Diagnostic and functional testing

Based on what we discover in our consultations, I can send you for a range of testing in order to get a clear picture of what’s happening with your health. This will allow me to create a targeted, individualised treatment plan for you.

The testing may include:

Microbiome and Digestive Function Analysis
Genomic Wellness DNA Testing
Weight Loss Testing
In-Clinic Screening Tools
MTHFR gene defect
Adrenal Hormonal Profile
Functional Liver Detoxification Profile
Sex Hormone Profile
Full Thyroid Panel

 


 

Microbiome and Digestive Function Analysis

Eliminate the guess work and see what’s really happening in your gut. These tests can analyse the exact strains of probiotics in there, identify any nasty bugs and parasites and make sure your system is creating enough enzymes, bile and short chain fatty acids (these tell you if things are working smoothly).

Symptoms such as constipation, diarrhoea, flatulence, bloating, abdominal discomfort and bad breath are all indicative of poor gut function. Information generated from these non-invasive tests help to formulate an individualised treatment plan.

Genomic Wellness DNA Testing

Ever wonder why your best friend can drink all weekend and have Maccas 5 days a week and still feel great, whereas you only have to look at a Big Mac to feel nauseous. The answer may be in your genes!

DNA testing is the ultimate in predictive, preventative, personalised health care. A simple saliva test gives you information on your genetics that can help you make better choices in your diet and lifestyle so you make the most of your health.

Genomic Wellness DNA Testing provides you with information on several key areas of health:

Cholesterol
Diabetes
Weight management
Inflammation
Detoxification pathways
Oestrogen metabolism
High blood pressure
Sodium sensitivity
Adrenal health
Stress response
Sports performance
Exercise recovery
Coeliac disease
Lactose intolerance
Methylation pathways
Caffeine metabolism
Essential fatty acids
CoQ10
Vitamin pathways

Food Intolerance Testing

Do you think you may be reacting to the foods you eat but aren’t sure exactly which ones? Given that food intolerance, unlike food allergy, has a delayed onset, it can be very difficult to ascertain intolerances by doing a food diary alone.

Find out for sure using functional pathology IgG food intolerance testing. Once you eliminate the foods you are intolerant to, you may start to feel better within days.

Food intolerances are generally the result of a ‘leaky gut’ and an imbalance of the digestive bacteria. Together we can work together to heal the gut and I often find with my patients that we can resolve many of their intolerances.

Symptoms of food intolerances can often be vague and difficult to identify. Symptoms and some conditions that can result if left untreated, include the following:

Anxiety/mood disorders
Arthritis/joint Pain
Asthma/allergies
Bloating/cramping
Coeliac disease
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Diarrhoea/constipation
Exhaustion
Fluid retention
Fibromyalgia
Gastritis
Headaches/migraine
Inflammatory Bowel Disease
Insomnia
Irritable Bowel Syndrome
Nutritional deficiencies
Poor concentration/brain fog
Skin problems
Weight problems

Weight loss testing

If you struggle to lose weight and have a history of weight problems, this panel of tests will aid in determining any physiological reasons blocking your weight loss.

This looks at insulin, thyroid function, liver function and nutrient levels. If appropriate, hormone levels will also be assessed.

In-Clinic Screening Tools

My clinic has health screening methods that can allow us to have a more comprehensive picture of your current health to aid in developing an accurate individualised treatment plan to get the best results.

Zinc Assessment

Zinc deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies in Australia. Zinc is vital for the immune system, reproductive health and tissue integrity. A simple taste test performed in clinic is a screening tool for zinc status, this will aid in deciding whether any further testing is necessary.

Blood Pressure

Keep track of your blood pressure at each consultation.

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis

Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) measures the impedance or opposition to the flow of an electric current through the body fluids contained mainly in the lean and fat tissue of the body. This enables us to have a clear look at an individual’s health on a number of levels. It is also a very useful tool when embarking on a weight loss, detox or fitness program.

The BIA measures:

Body Weight
Lean Body Mass
Fat Mass – total body and segmental
Muscle Mass – total body and segmental
Hydration
Basal Metabolic Rate
Metabolic Age
Bone Mass
Visceral Fat
Metabolic age

MTHFR Genetic Defect Testing

The MTHFR gene creates the key enzyme required in the methylation cycle. This cycle governs many body processes including liver function, neurotransmitter synthesis (these control your mood), energy production, fat metabolism, melatonin synthesis (the sleep hormone), and more.

MTHFR gene defects are relatively common, and as you can imagine can cause a host of symptoms. In particular, if you have been struggling to conceive MTHFR testing is definitely necessary.

Adrenal Hormone Profile

The adrenals are glands in the body that secrete stress hormones. This adrenal hormone profile is a non-invasive saliva test which monitors the levels of the stress hormones over the course of a day. Results can indicate whether the adrenals are not functioning as they should, and allow targeted treatment of this organ.

If you have a history of chronic stress, and experience fatigue, anxiety, depression, mood swings, insomnia, headaches, low energy, stress, hormonal imbalance, weight gain and poor immune function, this test may be required.

Functional Liver Detoxification Profile

The results of a functional liver detoxification profile will help to accurately identify how well your liver is able to detoxify. This test is particularly relevant for patients who suffer from food allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue, leaky gut syndrome and hormonal imbalances e.g. premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms.

Sex Hormone Profile

Hormonal imbalance contributes to weight gain, mood swings, PMS, night sweats, disturbed sleep patterns, loss of libido, fatigue and hot flushes. By having an accurate understanding of your hormones we are able to individualise your treatment in order to achieve optimal hormone balance.

Hormones Tested:

Women
Oestrone (E1)
Oestrodiol (E2)
Oestriol (E3)
DHEA-S
Cortisol

Men
Testosterone (TT)
Oestrodiol (E2)
DHEA-S
Cortisol

Full thyroid hormone panel

If you’ve ever been told that your thyroid is ‘fine’, I want to let you know that it may not be. Often doctors only test TSH, which is one indicator of thyroid function. There are several other indicators that are also very important and often overlooked.

If you have all the symptoms of a thyroid disorder, a full thyroid hormone panel would be indicated.