If you are outside of that range, yes there is a something wrong; if you’re not, everything is fine.
Things are not so black and white though. Taking note of the highs and lows, and how one value relates to another, can provide detailed insight into your health, which is often overlooked.
Functional testing provides a different type of information. It takes a biochemical snap shot of your body, which can provide information about deficiencies or excesses within your body. By using these types of tests, we can see the here and now of whats happening deep within you. The tests include;
This can be done during a consult via a buccal swab (inside of the cheek), which is extremely quick and easy. It includes homogeneity or heterogeneity of the C677T and A1298C MTHFR genes. Results take 4 weeks to process.
This is a test that can be ordered direct through www.23andme.com. It is a comprehensive genetic test that analyses 600,000 genes via a saliva sample. The MTHFR genes are included in this. The information it provides is substantial, and not for the weak hearted. It looks at methylation intricately, as well as immune factors, cardiovascular markers, detoxification, gluten sensitivity, mitochondrial function and many other areas. Please keep join mind the work of Dr Bruce Lipton…. we are not our genes, we can control them. This tests will provide information about the potential function of your genes. Interpretation must be done in conjunction with your symptoms.
SAM/ SAH Ratio
This test is the gold standard for assessing methylation status, and whether a person is over or under methylating. This a tricky test to process, but provides a firm quantitive value if methylation, which provides helpful information to use when treating MTHFR or other associated SNPs.
Pyrroles is a condition that affects many people, and often displays itself with mental health concerns. It depletes zinc and vitamin B6 levels in the body which can have quite distinguishable effects. The kryptopyrroles test is a urine test that can be done at a lab in Adelaide. Results take 2 weeks to process. Treatment can provide quite noticeable effects. I have experience with the teachings of Dr. Bill Walsh who is the founder of Bio-Balance, which provides strategies for the treatment of pyrroles and other mental health conditions.
Food intolerance Testing
This looks at IgA and IgG reactions within the body, which are quite often delayed reactions. Sometimes what we eat one day, will cause negative symptoms the next day, or even 3 or 4 days later, which makes it hard to determine what we are eating to. It’s important to look at IgA and IgG together, as some foods cause an increase in one, but not the other. This test looks at almost 100 foods, and can be done via a finger prick during a consult. The sample is then sent to a reputable lab in America for analysis.
This will show toxic metals such as mercury, aluminium, arsenic, cadmium and lead, as well as the relationship between minerals like copper and zinc, sodium and potassium, calcium and magnesium. It also includes trace minerals, such as lithium which is essential for B12 absorption. The amount of hair required is quite small, but there are options for pubic harvest which you can do in your own home if you have very short hair.
Comprehensive Stool Analysis
This is an amazing test. It is generally performed over 3 consecutive days (samples) in the privacy of your own home. It provides quantitive values about the balance of beneficial bacteria in the gut, and also lists microbes that should not be there, and what their population is. The test also includes Giardia, E.Coli, yeasts like Candida, and parasites like Blastocystis hominis. Other areas analysed are your digestive capabilities, inflammation markers, immune markers (sIgA), and the balance of short chain fatty acids, which are essential for the health of large bowel.
Amino Acids Testing
An amino acid test provides fundamental information about nutrient adequacy in the body, the quality and quantity of protein intake, digestive disorders and function, and vitamin and mineral deficiencies, such as folate, B6, B12, magnesium, and zinc, which are all instrumental in healthy methylation. The amino acid test also provides information about liver and kidney function, precursors for neurotransmitters for healthy mood, detoxification ability, and susceptibility to cardiovascular disease. Amino acids build so many things in the body, we can’t function properly without them.
Poor adrenal health is the corner stone of many health conditions these days. Blood cortisol can be requested from you GP, but this does not show the movement of cortisol throughout the day. A saliva test performed at 4 distinct times of the day will provide a lot more information, and help devise a more comprehensive treatment strategy.
Iodine Loading Test
This is the gold standard for testing iodine levels in the body. The thyroid relies on iodine immensely, so a deficiency can cause quite noticeable symptoms. The testing parameters for regular thyroid investigations such as TSH, T4 and T3 are extremely inadequate. The functional reference ranges are quite narrow and should always been looked at in conjunction to symptoms. Looking at the relationship between T3 and T4 can give insight towards iodine status, and should be followed up with an iodine loading test for closely inspection when required.
Urinary organic acids are derived from the metabolic conversion of dietary fats, protein, and carbohydrates, and also from the bacterial activity of the gut. They provide insight into neurotransmitter metabolism, nutrient deficiencies, detoxification, and bacterial metabolism. It is a great test to see how the body is functioning in its entirety. Other tests, such as the amino acid test, will look at upstream factors, such as the substrate for various processes, but this test will look at downstream effects of those processes. This provides a good basis to see what’s firing properly and what isn’t. A metabolic profile also looks at energy production/conversion through analysing cofactors in the citric acid cycle and fatty acid oxidation pathway.
There are many other tests that can be utilised when needed, which can provide huge insight as to how the body is operating, and why it’s behaving the way it is. Guesswork is a thing of the past. Testing technologies are constantly improving and helping us delve deeper than ever before. They enable immediate focus into the area that’s required, which essentially speeds up the healing process.
These tests can quite often been supplied to you in a kit form to do within the privacy of your own home, or else a quick and easy blood spot sample or swab can be performed during a consult.