Inflammation is a key factor involved in why we get sick. Tests that look for the contributing factors to inflammation as well as the impact of inflammation on your body may help you to plan a route to Well Being.
Medical research now confirms that chronic inflammation is the cause of almost all chronic ill health. But what causes chronic inflammation?
There are some common building blocks for inflammation including; Gut dysbiosis, intracellular and slow-growing infections, and toxins. Mercury is an interesting toxin and is more common than you might think. Did you know that eating fish 3 or more times a week can be associated with raised blood mercury levels? This has been reported in scientific literature and it is certainly something I see in clinical practice. Mould and plastics (perhaps from food packaging and plastic bottles) are other toxins that are quite surprising to find in toxin tests. These are not innocent bystanders when it comes to your health. The net contribution from the inflammatory building blocks will tax your immune system leaving you with ill health.
Rather than trying to diagnose a disease, The Toxins Test and other tests let you find out which inflammatory building blocks are at work in your system. The report details which findings are outside of normal as well as an explanation of common reasons for this.
Please note that the tests do NOT give you a diagnosis. The reports are not a management plan for whatever condition you may have. For diagnosis and treatment, you will need to be seen by a qualified medical professional.
This blood test indicates 4 parameters
We know that our DNA can determine which diseases we are susceptible to. However, did you know that having a gene for a disease doesn’t necessarily mean that you will develop the disease? What causes you to develop that disease? The answer to this question is Epigenetics! Epigenetics is the ‘switch’ that turns ‘on’ or ‘off ’ the bad/good genes. Science doesn’t fully understand completely how this works but keeping things simple, we can say that the ‘bad’ DNA switch is operated by anything that will harm the DNA. The most common factors that will harm the DNA are inflammation and toxins. Toxins can cause direct damage to the DNA by forming bonds with it. These are called DNA adducts. When the toxin is stuck to the DNA it alters its function, mostly in a negative way.
We are exposed to environmental toxins on a daily basis. If we are in good general health, we are generally able to withstand the toxic onslaught from the environment. Most of us are likely to have at least one DNA adduct and this may not have a major impact on long term health. However, the presence of multiple DNA adducts have been shown to be associated with some cancers, especially in the presence of chronic inflammation.
Chronic toxin exposure may also affect your immune function, particularly your white cells (lymphocytes). These help you to respond to infection and inflammation. White cells can become sensitive to the toxins, like an intolerance. In fact, what many people think are food allergies may be white cell sensitivity. The Toxins Test will detail up to 12 toxins including heavy metals, chemicals and moulds which may be causing lymphocyte sensitivity.
The constant battle with inflammation and toxins can interfere with the body’s ability to regenerate it’s energy stores. These energy molecules are called Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). ATP is generated in the mitochondria which is the engine room of the cell and is found in high numbers in the brain, heart and skeletal muscle. The feeling of fatigue often matches the functioning of the mitochondria. The Toxin Test will detail the degree of mitochondrial dysfunction.
Circulating free DNA
This is a marker for chronic low grade inflammation. The traditional markers for inflammation (such as the ESR and CRP) may be normal even though you are clearly suffering from a chronic or ‘resistant to treatment’ condition. The Toxins Test will give a value for circulating free DNA. When the immune cells deal with inflammation or tumours, they leave ‘debris’ in the form of fragments of DNA. If the body is not dealing very well with the fragments, the levels in the blood will be elevated. The levels of cell free DNA should go down as the inflammation goes down.
The test requires a blood test. You can either arrange this yourself (please check the box indicating 'I will find my own test provider' or we can help you with a list of phlebotomists that can come to you to do the blood test (UK only - please check the box indicating 'I need help with this test').
As it is a specialised test, we will also need to send you a specific kit which will need to be picked up by FEDEX. We will organise all of this for you - It's worth the hassle. For shipping outside of the UK, there may be additional costs. Please contact me first if you are ordering outside of the UK. Once you've ordered the test, I will be in touch via email to provide further instructions.
The test price includes a 30 minute Skype or telephone consultation to go over the results.