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Functional Nutritional Medicine is a preventative and proactive approach to your health.
This involves an investigative review of your body’s biochemistry and pathology that may be the root cause of your condition or the symptoms you may be experiencing.
Symptoms presenting are your body’s way of communicating an imbalance – like a ‘red flag’ that really should not be ignored.
Even being relatively symptom-free we encourage you to be proactive and get some key parameters and key health markers checked.
We specialise in women’s health and kids & nutrition.
- Adrenal fatigue, brain fog, anxiety and stress management
- Menstrual irregularities – irregular, heavy or painful periods
- Thyroid dysfunction
- Low libido
- PMS, irritability or mood swings
- Mood and stress support
- Mthfr and Pyrrole testing
- Digestive Health – constipation, diarrhoea, bloating, pain
- Food allergies and intolerances
- Histamine intolerance
- Insulin resistance
- Autoimmune conditions
- Immune system dysfunction
- Skin conditions eg Eczema, psoriasis
- Weight loss
- Encouraging Independence with food without pressure
- Strategies to make healthy food choices
- Understanding Psychology around eating
- Food and Meal Planning
Behavioural Issues/Anxiety/Mood Issues
- Signs and Symptoms – not just age related
- Nutritional support to help with symptoms
- Natural treatments to make a big difference
Food Intolerances and Allergies
- What to do when you find out – making the changes at home
- Food & Meal Planning Ideas/Support
- Explaining choices/intolerances to your child
- Integrating the dietary changes into the family and external events like birthday parties
Tests We Use
A comprehensive and targeted approach investigating Functional Nutrition and assessing an individual’s current health markers. By investigating gut, hair tissue mineral analysis, hormone, inflammatory markers we can create a step-by-step strategy to restore the body’s imbalances. Not all tests are needed. We assess on a case-by-case basis.
HTMA - Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
A scientifically validated assessment of the body’s biochemistry and metabolic function including digestion, nutritional deficiencies, imbalances, and toxicities. HTMA provides an assessment of thyroid and adrenal function, immunity, methylation, and mental health markers. HTMA indicates.
- Your metabolic rate
- Your digestive capacity
- Your thyroid function
- Your immune function
- Your adrenal status
- Your blood sugar status
- Your liver function
- Your detoxification capacity (methylation)
- Your heavy metal load
- Your predisposition to candida and/or parasites.
Gut Health (GI Map)
A comprehensive stool analysis with superior sensitivity to determine optimal gut function using DNA sequencing. PCR amplifies gene targets and can generate thousands to millions of copies of single DNA sequences. As a result, sensitivity and specificity is increased to investigate gut function markers. The GI Map is used to determine what is driving your digestive issues and underlying symptoms. We investigate the root cause by investigating inflammatory markers. GI Map indicates:
- Pathogenic Organisms
- Good and Bad Bacteria (Dysbiosis)
- Bacteria causing Autoimmune
- Parasites and Worms
- Bacterial Overgrowths, Candida, and Other Yeasts
- Enzyme Function
- Fat in the stool, fat metabolism
- Inflammation and colon health
- Inflammatory Markers, blood in the stool’
- Intestinal Permeability (aka Leaky Gut).
Gut health articles:
Biocompatibility 500+ Items
(not to be confused as a Food Intolerance/Allergy Test – see below IgG IgA IgE)
Additional we have success with clients feeling immediate relief with dietary choices when they choose to invest in the Biocompatibility 500+ Items Test.
This lab is another hair sample test that provides you with a personalised analysis of which foods you are causing your body an inflammatory response from a deep cellular level. As a process of elimination, sometimes a minimum of 6 months your body has the capacity to heal and these foods can generally be introduced following this time. From a list of 500+ Food and Domestic cleaning items – wouldn’t you want to know what is causing your body to be ‘reactive’? This is the simplest and most straightforward way to get the results you need to begin making positive health changes in your life (or your children’s).
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Hormone Testing (DUTCH)
DUTCH Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones
Our preferred urine hormone test.
