In-clinic Assessments

In investigating your health concern, one or all of the following assessments may be used to get a greater understanding of your biochemistry and biology.

Live Blood Analysis

Live Blood analysis is based on the medical science of haematology and provides an immediate assessment of your blood. Using only one or two drops of blood, viewed under a high powered microscope, we can gain an accurate and immediate indication of the size, shape and ratios of red blood cells, white cells and platelets to gain a useful understanding of your general health.

What is it?

Live blood analysis is a microscopic examination of a ‘wet prep’.

As in any routine haematological examination of cells, certain changes to cell size or shape provide critical information necessary for effective patient review.  The benefit of the live blood analysis is that the cells are examined immediately upon blood drawn from the patient, and have not been introduced to or altered in any way by chemicals or staining solutions as in a dried/fixed slide preparation.

Patient preparation:
Do not eat foods high in fat for 1-2hrs prior to your test.

Type of Collection:
Finger prick

Clot Retraction Testing

Clot Retraction testing is another extremely useful tool for evaluating system function in your body and is recommended to be carried out in conjunction with live blood analysis.

What is it?

This test is a ‘pattern recognition test’.

The test is performed by examination of morphological changes to the clot, and to the formation of fibrin and this is able to show variations in levels of oxidation. “Changes in various blood parameters due to pathological conditions have been observed for centuries, from “balling” of blood on the finger to sedimentation rate, clotting time, fibrogen level, etc. A major mechanism responsible for these changes is the generation of ROS (Reactive Oxygen Species). The production of ROS affects the basic cellular structures and metabolic pathways and also reacts with blood constituents to form various by-products which can be seen as morphological changes in the blood. The specific morphological changes in the blood vary as a function of the pathological condition, strength of the immune system, specific ROS as well as the level of ROS being generated.”

The initial use of this form of clot retraction testing was as a bedside ESR (erythrocyte sedimentation rate) and so as in use of the ESR, the test is nonspecific, and therefore not diagnostic for any particular organ disease or injury. Because inflammatory, neoplastic, infectious and necrotic diseases, increase the protein (mainly fibrinogen) content of plasma, there is a discernible change to the sedimentation rate [vii] and therefore an increase in ESR. Further research in prior years on this specific form of testing was carried out mostly as an aid in the detection of malignancies. Other research showed further uses for this form of testing.

Type of Collection:
Finger prick

Patient preparation:
No Mobile phone use at least two hours prior to your collection time, this includes texting.

Note:  We use Australian Biologics for these tests.

Zinc Taste Test

The zinc taste tests accurately evaluates the patients zinc status.  Zinc is one of the most critical minerals in the body for a range of important biochemical pathways.  Deficiency impacts immune health, skin health, sugar metabolism and much more.

 

 

 

Urinary Indican Test

The urinary Indican test is an accurate and inexpensive screening tool.  it allows identification of the putrefaction of protein in the gastrointestinal tract by dysbiotic bacteria.  The patient’s urine sample is mixed with reagents and then evaluated with the colour chart enclosed in the kit.  If the results are positive, it suggests gastrointestinal toxicity as a result of dysbiosis (an imbalance in gut bacteria).

 

 

Iridology

Iridology is a technique where patterns, colors, and other characteristics of the iris can be examined to determine information about a patient’s sytemic health. Practitioners match their observations to iris charts, which divide the iris into zones that correspond to specific parts of the human body. Iridologists see the eyes as “windows” into the body’s state of health.

Iridologists use the charts to distinguish between healthy systems and organs in the body and those that are overactive, inflamed, or distressed. Iridologists believe this information demonstrates a patient’s susceptibility towards certain illnesses, reflects past medical problems, or predicts later health problems.

pH Testing

Urinary pH testing picks up the acid / alkaline balance of the urine and can be helpful in detecting elevated acid loads in the body.

Urinary pH < 5.5 indicates the individual is very acidic.  5.5 – 6.5 indicates the individual is less acidic but still requires an alkaline diet and alkalysing nutrients.  6.5 – 7.5 is the ideal pH range.  > 7.5 is found in some vegetarian patients and requires monitoring.

 

Functional Pathology

We use specialist laboratories that have state of the art technology that allows us to use saliva, urine, stool and blood samples to provide fast accurate results; in most circumstances these samples can be collected in the comfort of your own home. You will be provided with clear instructions and easy to organize collection, which makes this process simple and convenient.
Functional Pathology testing offers a range of hormone, metabolic, nutritional and gastrointestinal function profiles to ensure the cause of your health problems is accurately identified and managed.
If you require bloodtests you will be sent to your local pathology collection centre who will take the sample and forward it immediately to our specialist laboratory.
  • Adrenal assay
  • CDSA – Comprehensive Digestive and Stool Analysis
  • Essential Fatty Acid Testing
  • Food Sensitivity Profile
  • Functional Liver Detoxification Profile
  • Hair Mineral Analysis
  • Intestinal Permeability
  • Optimal Nutrition Evaluation
  • Salivary Hormone Profile
  • Toxic Metals – Urine and Blood
  • Urinary Amino Acid Testing
  • 2-16 Urinary Estrogen Metabolites

 

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