Patients usually visit the Hoffman Centre after having exhausted their options following visits to other health care providers, including those that are traditional or integrative, alternative, naturopathic, or functional in nature, and remain symptomatic with unresolved issues. In order to provide the answers patients require that haven’t been provided by previous assessments, extensive functional medicine laboratory tests will be required. This is especially the case if your presentation is complex, long-standing, and involves multi-systems.
At the Hoffman Centre, we’re unable to provide insights not previously uncovered by previous workups if we can’t measure the full extent of a patient’s biochemical, structural, toxicological, mind-body, emotional, and brain imbalances that weren’t investigated previously. The number of tests required may be considerable, with between four and fifteen different tests ranging from $500 to $3,000 per individual lab test. Please note that individuals with singular issues, such as hormonal imbalances, will not require such an extensive workup.
In every circumstance we attempt to limit testing to the absolutely essential procedures that will provide insights into your disease or symptom profile that are uncovered at your initial half-day appointment. The number of tests required to obtain an assessment of your health most often depend on:
• Your age
• The length of time experiencing symptoms
• The extent of bodily organs involved
Please note, it’s impossible to provide a quote regarding which tests you’ll require without a thorough history and timeline of illness being obtained at your initial appointment, either in-person or on Zoom or a similar online video platform. After this initial meeting to learn more about your history, you’ll be provided with a list of potential tests that will assist in uncovering the potential causes and imbalances, including antecedents, triggers, and mediators, of your symptom profile. Many patients erroneously believe that their symptom complexes or conditions are due to one single factor. We have found through many years of experience, that this is very seldom the case. Furthermore, we stand by our clinical principles of not diagnosing or treating a patient without measuring objectively what factors may be contributing to their symptom complexes. Our staff members that answer phone enquiries will be unable to provide a pre-appointment specific quote for these very reasons. Please note that in every case we attempt to work within a patient’s budget and payment timeline.