Estimates of the population segment with food allergies fall somewhere around 50%, and this figure has increased substantially over the past 50 years. An increase in the variety of foods eaten, as well as increased early exposure to cow's milk formula have both contributed to the rise in food allergies.
Symptoms vary widely. The immediate, obvious IgE-mediated food reactions include hives, wheezing, rhinorrhea, vomiting, and anaphylaxis. Delayed or IgG-mediated reactions include non-obvious chronic symptoms such as headache, digestive problems, musculoskeletal symptoms, and skin disorders such as eczema and psoriasis. The allergy test measures both IgE and IgG antibodies.
Food allergies are often overlooked or mistaken for other conditions. A patient with puzzling symptoms or poor response to treatment may recover amazingly with a week-long diagnostic elimination diet.
Consideration of food allergies is a critical component of any comprehensive approach to ill health or for prevention of illness.
Indications for Allergy Test
Depression, Aphthous stomatitis, Asthma, Eczema, Autism, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Dermatitis, Herpetiforms, Epilepsy, Gallstones, Intestinal dysbiosis, Candidiasis, Intestinal hyperpermeability, IBS, Migraine headache, Multiple sclerosis, Otitis media, Peptic ulcer, psoriasis, Rosacea, Urticaria, ADD/ ADHD, Ulcerative colitis, Crohn's disease
"50% of heart attack victims had normal cholesterol levels."
National Heart Blood and Lung Institute
Standard cholesterol testing only gives you part of the picture leaving many people with "normal" cholesterol numbers unaware that they are still at risk for a heart attack. National Cholesterol Education Program introduced new risk factors that are responsible for many individuals being at risk of cardiovascular disease. These risk factors can only be identified with advanced lipoprotein testing. More over Cardiovascular Risk Assessment can measure inflammatory markers, heart function, genetic markers, metabolic markers, omega-3 index.
Indications of Cardiovascular Risk Assessment
Family history of heart disease or diabetes, Diagnosed with heart disease or diabetes, Taking Cholesterol lowering medication, Diagnosed with Metabolic Syndrome, Overweight, Low HDL (Good cholesterol), High LDL (Bad cholesterol), High triglycerides
Nutrient status is a vital component to the foundation of health. Each micronutrient plays an important role in promoting optimal functioning in all our cells. When some of our cells do not function at their best, the foundation of our health is compromised, setting the stage for the development of disease. By identifying and correcting functional micronutrient deficiencies, you are taking an important step toward long-term maintenance of optimal health.
50% of those taking supplements will remain deficient in micronutrients, because metabolic and biochemical individuality, absorption capacity, chronic illness, aging and lifestyle all affect the requirements for micronutrients. The Functional Intracellular Analysis is the only functional blood test that takes all the above factors into consideration to identify your baseline nutrient status. Standard nutrient tests reflect a person's diet over a relatively narrow window of time. The Functional Intracellular Analysis can reveal a person's functional nutritional status over a much longer period of time than standard serum testing.
Indications for Micro-Nutrient Testing
Chronic disease, Skin problems, Dry skin, Advanced age, Long-term medication use, Digestive problems, Poor diet, Athletes, Vegetarians, Vegans
Proper secretion of acid in the stomach is a critical factor for digestion and absorption. Stomach acid (hydrochloric acid) breaks up protein into individual amino acids. Our body then uses these amino acids to build and repair all internal protein structures, including muscle, hair, fingernails, and other parts of the body. Amino acids are also precursors of mood and emotion regulating substances, called neurotransmitters. Hydrochloric acid is also responsible for separating out minerals and other molecules from the food in which they're found.
Calcium, iron and most of the other essential minerals found in food cannot be assimilated well when not enough stomach acid is being produced. Overall, there are between 15 to 25 essential nutrients that are potentially under-digested due to low-level secretion of gastric acid in the stomach. The gastric acid secretion test measures the acidity of the stomach, using a high-tech pH capsule. If low-level secretion is found, the patient is prescribed hydrochloric acid supplements to improve his or her condition.
