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  • Mold & Mycotoxin - MycoTox Profile - Great Plains Laboratory


    GPL-MYCOTOX MARKERS

    AFLATOXIN M1 (AFM1)

    Aflatoxin M1 (AFM1) is the main metabolite of aflatoxin B1, which is a mycotoxin produced by the mold species Aspergillus. Aflatoxins are some of the most carcinogenic substances in the environment.  Aflatoxin susceptibility is dependent on multiple different factors such as age, sex, and diet.  Aflatoxin can be found in beans, corn, rice, tree nuts, wheat, milk, eggs, and meat.  In cases of lung aspergilloma, aflatoxin has been found in human tissue specimens. Aflatoxin can cause liver damage, cancer, mental impairment, abdominal pain, hemorrhaging, coma, and death.  Aflatoxin has been shown to inhibit leucocyte proliferation.  Clinical signs of aflatoxicosis are non-pruritic macular rash, headache, gastrointestinal dysfunction (often extreme), lower extremity edema, anemia, and jaundice.  The toxicity of Aflatoxin is increased in the presence of Ochratoxin and Zearalenone.

    OCHRATOXIN A (OTA)


    Ochratoxin A (OTA) is a nephrotoxic, immunotoxic, and carcinogenic mycotoxin.  This chemical is produced by molds in the Aspergillus and Penicillium families.  Exposure is primarily through contaminated foods such as cereals, grape juices, dairy, spices, wine, dried vine fruit, and coffee.  Exposure to OTA can also come from inhalation exposure in water-damaged buildings.  OTA can lead to kidney disease and adverse neurological effects.  Studies have shown that OTA can cause significant oxidative damage to multiple brain regions and the kidneys.  Dopamine levels in the brain of mice have been shown to be decreased after exposure to OTA.

    STERIGMATOCYSTIN (STG)


    Sterigmatocystin (STG) is a mycotoxin that is closely related to aflatoxin.  STG is produced from several species of mold such as Aspergillus, Penicillium, and Bipolaris. It is considered to be carcinogenic, particularly in the cells of the GI tract and liver.  STG has been found in the dust from damp carpets.  It is also a contaminant of many foods including grains, corn, bread, cheese, spices, coffee beans, soybeans, pistachio nuts, and animal feed. In cases of lung aspergilloma, STG has been found in human tissue specimens.  The toxicity of STG affects the liver, kidneys, and immune system.  Tumors have been found in the lungs of rodents that were exposed to STG.  Oxidative stress becomes measurably elevated during STG exposure, which causes a depletion of antioxidants such as glutathione, particularly in the liver.

    RORIDIN E

    Roridin E is a macrocyclic trichothecene produced by the mold species Fusarium, Myrothecium, and Stachybotrys (i.e. black mold).  Trichothecenes are frequently found in buildings with water damage but can also be found in contaminated grain.  This is a very toxic compound, which inhibits protein biosynthesis by preventing peptidyl transferase activity. Trichothecenes are considered extremely toxic and have been used as biological warfare agents.  Even low levels of exposure to macrocyclic trichothecenes can cause severe neurological damage, immunosuppression, endocrine disruption, cardiovascular problems, and gastrointestinal distress.

    VERRUCARIN A

    Verrucarin A (VRA) is a macrocyclic trichothecene mycotoxin produced from Stachybotrys, Fusarium, and Myrothecium. Trichothecenes are frequently found in buildings with water damage but can also be found in contaminated grain. VRA is a small, amphipathic molecule that can move passively across cell membranes.  The primary tissues affected by VRA are intestinal and gastric mucosa, bone marrow, and spleen.  VRA causes damage to human cells by inhibiting protein and DNA synthesis, disrupting mitochondrial functions, and by producing oxidative stress (due to generation of free radicals).  Exposure to VRA can cause immunological problems, vomiting, skin dermatitis, and hemorrhagic lesions.

    ENNIATIN B1

    Enniatin B1 is a fungal metabolite categorized as cyclohexa depsipeptides toxin produced by the fungus Fusarium. This strain of fungus is one of the most common cereal contaminants.  Grains in many different countries have recently been contaminated with high levels of enniatin.  The toxic effects of enniatin are caused by the inhibition of the acyl-CoA cholesterol acyltransferase, depolarization of mitochondria, and inhibition of osteoclastic bone resorption.  Enniatin has antibiotic properties and chronic exposure may lead to weight loss, fatigue, and liver disease. 

