Assessment of Energy Metabolites on Organic Acid Test

Series 4 Episode 31
In this episode, we discuss how to assess mitochondrial dysfunction and energy metabolism by using a test called the Organic Acid Test with returning guest, Lisa Fouladi. Lisa is a functional nutritionist and an eternal student with an insatiable appetite for nutritional information. Tune in as Lisa explains what the Organic Acid Test is, how to use it as a practitioner and when to request it for your clients and patients. As you become proficient at using these tests to help you pinpoint imbalances, you're going to help people who haven't been able to receive this kind of help from other practitioners.


  • [02:30] What is the Organic Acid Test?

  • [07:30] How to use the Organic Acid Test to assess mitochondrial function.

  • [18:30] When is the right to do an Organic Acid Test for your client?

  • [25:00] What else to look at on the Organic Acid Test that helps enhance and improve energy metabolism.

  • [30:00] Focusing on biochemistry as a practitioner can be extremely helpful in finding the best results for your clients.

  • [32:50] Learning how to do functional tests will add to your success as a health practitioner.


  • Organic Acid Tests bring biochemical pathways to life and help connect the dots. Instead of directly measuring nutrient concentrations, abnormal concentrations of organic acids provide functional markers for the metabolic effects of micronutrient inadequacies.

  • Organic acid testing pairs well with other types of testing, like blood work and even genetic testing. By correcting or addressing these imbalances, we help the body’s ability to heal and stay healthy.

  • As a practitioner, it’s crucial to know how to do functional tests as part of your success and your clients’ success.


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Ritamarie Loscalzo

Dr. Ritamarie Loscalzo is a best-selling author and speaker known for her extensive knowledge, infectious energy, and inspirational message that encourages individuals to become their own best health advocate. She is an internationally recognized nutrition and health authority who specializes in using the wisdom of nature to restore hormone balance with a special emphasis on thyroid, adrenal and insulin imbalances. She founded the Institute of Nutritional Endocrinology to empower health and nutrition practitioners to get to the root cause of health concerns by using functional assessments and natural therapeutics to balance the endocrine system, the body's master controller.

Dr. Ritamarie is a licensed Doctor of Chiropractic with Certification in Acupuncture and is a Diplomat of the American Clinical Nutrition Board. She is a Certified Clinical Nutritionist with a Master’s in Human Nutrition, has completed a 2-year, 500-hour Herbal Medicine Program at David Winston’s Center for Herbal Studies and has a master's degree in Computer Science, which contributes to her skills as an ace problem solver.