Supplements are additional support for our body systems which are quickly becoming a necessary piece of wellness. With increasing toxicity in our food, water, air, and environment, a majority of us are toxic as well deficient in vitamins, minerals, and essential nutrients. Sadly it’s not enough for most Americans to eat healthy and exercise. Supplements support our detox pathways, hormones, immune systems, athletic performance, recovery, sleep, and so much more. But how do you know what supplements you actually need?
Any thorough medical practitioner will attempt to align signs and symptoms with lab work to develop a treatment plan. For those without a medical background, symptoms are subjective and signs are objective, or measurable. For example, a symptom is chest pain, whereas a sign is rapid heart rate, which is measurable. Holistic health providers are known to look at signs, symptoms, and lab results with different ranges and perspectives than conventional allopathic providers.
I am bias toward providers who are trained in both conventional and alternative medicine, bringing an in-depth understanding of disease processes with natural solutions that work with human biology as much as possible. Yes, this approach is often costly, not covered by most health insurance, but in the long-term, I believe saves money and trouble down the road. There is a time and place for both styles of medicine, but for preventative health and chronic disease, I consider alternative and complimentary medicine my primary care. But, you better believe I’m going to the ER for any emergency such as trauma, accidents, fractures, etc.
Common blood tests include basic metabolic panel, CBC, lipids, enzymes, and coagulation panels. These are often standard tests to assess organ health, track disease processes, and diagnose issues. Hormone panels can also be assessed for cortisol, testosterone, estrogen, thyroid, and more.
Tests for levels of essential nutrients as well as toxic metals present in your body. Hair can tested using the EAV method listed below.
Red blood cell, glucose, and protein urine tests for kidney disease, UTI’s, and diabetes. Urine can also be tested for pH level which has grown in popularity from the keto diet in testing for ketones.
The Dutch Test (Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones) is used for a thorough analysis of what is going on hormonally. “This test looks at sex hormones and their metabolites, the overall diurnal pattern of free cortisol, and the total and distribution of cortisol metabolites in addition to OATs which provide insight into nutritional deficiencies, oxidative stress, gut dysbiosis, melatonin, neuroinflammation and more.”
Applied Kinesiology testing, or AK, originated with George Goodhardt Jr, DC. There have been several other doctors who have developed their own version of manual muscle testing for the purpose of testing and according to Klinghardt, MD, PhD, “the interpretation that informs the assessment of the patient and the prediction of positive, negative, or neutral responses to therapies.” Klinghardt developed his own version called ART, or Autonomic Response Testing, which he uses in his clinic and teaches other practitioners, mostly licensed naturopathic doctors.
Dr. Voll developed a form of electro-acupuncture testing in Germany in the 1950’s that sends a frequency through the meridian channels, organs, and body systems to detect for blockages. With the recent advances in science, his machine is able to detect dysfunction in the body to a highly specific degree. Supplements can also be tested to see if they will resonate with the body. This can help greatly in reducing the trial and error approach to most natural medicine routes that becomes costly and disheartening when months go by and the initial effect wears off. You can find more by searching for BioEnergetic, EAV, or ElectroDermal testing.
Traditional Chinese Medicine Analysis
TCM methods involve pulse diagnostics, tongue, eyes, ears, voice, touch, and other movement to assess and treat. Treatment may include acupuncture, herbs, sound, heat, frequency, and manual techniques like massage.
It’s important to remember that most methods rely on the accurate assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of the provider given their training, experience, and perspectives. Adherence and belief also come in to play for the patient as well as lifestyle factors, medical history, and stress.
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Here are some of my favorite books that have brought more understanding about health and wellness and healing for myself and clients.
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