    ZEARALENONE (ZEA)

    Zearalenone (ZEA) is a mycotoxin that is produced by the mold species Fusarium, and has been shown to be hepatotoxic,  haematotoxic, immunotoxic, and genotoxic.  ZEA is commonly found in several foods in the US, Europe, Asia, and Africa including wheat, barley, rice, and maize.  ZEA has estrogenic activity and exposure to ZEA can lead to reproductive changes.  ZEA’s estrogenic activity is higher than that of other non-steroidal isoflavones (compounds that have estrogen-like effects) such as soy and clover.  ZEA exposure can result in thymus atrophy and alter spleen lymphocyte production as well as impaired lymphocyte immune response, which leads to patients being susceptible to disease. 

    SPECIES OF MOLD TESTED BY GPL-MYCOTOX
     
    ASPERGILLUS

    Aspergillus is the most prevalent mold group in the environment.  It has caused billions of dollars of in damage to crops and livestock.  Two of the most common Aspergillus mycotoxins are aflatoxin and ochratoxin.  The main target of these toxins is the liver.  These toxins have been found in all major cereal crops including peanuts, corn, cotton, millet, rice, sorghum, sunflower seeds, wheat, and a variety of spices.  Theyare also found in eggs, milk, and meat from animals fed contaminated grains.  Diseases caused by Aspergillus are called aspergillosis.  The most common route of infection is through the respiratory system.  Aspergillus can cause severe asthma when the mold colonizes the lung, forming a granulomatous disease.

    PENICILLUM

    There are over 200 species of Penicillium that have been discovered.  Penicillium chrysogenum is the most common of these species.  It is often found in indoor environments and is responsible for many allergic reactions.  Penicillium is also a known contaminant in many different food items.  Many different types of citrus fruits can become contaminated with Penicillium, but it can also contaminate seeds and grains.  One reason that Penicillium is such a common infestation is because of its ability to thrive in low humidity.  In the home, Penicillium can be found in wallpaper, carpet, furniture, and fiberglass insulation.  The most common mycotoxin produced by Penicillium is ochratoxin (OTA).  Ochratoxin is nephrotoxic, which means that it damages the kidneys.  It is also carcinogenic.

    STACHYBOTRYS

    Stachybotrys is a greenish-black mold.  This mold can grow on materials with high cellulose and low nitrogen content such as gypsum board, paper, fiberboard, and ceiling tiles.  Stachybotrys is known for its production of the highly toxic macrocyclic trichothecene mycotoxins.  Two of the more common mycotoxins produced by Stachybotrys are roridin E and verrucarin.  In addition to these mycotoxins, the fungus produces nine phenylspirodrimanes, as well as cyclosporine, which are potent immunosuppressors. These immunosupressors along with the mycotoxin trichothecenes may be responsible for the high toxicity of Stachybotrys.

    FUSARIUM

    Fusarium’s major mycotoxins are zearalenone (ZEN) and fumonisin.  Fusarium fungi grow best in temperate climate conditions.  They require lower temperatures for growth than Aspergillus. Fusarium grows worldwide on many different types of grains including corn and wheat.  Exposure to mycotoxins from Fusarium can lead to both acute and chronic effects.  These symptoms can include abdominal distress, malaise, diarrhea, emesis, and death.  ZEN possesses estrogenic effects and has been implicated in reproductive disorders.

    SPECIMEN REQUIREMENTS
    Urine: 5 mL of the first morning urine before food or drink is suggested.  Fasting for 12 hours may increase the excretion of mycotoxins from the adipose tissue.  However, fasting is not recommended if running this test in combination with other urine tests.



