At times it is useful to run tests to fully indentify problems. Depending on what is being tested these can be done at home, by your practice nurse, or by visiting a clinic. The results are then sent to me where I will review and research the findings. We will then discuss the results together and if necessary, work on a plan of action to address any irregular findings.
Digestive complaints are very common and there are a number of possible causes that may contribute to symptoms such as belching and indigestion through to abdominal cramps, bloating and wind. A comprehensive digestive stool analysis can provide information on how well your digestive system is working and where things may be contributing to symptoms, and provides information on:
•Digestion - enzyme level markers, stool pH, detection of undigested food particles.
•Microbiology - detection of pathogenic bacteria, levels of normal/beneficial bacteria.
•Mycology - levels of yeast.
•Macroscopic Observations - observation of fecal colour, detection of pus, mucus and occult blood.
•Gut Immune Function - sIgA levels
It can be useful in confirming conditions such as Inflammatory Bowel Disease and IBS, intolerances and possible infections. In some cases digestive conditions are associated with illnesses outside of the digestive tract such as auto-immune conditions, arthritis, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia and some cancers and so it can be a useful test to highlight less obvious triggers or contributory factors in the development of these diseases.
There are some digestive conditions which allow food particles to enter the blood stream before they are properly digested which may start an ‘immune response’ to particular foods so occasionally a food sensitivity test may be run alongside a Comprehensive Digestive Stool analysis (see below) to identify if particular foods have become a problem.
Female fertility hormone test
This measures the circulating levels of oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone over a monthly cycle which can indicate situations where hormones are imbalanced in relation to each other and highlight if there are raised or lowered levels of particular hormones. This has been used to better understand situations where clients are having difficulty getting pregnant, but standard test results show no physical fertility problems. Additionally it can help to identify causes of oestrogen related conditions such as PMS and endometriosis.
This is a saliva test, providing 12 samples over the course of a 28 day cycle.
Food Allergy and Sensitivity Tests
This is a blood test taken at one of our specialist labs. It tests for raised levels of IgG and/or IgE antibodies against a number of dietary proteins to find out which foods may be causing a particular immune response. Often food allergies may have a role to play in the development of conditions such as IBS or eczema and so identifying and removing these ‘immune triggers’ can often help to improve symptoms.
There are some digestive conditions which allow food particles to enter the blood stream before they are properly digested which may start an ‘immune response’ to particular foods so occasionally a food sensitivity test may be run alongside a Comprehensive Digestive Stool analysis (see above).
Thyroid dysfunction can be associated with weight gain, fatigue, feeling cold, depression, thinning hair, constipation, irregular periods, infertility. In addition to the levels of T3 and Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH) provided with standard lab tests, we can test for the active form on Thyroid Hormone, T4, rT3 and anti-thyroid antibodies giving a much fuller picture of thyroid hormone production and utilization within the body. The sensitivity of this test can indicate a sub-clinical level of under or over thyroid activity.
This is blood test, taken by your nurse and sent to the laboratory, or at a nominated laboratory.
The adrenal glands play a big role in how we manage stress and how our bodies adapt to it. Over time, continued physical and emotional stress can overwork these glands and we become less able to adapt to daily stresses and feelings of fatigue can result. Often adrenal dysfunction manifests in symptoms such as fatigue, increased anxiety, inflammatory condition and menstrual or fertility problems as overall hormone control becomes imbalanced.
This is a saliva test taken 4 times over the course of the day to show the fluctuations of cortisol and DHEA through a 24 hour period.