Here at Panacea Naturopathy, we like to keep up with the latest technology in testing.
Another way we try to keep up with advances in new testing methods is the i-chroma. The i-chroma is a portable diagnostics system using fluorescence immunoassay and is used for measuring the concentration of designated analytes in the human blood, urine and other specimens. It is used to screen for major life-style related diseases such as cardiac diseases, diabetes and hormonal disorders. The tests we are currently screening are:
- CRP: c-Reactive protein -is used mainly as a marker of inflammation. A positive result can be due to an infection or due to autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, inflammatory bowel disease, cancer or others.
- Ferritin: is a marker of the total amount of iron stored in the body and so serum ferritin is used as a diagnostic test for iron deficiency anemia. The most common symptoms of anaemia are often vague and may include: tiredness, weakness, shortness of breath or a poor ability to exercise. Other symptoms and signs of iron-deficiency anemia include anxiety, irritability, constipation, glossitis, itchy skin, fainting and palpitations plus many others. High levels of ferritin can indicate an iron storage disorder, such as hemochromatosis, or a chronic disease process such as Non alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
- TSH: Thyroid stimulating hormone. This is a test for evaluating thyroid function and/or symptoms of a thyroid disorder, including hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism. If a TSH test confirms thyroid dysfunction, other thyroid tests that may be ordered through a laboratory and include a free T3 test, free T4 test, reverse T3, thyroid antibodies (if autoimmune-related thyroid disease is suspected).
- Testosterone: is the most important androgen (male sex hormone) in men and plays a key role in reproductive and sexual function. Symptoms of low levels are – decreased sex drive, erectile dysfunction, depressed mood, memory problems, impaired concentration.
- Cortisol: adrenal hormone essential to the maintenance of homeostasis. Cortisol helps to maintain blood pressure, immune function and the body’s anti-inflammatory processes. It is produced in response to stress (physical or emotional). Unfortunately, in our high-stress culture, the stress response is activated so often that the body does not always have a chance to return to normal, which leads to health problems resulting from too much circulating cortisol and/or from too little cortisol – as in the case of adrenal fatigue. Higher and more prolonged levels of circulating cortisol (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects, such as – impaired cognitive performance, decreased thyroid function, blood sugar imbalances, such as hyperglycemia, decreased bone density, decreased muscle mass, sleep disturbances, elevated blood pressure, lowered immune function, increased abdominal fat,
- HbA1c: is a form of hemoglobin that is measured to identify the average plasma glucose concentration over periods of 3 months. It shows how well you are controlling your diabetes. Higher levels of glycated hemoglobin indicate poorer control of blood glucose levels and this has been associated with cardiovascular disease, kidney disease, eye disease, nerve damage and stroke. This test is recommended for both checking people who might be pre-diabetic and for monitoring blood sugar control in patients with more elevated levels in diabetes.