Functional Testing

Functional tests can be useful in assessing many aspects of your health associated with having strong bones and also for monitoring the ongoing progress of bone building therapies.

SpectraCell Micronutrient testing is a blood test is a blood test that can be used to determine specific vitamin and mineral deficiencies within the cell where it is required for optimal health.

It measures 35 selected vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other essential nutrients needed for bone health and overall health and wellness.

Many people eat well and lead a healthy lifestyle, yet vitamin and mineral deficiencies may still occur.  Why?

    • Biochemical individuality: Each of us is unique and the nutrient requirements for one person may be different from another.
    • Absorption: If you do not absorb vitamins and minerals properly, you can have deficiencies.
    • Chronic Illness: Health conditions can be affected directly or indirectly by nutrient deficiencies
    • Aging: Our nutrient requirements at the age of 40, 50 and beyond are very different than what they were at the age 30
    • Lifestyle: excessive physical activity, prescription drugs, smoking, alcohol and sedentary habits all impact on nutrient demands.

The SpectraCell Micronutrient test can help determine what your unique body needs.

    Digestive Stool Analysis can help to uncover certain conditions affecting the digestive tract. It can effectively identify enzyme insufficiency, inflammation in the GI tract, gut flora imbalances and overgrowth of yeast or pathological bacteria.  Any one of these issues can impair digestion and absorption of essential nutrients needed for bone health and optimal wellness.

    Clinical indications for GI testing:

      • Burping, gas, bloating
      • Heartburn, indigestion, reflux
      • Constipation, loose stool/diarrhea
      • Abdominal pain
      • Unexplained fatigue, brain fog 
      • Mood disorders, depression, and anxiety
      • Skin problems, like acne and rashes
      • Autoimmune diseases

    A Digestive Stool Analysis is an essential tool for achieving optimal health of the bones and the entire body

      Adrenal Stress Index is a saliva test that evaluates the cyclic release of stress hormones from the adrenal glands. Cortisol is the primary stress hormone produced by the adrenal glands. Excessive production of cortisol or elevated levels at the wrong time of the day, can create many dysfunctions in the body, including bone loss.

        • Abnormal release of stress hormones are known to compromise tissue healing by reducing tissue repair and increasing tissue breakdown
        • The adrenal rhythm also determines how well we build bone. High cortisol levels in the morning and/or at night, impair the rebuilding of our bones and make us more prone to osteoporosis. 

      The adrenal rhythm can be affected by environmental and dietary influences, anxiety and emotional stress. 

      Bone Biomarkers – There are several different bone biomarkers that can assess bone resorption and formation.

      Useful for:

        • Assessing current state of bone loss and formation
        • Monitoring bone therapies

      Surgery Rehabilitation

      While providing rehabilitation after my two hip surgeries, Susan also educated me in the importance of proper nutrition for strengthening my bones and improving my bone density. She encouraged me to eat an alkaline-based diet and to eliminate the junk food I was so fond of. Not only did I heal quickly, but also the doctors were amazed by the rapid bone growth as noted on my x-rays. I continue to include chia and pumpkin seeds in my diet, as well as other foods that are alkaline based. I honestly have Susan to thank for this complete transformation in my diet which has allowed me to go back to wearing heels which I thought I would never be able to do again. Nutrition matters. I am a perfect example of good bones from good food!” ~R.G.

      Osteoporosis Nutrition

      After being diagnosed with osteoporosis, I began sifting through all the information available on nutrition and osteoporosis, but it was confusing and time consuming. Even though I thought my diet was good, Susan gave me advice on how to make it even better! I benefited very much from Susan’s nutritional advice and guidance for safe and effective exercises. My recent bone scan showed improvements in both my hip and my spine, so I am encouraged that all the changes that I have made are working! ~ M.R.

      Prescription Holiday

      Initially, I went to Susan Brady because my family doctor told me to take a holiday from the prescription bone density medicine that I had been taking it for many years. I avoid dairy since I am lactose intolerant and sensitive to dairy protein. I was confident that Susan could recommend a superior quality calcium, balanced with other supplements that would help provide the nutrients I needed for bone health. In addition to recommendations for supplements, she has evaluated my diet and my exercise regimen, making suggestions as needed. With guidance from Susan I have been able to maintain bone health without additional bone density medicine for several years now. ~K.N.

      Alkaline Based Diet

      While providing rehabilitation after my two hip surgeries, Susan also educated me in the importance of proper nutrition for strengthening my bones and improving my bone density. She encouraged me to eat an alkaline-based diet and to eliminate the junk food I was so fond of. Not only did I heal quickly, but also the doctors were amazed by the rapid bone growth as noted on my x-rays. I continue to include chia and pumpkin seeds in my diet, as well as other foods that are alkaline based. I honestly have Susan to thank for this complete transformation in my diet which has allowed me to go back to wearing heels which I thought I would never be able to do again. Nutrition matters — I am a perfect example of good bones from good food! ~R.G.

      Proper Exercise and Nutrition

      “Susan Brady is very knowledgeable about osteoporosis. In 2016, I was diagnosed with osteoporosis in my lower back. Through proper exercise and nutrition, Susan was able to guide me towards a regimen that would in turn almost reverse my symptoms. Because of her method, I have been able to curb my bone loss, gain strength, and improve my overall health. I feel that I am on the road to a happier, healthier lifestyle thanks to Susan.”~ B.L.

      Goodbye Osteoporosis!

      Guess who no longer has osteoporosis in her spine?? DEXA says now -2.4 osteopenia where was -3.2 before. HUGE improvement. No medication, just exercise and nutrition. I still have a ways to go with my hips and femoral neck, but this is really great news for me! ~D.S. 

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