Comprehensive Blood Chemistry
Blood chemistries are the most widely accepted measure of your body's status in all of healthcare. How you interpret your world through your eyes is, in part, dependent on the links between your brain and the rest of your body. It is important to note that your eye directly connects via the optic nerve to your brain and is considered physically the most forward extension of your brain.The eye-brain connection is intimately connected to what is going on in the rest of your body.
Blood chemistries are a way of looking at the balance of your internal chemistry.
Our office uses Lab Corp for a variety of reasons. They are convenient with many draw stations throughout the Denver Metro area and provide quick results within 3-4 days.
We are interested in how your body functions. It is beyond our scope to look at disease detection or management. And, if we do see lab values that are out of range, we always recommend you contact your primary care physician, the expert in disease detection and management, for additional consultation.
Since we are looking at optimal eye-brain connections, we are interested in imbalances in the body chemistry that can affect those connections. For instance, high blood sugar can directly damage the tiny blood vessels in the eye and age the brain quite rapidly. Low blood sugar can also be a problem as there is not enough fuel for proper functioning of the eyes and brain.
Different types of anemias can also affect the blood's ability to carry oxygen to the brain and eyes. This is important because all tissues and especially high metabolism tissues like the eyes and brain need oxygen and fuel in the right amounts. It is best not to guess at this. You have to have the data to rule out functional imbalances affecting your eyes and brain.
That is why comprehensive blood chemistries are a necessary step in identifying imbalances in your internal chemistry.
Salivary Hormone Tests
The pathway to health has to include some assessment of your hormone systems as their imbalance has such wide ranging effects. Low thyroid hormones, for example, can be an important precursor to brain degeneration. Too much cortisol, the stress hormone, can damage the regulatory centers of the brain including short term memory.
In keeping with our theme of the more stressed your body is, the less likely it is to have comfortable visual processing through the eye-brain connection, it is important to consider your hormone status.
To efficiently process information visually, you must meet basic requirements. One of these is a normal tear film.
The tears coat the front surface of the eye allowing for a stable image to be formed on the retina which then can be processed by the brain. There are important relationships between estrogen and the tear film, another reason to consider hormone assessment.
Salivary hormone assessments have some important advantages over blood testing:
- it's easy to do multiple samples in one day for cortisol testing
- testing can be done in the privacy of your own home
- it is less expensive than blood testing
- measures the "free fraction" portion of the hormone, which is the active portion
- they have very high correlations with the blood based hormones
Advanced Food Sensitivity Testing
When you eat a food that your immune system is not compatible with, it can unbalance your internal body chemistry.
You may develop a symptom like a rash or have no symptoms at all. No symptoms is more problematic because you will have a hard time correlating a food you eat to any negative health effects.
The most suspicious foods for interfering with the eye-brain connection are gluten, dairy, soy and corn which can produce chemical messengers that create obvious brain symptoms like fog, fatigue, and sluggishness. Gluten intolerance can manifest in other ways such as learning difficulties, skin disturbances,and balance problems.
It is important to figure out which foods inflame your gut with specific testing for your needs. We test for all ranges of food issues regarding sensitivities, intolerances and allergies. We have selected the top three labs in the country based on their meticulous approach and their proven techniques in analyzing food sensitivity tests.
Leaky Gut and Microbiome Testing
The walls of your small intestine should only allow food that had been fully digested into the individual components of fats, proteins, and carbs into the blood stream. Your immune system recognizes this as normal.
When the the intestinal tract is irritated and inflamed, spaces open up between the cells lining the intestinal tract and allow undigested food to "leak" into the bloodstream. This creates internal havoc!
Your immune system makes antibodies to the leaky part of the intestine and the products that leak out. This creates a cycle of inflammatory chemical messengers that affect your brain and sets the stage for all sorts of problems in your body.
Since we are interested in how your eye-brain connection can be impaired by the imbalance of your internal chemistry, this is an important player.
Testing can identify if there are elevated antibody amounts to the proteins that bind the intestinal cells together. If there are elevations, this means that your immune system has been exposed to these proteins via breaches in the intestinal wall. Thus you can identify a leaky gut by measuring the antibody response to a protein that binds the intestinal cells together that the immune system should not be exposed to.
What causes a leaky gut?
Mostly inappropriate foods, environmental chemicals and microorganisms.
Leaky gut testing can identify the degree to which you have intestinal permeability and also whether or not bacterial microoganisms are involved. This is important as it shapes the foundation of the therapy to fix it.
You wouldn't want to neccessarily work on the balance of microorganisms in your gut if the main reason for intestinal permeability was inflammatory foods.
Gut microbiome testing has risen in popularity in the past few years. Given the sheer numbers and incredible influences on our physiology it is an important determiner of gut, body and brain health.
The mix of bacteria and other microorganisms in your gut can determine gut inflammation which lays the foundation for disease or health.
Nutritional Counseling and Dietary Analysis
Changing how you eat is not easy because there are so many other considerations that come into play when making food choices. Things like convenience, food prep knowledge, cultural and emotional states often override nutritional considerations when you select what to eat.
Your food choices are critical to the balance of your internal chemistry and as such, profoundly affect your eye-brain connection.Together, we can develop eating plans and food strategies that can be livable AND tasty.
GDV stands for Gas Discharge Visualization. It is a way to look at your body's energy signature by placing your finger on a glass plate and recording the energy emissions. Those electrostatic charges are applied to the plate and a sophisticated camera takes a picture and sends it to a computer for analysis.
Each finger is correlated with a part of your body. We can see energetic disturbances in the images that correlate with physical disturbances in the body.
The benefit of this is to look at which parts of your body are under stress and make adjustments in your lifestyle or your emotional responses so as to change the physical manifestation of those stressors that result in illness.
In addition, it is a way to see if the therapies that one chooses are having the desired effect on the energy of the targeted areas of the body.
Functional Healthcare Services
Dr. Terence A. Trinka
Optometric Doctor, Certified Nutritionist
"Thank you! Thank you for all of your help and support with getting me feeling like me again." -Sarah S.
26689 Pleasant Park Rd # 150, Conifer, CO 80433 (303)-838-9355 email@example.com
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