Symptoms Caused By Low Acid Secretion
Heartburn, bloating, belching, GERD, indigestion, diarrhea, constipation, weak/ peeling /cracking nails, thinning and loss of hair, chronic infection, anemia, dry skin, poor night vision, depression, allergies, asthma, low adrenal function, diabetes, hypoglycemia, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, eczema, psoriasis, urticaria, hypothyroidism, fatigue.
There are 35 metals that concern us because through occupational or residential exposure, large amounts of any of them can cause acute or chronic toxicity (poisoning). Heavy metal toxicity can result in damaged or reduced mental and central nervous function, lower energy levels, and damage to blood composition, lungs, kidneys, liver, and other vital organs. Long-term exposure may result in slowly progressing physical, muscular, and neurological degenerative processes that mimic Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, muscular dystrophy, and multiple sclerosis. Allergies are not uncommon, and repeated long-term contact with some metals or their compounds may even cause cancer.
Heavy metals may enter the human body through food, water, air or absorption through the skin when they come into contact with humans in agriculture, or in manufacturing, pharmaceutical, industrial, or residential settings.
To evaluate the extent of the heavy metal burden your body carries, two tests are available. Hair mineral analysis analyzes the amount of various toxic metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium, and aluminum which have been pulled out of the body through the hair. A second test, the Challenge test, measures and analyzes the levels of toxic metals in your urine following the administration of a metal detoxification agent. This is an objective way to evaluate the accumulation of toxic metals in your body.
Symptoms Caused By Heavy Metals
Impaired cognitive, motor, and language skills, Learning difficulties, Nervousness, Emotional instability, Insomnia, Nausea, Lethargy, Fatigue, Autoimmune Diseases
The Adrenal Stress Test is a powerful and precise noninvasive salivary assay that evaluates bioactive levels of the body's important stress hormones, cortisol and DHEA. This profile serves as a critical tool for uncovering biochemical imbalances underlying anxiety, depression, chronic fatigue, obesity, blood glucose problem, and a host of other clinical conditions.
The adrenal hormones, cortisol and DHEA, function to influence: Metabolism, Thyroid Function, Anti-inflammatory Response, Resistance to Stress.
Changing the amounts of cortisol and DHEA can profoundly affect: Energy Levels, Resistance to Disease, Emotional States, General Sense of Well-being.
Many of cortisol's physiological actions are geared toward the mobilization of reserves. Cortisol is released in large amounts in response to physical, physiological, and/or psychological stress. When stressors persist, the secretion of glucocorticoids can be prolonged, leading to maladaptation of the adrenal gland.
Excess cortisol can adversely affect: Bone and Muscle Tissue, Thyroid Function, Cardiovascular Function, Weight Control, Sleep, Glucose Regulation, Immune Defense, Aging.
Over time, cortisol secretion can become impaired, resulting in an inability to respond to stress, as demonstrated in conditions such as: Chronic Fatigue, Menstrual Problems, Allergies, Arthritis.
DHEA, in contrast to cortisol, exerts mostly anabolic actions and balances the body's stress response.
DHEA functions to: Provide Substrate for the Synthesis of Sex Hormones, Guard Against Degenrative Conditions Associated with Aging, Influence Immune Function and Energy Production, Affect Insulin Sensitivity, Thyroid Function, Protein Synthesis and Others.
Imbalances of DHEA have been associated with: Impaired Immunity, Cancer, Depression, Panic Disorder, Insulin Resistance, Obesity.
Recent developments of natural hormone replacement therapies, available OTC (pregenolone, DHEA, Progesterone) and by prescription (Triple Estorgen, Estriol, Testosterone) have led to new applications for steroid hormone testing. Comprehensive hormone profiles are used as an integral part of natural hormone replacement therapy, including diagnosis.
