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Functional Testing

Kate offers functional testing to give you answers to what is causing your health problems.

Functional Testing for Fatigue

In fatigue there is often gut dysbiosis, so testing for the presence of infections including Candida, bad bacteria, SIBO, viruses and parasites often yields positive results.

Also it is common for people with fatigue to have food intolerances so doing this test often leads to positive results. It is also a useful test to determine if you have leaky gut.

Please note that in order for you to buy a test, you must be a current client on my 12 Week Fatigue-Fighting Programme or my 1-to-1 Coaching Packages.

How it works:

  • Firstly you would contact me to arrange to order a test.
  • Next you would transfer payment for the test to me online.
  • Then I would order your test and arrange for the test kit to be delivered to your house.
  • You would follow the instructions in the test kit and post the sample in the envelope provided to the laboratory on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • When I have received your test results, I will contact you to arrange a follow up appointment to explain your results and the next steps to take.
  • Finally I will email you the test results.

GI Ecologix Basic

£189

Turn around time: 15 working days

The GI EcologiX Basic is the most comprehensive stool test that uses cutting edge DNA testing PCR technology to test for:

    • Good bacteria
    • Bacteroides sub-group
    • Clostridium sub-group
    • Opportunistic bacteria
    • Methane & Hydrogen Sulfide SIBO bacteria
    • Sulfidogenic bacteria
    • LPS forming bacteria
    • Mycology e.g. yeast infections such as candida overgrowth
    • Parasitology including Blastocystis hominis, Dientamoeba fragilis, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia

Undertaking this test can give us an overall picture of the imbalances in the gut that cause symptoms such as bloating, stomach pains, flatulence and fatigue, which can then be rectified.

Note: 3 days before taking your sample, consider stopping anti-inflammatories and steroids.

24 hours before taking your sample, consider stopping anti-inflammatories, steroids, Vitamin C >250mg/d, NSAIDs and IBS medication.

Also if using steroid cream, shower before & ensure all washed off.

Long term antibiotics and probiotics can be continued.

GI Ecologix Advanced

£335

Turn around time: 20 working days

The GI EcologiX Advanced is the most comprehensive stool test that uses cutting edge DNA testing PCR technology to test for:

    • Beta defensin 2 – anti-microbial peptides that play a large role in the innate immune response to potential
      pathogenic microorganisms. Beta-defensins display antibiotic activity toward gram-positive and gram-negative bacteria and enveloped viruses and fungi. Human Beta-defensin 2 is an inducible peptide produced by intestinal cells. They are antibiotic and have abilities to recruit dendritic and T-Cells to the site of microbial invasion.
    • Calprotectin – a protein expressed mainly by myeloid cells. It recruits monocytes to the site of inflammation and is thus believed to be a mediator of chronic inflammation. It is used as a clinical marker for IBD.
    • Pancreatic elastase – a proteolytic enzyme excreted by the pancreas. Faecal concentrations reflect the secretory capacity of the pancreas since it does not breakdown in the intestinal tract. There are good correlations between faecal elastase levels and pancreatic enzyme output including amylase, trypsin and lipase. When elastase PE-1 is low, the best symptom to check for are a floating, difficult to flush stool, and weight loss. Protein, carbohydrate and fat metabolism.
    • Secretory IgA – is the most abundant secreted antibody and it has a fundamental role in preventing pathogen colonisation in the gastrointestinal tract.
    • Zonulin – is a human protein that causes increased intestinal permeability through tight junction disassembly. An increased intestinal permeability status is known to increase inflammation and has been
      associated to several diseases.
    • Bile acids (primary + secondary) – Fat malabsorption and metabolic diseases. Low bile acids may result in reduction of fat absorption, including fat soluble vitamins, poor cleaning of the absorptive surface in the small intestine, increasing the risk of SIBO, and lack of stimulation of intestinal motility.
    • Occult blood (FIT) – blood in stool
    • Good bacteria
    • Bacteroides sub-group
    • Clostridium sub-group
    • Opportunistic bacteria
    • Sulfidogenic bacteria associated with hydrogen sulfide SIBO
    • LPS forming bacteria
    • Methanogen archaea associated with methane SIBO
    • Mycology e.g. yeast infections such as candida overgrowth
    • Parasitology including Blastocystis hominis, Dientamoeba fragilis, Entamoeba histolytica, Giardia
    • H Pylori + stool antigen

Undertaking this test can give us an overall picture of the imbalances in the gut that cause symptoms such as bloating, stomach pains, flatulence and fatigue, which can then be rectified.

Note: 7 days before taking your sample, consider stopping anti-inflammatories, steroids and probiotics.

24 hours before taking your sample, consider stopping anti-inflammatories, steroids, Vitamin C >250mg/d, NSAIDs and IBS medication.

Also if using steroid cream, shower before & ensure all washed off.

Long term antibiotics and probiotics can be continued.

