There are three fairly standard appointments that Dr. Graham likes to have with a new person. This can vary depending on particular circumstances, but over the years Dr. Graham has found that this approach works well in evaluation and treatment. A description of these visits are as follows:
1) Initial consult – Usually ½ hour. Before your first visit you will be given a Health Questionnaire to fill in. During the initial visit Dr. Graham will not only discuss your primary health concerns but will also go through many questions to do with such things as; your present health, family health, health as a child, diet, activity level, quality of sleep, and others aspects of your overall health. At the end of this visit a decision will be made as to what the best next step to take may be. As diet is at the foundation of all other aspects to do with one’s health, Dr. Graham very often recommends an in office Food Sensitivity Assessment or Screen.
2) Food Sensitivity Assessment – Usually about ¾ of an hour. Food sensitivities can be different than typical food allergies in that with a food sensitivity there may be no immediate noticeable symptom such as with a classical IgE mediated allergic reaction that can be extreme to the point of anaphylaxis. Food sensitivities are most often a product of the state of our GALT, (Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue). This is a huge amount of lymphatic tissue in our small intestines that comprises 60-70% of our body’s total immune system. What happens here, the ratios of specific bacteria and yeasts, the levels of inflammation, the competence of our digestion, absorption and intestinal barrier, has a hugely profound effect on our overall health.
Food sensitivities can cause issues with hypo-immune function such as seen with people who suffer long intractable colds that seem to never fully resolve, or they return to sickness shortly after they appear to be well. They can also trigger hyper- immune or autoimmune responses. These type of problems are vast and on the increase, and include health issues such as eczema, asthma, Crohn’s disease, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis to name a few. Food sensitivities can interact and affect hormonal issues such as menopause and depression and may even play a part in health issues such as cancer and cardiovascular disease. Identifying and eliminating food sensitivities for a period of time often improves the function and state of the gut/immune system, and in doing so can help in the restoration of overall health. After a period of time usually two months often a good number of food sensitivities may become OK to include back in one’s diet.
During this appointment Dr. Graham will also help you with a list of substitutes for the removed foods, and formulate with you a “working diet plan” for the elimination period. Often in the first week of diet changes there is a 5-10 lbs. loss of water weight, and where the first several days may be an adjustment, ( you may feel somewhat achy and possibly a little fatigued), by the end of the week one’s sleep, energy, and overall health issues are improving.
3) Organ screen – The third visit involves another in-office test called an organ screen. This test allows Dr. Graham to bio-electrically assess organ balance or function. While blood tests can be helpful to measure organ failure such as with the thyroid gland, kidney, and pancreas, these types of tests usually only show a problem when the gland has been substantially compromised. For example there has to be a loss of 50-60% of kidney function before any changes will show on a blood test. If areas are identified for you on this test it often means that that organ or gland may need a little short term support or a “tune-up.” An analogy would be something we do all the time, take your car in for a regular oil change and tune up. A hard working organ, such as your liver which is responsible for over 1000 different functions, works more effectively and efficiently if periodic strategies are used to keep it in top form.
Suggestions and recommendations will be made to help specific areas.
Testing –the testing method for both the food and organ screen is accomplished by using a machine called a VEGA electro-dermal test machine. This machine, manufactured in Germany, was developed by a German dentist in 1977. Using a testing stylus that has a blunt tip resembling a large ball-point pen, Dr. Graham will apply gentle pressure to an acupuncture point on your toe while you hold a ground to the circuit. There is no shock or discomfort, but the machine reads an electrical response from your body, similar to a bio-feedback measure. Ampules containing foods or vitamins, or organ extracts can be entered into circuit with your bodies electrical system (there are standard medical electrical tests, EKG, EEG, EMG that are used routinely to measure electrical responses all over the body). Your particular electrical response gives Dr. Graham more information regarding your diet and over-all health picture. There are other forms of testing using blood, saliva, hair, and urine. These are mostly sent out to labs that do specific specialized testing. If there is a concern, such as heavy metal retention, which may be measured more effectively by using one of these other methods Dr. Graham will discuss this situation with you.