We offer the most up to date testing using urine, blood or saliva. This ensures that we choose the most appropriate testing for individual requirements. We perform some of the testing in the practice whilst other tests are sent to various laboratories around the world. This helps us to know exactly why you are experiencing the symptoms and correctly treat the underlying cause of your condition. During a consultation with a practitioner we will be able to assess clearly which tests may be useful.
BLOOD, URINE OR SALIVA TEST?
Saliva Testing At a Glance
All major steroid hormones, such as sex and stress hormones, can be readily detected and measured with saliva. Saliva testing is a very affordable and non-invasive way to measure steroid hormone levels.
One of the profound advantages with saliva testing is that the saliva producing cells allow ONLY unbound (free) hormones into the salivary ducts. It is only free hormone that is able to elicit its effect throughout the body. Saliva testing specifically measures free, unbound hormone levels. This eliminates the need to make mental guesses concerning how much hormone a patient’s body is really being influenced by.
In order to accurately study how hormones clinically affect a patient, it is necessary to look at hormone levels dynamically. In other words, hormone fluctuations are just as important as their level at any given one point in time, e.g., sleep/wake cycles, seasonal mood changes, a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle, etc. Saliva testing easily allows for multiple collections to investigate different cycles and can lead to therapeutic strategies over looked by on sample test of hormones.
Saliva testing has become scientifically accepted, clinically applicable, an excellent alternative to serum testing, the only way to reasonably study a specific cycle of hormone ebbs and flows, and economically feasible.
PORPHYRINS PROFILE/HAIR MINERAL ANALYSIS – Heavy metal and chemical exposure
Porphyrins Profile and Hair Mineral Analysis helps identify the severity of heavy metal toxicity or organic chemical exposure. Chemical exposure leading to heavy toxic burden can have physiological effects resulting in impaired metabolism and cellular function.
Porphyrin testing helps identify:
- Levels of biochemical cell damage caused by toxin exposure
- Physiologic burden of a person’s level of toxins
- Toxicity of patients before and during chelation(toxin excretion) therapy
- Toxicity of therapeutic drugs
Why/How to Evaluate Porphyrins/Hair Mineral Analysis?
Porphyrins, proteins that can be measured in urine, are involved in the proper function of cellular oxygen transport, energy production, and detoxification. Hair Mineral Analysis demonstrates excretion rates of heavy metals through hair samples.
THE ORGANIX PROFILE
MEASURES cellular metabolic processes in relation to the efficiency of metabolic function, identifying metabolic blocks or problems with detoxification, gut dysbiosis, or oxidative stress. This test allows very specific nutritional intervention for clients reducing treatment timeframes.
Organic acids are metabolic intermediates produced in pathways of central energy production, detoxification, neurotransmitter breakdown, and intestinal microbial activity. Accumulation of specific organic acids in urine often signals a metabolic inhibition or block. This abnormality may be due to a nutrient deficiency, an inherited enzyme deficit, toxic build-up, or drug effect.
The Organix Profile provides important information in the areas of:
- Vitamin and mineral insufficiencies
- Amino acid (protein) insufficiencies like carnitine and N-acetyl cysteine (NAC)
- Oxidative damage and antioxidant sufficiency markers
- Indicators to assess detoxification sufficiency
- The best functional markers of B-complex deficiency
- Neurotransmitter metabolites to assess central nervous system (CNS) function
- Mitochondrial energy production assessment via citric acid cycle components
- Methylation sufficiency status
- Lipoic acid and CoQ10 sufficiency markers
- Specific dysbiosis markers for bacterial and yeast overgrowth
COMPREHENSIVE STOOL ASSAY/FOOD INTOLERANCE TESTING
Comprehensive Stool Assay – uses DNA analysis to identify all microbes including anaerobes, a previously immeasurable area of the gut environment. DNA assessment is specific and accurate and more sensitive than classic laboratory methods.
Gastrointestinal function is important for general health. The intestinal tract contains significant amounts of bacteria; some beneficial, some neutral, and some harmful. Balancing beneficial microbial flora in the gut is key to proper digestion, efficient nutrient absorption and removing waste and toxins. Poor digestion and malabsorption can lead to immune dysfunction, nutritional insufficiencies, mental/emotional disorders, and autoimmune diseases, just to mention a few. All health begins in the gut.
Blood tests to establish food intolerance - identifies foods that are aggravating. Some testing methods are inaccurate and others simply do not check enough food groups.
This blood test measures your immediate and delayed reactions to upto 96 different foods. If particular components of the blood called “immunoglobulins” react to food it indicates you have an intolerance to that particular food.
Immediate reactions (IGE) tend to show up fairly obviously as they occur soon after eating the offending food, a reaction very common in society today.
Delayed reactions (IGG) are much harder to pin point as it can take days for them to have a negative impact on your health. This is where the blood test can come in handy.
The results are recorded in a bar graph format to show the degree of severity or indifference to the foods tested.