Here are some examples of the tests and diagnostics conducted by the practitioners at Green Apple Health Care. Please note that the tests offered at Green Apple Health Care are NOT limited to this list.
Standard blood tests
We do all the standard blood tests any medical doctor would do. This includes regular checkup testing like a CBC, iron, ferritin, thyroid, cholesterol, liver and kidney function. We can also do more detailed and specific testing based on what the patient needs, so we can do hormone testing, and customize it with testing for inflammation.
Advanced blood tests
We also do more advanced blood tests than standard available tests. We can test for vitamin and minerals in the patient to see if they are deficient. There are so many possible tests it would be impossible to list them all.
Saliva hormone testing
Saliva hormone testing measures how much hormone is getting into the patient’s cells and coming out in their saliva. It’s not measuring the amount of hormones in blood. This is done for post menopausal females, where the amount of hormones in blood are always low. So the accuracy of blood testing for menopausal females is not always great. We use saliva testing for BioIdentical Hormone therapy as well.
The main advantage of this is it’s accuracy in menopause. It tells us exactly how much hormones are in the patient’s cells. Some people can have too much of one hormone and not enough of another causing their hormone problems. Saliva hormone testing really helps identify these imbalances in the cell and makes treatment much easier.
Urine Hormone testing
This is done to look at all hormones in the body and how much the body is eliminating them. It’s helpful for pre cancer conditions and seeing if the hormones are a possible cause of a patient’s hormone problems. It really tells us how the hormones are being broken down and used in the body, not just how much are in the cells and being made in the body.
Allergy / Food Sensitivity Testing
There are 2 types of allergies, immediate onset and delayed onset:
- Immediate onset allergies = This is your standard anaphylactic allergy. This is like when a patient is allergic to peanuts or shellfish, they get a very sudden and often severe allergic reaction which can include breathing problems and hives or rashes on the skin. It happens on a certain portion of the immune system called IgE.
- Delayed onset allergies (Food Sensitivity) = this comes on hours or days after ingesting the food. It happens on a different portion of the immune system called IgG. It is often called a food sensitivity, and testing for this is often called food sensitivity testing. With this type of allergy the food comes in, the body creates an IgG antibody and they bind. This bound antibody-food complex then deposits in tissue, normally bowel, lung, brain, skin, joint. It will then cause inflammation and health problems where it’s depositing. If it’s in the lung, then asthma, colds and flus. If it’s in the joint, then arthritis.There are many health conditions associated with Delayed onset allergies (Food Sensitivities). The most common ones are skin problems, digestive problems, weight gain, mood and attention disorders, joint problems, heart conditions and breathing problems. Since symptoms are often not present until long after exposure to an allergen, it can be extremely difficult to diagnose the exact cause of these health problems. This is why allergy testing becomes very important.
Testing for both of these types of allergies is done through blood. The first type requires a full blood draw and sending that to the lab. The second type only requires a finger poke.
In Office Urine Testing
We have a small array of urine tests we can do in the office as screening tests. We use these to screen if a patient is having a problem in one of these areas and can determine what we should concentrate on most or if more testing is required. This is done in office and usually during the consultation appointment.
- Adrenal Chloride = to determine if adrenals are causing low energy.
- Dipstick = general kidney health and screening for infection.
- Oxidata = oxidative damage and toxicity
- Indican = Digestive health.
- Metals = Screening for heavy metals.
Urine Metals testing
This is the preferred method of determining if a patient has heavy metals. It is a combination of 2 tests, a first morning urine sample, then a 6 hour urine collection.
The first morning urine sample is taken and is transferred to a tube for shipping. Then the patient takes a natural chelating agent we provide orally, that will then go in and start pulling metals out. The patient then collects and stores all their urine for the next 6 hours starting right after taking the chelating agent. After the 6 hours a sample of the full urine collected is transferred to a tube for shipping. Both the first morning and after 6 hour samples are frozen then shipped to the lab.
This test will tell us how much exposure the patient has to metals and also give us an idea of the overall load of stored metals inside their body. Heavy metals can cause many different health conditions from low energy and weight gain to advanced chronic disease like arthritis.
Urine Chemicals Testing
We are exposed to chemicals all the time. Some of them are known cancer causing and others just cause bad health. This can include low energy, brain fog, immune problems, general feeling of unwell all the way up to depression. They also cause hormone problems and certain cancers.
We can test for the most common chemicals through a simple first morning urine sample. This sample is then sent to the lab and analyzed in detail for the most common exposed chemicals.
Digestive problems are among the most common issues seen today. Often the cause of the digestion problem is poor digestion, not enough digestive enzymes, food reactions or infection in the bowel.
Stool analysis is done to help diagnose the cause of digestive problems. It can tell us if you are digesting you foods properly, or have enough of the good bacteria in the bowel. It can also tell if there are any bad bacteria or yeast in the bowel causing the bowel problems. IF there is a bad bacteria or yeast the lab will then culture it and test to see what treatment will kill it off. This can significantly streamline therapy making treatment much easier and more effective.