Naturopathic Health Testing
Dr. Andrew Arnold says, ‘How you and your body feel is the best indicator of your health but sometimes it’s hard to put your finger on what it is that’s making you feel less than your best.’
If you visit your local GP he or she will usually send you off for the routine blood tests, after checking your blood pressure and temperature. The blood tests report on things like your cholesterol levels, the amount of iron and B group vitamins in your blood and your blood sugar count. While these are important tests, they are only half the story.
If you have been feeling off color for a long time now, it could be because your doctor has not extended the range of tests they have had done.
There are many functional pathology tests that your doctors won’t do but Naturopath’s use as critical indicators to look into the other half of the story.
1. Leaky gut testing: Also known as the Intestinal Permeability test, this is a non-invasive test which assesses the quality of your intestinal tract. Over time the intestinal tube can become patchy or develop small holes which then release bits of food that become toxic. Some symptoms of leaky gut include unexplained fatigue and excessive tiredness.
2. Food intolerance testing: Intolerance to certain foods or ingredients can cause low-grade reactions in the body. Over time the reaction builds into systemic inflammation throughout the body. You could experience join inflammation, hormonal issues, arthritis, ADHD and autism in children, eczema, and fibromyalgia.
3. Functional Liver Detoxification Profile (FLDP): The liver is a hard working organ, helping to remove unwanted chemicals from the body. The more quickly the body can clear the chemicals and toxins, the better its ability to remain healthy. The Liver Detoxification profile is a test which assesses the liver’s ability to detox the body. It tests different phases of liver absorption using samples of your saliva and urine. Symptoms of a sluggish liver include tiredness, cardiovascular issues, high cholesterol, mood swings nausea and even tired eyes.
4. Iridology: By studying the iris, its color and structure, we can gain a clearer picture of a person constitution. While the eye won’t show us a specific illness, it will point to the area which is of greatest concern. For example, it can tell us about blood/sugar composition, digestion, toxicity, and organ imbalance.
5. Smaller tests:
Tongue – Our tongues reveal a lot about the state of our digestive systems, acidity levels in the body, and our liver function. It can also reveal vitamin and mineral deficiencies.
Zinc tally test – Zinc impacts over 300 functions in the body but most Australians overlook its importance. A lack of zinc affects energy levels but it can also show as a loss of taste and smell senses. Hair loss, loss of sleep, loss of appetite and even dandruff can all be attributed to low zinc levels.
Urine – A urine test will reveal a lot about what’s going on in your body. It will show if you are dehydrated, suffering from diabetes, have an infection or have sustained some kidney damage. This waste product is an important source of health information.
Naturopaths use a greater range of testing than doctors so we have more sources of information to work with. Testing helps in part to pinpoint any areas of concern but it also gives us feedback about the whole body. We work holistically so what impacts on one area of the body will have an impact on the rest. Therefore we need to know about it so we can treat it.
In doing this we achieve more significant outcomes for the individual and bring them about much faster because the body is working as a whole to heal itself. All weakened functions are being corrected and lifted together.
When proper testing is done we can offer you total care. The results show what needs to be addressed and to what level. We can work for the betterment of the whole person – spiritual, emotional, physical, mental.
About the author:
Dr. Andrew Arnold is a Chiropractor at Cranbourne Family Chiropractic and Wellness Ctr.