At the Anne Darcy Clinic, we aim to not only reduce presenting symptoms, but to address the cause of the dysfunction in the body that produced the symptoms.
“I just want to feel well”, “I just want to have my energy back”, “I just want to lose the weight I have put on”, “I just want to feel happy and relaxed”, “I just want a good nights sleep”, “I just want to get rid of the pain”, “I just want to fix my skin”, “I just want……“,
is what people come in search of.
In reality, almost all chronic health conditions are caused by factors such as inflammation, oxidative stress, nutritional deficiencies, hormonal imbalances and/or toxin build-up. Complex conditions are a result of many factors and laboratory analysis when used with case-taking can be very useful in determining what is driving the condition. The key is deciding what tests to order, how to interpret the results and how to tie all the information together. This gives a clear picture of the presenting symptoms, their cause and a direction to follow to restore health naturally.
In the first appointment, case taking, client observation and information gathering will elicit a certain amount of information. For many people a treatment plan can be formulated from this information alone. However if results are not as thorough and quick as desired, or if there are obvious issues that require further investigation, then targeted laboratory testing may be required.
Targeted testing is used to establish what is causing or driving the condition, prioritise the treatment goals and monitor ongoing treatment success. While the disappearance of symptoms is a valid way of monitoring successful treatment, normalising of laboratory abnormalities can also be used to follow treatment and ensure the body is restored to health.
The type of test ordered varies according to the body system or suspected cause being investigated. Many tests are being done in medical practices and while often remaining within normal reference range, may not indicate optimum function in every individual. Reference ranges are based on results from a presumed healthy population and as the population falls into poorer health, research is indicating that these ranges are less reflective of optimal health.
Reduced performance in any part of the body is seen as an indicator of suboptimal function.
In the field of restoring health in a natural way, we prefer to ‘not wait’ for the results to fall outside the reference range indicating the development of an overt pathology or disease. Rather we want to recognise the shifts in test results that indicate suboptimal function, which we then use to formulate a treatment plan to restore function and therefore health.
Test results are used to ensure there is an effective treatment plan in place. Further testing may change the treatment strategy going forward. In addition, testing can provide education about the reason for the current state of health, valuable information for future disease risk and increase motivation to follow the treatment plan outlined.
As many diseases of modern life are closely linked to diet and lifestyle factors, the treatment plan in natural health care invariable means a major overhaul of diet and lifestyle. This requires great motivation and discipline. Feed-back from people who are acting on the results of pathology testing indicate greater incentive when the cause of their dysfunction is clear and future health is beckoning.
People just want to feel well!
It sounds simple and it really is. The key is to determine the cause. Instead of focusing on the name of the condition, focus on the cause, the underlying dysfunction. In restoring proper function, the symptoms can dissolve away.
In the absence of symptoms, is there a disease?