    Test code: 
    VABVSOSEAY
    Cost: 
    $380.00
  • DUTCH Complete-Precision Analytical Hormone Test Kit


    The DUTCH test, which uses dried urine, is the simplest, most elegant and informative test for anyone considering bioidentical hormone therapy, or suspects they might have a hormone problem or they are wanting to check overall hormone status. The DUTCH test has proven to be of great clinical utility for testing sex and adrenal hormones (as well as their metabolites), as it gives you insight into many other conditions that under the guidance and care of your health care provider, are worthy of further investigation.  Purchase or Learn More Here

    Inflammation can be instigated via an internal or external environmental insult of some type related to genetic predispositions and/or susceptibilities in the individual in concert with epigenetics. It is also understood that inflammation is frequently found in tandem with dysregulation of metabolism and overall organ system dysfunction.

    Inflammation shares an inverse relationship to cortisol; cortisol plays an anti-inflammatory role and when levels in local tissues and serum are low, inflammation increases. We know that cortisol levels increase in local tissues as a response to local inflammation and therefore urine free cortisol, and metabolized cortisol may be elevated when inflammation is present.

    The DUTCH test can help you look for indications that inflammation may be an area of concern and worthy of further evaluation and management by your health care provider. For example, increased aromatization in the conversion of testosterone to estrogens is associated with inflammation along with low DHEA-s levels, low testosterone, elevated 5-alpha reductase activity, and elevated 4-OH-E1.

    The experts at Precision Analytical are excited to announce the addition of a new biomarker, 8-Hydroxy-2-deoxyguanosine (8-OHdG).
    According to Precision Analytical’s Medical Director Dr. Carrie Jones, “The 8-OHdG is a marker for DNA damage in the body. Along with chronic stress, degenerative diseases and cancer can greatly affect your hormones such as estrogen and cortisol. This new marker gives you even greater insight at a cellular level! As the disease state worsens, the 8-OHdG level goes up. Thankfully, there are proactive — and likely preventative — things you can do to improve the healing process while checking your progress along the way.”

    The test is done four times in a day, and the strips are then used to give you a complete hormone panel, including metabolites, effectively replacing multiple testing methods.

    DESCRIPTION:

    The DUTCH Test is a comprehensive analysis of sex and adrenal hormones. This profile includes the DUTCH Adrenal and Sex Hormone Metabolite as well as an overnight melatonin measurement. The collection is 5 easy-to-collect dried urine samples collected on filter paper devices and is mailed back directly to the company for processing.

    This test includes:

    Free cortisol (4), free cortisone (4), creatinine (4), tetrahyrdocortisone, a-tetrahydrocortisol, b-tetrahydrocortisol, DHEAs, Progesterone metabolites (a-pregnanediol, b-pregnanediol), androgen metabolites (DHEAS, etiocholanolone, androsterone, testosterone, 5a-DHT, 5a-androstanediol, 5b-androstanediol, epi-testosterone), estrogen metabolites (estrone, estradiol, estriol, 2-OH-estrone, 4-OH-estrone, 16-OH-estrone, 2-Methoxy-estrone, 2-OH-estradiol), 6-OH-melatonin-sulfate and 8-hydroxy-2-Deoxyguanosine.

    Collection and Shipping Instructions:
    • Fasting is not required. 
    • Specimen: Urine, dried
    • All orders will be processed and shipped directly to the consumer for Mylabsforlife within 48 business hours
    • Results: 10-14 Business Days
    • All lab results will be sent from MyLabsForLife directly to the consumer via secure email



    Test code: 
    DUTCH Complete Hormone Test (Urine)
    Cost: 
    $370.00
  • NutrEval┬« Plasma

    NutrEval® Plasma: A Comprehensive Test for Identifying Nutritional Deficiencies

    Why Use the NutrEval Plasma Profile?

    NutrEval Plasma® test is an advanced nutritional analysis designed to reveal nutritional imbalances or inadequacies. NutrEval Plasma evaluates the functional need for antioxidants, B-vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive support, and other select nutrients. This nutritional analysis offers insight into nutrient status and enhances the ability to provide targeted treatment for the particular needs on an individual basis, often augmenting and speeding recovery of complex chronic conditions. 

