|Sometimes it may be necessary to recommend specialised pathology testing to help further investigate the underlying cause of various health problems as well as vitamin and mineral deficiencies. These specialised tests known as functional pathology tests can help provide more information about digestive function, hormone balance, and metabolic needs. They can be used to help develop the most effective treatment plan to improve your health issues.The samples used are from either blood, saliva or urine.
Complete digestive stool analysis
Proper gastrointestinal function is critical to your ability to process, absorb and eliminate waste, toxins and nutrients on a daily basis. The GI stool profile measures components of nutritional status including – beneficial microbial flora, opportunistic bacteria, yeast, parasitic infection, markers of inflammation, immune function, digestion of protein, fats and carbohydrates and absorption of nutrients. The GI Profile is a non-invasive test providing invaluable information for the patient and practitioner.
FLDP Liver Function Profile
The Functional Liver Detoxification Profile (FLDP) challenges the liver’s Phase I and Phase II detoxification capacity with low doses of Caffeine, Aspirin and Paracetamol. Saliva and urine specimens, collected at timed intervals, are then analysed for metabolites of the three compounds to determine the efficiency of the liver in their conversion and clearance of toxins from the body. The FLDP may particularly provide valuable information in the management of patients who suffer from food allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, “leaky gut” and hormonal imbalance such as premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms.
Thyroid hormone profile
The Thyroid Hormone Profile measures the levels of unbound free hormones which are available to the tissues, and reflects a true measure of the body’s metabolic rate. A full assessment of the thyroid should include TSH, FT4, FT3, rT3, urinary iodine and thyroid antibodies. Thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) is produced by the pituitary gland and activates the thyroid gland to produce thyroxine (T4) and a small amount of triiodothyronine (T3).T3 and T4 regulate the body’s basal metabolic rate, influence heart and nervous system functions and are essential for growth and development. The thyroid gland also produces calcitonin which is essential in the regulation of calcium balance within the body.id hormones are essential in maintaining and regulating the body’s metabolism. essential in the regulation of calcium balance within the body.
Reverse T3 (rT3)Reverse
T3 (rT3) is an inactive form of T3 that is produced in the body particularly during periods of stress. Under normal conditions T4 will convert to both T3 and rT3 continually and the body eliminates rT3 quickly. Under certain conditions, more rT3 is produced and the desirable conversion of T4 to T3 decreases. This occurs during fasting, starvation, illness such as liver disease and during times of increased stress. This inhibits the conversion of T4 to T3, with more T4 being converted to more rT3.An increased production of rT3 is often seen in patients with disorders such as fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), Wilson’s Thyroid Syndrome and stress.
Adrenal hormone profile
|The Adrenal Hormone Profile is a non-invasive saliva test which monitors the levels of the stress hormones Cortisol and DHEA-S, over the course of a day. This is an important test to determine adrenal function in patients presenting with symptoms such as anxiety, depression, mood swings, insomnia, headaches, low energy, stress, hormonal imbalance and poor immune function. Adrenal levels of cortisol and DHEA’s are indicative of acute and or chronic mental and or physical stress Reduced levels of DHEA’s may result in fatigue, poor immune function, weight gain, premature ageing, memory loss and poor concentration.|
The MTHFR gene is a key enzyme required to metabolise homocysteine. Mutations of the MTHFR gene cause elevated blood levels of homocysteine. Genetic testing is now available to test for specific defects in the methylation pathway of folic acid conversion –which leads to high homocysteine levels. Defects in this process have been associated with Autism, Depression, Cancer, Coronary heart disease, Infertility ,Obesity, Type 2 diabetes.
Hormone Saliva Testing
Our Baseline Hormone Profile provides valuable information on an individual’s hormonal status and the potential impact this may have on physical and emotional health. Salivary Hormone testing is unique in that it helps identify the hormonal imbalances which may be causing chronic health problems. Results obtained from the test make it possible for practitioners to individualise treatment in order to establish optimal hormone balance The Baseline Hormone Profile is a non-invasive test which requires the collection of one saliva specimen, from which multiple hormones are tested.
Hair Mineral Analysis
Hair mineral analysis I ( HMA )s a safe non invasive test that measures the levels of nutrients and toxic metals found in the hair. Hair mineral analysis can detect whether there is an excess or deficiency of vital nutrient minerals such as calcium, potassium, zinc & iron. It can also identify over exposure to toxic metals such as aluminium, arsenic and mercury.HMA is an invaluable screening tool in both every day and preventative health care
IgG Food Allergy and Sensitivity Profiles
Common conditions where food sensitivity may play a significant role include bloating and fluid retention, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, migraine, depression and mood swings, asthma, skin conditions and behavioural problems in children.
IgG Food Sensitivity testing is an efficient and reliable method for diagnosing individuals with adverse reactions to food. Food allergy, on the other hand is an immunological adverse reaction to food which is often IgE-mediated and can be measured in most instances in blood by detection of specific antibodies. Food sensitivity is identified by screening blood samples for IgG antibodies to a panel of foods. The most common food sensitivities occur with cow’s milk, eggs, beans, nuts and grains.