It measures how estrogen (3 types), progesterone, testosterone, and cortisol (2 readings: blood cortisol only tests total cortisol) are metabolised.
Also includes a marker for oxidative stress which can indicate DNA damage in the body. Another marker is melatonin providing information into gut function (most melatonin is produced in the gut).
DUTCH now also includes 6 OATS (Organic Acid Test) markers including 3 neurotransmitters and 3 nutrient markers.
Copper toxicity is becoming a concern at epidemic proportions.
It is one of the key drivers of anxiety, hormonal and menstrual imbalances, adrenal fatigue, digestive issues to name a few.
Copper toxicity may be due to biochemical processes or driven by environmental exposure. Symptoms of Copper dysregulation (toxicity) are:
- Anxiety and Depression
- Estrogen Dominance
- Fatigue and Energy Issues
- Headaches and Migraines
- Anger, Short Temper and Aggressiveness
- Inflammation and Joint Pain
- Hair loss early or premature greying
- Behavioural Disorders (ADHD, Autism)
- Symptoms relating to pyroluria
- Iron Deficiency.
Other Tests We Use
For Digestive Disorders
The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA)
There are various levels of stool analysis and profiles available, depending on your needs. Results provide an overview of the components of digestion, absorption, intestinal function and microbial flora, as well as identifying pathogenic bacteria, parasites and yeasts (microbiology).
As clinically researched, the gastrointestinal (GIT) system is central to your health and its efficient function is imperative for adequate nutritional status. For example, a high proportion of the population has very low stomach acid which compromises absorption of nutrients and digestion. Any change in the function of the GIT can impact any system in the body.
This test involves a simple stool collection in the comfort of your own home.
Gut Influences On Other Areas:
Immune function and inflammation
- Nervous system
- Neuroendocrine function / Hormone balance
- Detoxification system / Liver function / Methylation
- Cardiovascular system
- Nutritional status
- Mood imbalances
Maldigestion and Malabsorption
Maldigestion, malabsorption and abnormal gut flora balance (dysbiosis) and ecology lie at the root of most common gastrointestinal complaints as well as many complex chronic illnesses and numerous other conditions that may not present with digestive symptoms, such as arthritis, skin and connective tissue disorders and autoimmune diseases.
Symptoms that may be indicative of poor gut function and indications for stool testing include:
- Constipation / Diarrhoea
- Flatulence / Bloating / Reflux
- Abdominal discomfort / IBS
- Bad breath
- Malabsorption syndromes
- Food sensitivities
- Liver dysfunction
- Nutrient insufficiencies
- Toxicity issues
- Chronic disease
- Immune disorders / chronic inflammation
- Hormone / neuroendocrine disorders
- Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
- Improve / Optimise health
Hydrogen and Methane Breath Test for SIBO
Lactose Intolerance and Fructose Malabsorption
Many people have malabsorption issues related to sugars commonly found in foods and consumed in drinks. Such sugars include Fructose, Lactose and Sorbitol. Malabsorption of such sugars are a key trigger for Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) -symptoms of constipation and/or diarrhoea, bloating, excess/bad smelling flatulence, headaches and fatigue.
Step 1- Test Collection and Analysis
Step 2- Guidance with dietary modification/intake and management of IBS-type symptoms.
20% of the population is affected by these type of symptoms and suffer for years. With a simple breath test analysis and proper follow-up and effective management, lifestyle factors can be greatly improved in a very short timeframe.
Food Intolerance Testing
IgG, IgA & IgE Food Panels
These tests assess individual adverse reactions to food/s. Food sensitivities may be the source of discomfort in many chronic conditions. Symptoms are varied and individuals react in different ways. Clients report bloating and fluid retention, inflammatory bowel disease, irritable bowel syndrome, depression and mood swings, migraine, asthma, skin conditions and behavioural problems in children.
IgG and IgA blood spot testing can be done in the clinic and the kit returned to the lab for investigation.
IgE requires a blood draw and a referral to a pathology lab conveniently located near you.
