Testing to isolate factors that lie behind longstanding health problems
Well suited to chronic health issues
If someone comes to me with a health condition that has not responded to interventions, conducting functional health tests can be an effective way to find out what is going on inside the body, and what is blocking the healing.
Autoimmune health conditions, long standing infections, chronic candida, autism, chronic/interstitial cystitis, infertility, IBS and digestive problems are all cases where this may well be useful.
Tests I can recommend:
- Organic Oats Test (OAT test)
- Mycotoxins (mould testing)
- Toxic Organic Chemical Exposure Profile with or without Glycophosphates
- Sulphites allergy test
- Stool analysis
- Hormones DUTCH test
- UTI urinalysis test
- Zinc test
Functional tests can be particularly useful for complex cases, such as autoimmune health conditions, long standing infections, chronic candida, autism, chronic/interstitial cystitis, infertility, and stubborn digestive problems.
The most common tests I use include stool tests, testing for mold and Candida and hormonal testing, but others may be recommended depending on the health issue presented.
Identifying exactly what is going on inside the body can be a vital key to unlock healing.
TESTS & THEIR USES
There are many examples of how the tests can be applied, below are just a few examples. One of the key advantages is that they can isolate very exact issues that otherwise are difficult to detect, allowing for the use of specific and targetted remedies.
BACTERIAL / FUNGAL / YEAST INFECTIONS
An OAT or GI360 stool test can be very useful for helping to identify more exactly what is causing issues, from viruses, parasites, and bacteria to specific strains of mold, Candida, gut dysbiosis and deficiencies. With this information, targetted strains of probiotics or sensitity-tested antimicrobials can be used.
Typically a stool test could be done in a case of someone with chronic and stubborn IBS, which can reveal specific bacteria or mold causing this, which can then be addressed with targeted antimicrobials and natural treatment. In addition, a stool test is useful in many of cases – with the gut being so important for immune health and our health in general.
In cases of perimenopause, menopause and fertility a detailed hormone panel can be very useful. Hormones can be tested through blood tests, often done at GP surgeries, saliva or urine. I prefer to use a urine test. This gives a detailed overview of your sex hormones, sleep hormones and adrenal hormones. The test calls 4-5 urine samples over 24 hours, which will give a more accurate picture than one blood sample, which is just a snapshot at a single point in time. Hormones fluctuate through the course of the day significantly, so testing several times is more informative. Furthermore, urine testing for sex hormones shows the metabolites of the major hormones, which is not achieved with blood and saliva tests. In my view, this information is really useful as metabolites can often have the biggest effect on your symptoms.
URINARY TRACT ISSUES
Increasingly I see in my practice women and men with urinary tract problems. These range from crhonic UTIs and interstital cystits to kidney stones and prostate problems. An OAT test is useful when issues don’t clear up or respond as expected, and can help pinpoint underlying issues that can perpetuate the problem or indeed underlie the condition itself.
Another example might be in the case of autism. Underlying medical issues can often cause or contribute to autistic behaviour. It’s common to find problems of Candida overgrowth and Clostridia, problems detoxifying environmental toxins, and food intolerances and allergies. This in turn restricts the nutrients available to the brain and body, with a knock on effect of damage to cellular, metabolic, and central nervous system functionality. The OAT test helps to uncover these problems, paving the way for a targeted natural program to help correct these underlying issues.
I continue to offer Iridology testing, which I often do in a routine consultation. Iridology is the science and study of pathological and functional disturbances in the human body, which are indicated by abnormal markings and color changes in the iris. It reveals inflammation, where it is located and the stage of manifestation. Bodily conditions as they relate to inherent weaknesses, levels of health can be diagnosed through Iridology. It is a diagnostic tool started by German Doctors in the last century, and has become a popular tool used by Naturopathic practitioners to help identify the location of inflammation, weaknesses, and toxicity in the body.