Get More Personalized and Comprehensive Treatment in the Dallas Area
When it comes to wellness, Dallas-based physician Dr. Ellen Turner emphasizes to her patients that "everything is connected." As a dermatologist, she routinely diagnoses and treats skin conditions that may be symptoms of larger changes or problems in the body. Her desire to see and treat patients as complex individuals prompted her to add wellness testing to the menu of services at her practice.
By using wellness testing—such as lab work performed on saliva or stool samples—the potential underlying causes of a variety of symptoms can be more accurately identified, leading to a more effective, comprehensive, and personalized treatment.
Regulatory molecules known as hormones control many processes in the body, playing a role in everything from weight gain and insulin production to sex drive and mental clarity. Hormones are ideally in balance, but life changes can throw them off, including situational factors (like stress or lack of proper sleep) and natural shifts (like menopause). Wellness testing via saliva samples can reveal the degree of a hormonal imbalance, providing valuable information when it comes to developing a plan to address the problem. Results may indicate a drop in estrogen, progesterone or testosterone due to aging, stress or life changes such as a pregnancy. Cortisol levels due to adrenal depletion after prolonged and sustained high levels of stress can also be a problem that can affect the skin. Possible solutions include nutritional supplements for a natural, non-pharmacological approach.
Heavy Metals and Other Elements
Lead, mercury, and other toxic metals found in the environment can work their way into the body, causing a host of physical and mental problems. Other elements—such as iodine and zinc—are important in small amounts, but can become unhealthy in larger concentrations. Wellness testing can identify the presence of unhealthy levels of certain elements, leading to a strategy for removing the toxins or developing a plan for treating the symptoms or damage. Blood spot or urine wellness testing can detect the presence of various metals, with specific tests working best to identify specific elements.
Some people are more prone than others to developing diseases that impact the heart and blood vessels. With both cardiovascular disease and adult-onset diabetes on the rise in the United States, it can be vitally important to understand how at-risk you are of a potentially life-threatening problem. Blood spot testing during a wellness check can reveal the presence of key markers that show someone is predisposed to diabetes and cardiovascular disease. While everyone should commit to making healthy diet choices and scheduling regular exercise, this wellness testing can serve as a call to action.
The state of the gastrointestinal system can have a dramatic impact on the rest of the body, specifically the skin, as its typical workings—as well as the microbiological environment maintained there—determine how well other areas function. So-called "gut health" is connected to everything from the obvious (digestive issues) to the unexpected (mental clarity). A stool test can help identify wellness issues related to the GI tract.
If you have particular health-related concerns, talk to Dr. Ellen Turner and her team about how wellness testing may be able to start you on the path to addressing them. There are many tests available to help identify the cause of the problem and start you on the path to improved wellness.