Functional Pathology Testing
by Jeremy Brown
Naturopath / Counsellor
Chronic disease is the largest threat to Australian’s health and new pathology techniques to investigate this continue to enter the market.
However, new techniques are not without controversy and many health professionals are skeptical at best, myself included.
So are these new tests offering key insights into our health or are they simply a fad?
With many Naturopath’s and Integrative Doctor’s claims remarkable results, one still need to consider if the benefits outweigh the cost involved.
Each day in Pharmacy I hear the following:
“My diet appears perfect yet I can’t seem to take the right minerals and vitamins”
“My life long disease is not changing”
“I have read lots of interesting articles online, however I’m more confused than ever!”
This is a common and frustrating position to be in.
Symptoms can include:
Diarrhoea or constipation
Migraine and headaches
Fatigue and exhaustion
Nasal congestion or hay fever
Mood swings and irritability
It is not surprising that functional testing has come into play.
Essentially functional testing involves assessing individual bio-chemical differences and there relation to that persons’s health.
This is in contrast to conventional pathology which looks for extreme deficiencies based on general averages, which is both quick and cheap, and in many cases, all that is required.
At the same time, as a functional practitioner, I am concerned about your specific bio-chemical fingerprint and this impacts your health.
Consider this concept:
“If you are driving your car from Oberon to Lithgow on a poorly paved road, and, over time, your car loses its ability to perform. Even after fixing the tyre or suspension, never the less; the problem will re-occur. However, if we fix the road itself by ‘plugging the pot-holes’, both the road healths and long term car performance improve.”
So; by prescribing a specific combination of nutrients, clinicians can correct the under lying cause thereby enchancing health and wellbeing.
While functional testing can be both labour intestive and at times expensive, I have turned around manyu cases simply knowing where to look.
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Yours in health,
| Naturopath | Counsellor |
Advanced Diploma of Naturopathy
Post Graduate Certificate in Counselling
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