Mitochondria are present in every single cell of our bodies, and their job is to create the energy that powers the cell. They can be thought of as the energy powerhouses that keep each cell functioning in the way it is designed to do.
Organs with a higher need for energy, such as the brain, liver and muscles contain more mitochondria per cell than found in other body parts. Mitochondrial activity can be negatively affected by nutrient deficiencies, or through exposure to toxic chemicals from the environment, processed food, personal care products or medications.
Almost all health conditions involve poor mitochondrial activity to some degree, and unless this function is restored, it is difficult to achieve optimal health.
Chronic mitochondrial dysfunction is always involved in diseases such as:
- Age related neurological disease, eg Alzheimers
- Malignant tumours and premalignancy
- Infertility and miscarriage
- Congestive heart failure and heart problems in general
- Muscular diseases
- Chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia
- Thyroid disorders
- Metabolic syndrome and fatty liver disease
And many other heath conditions.
Testing for mitochondrial dysfunction
Elspeth makes use of general pathology lab tests and specific functional pathology tests (primarily the Organic Acids test) to test for mitochondrial dysfunction, when necessary.
Careful symptom investigation can also point to poor mitochondrial activity, (just about every sick person is tired) so when cost is an issue, a standard program of diet, lifestyle practices and specific nutritional supplements will be used to restore optimal mitochondrial health as a foundation to any treatment.