Food Immunology Testing
Many chronic illnesses are linked to unrecognised food sensitivities. Food immunology testing can be helpful in measuring your body's inflammatory immune system response to a wide variety of foods, including dairy and egg proteins, meat and seafood, seeds and nuts, grains, vegetables and more.
Common symptoms of food sensitivities include IBS, migraine, eczema, cramps, fatigue, joint pain, and ear, nose and throat problems.
For many patients, we find there is a direct relationship between diet and disease. Dr Hall works collaboratively with PIM's Nutritional Consultant Deb Hall to best support such patients.
Deb's consultations can include interpretation of test results through to practical strategies for dealing with dietary requirements, including creating easy-to-follow menus and offering tips for dealing with shopping, restaurants and support for family members.
Our clinic stocks a wide selection of nutritional supplements, including several lines restricted to supply by appropriately qualified health professionals.
Supply or prescription of these is generally restricted to patients currently being treated at this clinic.
Functional Pathology Testing
Functional pathology testing is a tool for early intervention and management, as well as effective monitoring of treatments.
Functional pathology tests investigate nutritional, biochemical, functional, metabolic and hormonal status.
Our practitioners may recommend functional testing as part of an integrative health assessment, depending on the patient’s health issues.
Specimens can be collected by patients in the privacy of their own homes. Discussion and interpretation of these tests takes place during scheduled consultations.
Common tests performed at our clinic include:
Saliva Hormone Assessments, used to measure free tissue levels such as:
• Estrogens (E1,E2,E3)
• Cortisol (Adrenal Stress Studies)
• Can give insights into brain chemistry
Urine Organic Acid studies
• For environmental pollutants (eg pesticides, herbicides, solvents)
• For metabolic impairments such as mitochondrial dysfunction in fatigue syndromes
Thyroid Function Testing
• Including RT3 and iodine loading
CDSA Stool Microbiology Testing
• including microscopy and EIA testing, which can provide assessments of gut parasites, bacterial overgrowth, fermentation markers, yeasts and food absorption.
Methylation Testing, including:
Heavy Metals Testing
Functional Liver Pathway Testing
Estrogen Metabolite Testing
Support for Cancer Patients
Our clinic's staff are experienced in providing support and counselling for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. This can include providing informed consent for, and discussion on the evidence for and against a wide variety of herbal, nutritional and alternative therapies.
Patients can discuss their questions, thoughts, and fears openly with the confidence that their decisions will be respected. We provide verbal and written information to patients and their families to assist in informing their choices, including education on interactions between nutritional therapies and chemotherapy/radiotherapy.
Our philosophy is to respect that cancers arise for a reason, and if the environment inside someone’s body is favourable for cancer growth and development, it may spread.
In contrast, we aim to make the environment inside a patient’s body more hostile towards cancer cells, by supporting their immune system through nutrition, exercise, and supplementation to increase their chances of favourable outcomes, and support their quality of life and symptom control.
We provide written therapy plans to patients and we strongly encourage patients to discuss their therapy plan with other practitioners, such as their GP and oncologist.