It can be difficult to determine root causes for complex medical conditions such as autism, ADHD, depression, behavioral disorders, gastrointestinal symptoms, inflammation, chronic fatigue, headaches, sleep disturbances, skin conditions, and multiple chemical sensitivities. Functional lab testing can be a very helpful tool in uncovering system imbalances that are driving various health conditions.
For both adults and children experiencing complex or chronic health concerns, one very comprehensive lab test that I highly recommend is the Organic Acids Test (OAT). This noninvasive urine test provides important insights into the body’s cellular metabolic pathways. By measuring over 70 urinary organic acid by-products, we can get a good read on one’s vitamin and mineral status, neurotransmitter health, mitochondrial energy production, Continue reading “Benefits of the Organic Acids Test (OAT)”
Hair analysis is an excellent, non-invasive way to test for tissue levels of heavy metals and minerals. It can provide important information regarding recent and ongoing exposure to potentially toxic metals, such as mercury and arsenic. As protein is synthesized in the hair follicles, elements are incorporated permanently into the hair. Scalp hair is easy to sample, and because it grows an average of one to two centimeters per month, it contains a “temporal record” of element metabolism and exposure to toxic elements. The levels of elements in hair correlate with levels in organs and other tissues. Hair analysis testing is now available directly through Village Green. Continue reading “Resolution Series: Hair Analysis to Determine Toxin Levels”
In my opinion, one-size-fits-all medicine is not the best approach for promoting optimal health. Because we are all biochemically and genetically unique, we have different needs and would benefit most from a personalized approach to healthcare. By uncovering the root causes and factors impacting your health, you can take a more active role in improving your health.
As a nutritionist, one of the main reasons I recommend the IQYOU health tool is because it can help people take ownership of their health. Continue reading “IQYOU and the Power of Personalization”
Millions of Americans (mostly women) suffer from an underactive thyroid, but many are misdiagnosed, despite having common hypothyroid symptoms such as constipation, fatigue, weight gain, impaired memory, thinning hair, dry skin, sensitivity to cold, muscle cramps, infertility, elevated cholesterol and nerve pain. Because depression can also be a symptom, some doctors prescribe antidepressants, rather than treat for an underactive thyroid.
And, hypothyroid testing can be tricky in that a misdiagnosis can also be made when a doctor only orders a TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) test and does not run a comprehensive thyroid panel, which is necessary to fully understand what is going on with someone’s health. Continue reading “Hypothyroid Testing – What You Need to Know”
We field a lot of questions from customers who are seeking more comprehensive lab testing than they are able to get through their doctor(s). Ongoing or unresolved medical issues often drive customers to want a more in-depth look into various areas of their health such as digestion, toxin levels, hormone balance, thyroid health, or nutrient status. But, many people also just want to stay on top of their health and wellness and desire advanced lab testing on a regular basis.
Whether you are trying to get to the root cause of your symptoms or simply want to learn more about your body, lab testing can provide important insights into your health. Continue reading “NEW! Village Green Offers Direct-to-Consumer Lab Testing”