    The complete NutrEval Plasma offers:
    • Metabolic Analysis (urine organic acids)
    • Plasma Amino Acid Analysis (essential and non-essential amino acids, plus intermediary metabolites)
    • Essential and Metabolic Fatty Acids (red blood cell essential and non-essential fatty acids, including Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids)
    • Oxidative Stress Analysis (blood and urine biomarkers indicative of oxidative stress)
    • Elemental Markers (both nutrient and toxic elements)
    A fasting plasma amino acid highlights the dynamic balance of the amino acid pool, independent of recent dietary intake. Plasma amino acid analysis is favored when the primary clinical consideration are conditions in which the supply of essential amino acid precursors is critical, such as in mood and neurobehavioral disorders.

    NutrEval Plasma testing is effective for concerns such as:
    • Mood disorder
    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Fatigue
    • Digestive Complaints
    • Chronic Pain/Inflammatory Conditions
    • Musculoskeletal
    • Migraine
    • Cardiovascular Risk
    • Weight Issues/Dietary Guidance
    • General Health and Sports Fitness Optimization
    What is the NutrEval Plasma® Nutritional Analysis?
    NutrEval is Genova's most comprehensive nutritional evaluation and is designed to assist with management of symptoms related to nutritional and digestive insufficiencies. This profile assesses numerous metabolic pathways and synthesizes this complex biochemistry into actionable treatment options. Critical nutrients that are functionally assessed on Genova’s nutritional profiles include:
    • Antioxidants
    • B Vitamins
    • Minerals
    • Essential Fatty Acids
    • Digestive Support
    The personalized supplement recommendations, adjusted for the age and sex of the client, guide therapeutic protocols in identifying clinical imbalances that may inhibit optimal health.

    Studies suggest that even a balanced diet may not provide all essential nutrients. NutrEval supports assessment of a client's nutritional needs by identifying nutritional deficiencies that may be associated with complex chronic conditions.

    About the NutrEval Plasma Profile
    NutrEval Plasma is a nutritional analysis that allows assessment of nutritional inadequacies or imbalances that may be playing a causative role in complex chronic conditions.

    A fasting plasma amino acid highlights the dynamic balance of the amino acid pool, independent of recent dietary intake. Plasma amino acid analysis is favored when the primary clinical consideration are conditions in which the supply of essential amino acid precursors is critical, such as in mood and neurobehavioral disorders.

    Sample Report:
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    Test Preparation – Print & Follow Directions Carefully to Optimize Test Results:
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    Preparation (Please Read & Follow Directions Carefully to Optimize Test Results)
    1. For Optimal Results: Please fast at 8-10 hours fasting prior to blood draw
    2. Specimen must be sent to lab by overnight mail Monday-Thursday only
    3. Test Type Blood & Urine (Phlebotomy Services Needed – Please locate before ordering)
    4. Test Results Approximately 14 business days once the lab receives the specimen

    Test code: 
    NutrEval® Plasma
    Cost: 
    $875.00
  • Array 10 - Cyrex Laboratories

    The Array 10 evaluates immune reactivity to 180 foods in raw and cooked or modified forms, food enzymes, lectins and artificial food additives, including meat glue, colorings and gums. Some individuals may react to a raw food, but not the cooked form—or vice versa, and Array 10 is the only food immune reactivity test on the market that assesses foods in both their raw and cooked or modified forms. Array 10 is recommended for individuals with unexplained symptoms whether gastrointestinal, neurological, dermatological or behavioral in nature, or are suspected of having increased intestinal permeability—the gateway for environmentally-induced autoimmune disorders.

    Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen

    Cyrex Test Instructions:
    1. This is a Serum (blood) test.
    2. Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions will be mailed with a Test Requisition and specimen collection kit upon receipt of payment by MyLabsforLife.
    3. Fasting not required, but please abstain from consuming overly fatty foods prior to blood draw to avoid sample rejection.
    4. Corticosteroid use and immunosuppressant drugs affect antibody production and therefore may impact test results. Please consult with your healthcare provider prior to testing if taking these medications.
    5. Please note: Cyrex Laboratories cannot accept samples from NY.

    Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions: 
    1. Specimen collection services may be available to you at no additional charge through the Cyrex Laboratories network of contracted draw centers.
    2. This service is not available to minors under the age of 16 and is not guaranteed in all geographical areas.

    Please note that Cyrex cannot accept samples from NY.

