Tissue Calcium Test
By applying pressure to the thickest part of the calf muscle using a blood pressure cuff this test
attempts to induce a cramp in the muscle to see if there is enough free tissue calcium to deal with the
trauma. The cuff is slowly pumped to no more than 240 mm of pressure. The patient should be able to
withstand at least 200 mm of pressure. An indicator reading of less than 200 mm indicates too little
free tissue calcium.
In addition to bone density, functions of the calcium ion include:
• neuromuscular relaxation and excitability (helps heart functions)
• important in blood coagulation
• transmission of nerve impulses
• increases resistance to infections
• vital for pregnancy and nursing
• essential for children’s growth
Simply supplementing with calcium may not be enough! The most popular form of calcium sold is
carbonate which is extremely hard to absorb. In many instances taking calcium is not helpful either
because the person may have absorption issues or hormonal inability to mobilize calcium. All of these
bases are covered here at our office.
Oral Ph Testing
Many experts agree that oral pH should be kept between 7.2 – 7.4. Oral pH conveys the pH balance of
the blood. Similar to the water in a fish tank for example. If the pH is not balanced, fish will begin to get
sick and die. Treating each individual fish does nothing. Once the pH of the tank is restored many of
the sick fish come back to health. Our bodies work in a similar manner. Anything below 7.2 is
considered acidic which is not good. Acidity in the body other than the gastro-intestinal tract and
urinary tract which have to be slightly acidic to function optimally makes people prone to disease,
cancers, and many other disorders similar to the fish in a fish tank when it is not taken care of. An
acidic pH signifies a deficiency of alkaline ash minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium and also
could be a lack of the essential fatty acids. We test for these deficiencies with functional tests that are
more sensitive than a blood test which could easily hide them.
An acidic Oral Ph can result in:
• Dental problems like cavities and gum disease
• Tissues loosing calcium in an attempt to buffer the acidity
• Difficulty transporting calcium into the tissues due to a lack of good fats
• Anxiety, Air Hunger, Dehydration
• Gastric Dysfunction
• High Blood Pressure
• Difficulties managing stress and immune system weakness
• Premature aging and difficulties losing body fat
Zinc test is an oral test used to determine zinc status in the body. 10 ml of zinc sulfate are held in the
mouth for 10 seconds. If immediate grimace and bitter metallic taste is detected, the zinc status is
adequate. If it tastes like water and then builds to a metallic taste, then zinc status may be borderline
or inadequate. If there is no metallic or bitter taste whatsoever, then zinc status is low.
Symptoms of a zinc deficiency are almost too numerous to mention because zinc is an essential part
of hundreds of enzymes used throughout the body. Zinc is also essential to the synthesis of DNA,
RNA, proteins, insulin and sperm. Zinc makes testosterone and is needed for the production and
proper function of progesterone in women. Zinc is vital to proper skin function, and is also important to
the senses of taste and smell. Recent studies indicate it plays a role in supporting the immune system.
Every patient is tested for zinc at this office on the very first visit.
Zinc deficiency can result in:
• Male and female endocrine disorders including PMS, perimenopause, menopause
and low testosterone levels resulting in low libido
• Type II diabetes and insulin resistance
• Immune deficiency
• Skin disorders like acne and poor wound healing
• Gastric disorders due to a lack of enzyme activity
• And others
Postural Hypotension (Adrenal) Test
The systolic blood pressure is first taken while the patient is in a sitting or lying down position. Then
immediately after it is taken, it is taken again with them in a standing position. This measures a
transitory event. The systolic pressure should rise 6 – 10 mm. In adrenal insufficiency there is a failure
to rise, or a drop in the systolic pressure.
Our adrenal glands secrete hormones to help us manage stress among many other important
functions. The adrenal cortex secretes cortisol which mobilizes sugar from our tissues in times of
stress. Cortisol which is a corticosteroid is also secreted to help with inflammation and is important
during different times of the day. If you wake up feeling tired or have difficulty getting to sleep, or are
chronically fatigued you may have adrenal insufficiency.
For women who are menopausal these glands are extremely important, because they pick up where
the ovaries left off by making a small amount of progesterone.
For both men and women, DHEA a popular hormone supplement on the market today is important for
immune function, anti-aging, inflammation, physical performance and more. Unfortunately
supplementing with DHEA in this way without supporting the adrenal glands is very likely to elevate
estrogen levels in men and testosterone levels in women which would not be good. DHEA and cortisol
have an inverse relation. When the body is deficient in the nutrients needed to make cortisol, in order
to keep up with stress, the body will make cortisol at the expense of DHEA and progesterone,
resulting in a host of health problems ranging from increased cholesterol and body fat levels to
autoimmune disorders. Cortisol is the only hormone that increases with age – however this may not be
true in a healthy nervous system (think chiropractic).
The adrenal medulla secretes epinephrine and norepinephrine. These hormones help dilate the
alveoili in our lungs during times of stress so we can get more oxygen into our tissues. They also dilate
the pupils and act on our veins to help maintain normal blood pressure when we change positions.
Symptoms of Adrenal Insufficiency:
• Pain & Inflammation
• Autoimmune Disorders
• Chronic Fatigue
• Lightheaded upon changing position
(lying or sitting down to standing)
• Hypoglycemia, Insulin Resistance
• Lowered Immune Resistance
• Respiratory disorders such as Asthma
Thyroid Function & Your Health
Hypothyroidism which is an underactive thyroid gland affects women’s health in many ways. Whether
underactive (hypothyroidism) or overactive (hyperthyroidism), metabolism (all the processes by which
food taken into the body is transformed into energy) is affected.
Underactivity of this gland is more common in women than men. Over age 65, 20% of women show
underactive thyroid function when tested. There is a possibility of having an underactive gland that
does not show in testing. This is referred to as sub-clinical hypothyroidism.
