AIMA is delighted to invite you to our next AIMA Auckland Monthly Meeting.

Best-in-Class Functional Testing to Improve Patient Outcomes with Libby de Franco from FxMed

The benefits of Antigen & Complement testing combined and an overview of one of the most comprehensive stool tests currently available.

When:   Wednesday 17th November 2021. Arrive 7 pm for networking and light refreshments, the presentation starts at 7.30 pm and concludes at 8.30 pm.

Where:  Marcellin Room, St Columba Centre, 40 Vermont St, Ponsonby – parking available onsite behind the Centre.

Tickets: $20 or $10 for students (drinks and light refreshments included). This is an in-person event.  Tickets must be pre-booked. Click here to purchase. The session will be filmed and ticket holders will receive an email after the event with a link to the recording along with presentation notes.

Research shows immunoglobin G (IgG) reactions to food occur in over 80% of the population. IgG reactions are hard to detect due to being delayed, taking days to occur. The types of symptoms are not often commonly associated with food reactions, including: headaches, joint pain, insomnia, cravings and fatigue. These reactions can significantly impact gut health, causing gut permeability and insufficient IgA. If a food causes both an IgG reaction and a complement reaction, inflammation in the body multiples from 1,000-10,000 times. KBMO’s Food Inflammation Test and Precision Point’s Precision Allergy 88 combine both, testing for food reactions and the resulting inflammation. Precision Allergy 88 contains IgG and complement markers, in addition to “true allergy” IgE reactions and IgG4, which can effectively block IgE allergies. KBMO’s FIT 132 contains spices, including some commonly used therapeutic agents like turmeric, peppermint, and ginger that are intended to help, but that may actually be causing inflammation in the body.

The GI360 by Doctors Data Inc is a best-in-class complete gut panel, using multiple methodologies to include the gold standard in each area. It uses scientifically validated PCR probes, culture, parasitology via microscopy and stool chemistries. It provides innovation with its microbial abundance map, showing a user-friendly graph that brings the microbial community alive to practitioners and clients, using PCR technology. It uses MALDI-TOF to identify cultured pathogens, and then subjects them to antimicrobial susceptibility testing—so you can know for sure which anti-microbial agents would be useful for any infections found. It uses both PCR and microscopy to detect parasitic infections, and uses both PCR and culture to detect bacterial infections. It provides information that is clinically relevant and clinically applicable to target treatment, improve patient results, and save both you and your patient effort, money, and time.

This talk will include time for questions and answers and we will have representatives from FxMed available to share their wealth of knowledge.

We look forward to catching up soon!


About Libby de Franco, BSc NatMed

Libby is passionate about how functional testing can pinpoint the root causes of medical issues and provide specificity in treatment protocols for better patient outcomes, saving time, energy, money, and reducing symptoms faster.

With a background in medical laboratory science, emergency medicine, and mental health services, Libby came to functional medicine when she realised that much of what drives wellness is supporting the holistic picture of health.  A naturopath and medical herbalist with a keen interest in combining the best of western and traditional medicine, she enjoys teaching and supporting practitioners to understand and use functional testing in practice.

Libby works as a Functional Testing Practitioner Consultant at FxMed and is available to support Practitioners with testing overviews, interpretations and helping Practitioners work out the best test to use for a patient.  Contact [email protected] to book in a free half hour appointment with Libby Tuesdays – Thursdays.  

AIMA Auckland Monthly Meetings offer doctors, health practitioners and students the opportunity to chat and network with others in the integrative medicine community over light refreshments and a presentation on a topic of interest.

Previous AIMA Auckland Monthly Meetings:

  • Wednesday 27th February 2019:  Dr. Jacques Imbeau – General Dental Practitioner presents “Zirconia Ceramic Dental Implants”
  • Wednesday 27th March 2019:  Dr. Helen Smith – Holistic GP presents “A series of interesting cases”
  • Thursday 30th May 2019: Dr. Steve Joe – Integrative Medicine GP presents “A closer look at mould”
  • Wednesday 3rd July 2019:  Dina Ceniza – Breathing Specialist presents “Chronic Hyperventilation Syndrome, a hidden epidemic”
  • Wednesday 28th August 2019: Martin Harris – Leading Pharmacist and Nutrition Medicine Expert presents “Dopamine: The Forgotten Neurotransmitter In Mood, Motivation and Sleep”
  • Tuesday 24th September 2019:   Sharon Erdrich – Nutritionist presents “Irritable Bowel Syndrome – Is it all in their heads?”
  • Thursday 24th October 2019: Robin Kelly, Nigel Gavin, and Sonia Harnett present “A Musical Event: In the Footsteps of the Forgotten”
  • Thursday 28th November 2019: Adri Ferreira – Naturopath, Nutritionist and Tech Sales Manager at Nutrisearch presents “Using Functional Testing to crack my most difficult case”
  • Wednesday 13th February 2020: Dr. Yvonne Vannoort – Integrative Dentist presents “Integrative Dentistry – achieving the best results for our clients together”
  • Wednesday 1 April 2020: Learning to Live a Good Life with Dr Morella Lascurain and Amy Shipley
  • Thursday 10 December 2020: AIMA Christmas Event – A Celebration of Music and its power to heal with Dr Robin Kelly and musicians Sonia Wilson and Nigel Gavin
  • Wednesday 7th July 2021: Special Relaunch event in conjunction with Nutrisearch and Cell Logic: “Modulating Gut Ecology – a powerful strategy linking the Gut-Immune Interface to Acute and Chronic Disease” with Rob Thomas (Cell Logic) and Adri Ferreira (Nutrisearch)
  • Thursday 5th August: A guided tour of The Life Centre, Auckland, NZ with Adonia Wylie, Director of the Life Centre