Testing and Diagnostics

The doctors at Green Apple Health Care use tests not only to confirm diagnosis of an existing problem but also to determine if a previously unsuspected health condition has the potential to develop. When this is discovered, the doctors can intervene before it becomes a problem. The test are also used to identify specific treatments that will make your program more functional and efficient.

Here are examples of just some 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 same standard blood tests that any medical doctor would do. This includes regular checkup testing such as a CBC (complete blood count), iron, ferritin, thyroid, cholesterol, liver and kidney function. We can also do more detailed and specific testing based on what the patient needs, we can do hormone testing, and customize it with testing for inflammation. [BACK TO TOP]

Advanced Blood Tests 

We also do more advanced blood tests than those standardly available. We can test for vitamin and minerals in the patient to see if they are deficient. There is a bevy of tests that can be used to isolate the cause of the illness or condition, far too many to list. [BACK TO TOP]

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 women, the stage of life where the supply of hormones in the blood is at its lowest.

Saliva hormone testing is used for its accuracy in determining the precise volume of hormones in the patient’s cells. Some people can have too much of one hormone and not enough of another creating an imbalance and all the health problems associated with that. Saliva hormone testing isolates these imbalances in the cells to make treatment more effective.

Saliva testing can also be used in natural hormone therapy. [BACK TO TOP]

Urine Hormone Testing 

This is done to examine all hormones in the body and determine the degree to which the body is eliminating them. Urine hormone testing is particularly helpful for pre-cancer conditions. It pinpoints not just the cells’ inventory of and the body’s production of hormones, but how the hormones are being broken down and used in the body. [BACK TO TOP]

Allergy / Food Sensitivity Testing 

There are two types of allergies, immediate onset and delayed onset:

1. Immediate onset allergies: This manifests as an anaphylactic reaction (a reaction of the body, sometime severe, to a substance to which it is hypersensitive). An example of this is when a patient is exposed to a substance to which they are allergic such as 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. This affects a certain portion of the immune system called IgE.

2. Delayed onset allergies (Food Sensitivity): This comes on hours or days after ingesting the food and affects a different portion of the immune system called IgG. It is also referred to as “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 is deposited. If it’s in the lung, then asthma, colds and flus could result. If it’s in the joint, then arthritis could be expected to develop. 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, the specific allergen is not immediately obvious. This is why food sensitivity testing is very important.

Testing for both of these types of allergies is done through blood work. The first type requires a full blood draw that is sent to the lab for full analysis. The second type only requires a finger poke. [BACK TO TOP]

In Office Urine Testing 

There are urine tests that we can do in-house to screen patients for difficulties in one of the target areas. We use these tests to determine where the greatest area of focus should be and whether 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: for general kidney health and screening for infection
● Oxidata: for oxidative damage and toxicity
● Indican: for digestive health
● Metals: to screen for heavy metals

Urine Metals Testing 

This is the preferred method of determining if a patient has accumulations of heavy metals in the body. It is a combination of two tests: the first a morning urine sample, then a six-hour urine collection.

The first morning urine sample is taken and is transferred to a tube for shipping. Then the patient takes a natural oral chelating agent that we provide which will, when ingested, start extracting metals from the body. The patient then collects and stores all their urine for the six hours immediately following having taken the chelating agent. Both the first morning sample and the “six hour” sample are frozen and shipped to the lab.

This test will tell us how much exposure the patient has had to metals and will also give us a close estimate 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. [BACK TO TOP]

Urine Chemicals Testing 

We are all frequently exposed to chemicals. Some of them are known carcinogens (cancer-causing agents) and others just cause bad health. Symptoms can range from low energy to “brain fog” to immune system problems to a general feeling of being unwell and to depression. Some chemicals can 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. [BACK TO TOP]

Stool Analysis 

Digestive problems are among the most common issues seen today. Often the cause of the digestion problem is an insufficiency of 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 good bacteria in the bowel. It can also tell if there are any bad bacteria or yeast in the bowel causing the digestive issue. If bad bacteria or yeast are discovered in testing, the lab will prepare a culture and test to determine which treatment will most effectively eradicate it. This can significantly streamline therapy, making treatment much easier on the patient and more effective. [BACK TO TOP]

Nutritional and Genetic Testing 

We offer broad spectrum nutrient and nutritional genomic testing. Nutrient testing will tell you your levels of all the vitamins and minerals. This is done through collecting a blood sample and sending it to the US where your vitamin and mineral levels are checked. Certain genes can contribute to different levels of nutrients and the absorption of minerals and vitamins from your food. The Nutrigenomix testing tells us if, based on your unique genetics, you are at risk for different nutrient deficiencies. It does not tell us your current levels. We decide together which type of testing is best for you and based on the results create a custom plan for you to maintain your health. [BACK TO TOP]

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