Measuring the condition of your health provides another kind of information than making disease diagnoses - it also requires other types of analyses.
Most analyses performed in the hospital sector are designed to make a diagnosis with reference to specific diseases. Such analyses are very valuable but they do not provide a complete picture of the state of the particular individual's health. In "Integrates Medicine" (see British Medical Journal 2001: 322: 10. jan., which has designated a whole issue to integrated medicine), they try to reach longer than a diagnosis of specific diseases. The individual is regarded as a whole and various social and mental factors, nutrition, and biological function are being measured in order to try to get a more complete picture of the health status of the particular individual - i.e. a more extensive ambition than just making disease diagnoses. Along with this interest in more extensive and different information, various methods have been introduced and they are put to use by many althernative therapists.
Unfortunately, these methods are often hardly tested scientifically and often conclusions are made that can be questioned - as to both the truth and value of them. I often get questions from my patients about various methods and here I will try to list some of the methods often used.
Analysis methods of special interest to althernative therapists:
- Hair analysis
- Microscopic blood analysis
- Heavy metals
- Reactions to Candida
- Free radicals and antioxidants
- Energy status
- Fatty acids
- Organic acids