Dr. Godby: Medical testing can find the source of what ails us

If you want to make dramatic improvement in your health in 2008, Dr. Chris Meletis, ND, recommends four simple laboratory tests before embarking on your health journey.  Meletis tells his patients, “Tests Don’t Guess.”

Organic Acid Testing
Because we are all biochemically unique, we all have different nutritional needs.  Urinary organic acid testing is a crucial step in determining exactly which nutrients your body needs.

Organic acids are compounds produced within the body in the course of metabolism. Metabolism determines state of health and is the result of a combination of: genes, nutrition, lifestyle, attitude and other environmental factors.

By identifying your metabolic problems, you can begin a targeted nutritional program to significantly improve your results.

Saliva Hormone Testing
Saliva testing is an easy, noninvasive, and reliable way of assessing bioavailable hormone status – the clinically relevant portion which the body can actually use.

Men and women of any age, even children, who are having symptoms of hormone imbalances, such as fatigue, insomnia, stress and immunity, should be tested.  Men and women over 40 may want to do a baseline test.

The five hormones monitored through saliva testing are testosterone, progesterone, estrogen (estradiol), cortisol and DHEA.  Hormones levels often become imbalanced through aging and stress.

One often underrated hormone, for both women and men, is testosterone.  The decline in male testosterone, commonly referred to as andropause, often begins in the 30s and eventually peaks, when symptoms are unmistakable, in the 50s and 60s.

Low testosterone levels in men are linked to low energy, decreased libido and concentration, insomnia, night sweats, depression, and, even hot flashes.

Males, especially with excess abdominal fat, should monitor estrogen levels since abdominal fat can often convert testosterone into excess estrogen, causing significant health issues.

Food Allergy Testing
Food Allergy Testing is one of my most important clinical tools to uncover hidden factors affecting patients’ health.  Patients will often deny having food allergies because they are unaware of IgG food allergies/sensitivities, which by definition are, hidden and delayed.  As a physician, it is difficult to design a nutritional program for patients without knowing if they have any hidden food allergies.

ELISA immunoassay testing, with a simple fingerstick, can identify low, moderate or high reactions to 96 of the most commonly eaten foods.

Iodine Sufficiency Test
Thyroid disorders are becoming epidemic in this country.  Weight gain, mood swings, thinning hair and other symptoms can be caused by hypothyroidism.

Noted iodine expert Dr. Guy Abraham has established a link between iodine deficiency and both hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism.
A user-friendly, oral loading test and collecting urine for 24 hours can detect iodine deficiencies.

Conclusion
Organic acid, salivary hormone, food allergy, and iodine sufficiency testing can help guide you on your journey to optimal health in 2008!

Dr. Dennis Godby, Doctor of Naturopathy, Sutter Medical Foundation.
He may be reached online or at his Sacramento Office (916) 446-2591

Dr Godby is also the  the author of
The Practical Guide to Overcoming Diabetes Naturally