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Complex Testing Provides
a Foundation for Healing

Alternative Health Center of Cary, was established in 1992 by Dr. Darlene Holloway, ND, LMT, CT, SIT. She and her colleagues provide an extensive range of therapies, including colon hydrotherapy, ion detoxification, structural integration, infrared sauna, lymphatic drainage, deep tissue massage, reflexology, biofeedback, Swedish/ therapeutic massage, and ear candling.

Dr. Holloway explains treatment options to a client who has tested positive for Lyme Disease.

We asked Dr. Holloway to describe the extensive testing that is embedded in her work with her clients

“Sometimes a client’s ailments are baffling and conclusions are elusive,” she observes. “We always begin our client assessment with a complete history, including a detailed descrip-tion of their symptoms. I do a visual check, as well as an emotional scan, since we try to address the whole person—body, mind, and spirit. Emotions can definitely affect the physical body, and vice-versa.

“We offer urine testing in the clinic, checking for parasites, heavy metals, and yeast. This testing doesn’t identify the kind of parasite; therefore, we offer an extended GI panel, with stool and saliva testing. The GI panel testing does check for specific parasites, different bacteria, yeast, and more.

“A breath test checks levels of hydrogen and methane gases. Both gases must be tested to get reliable, conclusive results. Elevated levels indicate Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO, a very serious digestive problem that can be treated successfully, if diagnosed correctly. A SIBO diagnosis indicates that bacteria have migrated from the large intestine into the small intestine, which is a relatively clean place. This creates uncomfortable symptoms such as abdominal pain, bloating, gas, and diarrhea. The symptoms are very similar to irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Treating SIBO

“Treatment for SIBO is complex,” Dr. Holloway explains. “It’s related to how long the client has had the presenting condition, and how long it’s gone undiagnosed. You have to take specific antibiotics and/or supplementation to reduce bacterial growth. Additionally, the vagus nerve needs to be stimulated through colonics and enemas; and there are certain gag reflux exercises that need to be done.

“And there are other considerations: for example, someone who has SIBO can’t use regular probiotics, but needs a soil-based product, or their symptoms could get worse. A FODMAP diet, which is very restrictive, should be followed because it really alleviates symptoms.”

Comprehensive Testing

Dr. Holloway explains that Alternative Health Center clients fill out a four-page history form, that is divided into different categories of the body, providing a complete look at what the client is experiencing. And their diet is examined carefully so that any existing food irritants can be removed.

“Based on symptoms we find,” she says, “we may test for Lyme’s disease, which is quickly reaching epidemic levels. Almost every fourth person who walks into our clinic has or has been diagnosed with Lyme’s disease. The problem is, if a client has been exposed, and they’re not tested within a certain number of days through the Western blot or ELISA test, they will get a false negative. Once Lyme’s is chronic, the tests will not pick up the disease and the client will get misdiagnosed—and will not get the help they need.”

Treating Lyme Disease

“There’s controversy about whether a Lyme’s disease client should be put on antibiotics or have different treatment,” notes Dr. Holloway. “Some say that antibiotics are the only way to treat the condition. But if you keep a client on antibiotics for five or six years, it’s going to damage their body.

“The approach we take,” says Dr. Holloway, “is that, if we’ve missed the window of opportunity to treat the condition with antibiotics, we detoxify the entire body, supplementing with herbs and a combination of ion cleanse, ozone therapy, chelation therapy, colonics, enemas, and/or saunas. The condition needs to be addressed on every level. Lyme disease is like a wine screw that screws down into the cells, affecting every organ, every system in the body—even the heart.”

Other Assessment Tools

“A further effective method of accessing a client’s health occurs during colon hydrotherapy,” observes Dr. Holloway. “Matter is released through the tube, and often we can assess client problems in that process. Bacteria can’t be seen, but we can determine if there are heavy metals or worms, if the person is breaking their food down properly, or if they are passing blood. All of these conditions raise a red flag.”

Dr. Holloway notes that “muscle testing, or applied kinesiology, is another method enabling us to check different organs and confirm where a problem is. The test reveals which organ will respond to which supplement. For example, if I suggest using an enzyme and I have a question about whether the client can tolerate this approach, I will muscle test the client with several different enzymes to determine the best fit.

“And, of course,” she concludes, “I always ask clients if they’ve had any previous testing done, because I might be looking for things that their traditional doctor may not be looking for. Those earlier tests can be invaluable. All health care providers should work together for the client’s benefit, sharing information.”