Your symptoms and medical history give us the best information, however specialized testing can confirm findings from the clinical evaluation. This may include urine testing, saliva testing and blood testing. Common tests may include the Indican test, Zinc status test, Food sensitivity testing, Functional Medicine Pathology testing and standard pathology testing.
INDICAN TEST- BOWEL TOXICITY
The Urinary Indican Test is an accurate and simple test used to measure the putrefaction of protein in the digestive tract by unhealthy bacteria. A positive test suggests bowel toxicity as a result of dysbiosis.
What is Dysbiosis?
Dysbiosis is the term used to describe an imbalance of the bacteria in the digestive tract often resulting from too much yeast, harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites. 70% of our immune system starts in the intestine, that’s right if you don’t have the right balance of bowel flora, you will not have a healthy functioning immune system. Dysbiosis alters your immune system, hormonal balance and the important homeostatic balance of the body. It can also alter neurochemistry leading to conditions such as depression, anxiety and irritability. Dysbiosis can be linked to a whole range of health conditions affecting every aspect of your health.
How Does Dysbiosis Cause Disease?
Once beneficial bacteria are destroyed by harmful yeasts, fungus, bacteria and viruses the process of dysbiosis and disease begin. This detrimental process is as follows:
1. Disruption with the friendly bacteria which causes yeast and fungal overgrowth
3. Allergy and Inflammation
5. Liver stress
6. Leaky Gut Syndrome
When we kill off the friendly bacteria in our intestines, it will lead to fungal overgrowth in almost all instances. When we consume sugars, grains and alcohol, the intestinal tract will become a putrid, infected environment. This is an ideal environment for yeasts and fungus. Then allergic reactions occur causing inflammation of the mucous membranes in the intestinal tract. This inflammation inhibits our body from absorbing valuable nutrients from food, which then leads to malnutrition. When these yeast hook onto our intestinal wall, they puncture holes in the lining of our gut wall allowing wastes, food particles, bacteria and toxins to “leak” into our bloodstream leading to a whole host of other health complaints.
Why Should I Have This Test?
Dysbiosis is often the contributing factor to many diseases and conditions and as such should be investigated as a possible cause in almost all health conditions. Another major reason that this test is so important is that unless your gut is healthy you are unlikely to absorb nutrition from your diet and nutritional supplementation. It is for this reason that we often treat the gut first; otherwise it impairs your ability to maximize dietary changes and nutritional supplementation.
Who should have this Test?
If your health is important to you, then this test is for you. This is one of our most popular tests, for obvious reasons. As Naturopaths we often believe that health starts with a healthy gut. Because of this our investigations and treatments often first start in the gut. The Indican test is a simple and effective way to monitor and measure the level of unhealthy bacteria in the gut, and to follow up how effective treatment is at decreasing the load of harmful bacteria and their negative effects on the body. Because of this I recommend this test to almost all my clients.
How do I perform the Test?
The Indican test involves taking a simple urinary sample, which I will then add specific chemicals to, to determine the level of dysbiosis in your gut. Subsequent tests are taken to ensure that your treatment is decreasing the level of dysbiosis and that your gut function is indeed improving.
How can we test if you are Zinc Deficient?
A simple yet effective test that involves swishing a liquid in your mouth and then detecting the taste response. I can tell in seconds whether you are Zinc Deficient or not.
Zinc deficiency contributes to so many diseases and is the cause of many other nutritional deficiencies, why wouldn’t you have it tested? The good news is that every client that books an Initial Consultation automatically gets checked for zinc deficiencies, for FREE
Zinc is important for so many enzyme systems ranging from liver function to DNA synthesis, serotonin production, sex hormone production, insulin production, stabilization of the histamine response, immune cell production and those that prevent free radical overload in your body. Just to name a few! Zinc is required for the production of hydrochloric acid that is essential to break down your food and extract all the goodness from it. Thus zinc depletion is the cornerstone of many nutritional deficiencies.
