Functional Pathology Testing (FPT) is our secret skin weapon. It helps us to get highly accurate and comprehensive answers regarding the causes of your skin imbalance. We find that it is most commonly a hormonal or gut imbalance, however, we have access to a huge array of specific private testing from the best labs around the world.
The FPT we recommend are specific to your individual case and therefore we only order testing based on the assessments of your Initial Consultation. We want you to have the most accurate pathology as it directly relates to your symptoms and presentation.
What FTP is commonly used?
There are many tests that we can order, but we most commonly utilise:
- Urinary hormones & their metabolites
- Liver Detoxification Panels
- Genetic Testing (MTHFR, Pyrroles)
- Comprehensive Stool Analysis plus Parisitology
Why overseas labs?
We only use the most accurate and state of the art laboratories. Generally we find that these are located in the USA.
Why not testing via Medicare?
These quality and information we gain from the FPT are drastically different from the Medicare available testing. This is due to the huge financial burden pathology weighs on the health system and the financial limitations on comprehensive testing. Where possible we do utilize Medicare covered pathology via your General practitioner (or one in our building), however in most cases these are not adequate to gain a full picture of optimal physiological function in relation to skin, especially if it is a long-term issue.
For example, the urinary hormone testing we recommend is far more sensitive than a blood test. It allows us to view not only the hormones, but most essentially their metabolites. As an example, we can view 8 forms of Oestrogen on urinary testing as opposed to the 1 available through Medicare.
How much does it cost?
Cost varies for each test. We generally only order one at a time to make it cost effective. Unlike other clinics, we do not put a mark-up price on the testing or interpretation of the test. You pay the lab directly.
Our most popular testing
Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parisitology
Complete Stool Analysis is commonly run for individuals experiencing:
- Diarrhoea or ongoing loose stool
- Alternating stools
- Cramping or digestive discomfort
- Excessive flatulence
- Acid reflux or heartburn
- History of antibiotic use (situational)
- Recurrent infections of the urogenital tract including, Urinary tract infections, Thrush and or bacterial vaginitis
- Food intolerance and allergy symptoms
Extensive Urinary Hormone Profile
Extensive Urinary Hormone Profile’s are commonly run for individuals experiencing:
- Hormonal pattern acne (practitioner to determine)
- Irregular periods
- Androgen excess symptoms such as hair growth pattern changes and excessive oil production
- Period pain
- Heavy bleeding, clotting or irregular bleeding patterns
- Acne related to stopping the hormonal pill
- History of ongoing stress/anxiety
How does test collection work?
Once Our Naturopath has identified the best testing for your specific case she will generate an email to be sent to you from our third party pathology company, allowing you to purchase and order your test kit. The kit will come in the mail with detailed instructions, the collection materials necessary and return postage.
Collection may be stool samples or urine spot samples across 2-3 days. These are painless, easy and straightforward to collect and Our Naturopath, the laboratory and detailed instructions will support you through the process. We recommend reading carefully through all the testing information, and then calling the pathology lab help line (Australian number) if you are unsure of anything.
What happens when the results return?
Once your results are processed (generally 1 month for stool and hormone testing). Our Naturopath will go through them in detail in a 45 minute consultation. You will be given a copy to keep for your personal medical records. A customised, easy to follow evidenced-based plan will be compiled for you by Our Naturopath. She will go through this with you so that it is all very clear. Your plan will specifically target the physiological imbalances identified that are causing and contributing to your skin condition.
Your plan may incorporate supplemental, nutritional, herbal, diet and lifestyle interventions and will be completely personalized and specific to your case and pathology results.
Most of our clients love getting their test results back and are really excited to finally get some answers and results!