Functional Pathology Laboratory Tests
Functional Pathology can be used to identify biochemical and metabolic blocks in physiology and development of health conditions.
What is the difference between Conventional and Functional Pathology?
Conventional Lab testing is used routinely to identify levels of hormones, lipids, iron, etc in a blood sample, most of which is coverd by the Medicare system. Conventional testing is considered the Gold Standard as it is recommended to identify essential blood parameters. There are however, some limitations as functional pathology introduces a new paradigm.
Functional pathology measures metabolic blocks in physiology of the body, genetic variants, analytes not measured in conventional testing, metabolites of hormones and in numerous samples.
For example, progesterone, a hormone is conventionally measured in a blood sample. Progesterone can be measured in functional pathology in a blood, blood spot, urine, dried urine or saliva sample. This allows the health practitioner to differentiate between Progesterone that is protein bound or Progesterne that is free and bio-available.
Mental health conditions are typically diagnosed with the assistance of a Diagnostic and Statistical manual (DSM) questionnaire system. Integrative practiners can assess the levels of excitatory and inhibitory neurotransmitters in a single urine sample and additionally, measure drivers of mental health conditions like zinc and copper levels, pyrroles, hormones, MTHFR genes, etc.
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