Deficiency Signs & Symptoms
- Alcohol intolerance
- Brain abnormalities
- Brittle nails
- Decreased testosterone levels
- Growth failure
- Hair Loss
- Immune dysfunction
- Impaired wound healing
- Loss of appetite
- Loss of taste and smell
- Low blood sugar (2 hrs after meal)
- Low sperm count
- Neuropsychological impairment
- Poor concentration
- Poor immunity – frequent sore throats, colds, sinus, ear infections, thrush, boils, viral infections Sleep problems
- Stretch marks
- White spots on finger nails
FUNCTIONAL MEDICINE PATHOLOGY TESTING
STRESS AND SLEEP HORMONES
A saliva test is an assessment of the bio-available hormones present in your body. Saliva testing shows you how much of your hormones are in your tissues and are therefore active in your body causing the symptoms you may be experiencing as opposed to standard blood hormone tests, which assess total levels only. This test can measure 3 Hormones including Cortisol, DHEA and Melatonin.
Hormonal imbalances can cause many symptoms and health conditions.
If you suffer from any of the following
- Unexplained fatigue and tiredness
- Adrenal Exhaustion
- Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
- Blood Sugar Imbalances
- Low Blood Pressure
- Flu Like Symptoms
- Mood Swings
- Seasonal Affective Disorder
- Jet Lag
- Menopausal Symptoms
- Anti-Oxidant deficiency
How I Test
Saliva samples are taken at specific times during the day; this involves collecting your saliva in small tubes, which can be done in the privacy of your own home. I will show you how to take the sample as well as inform you as to what times your need to take them. I will also provide you with an information sheet containing detailed information about how to collect the sample.
Once the lab has analysed your samples I will then receive the results and incorporate the results into your individualized treatment program.
A saliva hormone test is an assessment of the bio-available hormones present in your body. Saliva testing shows you how much of your hormones are in your tissues and are therefore active in your body causing the symptoms you may be experiencing as opposed to standard blood hormone tests, which assess total levels only. The bio-available hormones can affect many conditions such as PMS, fertility, endometriosis, polycystic ovarian syndrome, premature ejaculation and numerous other conditions.
I will decide on the best profile for you from the following options – Female Hormone Profile, Adrenal Stress Profile, Male Hormone Profile, Sleep Profile, 28 Day Female Cycle Hormone
Any woman or man experiencing health issues related to stress, hormonal imbalances or long-term use of hormonal contraceptives. Conditions such as Infertility, Menopause, PMT, Erectile Dysfunction, Fatigue, Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome, Breast Lumps, Endometriosis, Fibroids, Recurrent miscarriage, Pre-mature hair loss, Skin disorders, Anxiety and Depression will benefit from a saliva hormonal assessment
FOOD SENSITIVITY TESTING
Food sensitivity, or food intolerance, is becoming increasingly prevalent in the Australian population. However, many people are unaware that they are sensitive or allergic to one or more foods.
Food sensitivities/ intolerance’s can be hard to recognize at first because the symptoms vary so much from one individual to the next. Many people live with minor or major symptoms of food sensitivities for years without ever really knowing what the cause is. Often there can be a several day time delay in foods ingested and reactions occurring. It can also depend on the amount and frequency of foods ingested. There is a long list of symptoms that can relate to food sensitivities and intolerance.
Why test? Do you experience any of these?
- Diarrhoea or constipation
- Flatulence and burping
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Reflux and indigestion
- Abdominal pain
- Fluid retention
- Migraine and headaches
- Asthma and shortness of breath
- Fatigue and exhaustion
- Difficulty concentrating
- Skin problems – eczema, psoriasis, acne and blemishes
- Nasal congestion or hay fever
- Mood swings and irritability
- Memory loss
- Weight gain
- Auto-immune disease (Crohn’s, Hashimoto, Lupus, MS)
- Behavioural problems in children, and ADHD
How do I test?
A convenient finger prick test to take a few drops of blood. The blood samples are then sent to the lab for testing against a selection of food panels to determine an immune reaction.
OTHER FUNCTIONAL PATHOLOGY TESTING
■Female and male salivary hormones
■Adrenal function testing – involved in energy, metabolism, mood, inflammation, blood sugar levels
■Organic Acid analysis – metabolic analysis and cellular energy profiles
■Gastrointestinal analysis – digestive enzymes, yeasts, parasites, intestinal permeability
■Thyroid function testing
■Neurotransmitter testing important in mental health disorders, depression, anxiety, mood, sleep, hormone regulation and metabolism