    1. Visit www.Cyrexlabs.com and click on the blue “Schedule Blood Draw” link on the right hand side of the screen under “Patients.”
    2. Enter your Requisition ID and Confirmation Code, located at the top right hand side of the Cyrex Test Requisition Form.
    3. Click on the red “Payment and Scheduling” button. 

    Locate Contracted Draw Centers and Generate Blood Draw Authorization Form (NOT AVAILABLE IN NY)
    1. To locate the nearest contracted draw center and generate a Blood Draw Authorization form, enter a zip code if the pre-entered code is incorrect, and click on the red “Search” button. 
    2. Select a date (Monday through Friday) from the calendar provided. 
    3. Select the red “Schedule” button next to the draw center of your choice.
    4. Review your selected date and draw center location, if correct click the red “Schedule”  button at the top or bottom of the screen or     make the appropriate changes and then click “Schedule.” 
    5. Click on the “Print” button (orange printer) at the top of the screen to print the Blood Draw Authorization form. You must bring this   form with you to the appointment.
    6. Proceed to the selected blood draw center at the chosen date to complete the blood draw.

    Cyrex-contracted draw centers require the following items to perform the draw:

    1. Blood Draw Authorization form
    2. Test Requisition provided by MyLabsforLife
    3. Specimen collection kit provided by MyLabsforLife.
    4. Please ensure that you have all three items when arriving at the draw center.

    Additional Charge Option: Home Health Services (HHS) Mobile Phlebotomist (NOT AVAILABLE IN NY)
    1. If there are no contracted facilities near you, Home Health Services may be available in your area. Click on the blue “Click Here” link on the Schedule Blood Draw page.
    2. Add any Comments/Special Needs you may have, in the box provided. Please enter the best number to reach you for scheduling and your physical address
    3. The fee for Home Health Services is $44.50. Clients in remote areas may incur additional fees. To make payment for this service, enter your credit card information and click on the red “Submit” button.
    4. At this point, the Home Health Services request has been generated. You will receive a call from Cyrex Labs to confirm your address, phone number and ensure you have all required materials for the home visit.
    5. Be sure to have all required items at the time of the appointment.

    Required items for Home Health Services are:

    1. Test Requisition form (provided by MyLabsforLife)
    2. Specimen Collection Kit (provided by MyLabsforLIfe)
    3. UPS Shipping Label included with the collection kit.

    If you experience difficulty scheduling your blood draw online or have special circumstances, Cyrex Phlebotomy Services is available to assist you Mon.- Fri. 8am-5pm. Please call toll free 877-772-9739.

    1. Samples will be processed within 14 business days receipt at the laboratory.
    2. A copy of your test results will be mailed to you from MyLabsForLife.

    Disclaimer:
    Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    Array 10 - Cyrex Laboraties
    Cost: 
    $665.00
  • Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Home Breath Test

    • Please read all directions and familiarize yourself with the test procedures.
    • The test results will be useful only if the samples are properly collected.
    • This is a test kit that will be mailed to you.
    • Please read instructions carefully prior to testing.
    • MyLabsForLife will not make any recommendations on test kit instructions.
    Description:

    Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) is where bacteria enter your normally sterile small intestine and begin to colonize. This SIBO test kit comes with Glucose (Dextrose) as a substrate. 

    Like the name suggests, SIBO is where bacteria enter your normally sterile small intestine and begin to colonize. Studies have indicated that potentially up to 80% of patients with IBS may in fact have SIBO which a Hydrogen / Methane breath test can easily and non-invasively help determine by ordering here. Treatment of SIBO can be done with a short course of antibiotics provided by your medical professional. Common symptoms and reasons to test for SIBO: nausea, flatulence, diarrhea, constipation, malnutrition, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), Irritable Bowel Disease (IBD), Leaky Gut Syndrome, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, Acid Reflux, Rosacea, Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), Fibromyalgia, Gastroeseophageal Reflux Disease (GERD), Celiac Disease & Diverticulitis.

    The EasySampler™ Breath Test Kit is an approved and popular breath-test for at home breath testing. This patented breath-collection kit allows you to collect samples unsupervised and mail your breath samples back to the Aerodiagnostics for analysis. The breath samples collected with the EasySampler can be stored for up to 14 days after collection, making this test kit the easiest and most flexible solution and the most widely requested and preferred method by patients. The kit contains one breath collection device and collection vessels specifically manufactured for breath samples based on the industry standard for the number of breath samples for the test.

