Test the Basic Functions of your…
Functional Lab Tests can look directly at the FUNCTION of the primary systems of your body.
Functional lab tests are only helpful if you plan on correcting function!
Very few doctors have the time nor the education to help you correct these fundamental imbalances.
Medical school doesn’t teach doctors how to create health.
In fact in 4 years of medical school nutrition is only an average of 19.6 contact hours of their education.
This is ludicrous when you consider that the very structure of your body is derived from what you put in your mouth and a majority of the diseases they treat can be directly traced to problems with nutrition.
Yet, very few of them understand nutrition, exercise, lifestyle, nor mental/emotional balance.
They rely on patented drugs and/or surgery. I’m not saying these are all bad and some are necessary. I had surgery on my shoulder from a car accident. Sometimes you NEED modern medicine.
It is the system I’m talking about. The system to designed as a business first to make PROFIT. Your health is a far second. Drugs just hide symptoms. They don’t fix function.
It is impossible for a man made chemical to fix the complex nutritional deficiencies that cause our chronic diseases.
“But my Blood Tests say everything is FINE!”
Doctors are looking for overt disease processes, diseases they can sell a drug for. While your blood tests have their place they often miss many imbalances that are going on in the background long before your blood tests will show anything. These imbalances are left to fester by the modern medical establishment.
Test Don’t Guess!
After all, once you become stuck on their spider web of drugs you are a very tasty profit. There is no money for the medical establishment in prevention or fixing the source of your ills. You do not have to fall into this trap.
By using the revolutionary new science of functional laboratory testing you can get to the source of your imbalances.
Conventional medicine is symptom based. The shockingly revealing yet undeniable fact is that looking at symptoms will never help you get to the root cause. We are all very different and the reason for one person getting a headache may be completely different from the reason another person gets a headache.
For instance one person may have blood sugar imbalances, another has hormonal dysregulation and yet another has bad posture leading to trigger points in the upper neck and tightness and strain in the muscles that support your head. If you give all three aspirin you may help them feel better temporarily but eventually the headaches are going to come back. You haven’t fixed the source of the problem.
We are all different so we treat you as an individual. There are no cookie cutter approaches that can correct everyone!
In order to fix the headache we must go where the problem is, to its root cause.
One of the most common causes of headaches is blood sugar imbalances. We help you to stabilize your blood sugar levels by testing for your Metabolic Type® which tells us the correct ratio of protein, carbs and fats for your unique genetics.
This is the most important consideration for blood sugar there is. One person may do very well on a low fat-protein and high carb diet, while another may do very well on a high fat-protein and low carb diet. Another may be in-between. Some people may even change from morning to evening or month to month or even throughout a lifetime making this confusing. This is the exact reason why the majority of diets fail!
Everyone is different and what works for someone else might not work for you!
If you have muscle tightness I might recommend an exercise and stretching program to restore muscular balance to your upper neck and shoulders. I can also find a highly qualified massage therapists with special education who can help you to reduce the tightness in your muscles while helping you to relax and feel amazing.
We can work on creating balance in your schedule and helping you to get the quality time with your family and friends which can be causing you mental and emotional strain because you know you want to spend time with them.
As you can see there is not just once cause of headaches so just taking an aspirin could hardly correct the problem at it’s source. You can only kick the can down the street so long. Why not correct the imbalances where they lie? Why not go to the source and correct the problem?
There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root,Henry David Thoreau
Mediator Release Test (MRT)
The Mediator Release Test, or MRT, is a test that measures cellular response to food sensitivities. In fact, food sensitivities are one of the most common sources of imbalances in the body. Food sensitivities are a primary source of dysfunction in the body. This means that food sensitivities could be the root cause of many other imbalances that initially may seem unrelated.
