FUNCTIONAL PATHOLOGY

Specialist laboratories perform functional pathology tests that are used to investigate functional, biochemical, nutritional, metabolic and hormonal status. Results from these tests provide essential information to assist with the diagnosis, treatment and management of patient treatment plans.

Saliva, urine and stool samples are designed to be collected in the comfort of your own home with clear instructions on the process and your role of return collection.  If blood samples are required you will be advised to your local pathology collection centre. 

Salivary Hormone Profile

Salivary hormone testing provides the most accurate assessment of your hormonal profile.  With return results I am then able to individualise your treatment plan to correct hormonal imbalances that may be effecting your overall health.  

Hormones tested:

Oestrone (E1)

Oestrodiol (E2)

Oestriol (E3)

DHEA-S

Cortisol

Comprehensive Digestive and Stool Analysis - CDSA

Allows an investigative look into the function of the gastrointestinal tract, formulating insight into digestion, absorption, intestinal function and microbial flora, as well as testing for pathological bacteria, parasites and yeasts.  Poor digestion function and an imbalance of gut flora has been directly linked with a number of health conditions such as:  constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, bloating, abdominal discomfort and a presentation of bad breath.

FOOD INTOLERANCES OR FOOD ALLERGY

Signs and symptoms of a food-mediated reaction:

·         Anxiety                                  Fluid retention                   Migraines                                 Weight problems·         

          Arthritis                                 Gastritis                             Mood swings                            Inflammatory bowel disease

·         Asthma                                  Headaches                         Post nasal drip                          Irritable bowel syndrome

       Depression                            Bloating                              Indigestion                               Sinus congestion   

·         Constipation                          Insomnia                             Diarrhoea                                 Lethargy

·         Fatigue                                  Malabsorption                               Fibromyalgia                            Mental fog 

·         Sleep disturbances

·         Skin conditions, e.g. acne, rashes, eczema

Food allergy reactions that have a dramatic presentation or can at times be life-threatening is caused by an immune response causing the activation of IgE antibodies generally present on the skin and in the lining of the nose, mouth, airways and lungs - common allergens have been identified as:  peanuts, eggs, tree nuts (Brazil & cashew nuts), and shellfish.

Food intolerances differ by having varying causes including:  

- genetic lack of enzymes needed to break down particular foods such as in the case of lactose intolerance.

- the body's inability to absorb certain food constituents - fructose malabsorption

- or reacting to other food constituents such as amines: found in chocolate, cheese, red wine or salicylates found in some fruit and vegetables such as capsicums, tomatoes and certain spices.

- intolerances arising from food additives such as artificial colours and flavours, and commonly associated with childhood behavioural issues

Immune activation involving IgG and IgA antibodies arising from food intolerances can be of a slow onset making it difficult to identify the reactive food culprits.  Most common allergens identified are foods found abundant within the western diet such as gluten, wheat, cow's milk, eggs and yeast.

Identifying reactive foods:

Two approaches commonly used for identifying reactive foods are through a combination of an elimination/exclusion diet and/or immune-mediated food intolerance testing, which can clearly identify which foods you are reacting to and can be organised through our clinic for a fast response.  

In response to results a tailored treatment plan is set in place to help restore gut function often related to food intolerances.  Correcting nutritional deficiencies that may result from chronic undetected intolerances will give you more energy and an  improved health status having you feeling better within days.

Hair Mineral Analysis

Hair can contain minerals and metals that have accumulated over a long period of time.  A wide range of metals and minerals can be measured in one sample to provide status of cellular activity and nutrient metabolism.  Hair mineral analysis is a safe non-invasive test that can detect excess or deficiencies present of vital nutrient minerals such as: Calcium, potassium, zinc and iron.  Heavy metal toxicities such as:  aluminium, lead, arsenic and mercury can lead to significant development and neurological damage and have been implicated in health conditions including those affecting the cardiovascular, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal, skin and nervous system.  

 

The Food and Environmental Sensitivity Test is a comprehensive sensitivity screen that will assist you in identifying triggers for intolerance reactions in your clients. It is able to identify reactivity to a broad range of substances including foods, beverages, food additives and environmental compounds, irrespective of the physiological basis of the reaction. Being an energy-based test, it identifies and provides information on those compounds that are triggering stress in the body.

Health Conditions for which this test is recommended:

Allergic or inflammatory type reactions including:

eczema, allergic dermatitis, hayfever, rhinitis, sinusitis, gastrointestinal disturbances, acute and chronic respiratory conditions, recurrent infections
Gastrointestinal disorders for which the cause/s cannot be determined
Skin disorders for which the cause/s cannot be determined

When to use the Food and Environmental Sensitivity Test:

Where there is a suspected reactivity or intolerance to a food or environmental compound.
Where sensitivity or intolerance symptoms are present but the triggers are multiple or unknown.

Benefits of the Food and Environmental Sensitivity Test:

A broad range of foods and environmental allergens are tested.
The easy grading system allows you to quickly formulate restriction and/ or elimination plans 

 

Wellness program tailored for each individual

Whole Life Vitality - Eating for Health & Detox programs

Cleanse, Revitalise & Rejuvenate

The whole life vitality programs are health and wellness programs that have been shown to be easy to follow and effective lifestyle plans.  The health and wellness program will enable you to improve your energy, vitality and manage your weight.

  •  Stabilise blood sugar levels and boost energy
  •   Mobilise fat stores for fat loss
  •   No calorie counting or fasting through mealtimes
  •   Set up healthy diet and lifestyle habits that are long lasting
  •  Offers an eating plan that provides an optimal balance of carbohydrates, fats and protein

Setting up a sustainable wellness program that allows you to achieve your optimal body weight and size.  During the initial stages of the program you will be guided by professional support in choosing healthy diet and lifestyle habits that will become long lasting and will make the difference in achieving and maintaining your goals.

Identifying and targeting weight issues is the first step towards achieving optimal health and wellness.  Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight is not only important for overall health, but is necessary in the prevention and progression of many diseases and conditions. 

By being overweight you are at a higher risk for the development of serious health problems including:  heart disease, high blood pressure, type II diabetes, gallstones, breathing problems and certain cancers.  Weight management will help to reduce your risk for the above conditions along with helping you to feel good about yourself and give you more energy to enjoy your life.

There are many contributing factors to a person’s weight these factors include:

  •   Environment
  •   Family history & genetics
  •   Metabolism (the way your body changes food and oxygen to energy)
  •   Behaviour or habits

When setting up a Health & Wellness program tailored for your needs, your practitioner will take into account the above factors and make necessary considerations in individualising your treatment plan to reduce set back challenges and will make moving forward an easy transition.  Mediherb 2015

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