Assessing your Health Status – Getting the Bigger Picture.
Assessing your health status begins in your initial consultation:
We take a really detailed history of your current symptoms and past medical history.
We also look at family health issues and, very importantly, your diet.
It is helpful for you to bring in any recent pathology reports and any medicines that you are currently taking.
Apart from the information gleaned from this, we can use some other screening tools to find out more about your health status and then work out the most effective healing program for you.
These may include:
- Looking through a microscope at your blood sample
- Assessing your body composition
- Testing for your blood type
- Salivary hormone testing
Looking through a Microscope
One screening tool we may use involves taking a pinprick-sized sample of your blood and examining it under a microscope. That image is relayed to a computer monitor so you can see your own blood on the screen.
It reveals a fascinating world that is coursing through your internal corridors. You see the shape and size of your red blood cells, how they are behaving, whether they are clumping together, the relative numbers of your different white blood cells, and the activity of your platelets. These details give us a snapshot of your biochemistry at the time and indicate appropriate treatment pathways.
We can monitor changes in your health over time. With appropriate treatment your blood cells become rounder and more separated from each other rather than being misshapen and sticking together. While this is interesting data, the important thing is that you will be feeling much better.
I have been using this equipment for the past six years and have found it to be very motivating for patients and also reassuring for them when they can see obvious improvements as a result of their good work.
Assessing Body Composition
It is very helpful to assess your body composition, ie how much of you is fat, muscle or fluid. This is necessary for monitoring patients on a weight management program where we are mostly trying to decrease fat and increase muscle. When there is too much extra-cellular fluid you feel puffy, bloated and lethargic. This is an indication of the degree of inflammation going on in your body which is the driver of many of our chronic illnesses. We can measure changes in these parameters over time and tailor treatments accordingly.
This involves reading the patterns revealed in your iris as a map of your body. Different zones of the iris relate to different body systems, eg the ring immediately around the pupil relates to your gastrointestinal tract; the area on the periphery, closest to your schlera relates to your skin and minor circulation.
It is useful to shed more light on which areas of your body are most compromised and needing support. The clarity of the iris and sometimes the colour of the wash over the iris will change as treatment progresses.
Testing for Blood Type
Many of us know our blood type, whether we are A, B, O or AB. It is useful to know this when determining dietary guidelines. However, if you don’t know your blood type, there is a very simple test using a pinprick drop of blood which will determine to which blood group you belong.
Salivary Hormone Testing
These are not essential but are often warranted when hormonal balance is the main issue. They will calibrate the relative ratios of three types of oestrogen, and quantify how much progesterone, testosterone, DHEA and cortisol is present in the sample.
Salivary hormone tests can be more useful than blood pathology results. When you measure the hormone content of blood, the results include hormone that is bound to hormone-binding globulin, and, therefore, is inactivated. However, when you measure a sample from saliva, which contains no hormone-binding globulin, all the hormone detected is free and active in the body.
Generally for women, the best time to do such a test is around Day 21 of the menstrual cycle.