Oligoscan is an in house testing system for minerals and heavy metals. Its an invaluable tool in clinic and I use it in almost every initial consultation . Why? Because like all testing it can give me some additional invaluable insights which can help me target what needs treatment as efficiently as possible.
There are lots of tests available however this also helps me focus on what if any further tests to order. For example if iron is at the low end of the range and a client is exhausted then I may order an Iron Panel to check if they are borderline anemic or they just have low iron stores and sometimes it’s both.
What does an Oligoscan tell me: The report gives me 20 nutrient minerals and 10 heavy metal levels and the ranges. For example it can tell me whether they are in the normal range or whether individual levels are high or low. Often its the correlations that can give you the most insight. For example many people have good levels of calcium but they have relatively low levels of magnesium. This means that they may be suffering signs of magnesium deficiency, such as cramping, fatigue and difficulty sleeping.
How does it do this: The test is based on spectrometer analysis and is a simple scan of the palm of your hand in four points. Spectrometer analysis uses the fact that every element on the spectrum has its own colour and this gives an indication of the overall composition. It also relies on parameters such as height weight and blood type to give accurate readings.
Why is this helpful: Once I have taken an initial case history and I have the Oligoscan report I can then target treatment effectively. If symptoms point to low immunity for example and key minerals such as zinc are low then ensuring adequate zinc supplementation as well as appropriate immune support will ensure that clients improve more quickly.
Monitoring of results over time is also helpful. There have been cases where just supplementing deficiencies hasn’t resulted in a change in levels. In these cases it is usually because their digestion is compromised and the key deficiencies can provide insight into which digestive pathways are compromised. In this case it is important to address the digestion and make sure that they client is absorbing effectively before giving further supplements. Every person is different and constantly changing which is why the testing if useful and necessary.
Like all tests the Oligoscan gives more information but still needs to be interpreted within the context of the client and their history. Usually if you focus on the symptoms that a client presents with and how they correlate with the results it’s most useful.
Spectrometer analysis has a long history of use and there are several studies that have been completed on Oligoscan which I have listed below if you are interested in further evidence about how well it correlates with other tests.
Studies evidencing the efficacy of the Oligoscan
The following studies have been undertaken to assess the efficacy of the Oligoscan.
2013 2 studies by Dr Marion Ljuba in Klagenfurst Austria.
On 650 samples over 8 months showed an acceptable correlation with blood tests.
On 200 samples over 33 patients showed sensitivity and reproducibility of results.
Dr Phillipe Marego dental medicine and micro-nutrients reviewing symptoms
versus Oligsocan results showed a 94% clinical correlation. Test panel was 100
patients and 100 samples.
A further three trials are pending publication on heavy metal evaluation ,
anti-ageing medicine and pain syndromes.
The Oligoscan test can be done separately within a short appointment for those who are interested. It can also be booked if you are working with other practitioners and just need the test. You can book in for the test on 8084 0081 if you are in the local area or you can go to the Oligsocan website to find a local practitioner at www.oligsocan.net.au .