Functional tests focus on actual bodily functions as markers of health, rather than merely looking at disease states and markers of disease. Samples of your blood, saliva, urine, stool, hair or breath can be used to determine the function of a number of processes in your body.
At House of Health we offer a wide range of functional tests that can pinpoint areas of dysfunction in your body. Rather than waiting for disease to develop, we believe there is merit in identifying and addressing functional imbalances before they become overt illness. This is health care at it’s best.
In addition to regular blood tests offered by physicians, such as full blood count, glucose, cholesterol and thyroid tests etc, we offer unique functional tests that most regular doctors don’t do. Routine tests aim to assess diseases and monitor sickness and as such are excellent tools for diagnosing disease, but with the emergence of functional and nutritional medicine, an array of tests have been developed to identify imbalances and interactions of your body’s various organs and systems.
Functional Tests (In-House)
At House of Health we are able to perform the following tests at an appointment. Extra charges may apply.
- Blood pressure measurement
- Blood glucose measurement
- BMI calculation (Body Mass Index)
- Bio-Impedance Analysis (Body fat percentage)
- Urine pH test
- *Hydrogen-Methane Breath tests for SIBO, Lactose Intolerance, Fructose Intolerance.
* these tests can also be done at home enquire here.
Digestive Health Assessments
Though we can’t list every test available, here is a sampling of the wide range of tests available through our clinic. Note that most of these tests are sent to overseas laboratories, simply because we don’t have the population in NZ to support such specialised labs. For chronic conditions, functional laboratory tests can help identify the true cause of your dysfunction.
Digestive health tests
- ibs-smart™ – measures biomarkers in your blood that indicate IBS
- Small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
- Fructose malabsorption
- Lactose intolerance
- Stool chemistry & culture – Bacteria, Yeast & Parasites* PLUS markers of digestive enzymes, food absorption, gut inflammation
- Stool DNA analysis – Shotgun metagenomics*
- Intestinal permeability test / Lactulose-Mannitol test (also known as “leaky gut’)
- Liver detoxification – specific markers on Organic Acids Test
- Candida: Stool Chemistry & Culture or Organic Acids Test
- Comprehensive Urinary Metabolic Profile (Also known as Urinary Organic Acids Test)
* this is our preferred stool test for bacterial ecology in your gut.
Tests for Food Intolerances
True allergies are relatively uncommon. Most folk with food-related problems need to have the underlying cause identified and addressed. Once this is healed, many reactive foods can later be reintroduced to the diet.
This test involves taking a blood sample which is sent to US Biotek in the USA for analysis using reputable ELISA methodology. Every analyte tested is run in complete duplicate for precision, to ensure consistently reproducible results.
The simplest version of this a comprehensive food allergy test covers 96 foods. A vegetarian option is also available. Add-on panels of an extra 15 foods, 48 herbs and spices. IgG is also available on it’s own.
NOTE: we do not provide or recommend using hair to test for allergies. There is insufficient evidence that this method has any merit.
We use the powerful OPUS23 to evaluate up to 4,000 SNPs (single nucleotide polymorphisms) that have been researched in relationship to a wide range of health outcomes.
The programme offers a range of ways to look at the SNP data, and includes up-to-date researched evidence for nutrients, herbs and medications that may impact a particular SNP – either favourably or unfavourable. From this we can create a customised plan, based on your gene expression.
We can use data from 23andMe, AncestryDNA or Genos, or use the test developed by Peter D’Adamo, the developer of OPUS23.
For more information click here.
Tests for Minerals and Toxins
Laboratory certified analysis of minerals and toxic metals in human hair. Testing using hair is a painless, non-invasive way to assess the mineral and toxin (heavy metal) status of the body. Mineral nutrients and trace elements are needed by the body in both the correct amounts and appropriate ratios.
It can be extremely destructive to take mineral nutrients and trace element supplements (calcium, magnesium, selenium, etc.) without knowing your body’s current status for each.
Analysis of body tissue is the most most reliable method to measure the mineral and trace element levels and balance in the human body and to test for the presence of the greatest range of toxic materials.
Hair is a convenient tissue to use for testing. Prior to a hair mineral test being taken, will be given instructions regarding shampoo types, hair dyes etc. In the absence of head hair, pubic hair may be used but cannot be mixed with head hair. A sample report can be found here (PDF)
NOTE: We do not offer hair allergy tests as there is no evidence validating them as a reliable diagnostic tool.
Toxic Burden – Environmenal toxins (Urine) Measure of your daily excretion of minerals and toxins.
Organic Pollutants (Solvents, Phthlates etc)
Hormonal profile tests/ Endocrine Functional Tests
There are numerous options in this category. Here is a sample.
- Women’s Comprehensive Hormonal Profile (urine)
- Menopause Profile test
- Men’s Hormonal Profile (urine or saliva)
- Adrenal Fatigue/Stress
- Comprehensive Thyroid test
- Sleep Dysfunction
Not sure which one to order? Call us on 098465566 or use the contact form below.
Metabolic Function Tests
Osteoporosis test (Bone resorption test)
This test is also known as Urinary Telopeptides, which is an assessment of your bone resorption. It is a simple, direct urinary measure useful in identifying current rate of bone loss and to monitor how effective bone support therapies are. It has a number of advantages over Bone Density Scanning, which uses radiation (useful, but also well-known cancer-causing energy) and is subject to error and interpretation. By contrast, the bone resorption test gives information relating to the rate of bone turnover now. When bone breakdown exceeds bone building, the by-products (telopeptides) are measurable in the urine and the effectiveness of nutritional interventions to correct this are able to be determined quickly.
We many have other tests available that are not listed, please contact us at (09) 846 5566