Specific tests may be suggested to gain a clearer picture of presenting symptoms to help tailor your individual treatment protocol. Testing may include food intolerance testing, hair tissue mineral analysis and general blood tests done through your medical health practitioner.
There are no obligations to have tests done, however sometimes I may suggest one as it can be useful in allowing us to discover what might be provoking your particular health issues.
Zinc Tally Test
This liquid taste test is usually done and the cost included in the initial naturopathy consultation. Numerous research studies have found that sub-optimal levels of zinc are very common at all ages, especially in the elderly. An Australian study found that 85% of women and 65% of men do not receive the Recommended Daily Allowance of zinc in their diets. (Reference Metagenics) Zinc is essential for optimal immunity, digestion, reproductive health, skin conditions and stress reduction. Therefore it is really important to identify and address a possible zinc deficiency.
Common blood tests
It’s a good idea to have these tests done if they have not been looked at in the last few years. This is especially the case when there has been a past history or family history of illness. If possible please bring along or email the results of any relevant blood tests done in the last 12 months.
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
Hair analysis is a simple test whereby a small hair sample is used to determine the body’s mineral content of the last 3 or 4 months. Results may consider hormonal, adrenal and thyroid function and can show how the body is dealing with stress and blood sugar balance. This information allows supplementation and dietary advice to be more specific to an individual’s needs.
Hair analysis can also detect toxic metals that may be present such as mercury, arsenic, aluminium and lead and therefore may show the need for detoxification. This is can be very useful for people who wish to do pre-conception care and those who work in environments where toxins are present eg painters, mechanics, hairdressers, artists, factory workers, farmers etc.
Food Intolerance Test
This simple blood test covers 90 different foods that we generally eat everyday including wheat, dairy products, nuts and seeds, soy, gluten and non gluten containing grains, yeast, some fruit and vegetables, sugar, coffee and chocolate.
Depending on the severity of the reaction to the food, the particular offender needs to be avoided for a period of time to give the immune system a break. In some cases foods with a low reaction or antibody response may be reintroduced later and eaten in modest amounts.
Food intolerances can show up in many different ways. If our immune system reacts to a particular food it may trigger an inflammatory response in the body. The response may lead to a variety of issues, differing from one person to the next.