Let me explain:
A food sensitivity happens when the body overreacts to a food by releasing mediators, which are chemicals that stimulate an inflammation response. The mediators are a part of your body’s immune system. Inflammation in response to eating a food that you are sensitive to challenges the integrity of of the gut. Over repeated exposures this can make the lining of the gut porous and can cause what is known as leaky gut. Leaky gut is when the barrier of the gut has been compromised and undigested food particles can pass through.
As the irritation continues the gut becomes more and more porous. The villi are the little folds of cells you can see in the photo below that extend into the gut. On the surface of the cell exposed to the inside of the gut are little hair-like projections known as microvilli.
This is an actual MRT from a client. As you can see there are a number of sensitivities to foods he was eating every day. You can see wheat is the in the red meaning highly reactive. He also is sensitive to corn, coffee, milk, yogurt, sugar and EVEN asparagus, apples, and grapefruit. Wait a minute! We are told an apple a day keeps the doctor away. Yet these ‘healthy’ foods are literally destroying his gut! This is why eating healthy may not be the only solution. In order to heal and benefit from your foods it is imparative that you remove foods that are damaging YOUR gut. Remember food sensitivities are one of the most common PRIMARY SOURCES of health imbalance!
The Microvilli are the last line of digestion before a molecule is assimilated into the blood stream. They produce additional essential enzymes that break food down into its basic components such as amino acids (building blocks of proteins) and sugars such as glucose, fructose and lactose.
This is a reason someone who previously could digest milk may develop lactose intolerance. The microvilli that produce the lactase enzyme (enzyme that breaks down lactose or milk sugar) have become damaged.
The villi and the microvilli work to increase the surface area of the gut and are also known as the brush border. If your gut was laid flat it would fill the size of a regular sized tennis court. This tennis court sized barrier is an essential defense against pathogens and toxins in your food. In addition it allows enough surface area to take in all the nutrition you need from your food.
As inflammation damages the sensitive microvilli and the villi they will deteriorate so badly you can develop what is known as a blunted brush border. You can see this in the forth stage of the graphic above.
You are what you eat, digest, and assimilate.Dr. Brian Walsh, N.D.What happens if you cannot digest your food properly?
You could be eating all the right foods and STILL not get the nutrition you need. This could literally lead to any degenerative condition in the body. You could be eating the best organic, locally produced healthy foods but still be malnourished! As Dr. Walsh says, we are more then just what we eat. “We are what we eat, digest, and assimilate.”
The Start of Autoimmune Disease
Malnutrition is just one of the damages that can happen from a food sensitivity even though it is very alarming. This is where the story gets even more interesting.
Lets say for instance that during digestion an undigested protein gets through the compromised gut wall and into circulation. Your body can only use completely broken down amino acids so your body recognizes this as a foreign protein and initiates an immune response.
(By the way you may never even know this is going on inside you until you are diagnosed with an autoimmune disease and then you still might never know the source because very few doctors will EVER search for the root cause.)
Imagine the undigested amino acid has a sequence of amino acids, for the sake of this discussion we will say it has a sequence of A-B-C-D. Your body creates antibodies that recognize and attack proteins with a sequence of A-B-C-D. These antibodies then circulate through the blood stream searching out and attacking all proteins with the amino acid sequence of A-B-C-D.
If your thyroid, your liver, your muscles, your pancreas, your brain or any other area of the body has a protein with A-B-C-D now the antibodies attack your own body. This is the start of an autoimmune disease. From now on every time you eat this sensitive food if an undigested A-B-C-D gets through your body now recognizes this protein and quickly creates more antibodies against A-B-C-D and these antibodies go on the war path.
If the antibodies attack your thyroid you could develop Hashimotos (thyroid autoimmune disease) which may lower your metabolism making it difficult to lose weight. If these antibodies attack your pancreas you could develop diabetes. If the A-B-C-D amino acid sequence is in your muscles your antibodies can attack your muscles.
