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Welcome to a healthier life. Welcome to a healthier you.

Medicine has increasingly taken on a broader and deeper perspective about what health really means. Our understanding of how the body’s systems work together, of the importance of nutrition tailored to an individual’s body, and of the substantial distinction between genetic disposition and genetic expression continues to grow rapidly.

As more people take an active role in managing their health and as more focus on prevention, diagnostic tests provide the most complete picture of health that can help identify problems before chronic conditions and diseases develop.

We are all familiar with routine health tests of monitoring temperature, pulse and blood pressure. We are also aware that when things go wrong we are often scanned or have blood tests. What you may not be aware of is often the most sensitive screening is often urine or salvia. Often this is not easily available through conventional channels until the condition has become more serious, or often not all. Early diagnostic testing can help prevent a minor problem becoming a major one.

Unlike traditional labs that focus on disease pathology (or what made you sick), I use three international laboratories that offer comprehensive panels that combine standard and innovative biomarkers designed to provide a more complete understanding of specific biological systems. These can aid in understanding how you can achieve optimal health.

Which test?
I look at the whole person not just the presenting symptoms. Testing of the hormone system may be more relevant than say a digestive test, even though you may feel the discomfort in the digestive area. This is why choosing your own test can be complicated.

One of my key strengths is identifying the starting point and untangling the web.

As an example:

In physiological terms, stress refers to a bodily response to a stimulus that disturbs the normal physiological equilibrium of an organism. Stress stimulates cortisol and physiologic changes associated with the 'fight or flight' reaction - a response that can be life-saving in the short term. Chronic stress, however, can lead to depression, immune suppression, memory impairment, hormone imbalance, cardiovascular disease, and other problems. Identifying adverse effects of stress in the early stages can help to prevent more serious problems down the line.

One or a combination of suitable tests shown below may be relevant:


N.B This information is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant for use as diagnostic information.

Adrenal Hormones
Chronic stress can result in low DHEA and excessive or deficient cortisol, the identification of which can help steer treatment.

Imbalances of B vitamins, key minerals, essential fats and amino acids can impair a person's ability to cope with stress.

Amino Acids
Chronic stress increases the body's utilization of amino acids, depleting neurotransmitters and other important compounds.

Oxidative Stress
Chronic stress can deplete important antioxidant enzymes and promote free radical damage in the brain and other organs.

Female Hormones
Estrogens, androgens and progesterone can be compromised with stress, contributing to PMS or a difficult menopause.

Male Hormones
Because testosterone and cortisol share precursor hormones, chronic stress can result in androgen depletion.

Bone Health
Excessive stress can cause calcium to leach from the bones, increasing the risk of osteoporosis.

Cardiovascular Health
Chronic stress is a proven risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular problems.

Who provides the tests?
Biological Testing Service Test kits for Candida albicans and parasites etc

Food intolerance, hormone, vitamin and mineral testing etc

Results are provided within specified turnaround times depending on the complexity of the test usually between 5 and 14 working days.


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Janice Andersen is a natural health and well being specialist practicing in London, Oxford and Manchester offering; Naturopathy, Nutrition, Stress Management, Massage, Manual Lymphatic Drainage, Aromatherapy, and Reflexology.

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