Indications for a Hormone Panel Testing
Menopausal symptoms, Low Libido, Reduced Muscle Mass, Monitoring bio-identical hormone replacement, Adrenal insufficiency, Breast lesions, Hypertension, Emotional stress, excessive hairiness, Carcinoma, Endocrine disorders, Chronic fatigue syndrome, Fibromyalgia, Rheumatoid arthritis.
The CSDA is a very useful diagnostic tool that should be employed in the initial assessment of every patient. Clearly, all aspects of our physiology depend on the provision of the correct nutrients and cofactors. Therefore, a dysfunctional gut may be at the root of any given health problem - either directly or indirectly. For example, a B12 deficiency due to insufficient gastric acidity may lead directly to neuropathy. Likewise, a food allergy may indirectly aggravate an autoimmune condition such as lupus, Rheumatoid Arthritis, and Hashimoto's Thyroiditis, by placing an additional burden on the immune system.
In general, the CSDA is useful for assessing the digestive and absorptive capacities of the gut, and for the identification of pathological states. Specifically, the test may yield useful information in the following areas: food allergies, gastric acidity, liver/gallbladder function, presence of inflammation or neoplasm, and the microbial status of the colon.
The imbalance of neurotransmitters and hormones - the body's messengers - can lead to adverse symptoms such as weight gain, fatigue, anxiety, poor sleep patterns, menopausal symptoms, depression, and many more. The symptoms you may be experiencing have a root cause. Deficiencies and excesses of certain neurotransmitters and hormones can lead to chronic illness. Discovering where imbalances begin may lead to the end of your symptoms.
Many factors can disrupt the neurohormonal system, leading to an array of symptoms and disease. Poor diet, chronic stress, environmental factors, lack of sleep and exercise, stimulants, and even medication prescribed for other symptoms can eventually deplete your system, causing further imbalance.
Indications for Neurotransmitter Testing
Hard time waking up in the morning, Insomnia, Fatigue and Lethargy, Difficulty concentrating or completing tasks, Low motivation, Irritability, Low libido, Addiction and Craving, PMS, Menopausal symptoms, Weight gain
Heart Rate Variability (HRV) has become the "gold standard" for characterizing autonomic nervous system (ANS) function and dysfunction. The ANS is a part of the nervous system that involuntarily controls all the organs and systems of the body and there are two branches – sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system that always work as antagonists in their effect on target organs. In traditional Chinese medicine the key to good health is balance of Yin and Yang = Sympathetic and Parasympathetic. HRV evaluation can also determine one's current physical fitness level and adaptation reserve.
Clinical Correlates of autonomic dysfunction
Fatigue, Dizziness, Arrhythmia, Anxiety, Nausea, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Asthma, Migraine, Irritable Bowel syndrome, Hypoglycemia, Mitral Valve Prolapse, Depression, Panic Disorder, Sleep Disorder, Premenstrual Syndrome
Arterial stiffness is a threatening condition, as it is a major cause of cardiovascular disease. As the arteries stiffen and become less elastic, the amount of resistance the heart must overcome to eject blood into the arteries increases. Inevitably, this places an ever-increasing load on the heart, which is never good news. As arterial stiffness increases, the central systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure also increase, the demand on the left ventricle of the heart rises, and there is decreased perfusion pressure (not enough blood flow) through the coronary arteries. All of these conditions increase the risk of heart attacks, heart failure and stroke.
Advancing age, as well as various diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure and renal failure, all play a part in increasing the stiffness of arteries.
You may think that this is not relevant to you, particularly if you are a non-smoker who exercises regularly and watches their diet. But arterial stiffness is a silent killer. Many people have no clue that there is a problem with their arteries becoming stiff until they suffer a major cardio-vascular episode. Assessing the state of your arteries in good time, and taking the appropriate preventative measures as a result, just could save your life.
The vascular aging test enables you to quickly and easily assess arterial stiffness, and by doing so, provides you with an important measure of the state of health of your cardiovascular system.