Functional Pathology

As a Naturopath, I may at times recommend functional pathology testing in order to gain a greater understanding into how a certain body system is functioning (digestive system, liver function, hormonal balance, etc.). These tests are very useful to identify imbalance and measure the success of your program.
Functional pathology tests are usually not Medicare rebatable and will incur a charge payable to the pathology lab.
Functional pathology tests can be of particular value for clients experiencing long-term symptoms or conditions that challenge obvious diagnoses and treatments. These tests have been developed to provide insights into biochemical function, rather than just focusing on the presence or absence of disease.


Functional pathology testing can be used to:

  • Establish the cause of disease or imbalance
  • Provide a tool for early intervention and management
  • Identify underlying causes of chronic unresolved symptoms
  • Establish base-line levels prior to commencing your treatment program
  • Monitor your progress and treatment efficacy

Examples of Functional pathology tests include (but not limited to):


The Gastrointestinal System
  • Complete Digestive Stool Analysis
    • Parasitology
    • Helicobacter pylori stool antigen
  • Functional liver detoxification profile
  • Intestinal permeability
  • Secretory IgA
Genetic Diagnostic Testing
  • Genosense genetic profiles
  • MTHFR gene test
  • Coeliac gene test
  • Haemochromatosis test
Hormone Profiles
  • Salivary hormones
    • Oestrogen (E1, E2, E3), testosterone, progesterone
  • Adrenal hormone profile
    • Cortisol, DHEA-s
  • Melatonin hormone profile
  • 2 & 16 urinary oestrogen metabolites
  • Thyroid hormone profile
    • TSH, fT4, fT3, fT3, Thyroid antibodies
Metabolic Profiles
  • Urinary amino acids
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Urinary iodine
  • Optimal nutrition evaluation
  • Urinary organic acids
  • Osteoporosis risk assessment (NTx)
Nutritional Profiles
  • Hair Mineral Analysis
  • Comprehensive urine elements profile
  • Vitamins, minerals and antioxidants
  • Toxic elements
Food Sensitivity Profiles
  • IgG, IgE and IgA Food panels (up to 96 foods)