Specialized Assessments

Clients generally start with a 2-hour comprehensive assessment with the nurse practitioner, Carla Peppler.  The assessment includes a review of symptoms, medical and surgical history, pharmaceutical medications and natural supplements, lifestyle choices, job history, exposure to potential toxicities, diet history, previous blood work and test results, BIA and blood pressure lying and standing.  Depending on the client’s health goals and symptoms, a number of specialized assessments may be done to enhance the data gathering process including blood work, live blood cell analysis, arterial screening with the CASPro, hormone saliva testing, food allergy testing, heavy metal challenge test, etc.  Based on the information gathered and the client's desired health goals, a treatment plan is jointly developed.

Arterial Screening-CASPro Testing

One out of two people have some form of heart disease.  Every 34 seconds someone suffers a fatal heart attack. Knowing your personal risk profile for cardiovascular disease will allow you to take the proactive steps necessary to slow down or stop the progression of this leading killer.  The good news is that heart disease is a life style disease that can be prevented and reversed.  The science behind this reversal is a combination of cardio pulse wave detection and analysis and treatment.  The source of intense study that resulted in the awarding of the Nobel Prize in 1998 has resulted in this new detection methodology and treatment.  The Hearftul Wellness Centre has this technology.


Body Composition

Research has shown that body composition correlates directly to a continuum of health, ranging from mortality and morbidity to immunity, longevity, high function and athletic performance.  Body composition analysis is the clinical assessment of tissue and fluid compartments in the human body.  These include: fat mass; fat-free mass; body cell mass; extracellular mass; total body water; intracellular water; and extracellular water.  A normal distribution of tissue and fluid in the body is associated with immunity, high function and longevity.  An abnormal distribution of tissue and fluid in the body is associated with susceptibility, effects of disease and aging, low function, morbidity and mortality.

EAV Testing

Electrodermal screening uses electronic devices to measure the electrical resistance at numerous points on the body. This technology is not an instrument used to diagnose disease. It does however measure the electrical current moving through the acupuncture meridians and as such gives information about the bioenergetics of the body. It is an instrument of physics, not chemistry.

Heavy Metal Challenge Test

We are all exposed to heavy metals.  Lead, mercury, arsenic, cadmium and aluminum are among the most toxic and prevalent. They have multiple and overlapping mechanisms of toxicity:  They increase free radical production; they poison enzyme systems; they directly damage DNA; they disrupt the endocrine system; and they damage mitochondria and cell walls. There are several ways to determine one's exposure to heavy metals and estimate the body burden of heavy metals. Hair, blood and/or a provocation urine test may be used.

Hormone Saliva Testing

Saliva tests measure “free” hormones (2 to 5% of the hormones in a person’s body), which are the hormones that are available to go to work for you – stimulating receptor cells and carrying out the tasks they are designed to perform.  In contrast blood testing generally measures the “total” hormones, which includes those hormones already bound to protein and unavailable for your cells to use.

Live Blood Cell Analysis

Live blood cell analysis is a blood test carried out by extracting a minute amount of capillary blood from the finger tip, placing it on a slide and then observing it through a high-powered microscope.  This technique has been in use since the 1920's and provides observable data via a video screen.

Food Allergy Testing

Allergies and other hypersensitivity reactions to foods and aeroallergens are characterized by elevated allergen-specific antibody levels in the affected individual’s blood.  IgE antibodies are found primarily in mucous secretions.  An IgE reactions occurs immediately after exposure to the allergen – a food or inhalant. IgG antibodies represent the most prevalent class found  in the blood.  The inflammatory process is gradual and may take anywhere from several hours to several days which is why this type of reaction of called delayed.

IgA antibodies can provide additional information to identify suspected food or inhalant  triggers.  IgA represents a primary immune reaction with a half-life of about 5 to 6 days when compared to IgG – which has a half-life of 20 to 24 days.  We take a small blood sample and analyze IgG and/or IgA reactions to determine food and/or inhalant sensitivities.   For more information go to www.USBiotek.com