After a small sample of hair is taken from the back of the neck it is analyzed at a certified lab. Toxic metals are accurately measured this way. Examples are; lead, mercury, cadmium, arsenic, and aluminum. Physiological minerals are also measured; calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, copper, manganese, zinc, chromium, selenium and phosphorus are examples. Much research has accumulated over the years demonstrating the critical roles these minerals play in our health. Besides mineral levels, mineral ratios can be revealing. For example, a high Ca/K ratio can reveal a potential or present imbalance in the thyroid gland. Although hair analysis is not diagnostic, it can reveal valuable information that can be evaluated in the light of other testing methods.
The Meridian Stress Assessment System measures energy flow through meridian systems in the body. Many of these are likened to traditional acupuncture meridians. It is a painless procedure whereby energy meridians are evaluated at points on the hands and feet. Once again this is not a diagnostic procedure. However, many natural health care practitioners find it a valuable adjunct to more traditional ways of evaluating balance/imbalance in the body. Meridians associated with the skin, nervous system, musculoskeletal system, respiratory system, cardiovascular, digestive, and nine others are evaluated in a single procedure.
Blood and Urine Testing
A requisition for specific tests is filled out by Dr. Vitko. Then the patient carries the requisition to a Labcorp draw station where skilled phlebotomists obtain the samples and send them to the laboratory for testing. Result are sent to Dr. Vitko for evaluation. Dr. Vitko is a member of the Physicians Co-op and receives discounted fees for laboratory tests ordered. Because so many patients do not have health insurance today, he passes this discount on to you.
The initial visit is a minimum of 1 hour long. Dr. Vitko takes a thorough case history, performs the appropriate Chiropractic evaluation including orthopedic or neurological testing, and makes his recommendation to give treatment or perhaps the patient is best referred to a medical professional for further tests or treatment.
Evaluation of X-ray, MRI, CT Scans
Dr. Vitko no longer has an X-ray unit on site. However, he may request any of these imaging techniques when they are necessary. If any of these diagnostic imaging methods are done he will request to see the images for his own interpretation and also to see the radiology report from the facility that performed the test.