Nutrition is the foundation of good health, oral and systemic alike. But sometimes there are barriers to our getting the nutrition we need.
Here in our office, naturopathic specialist Dina Wall offers a number of services to help patients optimize their nutrition or support their detox from mercury amalgam “silver” fillings, ischemic osteonecrosis of the jaw (cavitations), and other dental situations.
Nutrient Deficiency Testing
Nutritional deficiencies create the potential for long-term chronic health problems. Dina uses SpectraCell micronutrient testing to get a comprehensive analysis of your nutritional status.
This test looks at how well your body utilizes vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites, while conveying the body’s need for these micronutrients that enable the production of enzymes, hormones, and other substances essential for proper growth, development, and good health.
Food Sensitivity Testing
Food sensitivities can sometimes make healthful eating a bit of a minefield. Certain foods may trigger problems such as discomfort, fatigue, headaches, eczema, and inflammation.
The solution is to identify those problem foods so they can be avoided and then gradually be reintroduced to minimize symptoms. At the same time, we can look at addressing fundamental gut health issues that may also be fueling your sensitivities, including those that may be related to dental conditions such as the presence of mercury amalgam fillings.
When your body is burdened by toxins, you may eat a healthful diet and take supplements, yet still not be able to fully absorb the nutrients you need.
So we begin by doing a variety of tests to determine the right kind of detox protocol for your specific situation. This typically includes a thermal bio scan, as well as testing for nutrient deficiencies and the MTHFR gene mutation. (This gene impacts how well your body can metabolize folate and folic acid, which in turn affects your risk of heart disease, stroke, and other forms of cardiovascular disease.)
Looking at the results from these and other tests, Dina then crafts a customized detox plan for you, targeting the specific toxins involved. In addition to dietary changes and supplementation, the plan may also involve other modalities such as far infrared sauna and emotional release techniques.
Your progress will be measured every few weeks, with your plan adjusted as necessary so you get the most out of your program.