Nobody likes having medical tests, but the simple truth is that certain tests can save your life—or at
least improve the quality of your life. Tests are vital indicators of health and often catch problems before
they become advanced.
The following is a list of medical tests that most adults should have done as part of a regular physical
exam:
1. Blood pressure exam – The doctor checks systolic pressure (when the heart contracts) and
diastolic pressure (when the heart relaxes). This test is done to identify the 15% of the adult population
that suffers from hypertension, a leading cause of heart attacks and strokes, and to recommend a treatment.
It’s part of a regular physical, and most doctors will check your blood pressure every time you
visit the office.
2. Stool test/sigmoidoscopy – These tests may uncover bowel, colon, and rectal cancer, which can
often be symptomless. People who are 40 and older should have a stool test every 12 to 24 months. For
the sigmoidoscopy, consult your doctor about having it every five years, especially if you have a family
history of bowel or colon cancer.
3. Booster shots/immunizations – With a single booster shot, you can renew your immunity to
tetanus, diphtheria, and polio. Diphtheria is a bacteria that can cause potentially lethal heart and neurological
problems. Tetanus results if bacteria from soil, rust, or animal feces enters open wounds.
Everyone should get a booster every 10 years to renew the effectiveness of the vaccine. Women
should not be immunized while pregnant. With three injections spread out over several months, your
doctor will immunize you against Hepatitis B, the most common form of hepatitis. This serious and
sometimes fatal form of liver disease is passed on mainly by sexual contact, infected blood products,
dirty injection needles, and shared household items such as bathroom cups. All sexually active women
and men, as well as all health care workers and military personnel, should be immunized against
Hepatitis B. Most school boards immunize students in Grade 7. Everyone who lives in a chronic care
facility or who has a chronic condition such as bronchitis, emphysema, or heart disease – should get an
annual flu shot.
4. Sexually transmitted diseases tests – The test for gonorrhea is a Gram stain and a culture of a
cervical or urethral smear; for chlamydia, it’s a smear, culture or analysis. Syphilis, Hepatitis B, and HIV
are diagnosed through blood tests. If you have been sexually active with more than one partner in the
last year and live in an urban area, you are at highest risk for a sexually transmitted disease. But there
are other times to consider testing:
If you know or suspect your sex partner is infected
• Two months after entering into a new sexual relationship
• If you’re an intravenous drug user
• If there are signs of an unusual discharge from the penis or vagina, rash, warty growths,
pimples, itchiness or sores on the genitals, pain when urinating, persistent lower abdominal
pain
• If women experience changes in menstrual flow
• If women are pregnant
There’s controversy here. Some doctors say pregnant woman should have such tests, to protect her baby.
Others say chlamydia tests should be conducted along with every Pap smear.
5. Eye exam – The doctor is testing for farsightedness and nearsightedness, cataracts, dry eyes, and
irregularities. If a woman is pregnant, an eye doctor also looks for hemorrhaging, which could be a sign
of toxemia or diabetes. They also test for glaucoma, presbyopia, and to see how much magnification
you need to read. Everyone needs an eye exam every two to three years (annually if you have corrective
lenses), and everyone needs glaucoma and presbyopia testing annually once they turn 40.
6. Dental checkup – Dental decay is one of the most prevalent infectious diseases, and heart disease
has now been linked to periodontal (gum) infections. Dentists can also detect mouth cancer. Everyone
should have a dental checkup every six months.
7. Digital rectal exam – A physician can manually probe for nodules and lumps that could prove
to be colon or prostate cancer, which is now the second leading cause of cancer deaths in men. Men and
women 50 and up should have this test as part of a periodic checkup; those in high-risk groups should
begin at age 40.
8. Breast exam – The physician manually examines a woman’s breasts, armpits, and nipples for
signs of lumps and unusual tissue. Breast cancer is a leading cause of cancer death in women and affects
approximately 1 woman in 7 during a normal lifespan. Every woman should have it annually and
perform monthly breast exams on herself.
9. Thermography – This heat-sensing test can detect cells beginning to deteriorate, which can lead
to breast cancer. Many doctors are using thermography, combined with ultrasound, as a replacement
for mammograms because they can detect these cellular changes 8–10 years before mammograms, are
effective on dense breast tissue, breasts high in fat and breasts with implants. This combination of tests
has a 95% accuracy compared to 65% for mammograms and is radiation and pain free. Thermography
can also detect 200 other chronic conditions.
10. Bone Density – This scan of the bones can determine if bones are thinning and may need
more exercise or nutrients, such as calcium, vitamin D3, vitamin K2, silica, boron, magnesium, zinc
or potassium. Risk factors include hormone changes, chemotherapy and other medications, use of
steroids and antacids.
11. Pap smear – The doctor scrapes a few cells from the cervix for examination. If caught early
enough, cervical cancer can be completely cured without the invasive procedures associated with
other forms of cancer. All sexually active women and/or women 18 to 69 should have this test once a
year. If the test comes back normal three years in a row, you can have it done at longer intervals.
12. Blood Sugar Testing – Most people over the age of 18 should have an AIC blood test annually,
especially if body weight is above normal. A majority of diabetes and pre-diabetes is undetected,
which can lead to a serious and complicated condition, known as Metabolic Syndrome.
13. Heart Disease Testing – Blood tests for heart disease should include c-reactive protein,
homo-cysteine, triglycerides and HDL/LDL cholesterol ratio as a minimum (2 or 3 LDL to one HDL
is a good ratio). Other blood markers often tested include high levels of fibrinogen, glucose, insulin or
iron. Also, low levels of testosterone, magnesium, CoQ10 or antioxidants.
14. Checking for melanoma – If a close relative has had the deadly form of skin cancer known as
melanoma, you should keep a close watch on your moles. Visit your doctor for a skin check and ask
your partner to help you check for changes to the color, size, and shape of your moles.
15. Hormone Tests – Men and women should have a saliva test of their hormone levels, especially
after the age of 40. An imbalance in hormones, such as testosterone or estrogen can lead to heart
disease, sexual dysfunction and other uncomfortable or chronic conditions.
16. Electro Dermal Screening – This is a test of the electrical output of the cells in our organs. This
test can detect stressed or weakened cells before they become diseased, which allows doctors to use
natural/less invasive corrective protocols.
17. Food Sensitivity Test – This blood test by Alcat or US Biotech can determine which foods your
cells react to in a good and a bad way. Food sensitivities can cause gastrointestinal stress and many
other inflammation-based illnesses.
18. Acid/alkaline balance – This urine test can determine if you are pH balanced. A range of 7.0
to 7.4 vastly improves the body’s ability to ward off cancer and most other chronic diseases. Use pee
strips purchased online or at a pharmacy. Alkaline foods are mostly vegetables.