Identifying the status of the blood is very important to assess the level of overall health. However, blood work results can be quite misleading when it comes to nutritional status. Blood analysis focuses on one particular level of the body. A person can have a malignancy and it will not show up in a standard blood work-up. It’s like having tunnel vision or being unable to see the forest for the one tree that is obstructing the view. Many people are given a ‘clean bill of health’ from their medical doctor based on good blood results. All blood work can report normal, yet cancer can be metastasizing throughout the body.
The blood can give information about an organ dysfunction, but it does not reveal the basis for its dysfunction. In other words, from a blood test the presence of liver disease may be established, but identifying the root cause becomes another issue.
Think of blood work (or one single test, for that matter) as peering into only one window of a home you’ve never seen before. A more complete picture of the functional layout of the home comes into view when you look into a few more windows or open a door or two. So it is with testing or screening – looking at the function of the body from many different angles is critical to identifying and creating a path to health. Other nutritional screenings, such as those below, can be an “early warning” report for the prevention of disease and a more proactive approach to health.
One or more of the following laboratory tests might be recommended by Dr. Price during your first appointment. These tests are suggested to determine baseline levels, and then retested in several months to assess progress. Prices vary depending on the specific test, including the number of parameters checked.
- Hair (Tissue) Mineral Analysis
Mineral content of the hair reflects the mineral content of the body’s tissues. Use this test to identify specific organ or system burden, such as thyroid, adrenal, digestive, female or male hormones, toxic heavy metals, and others.
- Adrenal Stress Index Panel
This saliva test gives significant information regarding the health of the adrenal glands, which are critical in the production of other hormones, and restoring energy in the exhausted individual.
- Male & Female Hormones
These tests check for markers which have been implicated in menopause, andropause, sexual dysfunction, PMS, PCOS, endometriosis, and male and female specific cancers.
- Neurotransmitter Testing
Use these tests for anxiety, depression, sleep disorders, ADD/ADHD, autism, Aspergers, addictions, fatigue, sexual dysfunction, or weight problems. Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers that define our moods, actions and health. Unbalanced neurotransmitter levels can be rebalanced through Targeted Amino Acid Therapy for proper brain function and overall well-being.
- Food Intolerance & Gut Immunity
Use these tests for chronic infections, allergies, asthma, depression, digestive issues, fatigue, etc.
- IgG Food Allergy Antibody Test
Food allergies are implicated in many chronic disorders including, but not limited to, asthma and depression.
- Pathogen Marker Testing
Use these tests for parasitic diseases, infectious diseases, and GI dysfunction. Includes organic acids testing.
- Blood Chemistry Panels
Various blood chemistry screening. Nutritional Direction makes these tests available to clients at a significantly reduced rate.