    Test Kit Instructions:
    • Breath samples must be returned/mailed within 3 days of collection.
    • This test will take will take three hours in total. Please click on the link below for a complete list of test instructions.
    • MyLabsForLife will not make any recommendations on test kit instructions.

    Sucrose breath test instructions

    Sample Report

    Test code: 
    Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO)
    Cost: 
    $199.74
  • Urine Toxic & Essential Elements Test Kit (Doctors Data)

    • Please read all directions and familiarize yourself with the test procedures.
    • The test results will be useful only if the samples are properly collected.
    • This is a test kit that will be mailed to you.
    • Please read instructions carefully prior to testing.
    Description:

    Urine Elements are traditionally used to evaluate exposure to potentially toxic elements and wasting of nutrient elements. Additionally, the comparison of urine element concentrations before and after administration of a chelator can be used to estimate net retention of potentially toxic elements. Subsequent urine element analyses, also following the administration of a chelator, are useful for monitoring the efficacy of metal detoxification therapy. Results are expressed per 24 hours or creatinine corrected to account for urine dilution effects.

    This test maybe useful for:
    • Toxic Element Exposure
    • Alopecia
    • Bone Density
    • Cardiovascular Disease
    • Depression
    • Dermatitis or Poor Wound Healing
    • Detoxification Therapy
    • Fatigue
    • Gastrointestinal Symptoms
    • Hypertension
    • Immune Function
    • Impaired Glucose Tolerance
    • Inflammation
    • Kidney Function
    • Nutritional Deficiencies
    • Parkinson's-like Symptoms
    Collection Instructions:
    • Please read all of the directions, and familiarize yourself with the collection procedures.
    • The Urine Elements analysis takes 24 hours or less to collect.
    • Fish and shellfish contain relatively high levels of mercury and arsenic. It is recommended that you omit fish and shellfish from your diet for one week prior to collecting the urine specimen.
    • You should consult with your primary provider prior to taking this test if you are to discuss your use of non-essential medications or dietary supplements and gadolinium-based contrast media (used in MRI) for 48 hours prior to and during the specimen collection, unless otherwise instructed by your physician.
    • Never discontinue prescription medications without first consulting your physician.
    • Female patients should not collect urine during a menstrual period.
    • Please read the full set of instructions prior to sample collection.
    Results:

    Should be processed within 7-10 business days.

    Sample Report
    Test code: 
    Urine Toxic and Essential Elements
    Cost: 
    $299.00
  • Essential Estrogens Urine Test (Genova Diagnostics)

    • Please read all directions and familiarize yourself with the test procedures.
    • The test results will be useful only if the samples are properly collected.
    • This is a test kit that will be mailed to you.
    • Please read instructions carefully prior to testing.
    • MyLabsForLife will not make any recommendations on test kit instructions.
    Description:

    Essential Estrogens is a urinary hormone profile designed to assist with the clinical management of hormone related symptoms. This profile assesses estrogens and their metabolites as well as key metabolic pathways, and provides insight into the contribution that sex hormones may have in patients presenting with hormone-related complaints. The Essential Estrogens® hormone test provides a focused overview of estrogen balance in both pre- and post-menopausal women. Using a single urine sample, the Essential Estrogens® hormone test evaluates the dynamics of sex steroid metabolism that can profoundly affect a woman´s health throughout her lifetime. The Essential Estrogens® hormone test is designed to assist in the prevention and treatment of estrogen-related symptoms and conditions. This robust urine analysis is ideal for prescribing and monitoring Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) and for assessing the risk of estrogen-related diseases, including breast cancer risk, prostate disease, osteoporosis, and auto-immune disease.

