Functional pathology testing

Functional pathology tests are processed in Australia by specialist laboratories with state of the art technology. Test results do not seek a diagnosis but rather they uncover levels of dysfunction. There is a wide range of tests available, I have listed some of the most popular tests in my clinic. 

Food intolerance testing – It is estimated that approximately 45% of the population suffers from food intolerances. Poor diet, medications, alcohol and stress can cause significant imbalance in the gut microbiome leading to low-grade inflammation, causing intestinal permeability. When the gut barrier is damaged you start to absorb particles of food into the blood stream that are not completely broken down. The immune system identifies these particles as foreign invaders and launches an immune responce. After repeated exposure to these foods the immune system becomes programmed to react. The symptoms of food intolerance vary with individuals and can be particularly complex if you are reacting to several foods at the same time, which is not uncommon. 

How does the test work? A simple blood finger pick test is used to screen for intolerance and sensitivities to either:
Western foods
Herbs & Spices
Environment inhalants
Asian foods

Hair mineral analysis – 
Minerals provide structural support in bones and teeth, they maintain the body’s pH balance, nerve impulses, muscle contractions and enzyme functions. Ideally we are supposed to get all the minerals we need from a balanced diet, unfortunately modern farming and the use of fertilisers have depleted the minerals in our soils.

Heavy metals toxicity can be caused by exposure to pollution and chemicals. It is a growing concern to the population as metal deposits in body tissue lead to significant developmental and neurological damage. 

How does the test work? As hair grows, nutrient and toxic elements are deposited from the blood stream into the hair follicle and hair shaft where it remains fixed. The hair mineral analysis is a safe, non-invasive test that measures levels of elements and heavy metals. A small section of hair is cut from the back of your neck and sent into the lab for testing. The hair sample needs to be free from any chemicals including dyes and bleach.

Comprehensive digestive stool analysis – 
The GI tract influences not only digestive health but is also referred to as the ‘second brain”. A  complete digestive stool analysis investigates digestion, metabolism, absorption, the balance of beneficial bacteria and the presence of pathological bacteria, yeast and parasites.

How does the test work? A sample stool test is collected and tested to assist the practitioner in developing an effective treatment plan.

Zinc tally test – 
Zinc is needed for the body’s immune system to properly work, it also plays a role in cell division, cell growth, and wound healing. Zinc is also needed for the senses of smell and taste. Zinc and copper compete against one another as a result elevated copper and depressed zinc have been associated with hyperactivity, attention deficit disorders, behavior disorders, and depression research by – pubmed

How does it work? After placing 10 mL of Zinc Tally in the mouth, a lack of taste or a delayed taste perception suggests a possible zinc insufficiency. An immediate taste perception suggests zinc status may be adequate.

*Please note –  Functional pathology testing is not currently covered by Medicare or private health fund rebates. An initial consult prior to ordering any testing and a follow up consult to explain your test results is required.

NutriPATH specialises in functional pathology testing for integrative medicine practitioners.