You can now see how a food sensitivity, a primary source, created an autoimmune disease that is far removed from your gut. If your doctor then starts treating you for your autoimmune disease but never tests for food sensitivities every single time you eat that sensitive food you are still suffering from this cycle.
NO ONE HAS SEARCHED FOR THE ROOT CAUSE!
Unfortunately, most common sensitivities are to foods we like and eat over and over again and are in’grain’ed in our society. Eating a food over and over can even change a food we were not sensitive to into a food we are sensitive to. The most common foods we are sensitive to are wheat, corn, eggs, dairy and soy. These are not surprisingly the most common foods in modern diets.
We cannot forget to mention the gut damage done by alcohol, high fructose corn syrup, medications and even some over the counter medications such as ibuprofen which is incredibly damaging to the gut. It is no wonder we are suffering an epidemic of autoimmune diseases!
A client of mine was suffering from allergies and has been seeing an allergist for years. We ran both an MRT and the next test we are going to talk about, a 401H stool test. The MRT showed multiple food sensitivities to foods he was eating. The stool test showed an overgrowth of candida, a yeast which is the most common fungus infection worldwide.
I used a special software developed by world renowned clinical nutritionist David Vaughn named fittingly, Food Pharmacy Software. Food Pharmacy Software allows me to make customized food lists based off numerous conditions that are scientifically based with links to supporting research. In this case I was able to input my clients Metabolic Type, his food reactions from the MRT test as well as remove foods that yeast feed off of. This is his quote concerning his results:
So my body has done a 180 in the last 2 weeks… in a good way! I miraculously have gained back my sense of smell, and all sinus congestion is gone! I Lost 2” on my waist of bloating!
401H Stool Test
The 401H is a lab that tests stool samples for invasive species such as bacteria, parasites, or yeast that could harm your body. This may be a little gross to talk about but I hope we are all past the potty stage and we can get past the “Ewwww gross” kind of mentality. Believe me, your health and happiness are worth it. Some of the pics below may be disturbing but knowledge is power and it’s more important that you know what could be harming your body even if that means being uncomfortable for a moment. So please, take your time to understand these concerns.
It is important to understand that we have a necessary and healthy symbiotic relationship with microorganisms. In fact without this special relationship with bacteria that live within our bodies and on our bodies we would not be able to survive. There are more bacteria living in your body than you have cells in your body. Your cells are outnumbered 10 to 1 and our bacteria are estimated to be 4-8 lbs. of our body’s weight. Microbiota is a term that describes the ecology and sphere of environment these little organisms share with us on and in our body.
These bacteria help us with some very important functions.
- They help us to digest foods which we cannot digest alone.
- They produce vitamins necessary for health such as B vitamins and K vitamins.
- They help our immune system to develop by helping it to be stronger and to prevent allergies.
- They also prevent disease developing bacteria to take hold by competing with them.
- They have even been shown to influence behavior.
So as you can see, whether you like it or not we depend on the right balance of these microorganisms for our health. Hopefully that helps you to get past the gross factor. These little friends help us to enjoy the life we have.
When an imbalance in the system occurs the microbiota can become imbalanced and this can have vast implications for our health and our ability to lose weight.
It is the environment, the large majority of the time, and NOT the organism that ultimately causes imbalance and disease.
A modern medicine doctor would say,
“New Zealand is infested with sheep.”
This is the typical position of modern medicine. Therefore we need to kill and destroy the sheep in order to bring balance back to the New Zealand ecosystem.
There is another way to look at this.
“New Zealand has a perfect environment for raising sheep.”
If you take a healthy human without a major genetic imbalance our cells are designed perfectly. They know exactly how to function to keep you healthy. However the most common cause of our health imbalances is because humans today live in the WRONG environment for human health. Our society is incredibly destructive of our bodies. Of course some bugs can infect even the healthiest host yet most of our chronic (long term) imbalances are a sign that we have imbalances in our system such as a weakened immune system.