    Collection Instructions:
    • Ship the specimen to the lab.
    • Specimen must be returned in the Genova Diagnostics kit box for correct delivery to the lab. Not following these instructions may result in a shipping charge.
    • Plan to ship the specimen Monday – Friday overnight deliver only.
    • Call 1.800.GoFedEx (1.800.463.3339) to schedule shipping. When the automated system asks “How may I help you?” say “Return a Package.” Tell the FedEx representative “I am using a billable stamp” and they will walk you through the process and make it easy.
    • Make sure the urine cup is tightly closed and identified with • completed label. Seal the cup securely in the Biohazard bag.
    • Place the Biohazard bag with specimen in the kit box and place the completed and signed requisition on top before closing. Do not staple or tape the box.
    • Print your name and address in the section marked “From” on the prepaid shipping envelope label. DO NOT mark or write in any other sections.
    • Put the kit box into the prepaid mailing envelope and seal the envelope.
    • Keep your shipment and tracking numbers for future reference and tracking purposes.

    Collection & Shipping Instructions

    Special Instructions:
    • Ship to lab Monday-Thursday only.
    • Specimen: Urine
    • Fasting not required
    Results:

    Samples will be processed within 21-30 business days receipt at the laboratory.

    A copy of your test results will be mailed to your from MyLabsForLife.

    • Note: Result turn around times are an estimate and are not guaranteed. Genova’s reference lab may need additional time due to weather, holidays, confirmation/repeat testing, or equipment maintenance.

    Sample Report

    Test code: 
    Estrogens Urine Test (Genova Diagnostics)
    Cost: 
    $499.00
  • RealTime Mold Testing

    Mold & Mycotoxin Testing  

    Testing for mold/mycotoxins in humans is a simple and usually noninvasive procedure. The RealTime Lab mycotoxin test detects 15 different mycotoxins, including 9 macrocyclic trichothecenes. 

    There are estimated to be over 50,000 different species of mold, but only about 200 present serious health risks to humans or animals. These harmful species are referred to as toxic mold and are potentially hazardous because they can produce toxins known as mycotoxins. And their impact can be life threatening.

    Mycotoxin Tests are performed for Tricothecenes, Ochratoxins, Aflatoxins and Gliotoxin. Anyone in contact with mold exposure or with prolonged symptoms of exposure should consider being tested for mycotoxins.

    The RealTime Labs mycotoxin test detects 15 different mycotoxins, including 9 macrocyclic trichothecenes. Testing is done using competitive ELISA, a very sensitive detection method using antibodies prepared against mycotoxins. In fact, RealTime Labs was recently granted a U.S. patent for its macrocyclic trichothecene test.

    This RealTime lab test looks for these specific Molds & Mycotoxins:

    Ochratoxins: 
    • Ochratoxin A is evaluated using ImmunoSorbant Columns containing antibodies to the Ochratoxin A. Results are reported as PRESENT or NOT PRESENT.
    • Ochratoxins A
    Trichothecenes: 
    • Tricothecenes are evaluated by using Enzyme-Linked ImmunoSorbant Assay (ELISA). The test at RTL has been validated as a qualitative test. Thus, RTL reports whether tricothecenes are PRESENT or NOT PRESENT.
    • Satratoxin G
    • Satratoxin H
    • Isosatratoxin F
    • Roridin A
    • Roridin E
    • Roridin H
    • Roridin L-2
    • Verrucarin A
    • Verrucarin J
    Alfatoxins: 
    • Aflatoxins are evaluated using ImmunoSorbant Columns containing antibodies to the group of aflatoxins (B1, B2, G1, and G2). Results are reported as PRESENT or NOT PRESENT. 
    • Aflatoxin B1
    • Aflatoxin B2
    • Aflatoxin G1
    • Aflatoxin G2
    Gliotoxin:
    • Glitoxin is a mycotoxin produced by Aspergillus fumigatus, a major cause of death in immunocompromised patients. Gliotoxin has been demonstrated to have significant immunosuppressive effects and may play a role in teh evasion of host defenses in Invasive Aspergillosis.
    All mycotoxin testing results are displayed in an easy-to-understand numeric format, showing detection levels in ppb as standardized by the FDA, WHO, CDC and Food Industry for clinical use. Results also tell if the test was positive, negative or equivocal, along with ranges of detection for each. 
    The health affects of mold and mycotoxin exposure are numerous. Mold  

