As an evidence based practitioner, testing is imperitive to treating you effectively. Like your GP, I use conventional pathology testing as well as Functional testing to gather evidence, as without tests, we are merely taking an educated guess. While that is fine in some cases, more often than not, I will advise you to get some tests done.
Some of the more commonly ordered pathology tests I use are:
Various Vitamin & Mineral Assays
Full Thyroid Panel with Antibodies
Liver Function Test
Genetic SNP testing
In addition to conventional tests, I also employ functional testing. Some of these tests include:
Microbiome mapping - is what your eating truly working for you and nourishing the microbiome? The trillions of bacterial cells in your gut have a lot to do with your health and wellness. I recommend microbiome analysis for many conditions such as gut disorders, hormonal imbalance, weight concerns, skin conditions, children's health issues such as ADHD and autism, and even use this test to bring you to the next level of wellness!
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis - This test shows levels of both beneficial minerals such as magnesium, calcium and zinc as well as toxic minerals such as Mercury, Lead or Cadmium which has a negative effect on your health.
Salivary Hormone Analysis - This test assesses your sex hormone status for help with reproductive issues you may be experiencing such as PMT, menstrual irregularities and infertility. I can also test stress hormones and sleep hormones using salivary testing.
Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis & PCR - Hippocrates once said that all disease begins in the gut, and I can't tell you how true this is. Research is finding links between gut health and depression, ADHD in children, Immune dysfunction...the list goes on and on. This test assesses the health of your digestive system and looks for pathogens which may be affecting your health, such as intestinal parasites, yeasts such as candida, and beneficial bacteria levels.
Urinary Iodine - Iodine is essential for the proper functioning of your thyroid which governs your metabolism. If you don't have enough iodine, this will impact you ability to lose weight, and feel energetic, as well has an indirect effect on your hormonal health! Iodine is concentrated in the thyroid, breast tissue and ovaries.
Urinary Pyrroles - Pyrroluria has been linked to many different mental health concerns. The presence of urinary pyrolles shows the need for specific nutrient supplementation due to an increase in demand in the sufferers body, which then improves neurotransmitter levels in the brain and improves mental health and well-being.
In House Testing
I also offer in house testing which aid me with the identification of nutritional deficiencies, inflammation levels, oxidative stress and liver health (among other parameters). It will also assist me to monitor your treatment and see if it is working well for you.