I can provide, not only in-clinic testing within your appointment which is non-invasive, but also I can arrange a variety of tests to be carried out via different labs. Test kits are sent out with complete instructions to help you complete your test which is carried out at home, payment is direct to the lab, and you must return your kit directly to the lab.
DUTCH (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) Complete can help identify the root causes of hormone imbalances in men and women. It can provide insights into conditions such as the menopause, PCOS, weight gain, fatigue, low libido, premenstrual syndrome, mood swings, sleep issues, mood disorders and prostate issues in men. Additionally, the test can be used to gather baseline measurements for the administration and monitoring of hormone replacement therapy.
The profile analyzes 35 different hormones; oestrogen, progesterone, testosterone, DHEA-S and cortisol along with their metabolites. It also measures daily free cortisol, the oxidative stress marker 8OHdG, melatonin and six organic acids including markers for vitamin B12 (methylmalonate), vitamin B6 (xanthurenate), glutathione (pyroglutamate), dopamine (homovanillate), norepinephrine/epinephrine (vanilmandelate), and serotonin (5-hydroxy indole acetate).
The DUTCH test is simple and easy to use. Urine samples are taken using filter paper collection strips without the need for a blood draw or 24-hour urine collection.
TURNAROUND TIME: 10 WORKING DAYS.
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The FIT Test employs unique, patented methods to detect both IgG antibodies and complement protein C3d. The mechanism behind IgG immune complex-driven inflammation is centred around the activation of C3d so by using these combined markers the FIT Test increases the reliability and efficacy of food sensitivity testing considerably.
The test measures 132 foods including dairy, grains, fruits, additives, vegetables, beans, spices, fish, meat, nuts, extracts, poultry, seeds, shellfish and microbes for candida and yeast (bakery and brewery). The test uses dried blood spot analysis and is indicated for a variety of symptoms relating to areas such as skin, digestion, energy, respiration, seasonal allergies, musculoskeletal health and psychological wellbeing.
The FIT test is the most sensitive test on the market because it is the only test that simultaneously measures both IgG (1-4) plus Complement (C3d) bound to immune complexes which results in a test that generates two signals: one signal for the IgG plus one signal for the IC-C3d. Since both signals are measured simultaneously, the net result is twice the signal. By comparison, other tests measure only IgG which results in generating only one signal. It is easy to understand that a test which generates two combined signals is more sensitive than a test that generates only one signal.
TURNAROUND TIME: 10 WORKING DAYS
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The Organic Acids Test (OAT) by Great Plains Laboratories, is the most comprehensive profile of its kind. It evaluates yeast and bacterial overgrowth, vitamin and antioxidant levels, fatty acid metabolism, neurotransmitter levels, oxalates, mitochondrial function, oxidative stress, detoxification and much more.
Organic acids are the by-products of human cellular activity, the digestion of foods and the metabolism of gastrointestinal flora. They are analysed in urine rather than blood serum because they are not extensively reabsorbed in the kidney tubules after glomerular filtration.
Subsequent dietary and supplemental interventions following an OAT assessment have led to a number of reported improvements by patients and practitioners including reduced fatigue, improved energy, better concentration and decreased gastrointestinal symptoms. For this reason, organic acid testing is strongly recommended as an initial clinical screening tool.
The OAT is strongly recommended as the initial screening test.
The Microbial Organic Acids Test is ideal as a follow-up to the OAT and is often recommended by practitioners looking for a specific abnormality, to monitor certain microbial imbalances, or to assess protocol efficacy.
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This test needs a blood draw and centrifuge so must be taken by a phlebotomist and is only available to clients in Belfast area or within the M25 in England.
The Thyroid Complete Profile analyses serum levels of TSH, Free T3, Free T4, Total T4, Total T3, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO), Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TGA), Reverse T3 (rT3) and T3 Uptake. The addition of rT3 to the Thyroid Basic Profile offers the practitioner a more complete understanding of thyroid function. The conversion of T4 to T3 can be impaired in some individuals resulting in higher levels of inactive rT3 which can lower the amount of active T3 available to the cells. T3 uptake is a measure of thyroxine binding globulins (thyroid prealbumin, albumin and TBG) and is proportional to the degree of saturation of the binding proteins by thyroxine.
Thyroid imbalances are complex and wide-ranging, so this profile is indicated for symptoms including fatigue, constipation, depression, anxiety, headaches, skin issues, hormone imbalances, weight gain, fluid retention, reduced libido, skin problems, poor concentration, sensitivity to the cold and musculoskeletal pains.
TURNAROUND TIME: 3 WORKING DAYS.
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The Fatty Acids Blood Spot test offers a comprehensive assessment of omegas 3, 6 and 7 as well as saturated fatty acids. It also uses the High Sensitivity Omega 3 Index (HS-Omega-3 Index) to provide a fatty acid ratio, known to be associated with improved health outcomes.