Over 2000 different blood and saliva tests are currently available. Careful selection of appropriate tests to assist the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of health problems.
These include various anaemias and other fatigue states, immune system status, rheumatoid arthritis and polymyalgia, gout, thyroid and adrenal disorders, metabolic syndrome, candidiasis, hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar) and diabetes. Heart, liver and kidney conditions, stomach ulcers and osteoporosis screening can also be requested. In addition, vitamin, mineral, amino acid and essential fatty acid levels can be identified.
General screening may also be requested to identify changes in the blood chemistry before symptoms develop. Minimal sampling at home, finger prick blood testing is now available.
Various laboratories carry out reliable and comprehensive blood testing for food and environmental allergies.
This type of testing assists the diagnosis and subsequent treatment for a wide range of health problems including digestive conditions, skin disorders, migraine, arthritis, fatigue states, allergic rhinitis and asthma. Behavioural problems in children can also be linked to food intolerances.
SALIVA, URINE AND STOOL ANALYSIS
Saliva tests are of special value to assess hormone levels (e.g. adrenal hormones, female and male sex hormones).
Stool analysis can be requested to measure gut parasites, occult blood and bacteria.
ADRENAL STRESS PROFILE
This valuable test involves measuring the DHEA and cortisol levels in four saliva samples taken over a 12-hour period.
Many doctors and naturopaths see this test as a useful indicator of the adrenal status in particular adrenal exhaustion and general fatigue resulting from stress.
VITAMIN AND MINERAL TESTING
There are blood tests for a variety of vitamins and minerals. These include the following:
Vitamins - A, B1, B2, B6, B12, C, D and E
Minerals - Magnesium, Calcium and Zinc etc.
The Acumen Laboratory offers a C.F.S. (chronic fatigue syndrome) profile for mitochondrial (cellular) health. This group of four tests is seen as a definitive test that confirms that C.F.S. has a functional basis that can be measured and treated.