Elimination and Dietary Challenge Test (as a Clinical Test, not a Treatment)
Quite simply, foods are identified as triggers to identify food reactivates. This may involve a number of foods and the most likely are simultaneously avoided for around 21 days.
Should symptoms improve significantly or clear, each food is re-introduced one-by-one to check if there is any relapse or symptoms reignite. Known as masking – usually, the reintroduction following avoidance leads to symptoms being more pronounced. Once trigger foods are identified reactive foods need to be avoided for a further 3-6 months. Tolerance then improves and these foods can be used sparingly without the same ill effects.
Several clinical trials have shown dietary changes based on the findings of this type of Testing to benefit a high proportion of clients when food triggers can be identified.
Nutritional and Metabolic Profiles
Organic Acids Test (OAT)
This test provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behaviour disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. Many people with chronic illness and neurological disorders often excrete abnormal organic acids. The cause of these of these high levels could include: oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, and genetic factors.
If abnormalities are detected using the OAT, treatments can include supplements, such as vitamins and antioxidants, or dietary modification. Upon treatment, people have reported significant improvement such as decreased fatigue, regular bowel function, increased energy and alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, weight loss and decreased abdominal pain. The OAT is recommended as an initial screening test or to confirm treatment progress.
We use Great Plains Organic Acid test.
This test provides an accurate approximation of dietary iodine intake and measurements provide a biological indicator of Iodine Deficiency Disorders.
Iodine’s main action is involved in thyroid function. Due to numerous actions carried out by the thyroid the implications of iodine deficiency are vast. Iodine is an essential constituent of the thyroid hormones essential for growth and development, particularly during pregnancy, early infancy and childhood, as well as the control of metabolic processes in the body.
Intestinal Permeability (IP)
Using a Lactulose and Mannitol challenge, this test also known as ‘leaky gut’ test is a precise, non-invasive method for assessing gastrointestinal mucosal integrity.
Damage to the lining of the gastrointestinal tract (small and large intestine) is common in people with conditions such as food sensitivity and food allergy, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, arthritis, coeliac disease and dermatological conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne.
The lining of the gut wall is often subjected to a wide variety of insults from substances such as alcohol, caffeine, spices, medicines and environmental chemicals. The impact of chronic stress may also affect the permeability of the gut wall over time.
Correcting the altered permeability may have an immediate effect on the relief of symptoms and facilitate the gradual improvement in the underlying condition.
Baseline Hormone Profile – Female
Provides valuable information on an individual’s hormonal status and the potential impact this may have on physical and emotional health. Hormonal imbalance may result in weight gain, mood swings, night sweats, disturbed sleep patterns, loss of libido and hot flushes.
Saliva specimens are collected on specified days of the month, according to the nature of the investigation. Results obtained from the Hormone Profile make it possible to individualise treatment in order to establish optimal hormone balance. Testing can also be used to monitor the effects of bioidentical/natural hormone replacement therapy.
Baseline Hormone Profile – Male
Provides valuable information on an individual’s hormonal status and the potential impact this may have on physical and emotional health.
Hormonal imbalance may result in weight gain, mood swings, disturbed sleep patterns and loss of libido.
Melatonin Hormone Profile
Low levels of melatonin may result in sleep disturbances such as insomnia, poor immune function, depression and other mood disorders. If you are suffering from Stress, Chronic Fatigue, Fibromyalgia, Elevated Cholesterol levels, Type 2 Diabetes, Difficulty losing Weight, or Insomnia then the Melatonin Hormone Profile along with the Adrenocortex Stress Profile may help to shed some light as to why. These are simple saliva tests conducted in your own home and returned to the lab by post.
Adrenocortex Stress Profile (Cortisol & Dhea)
The Adrenocortex Stress Profile is a safe, non-invasive test that determines your DHEA and cortisol levels using 4 saliva samples which can be easily collected at home or at work. Balance is the key in assessing the overall effect of adrenal hormones on the body. That’s why, in addition to individual measures of DHEA and cortisol, the test report includes a DHEA/cortisol ratio that indicates your body’s unique and dynamic balance of these crucial stress hormones.
