During your initial visit, we will spend 60 minutes discussing your case, either in person or on Skype. This will include going over your pre-consult questionnaire, gathering information on the history of your illness and/or health goals. We’ll review previous lab work done, and develop a clear picture of your current symptoms, previous treatments and therapies you’ve completed. I will also review your current medications and supplements.
Once we have reviewed all the information I will give you my clinical opinion of your case, and how I would like to approach your specific situation. If I feel that lab work is necessary, I will outline what I think we should run and the process for doing that.
Finally, I’ll make recommendations for your beginning stages of treatment. This may include dietary modifications, lifestyle factors, herbs and/ or other supplements.
No consult would be complete without a discussion on tips for the kitchen and recipe ideas to get you started straight away! I usually have a secret stash of homemade raw organic chocolate for you to try too. Always a hit!
Follow up consultations
After your initial consult, follow up visits are anywhere from 2-4 weeks. These visits are shorter – typically around 30 minutes. During follow up consultations, we look at how you have been feeling since the previous visit; how things might have changed with the treatment plan; and identify what symptoms are better, which are worse/ new symptoms, and which are unchanged.
Proper follow up is an important aspect of your treatment because it allows us to monitor your progress and change therapies as necessary to ensure that your progression towards health is as quick and smooth as possible. As your health improves, you will need less frequent follow-ups.
Test it, don't guess it!
Functional lab tests help give a detailed record of how individual body systems are performing. They can pinpoint specific physiological imbalances, getting to the root of a health problem quickly. They identify imbalances and nutrient deficiencies and are used to develop a more targeted and personalised nutrition programme for you. I will only recommend a functional test if I feel it may beneficial to the outcome of your health issue.
At VINKA the tests utilised are international gold standard tests, that provide reliable results.
Some common tests
By doing a simple saliva test, you can discover your DNA blueprint and learn how well your genes are matched to your present diet and lifestyle. At VINKA I can teach you how to optimise your diet and modify your lifestyle to “turn off” or “down-regulate” genes that have the potential to cause harm and “turn on” or “up-regulate” the genes that help to prevent disease.
CDSA Stool Test
The Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis (CDSA) is an advanced non-invasive diagnostic tool for assessing gastrointestinal function. As the CDSA combines a large number of tests that evaluate the function of the gastrointestinal tract, a comprehensive picture of a patients gut health can be obtained. The analysis investigates digestion, metabolism, absorption and metabolic markers, pancreatic function, the balance of beneficial bacteria and the presence of pathological bacteria, yeast and parasites.
Thyroid Function Test
Thyroid deficiency is extremely common but can often go undetected or be improperly treated (based on standard thyroid tests available). Thyroid disorders can have significant effects on your energy level, sense of well-being, immunity, metabolism and ability to lose weight. Some of the most common symptoms of low thyroid are weight gain, depression, fatigue, non-refreshing sleep, brittle nails, constipation, diffuse hair loss, sensitivity to cold, significantly calloused heels, chronic yeast infections and even infertility.
Thyroid Assessment is a blood test that provides a thorough analysis of thyroid hormone metabolism. This test analyses serum levels of TSH, free T4, free T3, and thyroid antibodies.
Food Allergy Testing
If you suffer from fatigue, headaches, difficulty losing weight, insatiable food cravings, food addictions, trouble concentrating, or simply that ‘run-over-by-a-truck’ feeling that you just can’t shake, you may have food sensitivities that you are not aware of.
To test for food allergies and food intolerances, a simple pin prick blood test can be completed. This test takes the guess work out of people’s diets and help them to easily eliminate what foods their immune system is reacting to.
Organic Acid Testing (OAT)
Organic acids are metabolic by-products of cellular metabolism that can be measured in urine sample. There’s no need to go to a lab to draw blood. You can do the test yourself a home. This test looks at over 70 markers for overall health that can give answers to how well we burn fat, regulate blood sugar, make energy, make neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, and how well we detoxify. It can even test for intestinal bacteria overgrowth.
Functional Adrenal Stress Profile
This saliva test measures cortisol and DHEA, two of the major hormones put out by the adrenal glands. Checking cortisol and DHEA levels enables us to see how stress is impacting the body, and can provide clues as to other health issues in the body. Fluctuations in these hormones impacts reproductive hormones.
DUTCH Hormone Profile
The most comprehensive adrenal and reproductive hormone test available for both men and women who suffer from poor energy and hormonal concerns.
Organic acid markers have also been added to this test. Neurotransmitter metabolites will offer insights into symptoms such as mood disorders and fatigue, and will combine with markers for vitamin B12, vitamin B6 and gluthathione deficiency.
This is a dried urine test.
Blood and Urine Testing
When required appropriate tests can be requested from Pathlab such as cholesterol profile, iron status, complete blood cell count, and vitamin and mineral status. Some blood and urine tests can be performed on the spot during our consultation, e.g. blood glucose.
Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis
The Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) measures the mineral content of the hair. It is also a screening test to detect heavy metals in your body. It measures what is circulating in your blood over the time period that the hair has grown.
If you would like to order a test or require further information please contact the clinic.