While the consultation will give huge clues & helpful signposts as to what underlies a symptom or a disorder - sometimes a sharper focus is needed. The information that testing provides allows precision protocols to be implemented giving validation to the process & as well as reassurance in the results. The added motivation of seeing a theory backed up by trackable hard data can inspire great confidence & greater compliance. In complex case - case histories throw up more questions than answers with many interconnected systems at play - testing allows less time to be wasted on potential theories & to fast track focus to where dysfunction has been identified.
Conventional & functional medicine often disagrees as to the interpretation of reference ranges used. While a doctor may consider a test result within the normal range, a naturopathic practitioner will take into consideration where within the reference range it sits. Is a result functionally high or low? Still within normal range but is likely to be impacting on health - the absence of disease is not the same as the presence of optimal health.
The field of functional & conventional testing is vast - the choice & combination of what to test seemingly endless & the consultation will point to the ones that may be most useful. Please note that the cost of testing is not included in the consultation fee & will be additional.
Some of key test include…