Teenage Depression – Nutritional Testing

Nutritional Testing: Not All Tests are Equal

Embrace nature's curative elements.

Embrace nature’s curative elements.

Last week I was speaking about the link between nutritional deficiencies and depression and I suggested being tested. This week I want to ensure you don’t get wrong information and miss the answers you need. If you head off to the local GP they can certainly do blood and urine tests for you, but will they give you definitive answers? Not always.

Test Differences

For ten years I have been guided by  Dr Anne Small,  who has found that medical tests are definitely  not all equal. When I asked her about the discrepancies between the results from my local GP blood readings for magnesium and the 24hr urine test she had me do she explained. To simplify her explanation, the general tests will give a momentary blood reading, of the mineral level. However, the urine test averages out the levels through the day. This made a lot of sense to me, especially as I have come to know the signs when my magnesium levels are low. This fluctuates several times a day and has been the cause of muscle cramping all my life.

I also have bi-yearly tests for calcium, iodine, selenium and zinc, all done via the 24hr urine system. Of course I have all the other usual tests like D and B also. I can usually tell before I even walk into her office what the results will say, just by my symptoms.

Liver Disturbances Contributing to Other Physical Ailments

Like many people who have sensitivities I have had problems with my liver for years. I avoid all medication because most drugs have my liver screaming. At face value the usual liver (blood test) would suggest my liver is fine, unless I’ve had to take medication. However, when I first went to Dr Anne she had me do a Liver Phase test, which is a saliva test done throughout the day – one vial first thing in the morning, the second vial some time after taking caffeine tablets and the last vial  after taking codeine. By the end of the day it took 45 minutes to fill the vial, I just could not make saliva. The results came back showing neither of the two phases of the liver were working sufficiently to clear my body of toxins. As far as liver function blood tests are concerned nothing will show up until your liver is already in big trouble. Now that I am aware that this is a physical weakness for me, I make sure to always assist my liver with herbs etc.

So my advice to you is to look for a doctor who has an awareness of nutritional health and one who will do these valuable tests. It has made a huge difference to my life.

Good Luck,


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