Diagnostic Testing

Although diagnostic tests are not always necessary, they can provide you with invaluable information on how the body is functioning and whether disease is present or likely to occur in the future. A range of diagnostic tests are available which may be carried out by fully accredited scientific laboratories.

Many of the tests are covered by private medical insurance.

Digestive health evaluation

Comprehensive analysis is an invaluable assessment of the health of the digestive tract including absorption, metabolism and inflammation, beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, yeast, and parasites. Impairment of intestinal functions can contribute to the development of gastrointestinal complaints like persistent diarrhea/constipation, bloating, indigestion, irritable bowel syndrome, and malabsorption but also food allergies and other systemic problems, which may be otherwise difficult to link to gastrointestinal health. Proper digestion of food, assimilation of nutrients, elimination of pathogens and waste products is a real cornerstone of good health hence diagnostic testing can be an invaluable tool to help you gain an understanding of your situation.

Comprehensive nutritional assessment

Broad nutritional evaluation can be extremely helpful in ensuring you are meeting your needs through diet and adequate supplementation when necessary. It can help to manage complex and chronic conditions but also to improve your performance and prevent any problems from occurring later in life. Optimal nutrition means you are less likely to suffer from chronic conditions resulting from suboptimal nutrients levels maintained over the years but rarely producing symptoms till significant damage already exists.

Food sensitivities

If you present with unexplained symptoms whether gastrointestinal, neurological, dermatological or behavioral in nature testing for food sensitivities can be beneficial.

Hormone profile

Advance Adrenal Assessment –a complete overview of adrenal hormones including DHEA, cortisol and cortisol metabolites tested throughout the day to assess the diurnal patterns. Imbalances related to these hormones are associated with many symptoms ranging from obesity, fatigue to immune deficiency and increased risk of cardiovascular disease.

Comprehensive Hormone Profile – combining the Hormone Metabolite Assessment and the Advanced Adrenal Assessment.

Thyroid screen –complete thyroid health status evaluation to assess central and peripheral function, as well as thyroid auto-immunity. Thyroid imbalances are implicated in fatigue, depression, coldness, constipation, poor skin, headaches, PMS, dysmenorrhea, fluid retention, weight gain, anxiety/panic attacks, decreased memory and concentration, muscle and joint pain, and low sex drive.

Genomic Profiles

Genomic testing evaluates genetic variations called single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs), that may be associated with suboptimal function and potentially increased health risks. Areas to evaluate, depending on the individual case and family history, include:

  • Detoxification capacity, especially when exposed to environmental toxins. It also identifies susceptibility to adverse drug reactions.
  • Cardiovascular function, blood pressure modulation, lipid balance, nutrient metabolism, inflammation and oxidative stress.
  • Oestrogen metabolism, also coagulation, bone health and inflammation.
  • Chronic inflammation.

Genetic testing may be controversial. It can be helpful if it provides actionable information i.e. can be used as a basis for a personalized, targeted protocol. It can help to identify genetic susceptibility leading to the development of symptoms or formulating preventative strategies when well-founded concerns exist e.g. showed by a family history.

If you are interested in receiving further details on diagnostic testing please speak to your practitioner or email us info@naturalhealthservice.org