Diagnostic Tests

There are a wide range of diagnostic tests that can help with your health and well being, from Arenal Stress Index Tests, Thyroid, Food Intolerance Tests, Gastro Intestinal Tests to Osteoporosis Risk Assessment... Below is just a snapshot.

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Adrenal Stress Index Test

This tests your cortisol levels over 4 different times in one day to assess how well you are adapting to stress. This is useful in cases of fatigue, insomnia, panic disorders, depression, overweight and stress. Some clients like to do a combined thyroid and adrenal test to get a bigger picture as often the thyroid is affected by stress.

Thyroid Test

A very comprehensive test, looking at your main thyroid hormones - TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone), T3 , T4 and the free forms of the latter two. It also measures possible thyroid antibodies. Useful if you are suffering from fatigue, hair loss, dry skin, weight gain and can't shift it or digestive problems.

Ruth did her dissertation on the thyroid and is passionate about helping clients to support and balance thyroid function.

Male and Female Hormone Panels

The male test is from one saliva sample testing 6 hormones to give a clear picture, this is useful in diagnosing the andropause, loss of libido or fatigue.
The female test consists of 11 saliva samples during the cycle, useful in explaining PMT, fibroids, endometriosis, menopause.

Hair Mineral Analysis

This requires a sample of hair from the root, to test for mineral imbalances and toxic minerals. Useful for unexplained weight loss, malabsorption, general unwellness and toxicity.

Food Intolerances

A Dairy and Grains Test, tests all dairy and grains as well as yeast and egg. Useful in Coeliac Disease or if you suspect a dairy or wheat intolerance. This is a cheaper test than the full food test.
The Food Allergen Test, tests around 170 different foods. This is useful in cases of IBS, muscle or joint ache, fatigue, weight problems, skin irritations, hyperactivity, anxiety and food intolerances.

Chronic Fatigue Screen Test                                                                                                                                               
Requires 1 early morning urine smaple and 4 saliva samples. This is a complex test which looks at how you metabolise your fats, carbohydrates and proteins in order to produce energy. How your brain hormones are affecting your mood, how your adrenals are functioning with regard to stress and fatigue and whether your gut has the correct levels of bacterias. This is an exceedingly useful test for anyone suffering from chronic fatigue.

Gastrointestinal Pane
This test collects and analyses genetic material (DNA) in samples of the stool.  The resulting data is then compared with a library of microbial DNA. This can be likened to a finger print being checked against a library of finger prints to identify the owner.

This type of microbiome testing is very reliable and gives a comprehensive reading with information about yeasts, parasites, ranges of microbiomes, inflammation, immune and digestive enzymes along with intestinal permeability. Thus allowing a window into your colonic health and a greater ability to offer specific healing startegies.

It requires 1 stool sample.

Homocysteine Test
Raised homocysteine is linked as a risk factor for premature heart disease and usually indicates a low level of B vitamins. Once measured these can easily be replaced to reduce homocysteine levels.
This requires a blood sample.

Osteoporosis Risk Assessment

This measures collagen which makes up bone matrix excreted via urine. It can help identify accelerated bone breakdown and predict the probability of bone loss without treatment. It can also monitor whether therapy is working.
This test is useful for people concerned about osteoporosis, smokers, the elderly, underweight or menopausal women, those who drink a lot of fizzy/caffeinated/ alcoholic drinks or who lead a sedentary life. 


Vitamin D Test

This is a simple Finger Prick Test costing only £30 and is accessed from www.vitamindtest.org.uk

Clinically vitamin D is one of the most deficient vitamins recognised by the medical system. It is critical to our immune systems, boosting bone health and mood and important in brain function. There is also much research to support its use in cancer prevention. In my opinion an essential test for everyone. Getting the right level is critical.

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© Ruth Pretty 2011