NOW OFFERING HORMONE ANALYSIS AND FOOD INTOLERANCE TESTING
Live and Dry Blood Microscopy
Blood circulates through the heart, arteries, capillaries and veins. It is the chief means of trasport within the body, transporting oxygen from the lungs to the tissues, carbon dioxide from the tissues to the lungs, delivering nutrients and removing waste products. It is essential to the role of fluid balance and life. Using high powered video microscopes to evaluate the shapes and other properties of individual blood cells can be very revealing.
Institutes have researched the bio-chemical interactions of Reactive Oxygen Toxic Species (toxins in the blood that effect oxygenation) and their role in disease states and the physical and chemical processes of our bodies ability to break down foods into simpler compounds. Such biochemical interactions leave characteristic patterns in the blood, which may be observed by magnifying a single drop of blood 1,500 - 20,000 times. It is then imaged through a camera where you can view the blood yourself. By analyzing these characteristic patterns we can determine in what areas the body is weak and/or lacking the nutrition it needs and create a healing program specific to you.
Live blood microscopy is a dynamic preventative health experience, where you can see for yourself the wonders that course through your veins, every moment of every day. Find out what your body is saying to you. And if you are curious about your blood type? We can tell you that too!
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
Hair tissue mineral analysis (HTMA) is an analytical test which measures the mineral content of the hair. A HTMA reveals a unique metabolic world: intracellular activity, which cannot be seen through most other tests. Trace minerals are essential in countless metabolic functions in all phases of the life process. For example;
- Zinc is involved in the production, storage and secretion of insulin and is necessary for growth hormones.
- Magnesium is required for normal muscular function, especially the heart. A deficiency has been associated with an increased incidence of abnormal heart conditions, anxiety and nervousness.
- Potassium is critical for normal nutrient transport into the cell. A deficiency can result in muscular weakness, mild depression and lethargy.
- Excess sodium is associated with hypertension, but adequate amounts are required for normal health.
Countless factors can contribute to mineral imbalances from improper diet, stress and medications to pollutants like cigarette smoke and anti-perspirants. Too much of a healthful mineral can cause issues just like too much of a harmful mineral. This is why it is so important to know where your mineral levels stand before beginning lifestyle changes or supplementation.
Test includes a copy of extensive test results (graphic illustration of levels and ratios), A complete individualized evaluation and detailed discussion of the patient’s metabolic type, current mineral levels and ratios, and their impact upon body chemistry. Plus recommendations of specific foods and food groups, along with an explanation of why each food is suggested.
Food Intolerance Testing (220 Food Panel)
The prevalence of IgG mediated Food intolerances are believed to impact 5 – 20% of the population, even as high as 50% in studies in certain diseases, such as IBS. IgG antibodies are the main line of acquired defence and the body’s specific response to pathogens. In normal conditions, the digestive system does not allow food particles to pass through, but when there is damage, small fragments of partially digested or undigested food particles pass into the bloodstream. The particles are recognized by the immune system as pathogenic or foreign and activate the production of specific IgG antibodies. The food particles (antigens) combine with the specific IgG antibodies to create antigen-antibody immune complexes. Normally these are removed by the immune system, but if the immune system becomes overloaded or compromised, the sIgG antibody-antigen complexes circulate in the bloodstream and can accumulate in joints and organs causing chronic inflammation and subsequent production of symptoms. These symptoms can take days to months to manifest; therefore, it is difficult to identify the offending foods. Food sensitivities, if not treated, can have a significant impact on the quality of life of patients and their families.
The Food specific IgG Intolerance test detects antibodies to over 220 foods, identifying the common culprits and providing valuable information on the unexpected intolerance. The test is performed using the ELISA (Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay) method. The extracts of the foods used for testing are prepared in a qualified laboratory. Positive and negative controls are run with each patient sample and each food is tested in duplicate, providing accurate results you can trust.
The food intolerance report is a quantitative measurement of the intolerances to specific foods. The report uses a traffic style report, red means the food should be eliminated for a period of 3 – 6 months and yellow suggests foods that should be reduced or rotated, green is normal. The quantitative values can be used to plan an optimum elimination diet, eliminating the highest values for the longest period. The report is issued in two formats, one by reactivity and the other report by food group along with a guide on how to use the results.
The efficacy of a diet based on the measurement of IgG antibodies specific for food components has been demonstrated in several health conditions, both in independent studies and clinical practice. Excellent results have been obtained in patients with migraine, IBS, bloating, asthma, dermatitis, depression, anxiety, tiredness, and obesity.
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Hormones play a key role in an individual’s overall health and wellness. Stress, mood, memory, energy, menstrual cycles, weight gain\loss, sleep and libido are just some of the key facets of a person’s well being that may be directly affected by their hormone levels. Hormones that are well balanced contribute to overall wellness and good health.
High stress, low libido, sleeping difficulties, energy depletion, and countless other manifestations of living on overdrive, are realities we can all relate to. No matter our age and regardless of gender, the impact caused by stress can be seen in imbalances, both of our sex hormones and key biomarkers of our immune system. Returning these to more balanced levels is an important step towards achieving our state of optimal health.
FLUIDS iQ offers several kinds of Wellness tests. You can start as simply and cost effectively as testing single hormones or do complete tests that include levels of Progesterone, Estradiol, Testosterone, DHEA-S, Cortisol, Melatonin and even specific stress markers. For more information on pricing, see our appointments page, or for a more in depth explanation of all options please contact us.
Intestinal Health Analysis
The gastro-intestinal tract or “the gut,” is the portal to general health and wellness. Sometimes, when we’re not feeling optimal, there might be things going on in our gut that need to be looked at more closely. FLUIDS iQ is proud to offer a novel series of gut-specific analytical wellness tests that shine a light on areas such as food sensitivities, inflammation, histamine release, bacterial overgrowth and permeability, often referred to as “Leaky Gut.” Each one of these elements is important to take a look individually, but when viewed together they can help paint a portrait of an individual’s gut status.
Cortisol Hair Tissue Analysis
Are you concerned about stress levels?
Cortisol is released by the adrenal gland following the stimulation by ACTH (adrenocorticotropic hormone) which is produced by the anterior pituitary gland. This gland is itself triggered by corticotropin-releasing hormone produced by the hypothalamus. This process is called hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis.
Measurement of cortisol can be done in saliva, blood and urine. But these methods only reflect current levels in the body. However, long term levels may be measured in hair and may allow assessments relating to causation of chronic diseases based on a continuous activation of the HPA axis. Research has also shown a positive relationship between hair cortisol and the severity of chronic heart failure.
OmegaScore (DHA/Omega levels) Whole Blood Test
Your OmegaScore® is the summed percentage of the long-chain omega-3 fatty acids (EPA, eicosapentaenoic acid + DPA, docosapentaenoic acid + DHA, docosahexaenoic acid) as a percentage of the total fatty methyl esters as measured in your whole blood sample.
Your OmegaScore® is a very strong indicator of the risk for sudden cardiac death based on published studies from the Harvard School of Public Health in the New England Journal of Medicine. A high OmegaScore® is related to a reduced risk for “sudden cardiac death”, “all-cause mortality” and “cognitive deterioration with aging”.