Blood tests help detect certain diseases and conditions, including Lyme disease, diabetes, anemia, coronary heart disease, celiac disease, iron and cholesterol levels. They also help check the function of your organs – such as the kidneys, liver, thyroid, and heart – and show how well treatments are working.
Urine tests can disclose evidence of diseases, even some that have not caused significant signs or symptoms. Therefore, a urinalysis is generally a part of routine health screening. It is commonly used to diagnose a urinary tract or kidney infection, causes of kidney failure, or to screen for progression of some chronic conditions such as diabetes mellitus and high blood pressure (hypertension).
A comprehensive stool analysis can detect the presence of pathogenic microorganisms that contribute to chronic illness and neurological dysfunction. It also evaluates beneficial bacteria levels, intestinal immune function, overall intestinal health, digestive and absorption function, as well as inflammation markers.
Many chronic disorders come from digestive problems and inadequate nutrient absorption. Proper gastrointestinal function is needed to eliminate toxic substances, pathogenic microbes, and undigested food particles from the body to prevent health problems. Abnormal intestinal microorganisms in the GI tract are widely known to cause disease and research shows a relationship between the GI tract and the neurological, hepatic, and immune systems.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food sensitivities, also known as intolerances are immune mediated reactions which can be measured. Some of the most common symptoms include nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea, which can begin hours or days after eating or drinking the food in question. Other symptoms may include fatigue, headaches, skin problems, hyperactivity, depression, and even problems with weight management.
Some of the most common types of food sensitivity include dairy and gluten intolerance. Other common food sensitivities include intolerances to salicylate (salicylic acid) which occurs naturally in many foods such as apples, strawberries, wine and even NSAIDs (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin, Celebrex, and ibuprofen).
Environmental Sensitivity Testing
A growing numbers of people are beginning to develop serious health problems from exposures to the common everyday chemicals. These chemicals can include scented laundry soap, treated fabric, perfumes, disinfectants, household cleansers, cigarette smoke, car exhaust, gas heat or other petroleum products, shampoos or cosmetics to name a few.
The symptoms are wide-ranging and may include headache, fatigue, dizziness, nausea, congestion, itching, sneezing, sore throat, chest pain, breathing problems, muscle pain or stiffness, skin rash, diarrhea, confusion, difficulty concentrating, memory problems, and mood changes.
Hair Analysis for Heavy Metals
A hair analysis test may be used as a guide to determine which minerals may be beneficial to any nutritional supplement program. It may also indicate how a person is absorbing essential minerals like calcium, zinc, selenium, iron and magnesium.
A hair analysis test may also indicate if there may be toxic heavy metals in the body, like lead, copper, mercury, cadmium or Aluminum. These metals may lead to adverse symptoms in the nervous system and the body. If a possible metal toxicity is determined, natural supportive remedies may be utilized to help the body to eliminate them.
Saliva Hormone Testing
Saliva testing is proving to be the most reliable method for measuring hormone levels. Hormone levels in saliva accurately represent the amount of hormone delivered to receptors in the body, unlike serum which represents hormone levels that may or may not be delivered to receptors of the body. Clinically, it is far more relevant to test the amount of hormones delivered to the tissue receptors as this is a reflection of the active hormone levels of the body.
Both men and women experience changes in hormone levels with age. These changes may result in unpleasant symptoms that demand attention or have a more subtle impact on overall health. Anyone experiencing fatigue, insomnia, stress, blood sugar problems, weight issues or women experiencing PMS, peri or post-menopausal symptoms can be tested for cortisol levels as well as hormones.