Functional/diagnostic laboratory Testing and Genetic Testing
It is sometimes necessary to use diagnostic tests. These are a useful aid in Functional Medicine in identifying the root cause of a health problem. Private laboratory testing offers sophisticated, accurate testing which is often unavailable through normal NHS testing. For example the “Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis” is a noninvasive stool test which thoroughly investigates the digestive system looking for pathogenic bacteria, parasites, absorption, digestion and inflammatory gut markers and a colonic risk assessment for cancer.
Other testing profiles may be used as a preventative measure to identify early deficiencies and imbalances before chronic conditions and disease develops.
Genetic testing allows you to take an active role in your destiny. We are all genetically different in the same way as we look different on the outside. For example, some people can drink large quantities of alcohol and recover well whilst others experience long-term effects from very small quantities. This is mainly due to differences in genetic detoxification and methylation pathways. Understanding your genes can help to identify “hidden” gene mutations that may promote chronic disease, prevent disease through early intervention and modify gene expression through more precise, targeted, interventions.
When your results are returned, they are very carefully analysed and explained to you in the context of your full clinical profile. Testing is very much decided on a client-by-client basis and some tests can be done by your GP.
Entire Health maintains close affiliations with industry leading diagnostic laboratories in England, Europe and North America.
Some examples of tests are:
- Adrenal Stress Profile
- Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis
- Chronic Fatigue Screen
- Coeliac Profile
- Food Intolerances/Food Allergy profiles
- Functional Blood chemistry
- Full Hormone Panel (Male and Female)
- Helicobacter Pylori
- Full Nutritional Evaluations
- Total Thyroid Screen
- Heavy metals screen
- Iodine, B12 and folate
- SIBO testing
- Genetic testing