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Laboratory tests

What are functional laboratory tests and how are they used by the science of nutritional therapy-nutrigenomics

Why have tests?

People applying a proper balanced diet along with appropriate supplements and other natural techniques usually see significant progress in many of their health problems.

There are instances, however, when we would like to have valid and very specific answers from a diagnostic test, such as when health problems are complicated or there is suspicion of a latent biochemical factor imbalance or there is specific heredity; when we want a more targeted nutritional program and finally if we want to check the effectiveness of nutritional programs. Many who decide to have these more specialized tests have already had the medical classics done and have no findings but they still feel something is amiss.

Which tests I can help you with as a complete nutritional strategy.

By recognizing your specific needs, I can help you choose what you need among many laboratory tests, such as specific hormonal panel, digestion and assimilation, food allergies and intolerances, physical energy, stress load, toxicity load, mental health, levels of nutrients for various health conditions, among others. Some of these tests are not provided by public funds or social security and they provide very specific and highly relevant information not available through traditional diagnostic type tests. They are mainly used by scientists in England and America.

How will you know if you need a test and which one you need?

I recommend we have an initial session either online (Skype) or in person to analyze all parameters and to determine whether you need a test and which tests are suitable for your case. In many cases you may not need a special functional test. If a test is deemed useful to you then you will learn in detail about its usefulness regarding cases like yours and you will be able to think and decide whether you will have it. If you decide to take this step, I can inform you on how you will order the test from the lab.

What prestigious laboratories provide these tests?

The excellent work done by particular laboratories in England and America motivates and inspires confidence in many people around the world to work with them. My education on these tests is comprehensive and continuous because developments are ongoing as is the case in all scientific fields.

Ordering a test and getting the results.

If you order a Functional Test via my clinic, the laboratory will send you a package with detailed instructions in English on how to use test and how to return the sample to the laboratory for analysis. Complete the test at home and send it back. That is all! I can help you if you need something more. You can do most tests yourself with urine, saliva, hair, stool samples or blood drops. The results will be sent to me for review if you wish.

-ORGANIC ACIDS ANALYSIS 

-AMINO ACIDS ANALYSIS 

- URINE SAMPLE

- EASY-PACK TEST. COMES TO YOUR HOME AND YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF

In the laboratory a simple urine sample can give results for 110 indicators which are studied in depth by the nutritional scientist in order to evaluate many key functions of our body, such as:

※ Detoxifying capacity

※ Intestinal function, nutrient assimilation, excretion capacity

※ Nervous system-brain operation, mental health information

※ Endocrine system function 

※ Immune system function, autoimmune disease or inflammation onset, etc.

※ Production of energy 

※ Functionality of the tissues, muscles and their ability to heal

※ Search of the body’s needs in specific nutrients, vitamins, minerals, trace elements

As you see, this test is unique, because of the indications it provides us for almost all the important functions of our body. It also helps us tackle problems from the standpoint of what is blocking the functionality of our organ systems.

After an assessment of the results by the special scientist based on biochemical-metabolic maps, a personalized comprehensive nutritional support program is suggested, including vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; at the same time we provide training so that you may acquire essential knowledge about your issues and how they are successfully treated.

FOOD INTOLERANCES & CANDIDA TEST

IgG Food allergy / Candida 

-SAMPLE OF BLOOD DROPS WITH A SMALL PINPRICK MECHANISM 

EASY-PACK TEST. COMES TO YOUR HOME AND YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF

Discover which foods may be causing intolerances with a simple home test.

Such tests help many people recognize which foods are “blocking” them or else cause problems such as headaches, indigestion, bloating or weight disorders, mental disorders and others with long-term consumption. So if you recognize what foods are the cause of your problems you will be able to enjoy a better quality of life (see Food allergies and intolerances).

This test investigates 94 foods & food ingredients for intolerances, such as different types of milk, yeast, egg yolk, nuts, mustard seeds, gluten, tuna, lamb, lentils, tea, tomatoes and many others. The results show which foods in what quantities might cause problems so that we can avoid them, which are marginally acceptable and which are well tolerated.

Also very important in this test is to look for the unwanted fungus Candida. If it resides in your gut it can cause too many health problems, among them thyroid disorders, multiple sclerosis, chronic weakness syndrome, depression, see more in “Leaky gut”. It is a very detailed, reliable and very simple test that you can do yourself at home. It comes in a small package with simple instructions and you send it back to the lab in the same package after using the painless pinprick to collect a few drops of blood from your middle finger. The results are analyzed and taken into account when shaping the inpidual nutritional plan.

Remember that food allergies are not the same as food intolerances.

People who have intolerance to certain foods typically may consume a small amount without particular problems, while people with a food allergy may have a bad reaction even with a minimum amount of the food they are allergic to.

After the results are assessed, the special scientist establishes a personalized comprehensive nutritional support program, including vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; at the same time we provide training so that you may acquire essential knowledge about your issues and how they are successfully treated.

