Over 2000 different blood and Saliva 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
symptons develop.Minimal sampling at home,finger prick blood testing is now available.
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.
Vitamin Mineral and Hormone Measurements
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.
The C.F.S profile for mitochrondrial (cellular) failure,is a group of four tests designed by
Dr.john McLaren Howard,the founder and director of Acumen.The test is seen by many practitioners
as a definitive test and shows that CFS frequently has a functional basis.