Vaginal EcologiX

£199
 
Turn around time: 15 working days
 
The Vaginal EcologiX test is a vaginal swab test that can determine which type of infection is causing your thrush. It tests for 22 different types of good and bad bacteria and fungal infections including:
 
  • Lactobacillus crispatus
  • Lactobacillus iners
  • Lactobacillus jensenii
  • Lactobacillus gasseri
  • Gardnerella vaginalis
  • Mobiluncus mulieris
  • Mobiluncus curtisii
  • Streptococcus agalactiae
  • Staphylococcus aureus
  • Megasphaera 1
  • Megasphaera 2
  • Escherichia coli
  • Enterococcus faecalis
  • Atopobium vaginae
  • BVAB2
  • Prevotella bivia
  • Ureaplasma urealyticum
  • Candida albicans
  • Candida parapsilosis
  • Candida tropicalis
  • Candida krusei
  • Candida glabrata

Organix Dysbiosis Profile

£199

Turn around time: 2.5 weeks

This organic acids urine test is an accurate way to confirm if you have a Candida overgrowth in your small or large intestines.

  • Reports D-arabinitol, a specific marker for Candida sp., which can cause disease in patients, especially if they are immunocompromised.
  • Reports D-lactate, an indicator of L. acidophilus overgrowth and carbohydrate malabsorption.
  • Also reports 3,4-Dihydroxyphenylpropionate, a marker for clostridium pathogenic bacteria.
  • An economical follow-up test for practitioners to monitor targeted therapy.

Lyme Disease Test

£287-£401

Turn around time: 5-7 working days

A combination of the Elispot test and CD3-/CD57+ Cells test is the most accurate way to test for Lyme disease.

The Elispot test detects Borrelia IgG and IgM antibodies, markers for Lyme disease.

The CD3-/CD57+ Cells test measures your levels of Natural Killer (NK) Cells which are low in chronic Lyme disease.

The Lyme Disease Test can eliminate some problems:

  • The test reflects the current Borrelia burgdorferi activity of chronic and recent infections.
  • The EliSpot is highly sensitive and can detect even one single Borrelia burgdorferi-reactive T-cell. With detection levels that can be as low as one cell in 100,000, the EliSpot is one of the most sensitive cellular assays available.
  • The EliSpot is between 20 and 200 times more sensitive than a conventional ELISA.
  • The EliSpot displays a similar sensitivity as a RT-PCR (Real Time PCR) analysis, but detects the secreted protein instead of the mRNA (messanger RNA).
  • The EliSpot can be helpful when monitoring therapies. The EliSpot should usually become negative about 4 to 8 weeks after the completion of an effective therapy.

Food Intolerance Test

£147

Turn around time: 1.5 weeks

By doing this IgG blood test you can learn what food intolerances you have and what next steps to take. It tests for over 87 commonly consumed foods including wheat, gluten, and cow’s milk and also tests for overall IgE allergy antibodies.

It’s also a useful to test to determine if you have leaky gut.

How It Works

  • After you have made the online payment for the test, Kate would order the test kit and have it delivered to your house.
  • Then you would need to go to a local phlebotomist to have a sample of your blood taken at an additional cost. Kate will send you a link to a list of recommend local phlebotomists. Next you would post the sample to the laboratory immediately after taking on a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday.
  • When Kate has received your results, she would contact you to arrange an appointment to explain the results and the next steps to take.

SIBO Breath Test

£147

Turn around time: 7 working days

The SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacteria Overgrowth) profile is a non-invasive breath test which capture exhaled hydrogen (H2) and methane (CH4) gases following patient ingestion of a lactulose solution to evaluate bacterial overgrowth of the small intestine. Levels of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) are also measured in every sample for quality control purposes.

This test confirms the presence of hydrogen- or methane-producing SIBO bacteria which can then be treated accordingly.

Note: -15 ml 3.3g/5ml of lactulose (will need to be purchased from your local pharmacy)

-This test uses lactulose; since lactulose contains galactose and lactose, it is not recommended for individuals who have had allergic reactions to lactulose, or who are on a galactose/ lactose-restricted diet. It should be used with caution in diabetics.

Before doing the SIBO breath test, please wait 4 weeks from your last dose of antibiotics, colonoscopy or barium enema. Also wait at least 2-4 weeks from your last dose of antifungals, Bismuth Subsalicylate, or herbal/natural antimicrobial products.

Comprehensive Thyroid Test

£97

Turn around time: 2-3 days

Symptoms of underactive thyroid include:

  • Tiredness
  • Weight gain
  • Feeling too cold or too hot
  • Depression

You can get your GP to test for thyroid hormone levels for free. They normally test for TSH and sometimes also inactive prohormone T4.

However if you want more comprehensive thyroid hormone testing to determine your level of active thyroid hormone T3 and thyroid antibodies, I can provide private testing. This test determines your levels of:

  • TSH
  • T4
  • T3
  • TPOAb (anti-thyroid peroxidase antibodies)
  • TGAb (anti-thyroglobulin antibodies)
  • vitamin D
  • vitamin B12
  • folate
  • ferritin

Hair Mineral Analysis

£75

Turn around time: 3 weeks

Hair testing gives us a more accurate picture of body tissue levels of minerals and heavy metals than blood testing, as hair is a tissue. Furthermore hair is used by the body to dump excess minerals and heavy metals.

This tests for your cell levels of 35 different mineral and toxic heavy metals including Ca, Mg, P, K, Na, Fe, Cu, Zn, Cr, Mn, Se, Ni, Co, Pb, Hg, Cd, As & Al. After this test you can follow a mineral balancing and heavy metal detoxification protocol.

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