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Blood tests can help give me a good understanding of what is going on with your health

By working alongside your GP, I may request certain blood tests if indicated. Sometimes objective measures can be good to track progress and looking at recent blood tests can help give me a good understanding of what is going on with your health. Blood tests are probably the most common tests I use in my practice.

treat the inconsistencies

In regard to functional testing, while these can sometimes be very necessary, if they aren’t going to change my treatment plan and outcome, I will not use them. They can be quite expensive due to unavailability of bulk billing, therefore I would much rather you direct your funds towards staying in active treatment and changing your diet and lifestyle. My philosophy is that I should always treat the inconsistencies in a person’s diet and lifestyle first, and if things don’t resolve as they should be, we can always order testing.

Lastly, it is important to note that while testing is important to diagnose and show progress of treatment, it is more important that you actually feel healthy. Sometimes tests can show nothing abnormal but you still feel unwell. Or other times, you can feel healthy but tests show that you are out of the reference ranges.

Tests and the numbers we get from them don’t define our health, they just help to paint a picture alongside how we feel. Not everyone sits neatly into the bell curve of which testing reference ranges are derived from. 

If testing is necessary, some of the functional testing that I commonly use are:

Microbiome and Gut Health Testing

Breath Tests

Stool Testing

Food Allergy and Food Sensitivity Testing

Food Intolerance Testing

Thyroid Blood Tests (TSH, fT4, fT3, rT3, thyroid antibodies)

Saliva hormone testing

Female and male hormone testing profiles, as well as cortisol testing profiles

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