Confused? Not sure which tests to do?
Truthfully, it depends what you want to know – and if the tests you do are going to give you practical answers that will really help you target something and make real change.
It’s no good testing if it doesn’t help you move forward. That said, some people do just want to get a confirmation on paper of an issue, not least to show their partners, family and medical staff, and that’s a viable reason!
So, here’s a quick overview of what I would consider in a few different scenarios. Be guided by your practitioner, always, of course.
For more info on tests mentioned, check the various pages in the test menu above and here’s how the test service works.
Many people want to get a good overview of just how they are doing at a certain age. I find over 40s/50s people – understandably, and very wisely – feel that is the time to check stuff, whilst they’ve still got time to turn things around! I felt just like that myself when I hit 40!
I am a great believer in preventative medicine. If you look early enough and find your blood sugars or fats are a bit out, your Vitamin D is much too low, your hormones are dropping (men and women), your B12 level is a bit pants or whatever, that gives you great information and a really good chance to prevent more serious issues developing in future years. I wish more people would look and take action, truly.
In this case, consider the Blood Chemistry tests, especially the FDX Ultra (PHC) or Advanced Blood Chem (RG). Look too at the Heart Disease/Stroke tests and the Diabetes/Metabolic Syndrome tests. An excellent all-in-one would be the CardioMetabolic Profile (RG). If it were me, I’d do that and a blood chemistry test.
See above, but often younger people would do well to also look at the genetic hand they have been dealt! If you see what potential weaknesses you have, you can tailor-make your diet and lifestyle to suit and stave off an awful lot of trouble by the time you get to your 40s and 50s! Have you fun in your 20s but then start to take some preventative steps!
Look at the Genetic Tests and consider doing the Optimal Health Pro (PHC).
Equally important is to find any autoimmune processes going on early enough to stop, reverse or control them if possible. Autoimmune illnesses take decades to develop usually, but the signs are there right from the start if you know where to look. Check the Autoimmune Tests.
Chronic Illness Tests
Ooh, we could go anywhere with this one. But, clinical experience has taught me that there are some main things to look at if you’re not getting well and especially if the usual approaches are not working.
First, look at your nutrient levels. Get a really good look at how your system is working. For that, I’d consider an ION Profile (PHC) or a ONE/Metabolomix + test (PHC) if you can’t stretch to that. Plug any gaps. If you are really stretched for cash, look at anaemias including iron, B12 and folate, plus the key minerals, but especially red cell magnesium. Just correcting those can make a huge difference. See the Vitamin & Mineral Tests.
Then, consider triggers to illness:
Food. Look at Gluten Tests first. The number one thing I found across chronically-ill patients was a gluten related disorder. Most people were not coeliac but had non-coeliac gluten sensitivity and were reacting to cross reactive gluten foods (grains and dairy). Please check. Start with a Cyrex 3x (PHC) and then do a Cyrex 4 (PHC) or a FIT Test (RG). The FIT Test (RG) will help you identify other foods you may be sensitive to.
Pathogens. Get a gut test. The GI360 (RG) is best.
Toxins. See the Toxin and Chemical Tests as well as the Detox & Methylation Tests. The GPL-TOX (RG) will help you hunt for anything in your system. The Hepatic Detox test (RG) and the Methylation Plasma Profile (RG) will help you establish if your detox ability needs some help.
Next, think about systems that may not be working optimally:
Also consider what processes might be going wrong:
Inflammation. Immunity. Autoimmunity. Again, all crucial. None of these is going to show you the initial causes – those are more the triggers above, but they can show you what the consequences of those are and give you a target to go at lowering/correcting. See the test pages for more on these.
Finally, not a test but please do not dismiss the non-biological causes of chronic illness. I did that to my eternal regret; I would not have become so ill if I’d considered it earlier! Read more on that here. Basically find what you can is going wrong physiologically with your tests etc but work on your mind-body medicine approaches at the same time. Sometimes, you’ll need to do the latter first.
I hope that all helps start you off with your investigations!