ph: 03 9388 2422

 

Hardwick Building
22 Tripovich Street (cnr Ballarat St)
Brunswick Victoria
Australia 3056

Clinical Investigations & Tests

In house testing and direct referrals 

 

To provide comprehensive analysis of your case, we have the following testing facilities available at the clinic

 

  • Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA): weight loss, body fat percentage calculator, preventative health and much more
  • ‘Cardiocheck’: for monitoring cholesterol levels (LDL, HDL & trigylcerides) and blood sugar levels.
  • Urine analysis: detects the pH of the urine as well as the presence of bad bacteria, glucose and blood.
  • Blood pressure
  • Iridology
  • The urinary ‘indicans’ test which tests the bodies ability to breakdown protein. ‘Putrefaction’ of proteins can occur when there is an imbalance of good and bad bacteria in the digestive tract, what is known as ‘dysbiosis’.

Dysbiosis is commonly the cause of persistent bloating, digestive upsets and toxicities, constipation and/or diarrhea, the presence of gut parasites, food intolerances, intestinal hyperpermeability or ‘leaky gut’, urinary tract infections and thrush.

 

We are also able to refer directly for tests off site including

Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA)

 

An excellent tool to investigate digestive upsets of all kinds as it detects the presence of parasites and yeasts such as Giardia, Blasto, Candida and Klebsiella, as well as imbalances of good and bad bacteria in the gut and potential deficiencies in fibres that healthy bacteria need to thrive on, what are known as short chain fatty acids (SCFA). A combined test can also detect H.pylori antibodies, a bacteria which is often the cause of gastritis and ulcers.

 

Liver Detoxification Profile (FLDP)

 

Analysis of saliva and urine are used to assess the effectiveness of the detox pathways of the liver including phase 1, the initial pathway involved in oxidising compounds to prepare for their excretion by phase 2. In phase 2, the compounds being detoxed undergo further changes in their chemical structure by one, or a combination of these 'conjugation' reactions - glutathionation, sulphation, glucuronidation and/or glycination. This allows for effective elimination by the liver and kidneys.
As hormones are primarily metabolised via the liver, the FLDP is an excellent test to assess the cause of hormonal imbalances in conditions such as PMS and complaints of menopause. It can also be used to indicate sensitivies to certain foods, toxins, chemicals, drugs and alcohol, as well as investigating the cause of chronic headaches and migraines. An under functioning liver is also implicated in conditions such as irritability, fatigue and chronic fatigue syndrome; digestive complaints such as nausea, constipation, bloating and intolerances to fatty foods and skin conditions including acne, eczema and rashes. 

 

Intestinal Hyperpermeability (‘leaky gut’)

 

A leaky gut refers to the protective barrier which lines the small and large intestine of our digestive tract becoming inflammed and weakened. Whether it be from chronic stress, dysbiosis, food intolerances, smoking or a poor diet, it soon can come to look, and function, like a sponge full of holes, no longer protecting foreign bodies from crossing it and exacerbating conditions it instigates even further. A leaky gut is often an underlying cause and/or contributing factor of several autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, celiacs disease, psoriasis and inflammatory bowel disease; allergic presentations including hayfever, food allergies and eczema as well as chronic headaches or migraines. 


Thyroid Studies

 

Thyroid hormone profile including TSH, T4, T3, rT3 and thyroid antibodies. The thyroid gland is crucial for maintaining our metabolism, mood and energy, and this is an important test to detect potential underlying hypothyroid or hyperthyroid states. This can include symptoms such as anxiety, depression, insomnia, fatigue, weight gain or weight loss, hair loss, menstrual irregularities, increased sweating and/or dry skin. 


Full Blood Count & Homocysteine

We can refer you for testing of iron studies, vitamin D, vitamin B12, folate as well as the gene required for healthy folate function, known for short as the ‘MTHFR’ gene, as well as for homocysteine.

Homocysteine is a compound which can cause systemic inflammation and oxidation to our cells, high homocysteine levels are implicated in conditions such as dementia, anxiety, depression, infertility, cancer and cardiovascular disease.

 

Salivary Hormone Testing 

 

This test allows us to assess the presence of unbound hormones, and therefore, the more biologically active hormones in the body with a simple and non-invasive 'spit test' you can complete at home. A wide range of hormones can be tested, including the various type of oestrogen (E1, E2 and E3), progesterone, cortisol, testosterone and DHEA. Hormonal imbalances are often the culprit of several conditions including PMS, endometriosis, infertility, heavy, erratic and/or painful menstrual bleeds; skin conditions such as acne and unexplained weight loss or gain, as well as depression, anxiety fatigue and poor sleeping patterns. An invaluable test for getting to find the cause of several common presenting complaints! 

Food sensitivity profiles (IgG)

 

Allergy testing with GP’s or specialists tend to detect ‘IgE’ antibodies (a type of immune cell elevated in allergic responses), however, the food sensitivity panel detects ‘IgG’ antibodies, which are often elevated in food intolerances. You don’t have to be allergic to something for it to cause digestive upsets, headahces, skin conditions, fatigue and hayfever, to name a few. This test, involving a simple skin prick, examines up to 96 different foods and you can select the food groups you wish to examine, for example vegetarians and vegans can exclude meat/dairy/eggs etc.

Nutrient & Toxic Element testing ('Heavy Metals')

More commonly known as known ‘Heavy Metal’ testing, however, this test also examines mineral imbalances such as calcium, magnesium, selenium etc. A small sample of hair or fingernail clippings are examined to detect imbalances of minerals which can result in toxicities and impede the way your body absorbs others, which can lead to nutrient deficiencies. It also examines the presence of aluminium, cadmium, arsenic, lead, mercury, nickel and other potentially harmful metals. An important test where unexplained headaches, infertility, hair loss, ‘brain fog’, poor memory and concentration and/or depression are present.

 

Naturopathy consultations also incorporate dietary analysis, clinical examinations such as liver palpations and abdominal inspection and nail and tongue analysis, which can assist in the detection of nutrient deficiencies and digestive processes.


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