Early detection is the best proactive policy for your general well-being. It is the best way to assess all aspects of a person’s health and identify any anomalies early to prevent the situation from becoming more severe. Comprehensive testing should not be taken lightly, and we highly recommend regular testing for men and women of all age groups.
Depending on an individual’s age and general health, getting a comprehensive annual medical evaluation is beneficial to maintain an optimal state. It can reveal valuable insights about your health and proactively monitor and manage potential health risks allowing you to mitigate any negative aspects through early detection.
What does comprehensive testing include?
As the name suggests, comprehensive testing includes a variety of tests needed to assess your health, and they usually include the following:
A blood test provides essential insights into the function of your organs, such as:
- Determine the risk status for conditions and diseases
- Early diagnosis of conditions before complications arise
- Identify treatment side effects
- Monitor and assess the level of current treatment
- Gauge how well your blood is clotting
- Screen for genetic conditions
- Identify if you have an infection, among others
A stool analysis includes tests carried out on the patient’s stool sample to diagnose certain conditions that may otherwise affect the digestive tract, such as:
- Infections from viruses, parasites, and bacteria
- Poor absorption of nutrients
Adrenal fatigue testing indicates depletion of the adrenal glands. Cortisol is the primary marker of adrenal health, which releases cortisol to regulate blood pressure. However, the hormone may be released more due to high-stress levels—the excess cortisol release results in adrenal fatigue. Hence, the adrenals can no longer produce the adequate cortisol needed for proper body function.
Factors like thyroid, sex hormones, and insulin play a pivotal role in adrenal gland health. Poor adrenal health may trigger fatigue, weight gain, low energy, depressive mood, and brain fog. Therefore, it is best to get it tested. Our medical professionals administer this test through salivary testing of cortisol, which is carried out four times throughout the day to get an accurate representation. Various combinations of these tests may be needed to determine the underlying problem.
Skin testing is considered the gold standard for food sensitivity and allergy testing. It is the best way to uncover foods you may be allergic to and avoid them. It is possible to experience a food allergy 48 to 72 hours after ingesting something. To correctly detect a food allergy, the practitioner may place a small amount of the suspected food on the skin of your back or forearm and prick it with a needle to allow a tiny amount to enter the epidermis. If the skin surface reacts by displaying small bumps or getting itchy, you are probably allergic to that substance.
A urine test is administered to screen for toxic metals such as cadmium, mercury, aluminum, arsenic, and thallium. This test checks for potentially harmful metals in the body. Our practitioner will order this test if he suspects you require heavy metal detoxification based on your symptoms.
To perform this test, the practitioner places an IV (chelation) and an oral tablet to bind to metals. Then the patient collects urine in a cup provided a couple of hours later and screened for high levels of heavy metals.