Pathology investigations provide valuable insight into your unique biochemistry and physiology. They are an incredibly useful assessment tool that I frequently use in identifying imbalances, nutritional deficiencies, infections and other markers of health.
Types of pathology testing
I frequently use blood pathology testing in my practice as a naturopath in assessing your level of health. Generally, we start with some basic testing that looks at your blood chemistry, liver function, red blood cells and immune function. If you have had blood tests ordered by your GP, then there is a good chance you have already had these tests done. Although these might seem quite basic tests, they help me to understand more about your health story. Your pathology results also help determine if further testing is needed and which tests are the most appropriate.
Urinalysis (the analysis of urine) is a cost-effective test that is done in clinic, as part of your initial consultation. In-clinic urine testing provides information about your hydration level, pH balance (acidity or alkalinity), urinary tract infections, carbohydrate metabolism, kidney and liver function.
Understanding the specific microbes that make up your microbiome provides significant insight into your inner world of digestion, immune function, susceptibility to inflammation, detoxification capacity, nutrient metabolism and your potential for food intolerances. Getting to know your microbiome gives us a much clearer picture of your health, a better understanding of your symptoms and guides the direction for your treatment strategy.