Functional Testing: Uncovering the Root Causes of Chronic Illness

The primary goal of functional testing is to identify and address the root causes of chronic health conditions rather than just managing symptoms.

My Top Functional Tests That I Use in Practice:

  1. Detailed Stool Analysis: Focusing on the gut microbiome, pathogen detection, and immune response, the GI-MAP + Zonulin test by Diagnostic Solutions utilizes DNA-based technology to precisely quantify gut-affecting microorganisms. It includes Zonulin testing for intestinal permeability, making it an excellent choice for diagnosing gut barrier issues often overlooked by other tests. This aids in developing targeted therapies for complex gastrointestinal conditions.
  2. Nutrigenomic Tests: This type of genetic tests analyses an individual’s genetic makeup to provide insights into how their genes may affect their response to different nutrients and dietary patterns. The goal is to offer personalized nutritional recommendations based on genetic variations.
  3. Mycotoxin Profile: This specialized diagnostic tool detects and quantifies exposure to mycotoxins, toxic metabolites produced by molds. It is particularly relevant for individuals exposed to mycotoxins, such as those living or working in older buildings, individuals with compromised immune systems or higher oxidative stress, and those with known exposure to water-damaged buildings prone to mold growth.
  4. Hair Elements Analysis: This test provides information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, particularly methylmercury, aluminium, lead and arsenic. As hair grows, it incorporates trace elements into its structure, offering a permanent record of exposure to various metals without further exchange or equilibration.
  5. Organic Acid Profile (OAT):  The OAT is a comprehensive diagnostic tool that analyses urine samples to detect organic acids, metabolic byproducts produced by the body. It is particularly useful for identifying metabolic imbalances, nutrient deficiencies, and the overgrowth of yeast or bacteria in the gut. By measuring specific organic acids, this test provides insights into cellular and metabolic health, including vitamin and mineral status, oxidative stress, and neurotransmitter levels.
  6. Urine Amino Acids Analysis: This test aids in identifying dietary protein adequacy and amino acid balance, gastrointestinal dysfunctions, forms of protein intolerance, vitamin and mineral deficiencies, renal and hepatic dysfunction, neurologic abnormalities, susceptibility to inflammatory response and oxidative stress, reduced detoxification capacity, and many other inherent and acquired disorders in amino acid metabolism.
  7. Urine Hormone Testing: This test evaluates sex hormones and their metabolites, the overall diurnal pattern of free cortisol, and the total distribution of cortisol metabolites. In addition to providing insights into nutritional deficiencies, oxidative stress, gut dysbiosis, melatonin, and neuroinflammation, it offers a comprehensive overview of hormonal health.
  8. IgG Food Antibody Testing: This test identifies delayed immune responses to specific foods. However, I typically use this test only after addressing gastrointestinal health in general to ensure more accurate results and effective interventions.

If you are interested in using functional tests to uncover root cause or would like to know more about any of the tests above, please contact me.

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