We are far too stressed, we have exposure to toxic chemicals, we move too little, we eat foods that our ancestors never ate before and we work too hard and rest too little. We have created the ENVIRONMENT to grow bad things.
In order to get rid of invasive species that are detrimental to our health we need to correct the environment so our bodies function how they are designed, our cells get the building blocks they need from our nutrition and our immune system is strong enough to fight off potentially damaging pathogens (organism that generate disease).
The 401H is a test that looks for any potential organisms that have taken advantage of imbalances in your internal ecosystem.
It looks to see if a parasite has taken hold, if you have an imbalance in your good to bad bacteria, or if you have yeast that is growing out of control in your body.
Let’s take a look at a few of the potential invasive species that can grow in your body when given the right environment.
H. Pylori is the most common parasite in the world infecting over 50% of the world’s population. 80% of the people with H. Pylori may never develop overt symptoms. H. Pylori is known to buffer stomach acid to make the environment more hospitable to itself. This can have the effect of reducing your ability to digest and assimilate your foods.
- Infects Over 50% of the World’s Population
- May Never Know You Have It, Nor Connect Aymptoms to It
- Buffers Stomach Acid
- Interferes with Digestion
- Can Attack the Gut Lining
- Can Create Ulcers
- Chronic Gastritis
- Gastric ulcers
- Duodenal and Stomach Cancers
- Shape Designed to Penetrate the Mucus Lining of the Stomach
- Lipopolysaccharids – Inflammatory Molecules
Creates Enzymes that break down:
- Mucus Lining of the Gut
In the video below you can see H. Pylori hijacking a cell to reproduce.
Helicobacter Pylori Crossing Mucus Layer of Stomach Ulcer Creation
Helicobacter Pylori Immune Response in the Gut: Lymphocytes in Yellow Box
Helicobacter Pylori Creating Ulcer
4th Picture (from the top left) – H Pylori penetrating the mucus lining of the stomach.
5th Picture – Llymphocytes (white blood cells) of the immune system activated to combat H. Pylori infection.
6th Picture – Factors of how the parasite can damage it’s host.
7th Picture – How H Pylori can cause stomach ulcers.
Like Helicobacter Pylori the majority of those infected with Entamoeba Histolytica are unaware of their infection.
- Ulcer Like Lesions
- Can Attack the Epithelium or Tissue of the Digestive Lining
- Can Attack Responding Immune Cells.
- May Enter Bloodstream Where Trophozoites are Transported to the Liver
- Liver Abscess or Rupture
- Dysentery – Inflammation Of Intestine Causing Diarrhea With Blood, Fever, Abdominal Pain, Fatigue, Abdominal Pain And Lesions Of The Bowel.
Entamoeba Histolytica Trophozoite
Entamoeba Histolytica Cyst
Entamoeba Histolytica Lifecycle
- Infection of Small Intestine
- Active Form – Trophozoites
- Inactive Form – Cyst (can live for prolonged periods outside of body)
- Transmitted Through Contaminated Food, Water, or Person to Person
Diarrhea Inducing Illness Known as Giardia
- One of Causes of Travelers’ Diarrhea When Traveling to Places Such as Mexico or Southwest Asia
As you can see these are not creatures you want in your body, eating your nutrition, stinking up the place!
Functional Lab Testing is a paradigm shift in modern health. Now we have the technology to look at what is going on inside your body.
We can use these lab tests to search for underlying imbalances and then correct these imbalances through targeted lifestyle changes, supplements and nutrition!
Are you ready to get to the bottom of your health imbalances?
“So how do I get started with my own labs?”
There Are 3 Different Ways We Can Help You Run These Essential Labs
We Offer a Few Specific Labs Directly Through Our Website.
Our Body Synergy ‘Get Your Feet Wet’ Starting Package
- Includes a DUTCH or 205 hormone test (recommended starting test)
- Comprehensive questionnaires with analysis
- 90 minute results consultation with lifestyle recommendations.
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