This test is used to assess the thyroid antibodies – thyroglobulin and thyroid peroxidase. The presence of auto-antibodies against thyroglobulin indicates possible inflammation of the thyroid gland (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis).
The presence of thyroid peroxidase antibodies is also indicative of autoimmune thyroid disorders. They may be positive in Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, idiopathic myxoedema and Grave’s disease. Non-immune thyroid disorders show no greater incidence than normal.
Thyroid Hormone Profile
The Thyroid Hormone Profile which measures TSH, fT3 and fT4, is easily performed at home. This test measures the levels of unbound free hormones which are available to the tissues and reflects a true measure of the body’s metabolic rate.
Thyroid conditions are one of the most undiagnosed conditions in Australia with symptoms ranging from fatigue, depression, weight gain, anxiety, constipation, weight loss, diarrhoea and heart palpitations. Thyroid function decreases with age and an underactive thyroid or hypothyroidism is most common in menopausal and post-menopausal women.
DNA Profiling/Gene Testing
As most people know when you visit a practitioner for the first time, we take a complete health history including asking questions about certain health conditions that close relatives may have. The reason for this is that our genetics often determine our risk of getting certain diseases and this information helps us determine some of the things you can do to reduce those risks.
Now new medical evidence suggests that you can further reduce your risks of certain illnesses by having your DNA tested and following the diet and lifestyle factors that have been proven to help turn on and off the genes, you may have that make you more prone to a disease.
As you well know, your DNA is like a blueprint that gives experts information as to your genetic history. DNA has been used to either clear or convict people of certain crimes and to help people discover what areas of the world their ancestors came from. This same DNA can give health practitioners insight to your current and future health and how changes in fitness, lifestyle and nutrition can help to lower your risk of disease and keep you feeling healthier throughout your life and possibly extend your life and the quality of your life.
Health Benefits of DNA Testing
There are actually many health benefits of DNA testing. Some of these benefits include:
Weight Management. While you can’t change your DNA you can dial up or dial down the effect of your DNA on weight management. When overweight people use diets based on their genotype they tend to lose weight twice as fast as those who chose diets based on nutrition alone. Being able to better manage your weight and diet can help to reduce your risk of diabetes, high blood pressure and heart disease.
More Effective Exercise. DNA testing can actually help us pinpoint the best exercises and intensity of exercise you should do to help you lose weight and to improve your overall health.
Helps You Age Better. DNA testing can also help you and your practitioner better understand how your body works and what changes in diet, nutrition and lifestyle can help you to age better maintaining your quality of life throughout your life, helping you age better keeping you healthier and helping you to look and feel younger.
Reducing the Risk of Serious Diseases. Changes in your nutrition, lifestyle and diet based on your DNA can also reduce your risk of many serious diseases as it can help you to reduce low-level inflammation in your body, keep your weight in check and even help you to reduce stress and sleep better.
The health benefits of DNA testing can be extremely helpful to anyone, but it may be vital for those people who have been adopted and know little or nothing about their birth families or their birth family’s medical histories. People who have no knowledge of their medical histories now will have a better chance to maintain or improve their health through DNA testing, which means that when they have their own children they will have the knowledge and tools to protect their children’s health.
Functional Liver Detoxification Profile (FLDP)
The Functional Liver Detoxification Profile challenges the liver’s Phase 1 and Phase 2 detoxification capacity with low doses of Caffeine, Aspirin and Paracetamol.
The results of an FLDP will support accurate identification of the individual’s detoxification profile and assist in the direction of treatment. The FLDP may particularly provide valuable information in the management of patients who suffer from food allergies, multiple chemical sensitivities, chronic fatigue syndrome, “leaky gut” and hormonal imbalance e.g. premenstrual syndrome and menopausal symptoms.
Saliva and urine specimens are analysed for metabolites of the three compounds to determine the efficiency of the liver in their conversion and clearance from the body.
The body’s acid-alkaline balance can be easily measured using urine, saliva or both. Eating the wrong food, drinking alcohol, coffee/tea can make you too acidic.
For ideal health, we should be pH balanced.