neurotransmitter imbalance(s) and provide guidance for treatment. This tool can help guide treatment to manage and support various mental and emotional disorders or concerns that occur due to imbalances in neurotransmitters.    The lab used to screen for the neurotransmitters use highly sensitive technologies to determine the status of neurotransmitters.

Urinary Amino Acids

This take home lab test uses urine to screen for the presence of dietary protein and amino acids to detect adequacies and balances. As well it screens for gastrointestinal dysfunction, protein intolerances, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, renal and hepatic information and other concerns related to amino acid metabolism disorders such as inflammation / oxidative stress, reduced detoxification capacity and psychiatric abnormalities.

Organic Acids

This take home test screens urine to assess for metabolic functions & cellular metabolic function. Organic acids are metabolic intermediates that result in energy production pathways, the breakdown of neurotransmitters, detoxification and microbial activity. Understanding the presence and quantity of these metabolites can help inform where blockages may be in such processes and how to support them and or what to screen further for optimal health.

Naturopathic medicine treats all forms of health concerns — from pediatric to geriatric, from irritating symptoms to chronic illness and from the physical to the psychological. Naturopathic medicine is beneficial for:
● Natural disease prevention
● Health promotion and maintenance
● Improving organ function (ie liver, stomach, bowels, kidneys, etc)
● Smoking cessation
● Following unsuccessful conventional medical therapy
● Improving the quality of life for those with serious and life threatening illnesses
● Those looking to combine conventional and naturopathic treatments to minimize side effects of drugs, surgery and other treatments

After the Second World War health care moved away from a more natural approach, focusing on the advances in surgical techniques, the introduction of antibiotics and the growth of the pharmaceutical industry. In the last twenty years, public desire for greater control in the health care process and a growing dissatisfaction with high-tech solutions to health problems has resulted in a resurgent interest in the natural methods of preventive health care. This trend has increased demand for naturopathic services as people seek ways to improve their health, cope with day-to-day stresses and avoid illness.

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