Sub-Clinical Hypothyroidism: Common Symptoms
* fatique, need more sleep
* weight gain
* irritable bowel syndrome
* intolerance to cold
* cold hands and feet
* low basal temperature
* dry skin and hair
* hair loss
* brittle, dry nails
* poor memory and concentration
* lack of energy
* joint and muscle aches
* elevated cholesterol
* yeast infections
* lighter or heavier menstrual cycles
* and others
Women may experience these symptoms in conjunction with progesterone deficiency. The use of
natural progesterone cream may help to balance thyroid levels. It has been discovered that
overconsumption of soy products, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage and brussel sprouts can block thyroid
function. Consuming these foods a few times a week is advised. Poor nutrition, stress and lack of
exercise may lead to thyroid imbalance. Prescription drugs can also interfere with thyroid levels.
Synthetic progestins make the problem worse.
A diet rich in wholefoods and good nutrition will be of benefit to hypothyroidism. Eat foods that are
naturally high in iodine such as fish, kelp, dark green and yellow vegetables and potatoes. Eat foods
rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E, such as eggs, whole milk and whole milk products, plain natural
yogurt, unroasted pumpkin seeds, fruits, whole grains and raw nuts to help thyroid hormone
production. Calcium, Vitamin B complex, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C and zinc are also important. Essential
fatty acids are beneficial.
Foods that slow down thyroid function are: turnip, cabbage, mustard, soy, peanuts, pine nuts, millet,
cassava root, brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, peaches, and broccoli.
Consume these foods on an occassional basis only.
Exercise stimulates thyroid function.
Less common is hyperthyroidism in which too much thryoid hormone is produced. This speeds the
body up and can cause heart palpitations, a rise in core body temperature, tremors, increased
appetite, loss of weight, brittle fingernails, diarrhea, exhaustion, weakness, sleeplessness, enlarged
thyroid, chest pain, low tolerance to heat and muscle pain. Grave's disease is a form of
Allergies to foods such as milk and other dairy products, wheat and chocolate may contribute to this
disease. Caffeine, nicotine and mercury tooth fillings may cause overactive thyroid. Extreme stress
and hormonal changes, bowel infections and digestive problems also may cause hyperthyroidism.
In this condition the problem is overproduction of thyroid hormone so foods that are to be avoided with
hypothyroidism are actually beneficial; so cabbage, broccoli, turnips, peaches, pears, spinach and
turnips are good because they reduce thyroid hormone production.
Iodine Patch Test
Why are iodine levels so important? Low levels of iodine mean your thyroid isn’t functioning properly.
The thyroid helps balance hormones, regulates heartbeat, stabilizes cholesterol, maintains weight
control, encourages muscle growth, keeps menstrual cycles regular, provides energy, and even helps
you keep a positive mental attitude. Women are naturally prone to iodine deficiencies. That’s because
the thyroid gland in women is twice as large as in men – so under normal circumstances, women need
more iodine. However, when women are under stress, the need for iodine can double or triple. Yet the
foods we eat contain less and less dietary iodine. For example, back in 1940, the typical American
diet contained about 800 micrograms of iodine. By 1995, that amount plunged to just 135
micrograms. That’s an 83% decline.
This test is to determine if the patient is need of organic iodine. Since the thyroid needs iodine to
make T-4, a low intake of food and plant iodine can cause hypothyroid function.
The test is as follows:
Take Tincture of Iodine (purchased at a pharmacy, orange color), and at bedtime use the applicater in
the bottle to paint a 3 inch by 3 inch patch on the underside of the forearm, the inner thigh or the
abdomen. In the morning check to see if: 1) no color left; 2 color is grayish; 3) pale yellow; 4) bright like
In the morning if there is no color left you most likely are iodine deficient. If there is still some color left,
note when the color is gone. The sooner the color fades the more deficient you may be. If color
remains until bedtime you are most likely not deficient.
There is the possibility that you could be borderline hypothyroid, in which case your blood tests may
not be conclusive and you may benefit from a natural and alternative approach to addressing the issue.
Our doctor who is acquainted with this test will monitor how much iodine you will need and in what form
to regain normal iodine levels.
Barnes Thyroid Test
Sometimes blood tests do not accurately determine thyroid function. A person’s thyroid hormone
levels in their blood may look adequate, yet they may have hypothyroid symptoms such as weight gain,
fatigue, constipation, dry skin, sensitive to cold, falling hair. This is because blood tests do not
measure the function of the thyroid hormones in the tissues. They measure the transport system (the
This test is an excellent way to determine thyroid function using basal body temperature (the body’s
temperature at rest). If the thyroid is running low, the body’s temperature will drop below normal while
the body is at rest or asleep.
This test is performed by placing a basal thermometer by your bedside and in the morning when you
awake lie still with the thermometer under your armpit. Keep it there for 10 minutes. A temperature
below 98.2 degrees Fahrenheit may indicate a functioning low thyroid gland. A mean average
temperature of between 98.2 degrees F and 98.8 degrees F is considered normal.
Repeat this method for three to five days. Do not do during the menstrual cycle. Add the temperatures
together, divide by number of days taken to calculate the average temperature.
Posture Screen Mobile Postural Analysis
Posture is a window to our health. That’s because what we see in the mirror is caused by what is
happening underneath the skin. 1994 Journal of Pain Management – “Spinal pain, headache, mood,
blood pressure and lung capacity are among the functions most easily influenced by posture.”
Posture Screen Mobile using an ipad provides an objective computerized assessment of a person’s
posture. There is no guess work here. A digital image from the ipad's digital camera is downloaded
into the Posture Screen Mobile App which analyzes postural balance from your ears to your ankles,
making obvious to both doctor and patient where your structure is off.