HAIR SAMPLE TEST FOR METALS & TOXIC METALS

OR URINE SAMPLE

-HAIR SAMPLE

EASY-PACK TEST. COMES TO YOUR HOME AND YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF

The toxicity of heavy metals due to environmental pollution and use of chemicals in industry is increasing and it threatens our health and the development of children. Toxic metals are stored in our tissues and our brain and can cause major developmental and neurological problems.

The hair sample test is very easy to have at home and ideal to verify relatively recent exposure or excretion of toxic metals through hair. Hairs are excretion tissues, not functional. They can provide important information for early detection of any malfunctions that may not yet be manifested; they are associated with changes in the metabolism not only of heavy metals but of the necessary minerals and trace elements for the proper function of our body. Some of the essential minerals and trace elements that are also tested are calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium, zinc, phosphorus, iodine, selenium, ferum; the toxics are aluminum, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, lead, silver, among others.

The hair of the head are exposed to various components such as shampoos, dyes, conditioners, repair treatments and other remedies. You should make sure that your sample is free of all of them. See more about the collection of hair samples in “How to take the test at home”. It is better to combine it with other tests in order to get better insight into the essential elements mentioned.

Advantages of hair sample testing

o Determine if there is metal toxicity or lack of necessary nutrients

o Monitor the detoxification process you are following under a specific protocol

o See if the nutritional supplements and changes in eating habits are yielding significant improvements in nutrient deficiencies found.

After the results are assessed, the special scientist establishes a personalized comprehensive nutritional support program, including vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; at the same time we provide training so that you may acquire essential knowledge about your issues and how they are successfully treated.

DETAILED STOOL PANEL 

Comprehensive Stool Analysis

-STOOL SAMPLE

EASY-PACK TEST. COMES TO YOUR HOME AND YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF

Stool analysis for parasites, bacteria, fungi, and general pathogens contributing to the onset of chronic diseases, allergies, lack of nutrients and neurological disorders among others. The test also evaluates the beneficial or “friendly” intestinal microbial load and other indicators of inflammatory states.

After the results are assessed, the special scientist establishes a personalized comprehensive nutritional support program, including vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; at the same time we provide training so that you may acquire essential knowledge about your issues and how they are successfully treated.

ADRENAL FUNCTION TEST 

ASI, ADRENAL STRESS INDEX 

-SALIVA SAMPLE

 EASY-PACK TEST. COMES TO YOUR HOME AND YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF

You can do this simple saliva sample test at home. It is very important to assess the function of the adrenal glands that are essential for the management of stress. By measuring the activity of the adrenal glands in situations that involve stress factors, e.g. anxiety, trauma, alcohol abuse, we can intervene in cases of lack of sleep, weakness, mood disorders, immune disorders etc. It also examines the antibodies that affect our immune system and therefore many organic systems by creating inflammatory conditions which may result from gastrointestinal function damage.

After the results are assessed, the special scientist establishes a personalized comprehensive nutritional support program, including vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; at the same time we provide training so that you may acquire essential knowledge about your issues and how they are successfully treated.

FEMALE OR MALE HORMONES SPECIAL PANELS

THEIR METABOLIC INDICATORS.

INDICATIONS OF THE RISK OF MALIGNANCY DEVELOPMENT & GENITAL PROBLEMS 

ESTRONEX PROFILE

-URINE SAMPLE

EASY-PACK TEST. COMES TO YOUR HOME AND YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF

Very simple urine test for an extremely important hormonal test which, apart from measuring classical hormones, investigates specific metabolites characterized as anti-metabolites or pro-carcinogenic metabolites of estrogen. It also reveals the functionality of the two phases of metabolism, the necessary process of bioconversion of estrogen in the body into readily assimilable forms or not. This process is crucial for the smooth function of the body in a hormonal level.

After the results are assessed, the special scientist establishes a personalized comprehensive nutritional support program, including vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; at the same time we provide training so that you may acquire essential knowledge about your issues and how they are successfully treated.

ESSENTIAL FATTY ACIDS

BLOOD SPOT FATTY ACID PROFILE

-SAMPLE OF BLOOD DROPS WITH SMALL PINPRICK MECHANISM 

 EASY-PACK TEST. COMES TO YOUR HOME AND YOU CAN DO IT YOURSELF

It measures the very important essential fatty acids Omega 3, Omega 6 and other key factors for their coveted balance in the body. It also measures saturated or otherwise “bad” fat as a percentage share in total. Essential fatty acids are responsible for so many important functions of all our organic systems, such as the nervous system, at the cellular level. After the results are assessed, the special scientist establishes a personalized comprehensive nutritional support program, including vitamins, minerals and other nutrients; at the same time we provide training so that you may acquire essential knowledge about your issues and how they are successfully treated.

 

NUTRIGENOMICS TESTING ON BODY SYSTEMS                            

Nervous system, Detoxification mechanism, Estrogens balance, Immune system

 

 

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