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This course looks at the pathology testing that is becoming such a large part of naturopathic and nutritional practice. We also look at some standard pathology tests and how to interpret them from a naturopathic standpoint, as well as some functional pathology. We will run through tests in blood, stool, urine, and saliva.

We will look at the testing from 3 symptom pictures – Fatigue / Digestive Disorders / Nutritional and Food Testing.

So, if you have a patient with these symptoms or issues, which test would you / could you order? What will it tell you? Are there any limitations to the tests you run and which labs do them? The sessions will also cover the different pathology labs and how to contact them and set up accounts.


Session 2 will focus on those patients who have digestive issues. Which symptoms will suggest which tests? Which test is more indicated than the others? We will work our way through the digestive tract and look at the tests that are used for conditions at each stage of the gut. We will look at the information each test gives and look at what conditions they could be more useful for. This seminar is a very practical look at testing, and not an in-depth look at interpreting each test, more an overview of the disadvantages and advantages for each and when and how to order. What is covered in this session is –

Functional Pathology – What is it? Difference between Standard & Functional?

Assessments – Questionnaires / Dietary assessments

Tests to Run 

  • Stomach – Helicobacter Pylori Stool Antigen + blood + breath
  • Small Intestine – SIBO Breath Tests / Intestinal Permeability / Secretory IgA / Coeliac disease testing / Zonulin / Hepatic Detox Profile
  • Large Bowel – CDSA Level 1 to 5 / 3-day Parasitology / DNA testing / Microbiome mapping / Which labs do what?
  • Other – Organic Acids Test / Urinary Amino Acids

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