FOOD ALLERGY TESTING
An association between food allergies/sensitivities and digestive issues such as diarrhea, constipation, IBS, colitis, crohns, and heartburn have been well established in clinical practice. There is also considerable research that demonstrates possible connections between food allergies and other health issues. Some of these issues include headaches, arthritis, hyperactivity, mood changes, thyroid dysfunction and other autoimmune conditions.
Dr. Slonetsky assesses food allergies using elimination diets and/or blood tests. The lab that Dr. Slonetsky uses for food allergy testing is Rocky Mountain Analytical.
Please see www.rmalab.com for more information.
Nutrient status is affected by many factors including diet, the quality of the food you eat, how well you digest and absorb food, chronic illness, and age. Deficiencies in nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, antioxidants have been shown to suppress immune function and can contribute to degenerative diseases such as arthritis, cancer, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes.
Dr. Slonetsky uses Spectracell Laboratories for micronutrient testing. Spectracell uses white blood cells to measure micronutrient status, which is considered to be a more useful test to determine how the nutrient is functioning within the body.
Please see www.spectracell.com for more details.
HEAVY METAL TESTING
Excessive exposure to heavy metals in the environment or workplace can affect people in different ways. Some specific signs and symptoms of heavy metal exposure may include abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anemia, liver or kidney damage, lung irritation, and nervous system symptoms such as numbness and tingling of the hands and feet.
Dr Slonetsky may recommend heavy metal testing through hair, urine, or blood analysis if she suspects that a patient may have symptoms related to heavy metal exposure. For more info see rmalab.com.
SALIVA HORMONE TESTING
Hormone imbalances can produce a wide range of symptoms such as PMS, acne, fibrocystic breasts, infertility, polycystic ovaries, mood swings, menopausal hot flashes, insomnia, low libido, male-pattern hair growth in women, fatigue, low sperm count, and erectile dysfunction.
Dr. Slonetsky assesses hormone function through symptoms, questionnaires, and hormone saliva testing.
Please see www.rmalab.com for more details.
STANDARD BLOOD TESTS
Dr. Slonetsky is set up with Life Labs for conducting standard blood tests. Tests ordered by Dr Slonetsky are not covered by OHIP. Please contact your extended health plan to determine if you have coverage for any of the lab tests ordered by Dr. Slonetsky.
Thermography is a simple test of physiology that relies on the sympathetic nerve control of skin blood flow and the ability of the sympathetic nervous system to respond to and react to pain, pathology, injury or dysfunction anywhere in the body. Diagnostic tests such as ultrasound, x-ray and mammography show the body's structure or anatomy. The unique contribution of thermography is that it shows physiological and metabolic processes.
Breast thermography is the only known test that can also serve as an early warning system by identifying women who have high-risk pre-cancerous infrared imaging markers. The procedure can also play a role in prognosis and as a method of assisting in monitoring the effects of treatment.
BIA (Bio-Impedance Analysis) is a simple in office test that provides information about a person's body composition (lean tissue, fat tissue, and body water), fluid distribution (intracellular water versus extracellular water), hydration, and tissue health.
How is the Test Performed?
Electrodes are applied to the wrist and ankle on one side of the body. The BIA instrument then sends a weak current through the body which is comparable to the current of a "nearly dead" AA battery. It is considered safe in pregnancy, for individuals with organ transplants and pacemakers. Values are then obtained which reflect the electrical resistance (opposition) to the current flowing through the body. These values are taken along with a person's age, height, weight, and sex to approximate body composition, fluid distribution, and tissue health.
Why is BIA Testing Important?
Healthy body composition has been associated with better overall health. It is therefore a very useful test for people at all weights since a person may be thin, but actually be "fat" meaning that the amount of overall muscle mass is low compared to the overall fat mass. Maintaining good muscle mass into old age has been associated with better overall health.
This test is also very useful for people wanting to lose weight. Rapid weight loss diets can cause a person to lose muscle mass as well as fat mass. Monitoring these values during a weight loss problem can give information about whether the diet a person is on is supporting healthy weight loss. On the basis of these values adjustments can then be made to the diet to support fat loss while maintaining muscle mass.Fluid distribution is a useful measurement for giving information about toxicity in the body. High values for ECF (extra cellular fluid) as compared with ICF (intracellular fluid) reflects a shift of water from inside to outside of the cell. This suggests that there may be toxins (or other substances) outside the cell that the body is attempting to dilute.
Phase angle, is a derived value produced by the BIA instrument which gives information about the health of the cells. This value has been published to be the best predictor of survival in people with cancer, AIDS and renal disease (Ott and Fischer, J of AIDS &RV vol. 9 No. 1, 1995). Higher phase angle values are reflective of better outcomes.
EAV screening uses a highly sensitive computer to painlessly measure electrical skin resistance at numerous acupuncture points on the body. It is not used to diagnose disease, but rather to give information about what is occurring energetically in the body. It is based in physics not chemistry.
EAV stands for Electro Acupuncture According to Voll. This type of technology is also referred to as EDS (Elector Dermal Screening). It was first developed in the 1950's by a German Physician, Dr Reinhold Voll. He observed that traditional acupuncture points had a lower electrical resistance than other skin points. He developed a device to measure the skin's resistance at these points and found that each point had a standard measurement for all healthy people. He concluded that increases from this normal reading meant there was inflammation associated with that point. Decreases from the normal reading indicated there was fatigue associated with that point.
Dr Voll further discovered that he could influence the reading at a given point by introducing a substance such as a homeopathic remedy. He found that when a "healing remedy" was held by the person being tested, or placed in the computer circuit, he could bring the reading into balance. Hence, not only does EAV provide information about the energetic health of an organ, it also provides information about what natural remedies might correct the energetic problem (herbs, nutrition, homeopathics etc).
Today there are several instruments used for EAV testing. The device used by Dr Slonetsky is called Avatar. Dr Slonetsky uses the Avatar to assist in her assessments with patients by providing her with information about the general health of an organ or tissue of the person she is testing. She also uses it to guide her towards the remedies that will have the most beneficial effects for the patient.