Our approach to diagnostic investigations
One of the most thorough approaches to diagnosis follows the principles of Functional Medicine. Functional medicine combines the latest scientific research and testing from conventional medicine, with the wisdom of older healing systems such as Homeopathy, Chinese traditional medicine and Ayurveda, to name a few.
heavy metal testing
advanced detox testing
hormone and menopause testing
Allery and food sensitiviy testing
We believe that thorough case-taking is the cornerstone of understanding you and your health concerns and taking our time with this increases our ability to connect the dots. We use a combination of your symptoms, medical history, lifestyle, diet and circumstances, as well as necessary physical examinations, to formulate a cohesive picture of your health concerns, both current and long-term.
A non-invasive assessment is done in our rooms, where brain-wave activity is recorded in short 90-second intervals. The assessment helps us to determine problems with brain fatigue, sleep, focus and concentration, mood, stress and anxiety, and other imbalances and unusual activity of the brain. This ensures that we compile an effective treatment protocol specifically for your brain.
Your DNA code reveals everything about you and small variations can play a role in the health challenges you face. Through analysis of specific genes, we can learn what areas we need to focus on to optimise your health. Choose between specific tests to learn more about how your variations may affect your general health, diet, mental well-being, sports performance, pregnancy preparation, oestrogen metabolism, dental health and your body’s potential for metabolising certain drugs.
Specialised testing related to digestive symptoms and diseases. Depending on the presenting symptoms we may choose to test for any of the following: calprotectin, celiac, faecal occult blood, food allergy and/or hypersensitivity testing, or genetic lactose and gluten intolerance testing.
This can be done as part of a wellness screening or to monitor the treatment of certain lifestyle conditions. Here we test for Type II diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, thyroid health, possible anaemia, Vitamin D levels, your liver function, kidney function and overall cardiac health.
Heavy metal testing
The heavy metal urine test is an invaluable tool for the assessment of the retention of toxic metals in the body. Toxic metals adversely affect almost every organ system and disrupt the homeostasis of nutrient elements. Acute metal poisoning is rare, but more common, however, is a chronic, low-level exposure to toxic metals, the retention of which is associated with a vast array of adverse health effects and chronic disease.
Advanced detox testing
Compromised antioxidant status and detoxification are implicated in most modern illnesses. This test assesses the liver’s biotransformation function through the ingestion of some common substances. This test is unique because Phase I and Phase II biotransformation pathways, as well as the oxidative stress status and antioxidant capacity, are assessed.
Hormone and menopause testing
Apart from relatively standard hormone blood tests, we may also suggest a DNA oestrogen test or a Hormone Metabolism Test. Some metabolites of oestrogen increase the risk of breast cancer, whereas others are protective. In the Hormone Metabolism Test, breakdown products of biological oestrogen that are excreted in the urine are measured. By determining the relative levels of these metabolites, DNA-damaging metabolites can be assessed.
Allergy and food sensitivity testing
IgE-type allergy reactions occur immediately after ingestion of a certain food or contact with a particular inhalant such as pollen or animal dander. Levels of IgE in the blood can indicate whether one has an immediate type allergy and how severe it is.
Food hypersensitivity testing is designed to detect elevated IgG antibodies to specific food proteins. Research suggests that eliminating these foods could result in significant improvements in a variety of conditions like migraine, IBS, Crohn’s disease, and obesity.