Over 1000 different blood tests are currently available.Careful selection os appropriate tests can
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 abd 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
Various laboratories carry out reliable and comprehensive blood testing for food and
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 intolerences.
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.
Urine tests are of particular value to a measure gut dysbiosis and the "leaky gut syndrome".
Adrenal Stress Index or Profile
This valuable test involves measuring the DHEA and cortisol levels in four saliva samples
taken over a 24-hour period.
Many doctors and naturopaths see this test as a useful indicator of the adrenal status,
with adrenal exhaustion and general fatigue resulting from stress.
Food Intolerance ELISA Test
The full name of this test is "Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay"; this identifies the foods
the patients immune system is reacting against.It can be assumed that if the blood develops
immune complexes (IgG's) in response to specific,normally harmless foods,then the blood
sees the food as a toxin.
Some confusion exists regarding the terms allergy,sensitivity and intolerance.I prefer the word
intolerance when dealing with IgC reactions and consider allergies are more likely to beige
reactions ( as in peanuts,wasp stings etc.).
There are five classes of immunoglobulins - IgA,IgD,IgE,IgD,and IgM. They are all antibodies
present in the blood and other tissues which defend the body against various allergens.
An allergen is the trigger that intiates a patient's allergic response ,examples being food,dust,
and animal hair.
Various levels of intolerance are identified with the ELISA test and the specific foods must be
either avoided or rotated.Many foods can be eaten freely .I find the avoidance of suspect foods
for 6-8 weeks followed by the use of homoeopathic desensitising pillules and food rotation,
usually allows a patient eventually to eat suspect foods without symptons developing.
Although the tests are costly,I sometimes request tests for blood vitamin levels.
These include functional vitamin B1 (thiamine) B2 (riboflavin) and B6 (pyridoxine),
vitamin A,vitamin E,and vitamin C.
In addition to requesting laboratory tests,a full case history is taken with each patient.
This includes details on diet,exercise,lifestyle,employment,relationships,past health
history and treatment.Weight,blood pressure,sleep patterns,family history and current
stresses are also noted.