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results & Test Kit Instructions: 
    • No fasting required. Test sample is a urine sample. 
    • Processing time after the test kit is received is approximately 10-14 Business Days. MyLabsForLife will send you a copy of your test results after they have posted.
    • Kits, with collection instructions, will be sent by UPS within 24 hours of receipt of payment to MyLabsForLife.com.  Depending on your location, UPS delivery can be 1-6 business days (1-4 business days in 80% of the U.S.). The kit is returned to RealTime Labs in the prepaid, 2-day ground UPS shipper that comes with the kit. For test kit information, please contact the support staff at Real Time Labs: 1-855-692-6767.
    • Please note: This test is not available in these states at this time: NY, NJ & RI


    Test code: 
    RealTime Labs Mold and Mycotoxin
    Cost: 
    $699.00
  • Dr. Amy Myers Infection Panel

    Test Includes:
    • Chlamydophila pneumoniae Antibodies (IgG, IgA, IgM)
    • Cytomegalovirus Antibodies (IgG, IgM)
    • EBV DNA, Quant, Real-Time PCR
    • Epstein-Barr Virus Antibody Panel
    • HSV 1/2 IgG, (HERPESELECT TYPE SPECIFIC AB)
    • Lyme Disease Antibodies (IgG, IgM) Western Blot
    • HSV 6 Antibodies (IgG & IgM)

    Test Description:
    This test helps to evaluate potential infections that may be contributing to autoimmune disease processes.

    Detailed Information:
    No one knows exactly how infections trigger autoimmune diseases, but because our immune systems are so complicated and each infection is unique, it’s likely that there are multiple factors involved. Recent research has identified three leading theories that, when combined, explain the various links between infections and autoimmune disease. I will outline them here in relation to thyroid disease, and you can read more about them in Dr. Myers book, The Autoimmune Solution.

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results:

    1. No fasting is required but please go in well hydrated for your lab draw.  
    2. Your test results should be finished processing in 10 -14 business days.
    3. When your results have finished processing, a copy will be sent directly to you.

    Disclaimer:
    Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    Dr. Amy Myers Infection Panel
    Cost: 
    $529.00
  • Dr. Amy Myers Iron Panel

    This blood test measures Iron and Total Iron-Binding Capacity (TIBC) levels and ferritin levels.

    Test Description:
    First, about Iron: The total amount of iron bound to transferrin is known as Total Iron-Binding Capacity (TIBC). The body makes transferrin in relationship to the need for iron. Total Iron Binding Capacity is an approximate estimation of the serum transferrin level. Iron plays a principle role in producing red blood cells and is transported in the blood as transferrin, a major transport protein. TIBC is low with iron deficiency anemia and high with anemia of chronic disease. TIBC is also used to help confirm a diagnoses of iron overload, also known as hemochromatosis.

    Second, about Ferritin: Ferritin is a protein produced in the liver for the storage of iron. Ferritin is used to evaluate iron stores in the body. Ferritin helps identify iron deficiency anemia and may be a better indicator of iron deficiency anemia than hemoglobin. Ferritin levels increase with increases in inflammatory markers such as C-Reactive Protein (CRP) and Interleukin (IL-10). Iron plays an essential role in supporting and maintaining healthy brain tissue. Conversely, iron can also play a toxic role by exacerbating damage to brain tissue as seen in stroke or trauma. In neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, elevated levels of iron have been found in areas of the brain that are affected by these neurodegenerative diseases.

    Detailed Information:
    Iron contributes two key steps to thyroid hormone production. First, the enzyme that converts iodide to iodine (so that it can combine with tyrosine to become thyroid hormones) is dependent on iron. Second, like selenium and zinc, iron is required to convert T4 to T3.

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results:

    1. For optimal results, please fast for 10-12 hours prior to testing. Please be well hydrated, water only.
    2. Your test results should be finished processing in 7-14 business days.
    3. When your results have finished processing, a copy will be sent directly to you.

    Disclaimer:
    Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    Dr. Amy Myers Iron Panel
    Cost: 
    $59.00
  • Dr. Amy Myers Candida Panel

    This test includes a Candida Albicans antibody profile, CBC with diff and IgA, IgE, IgM (Total Immunoglobulins).

    Test Description:
    There are 3 antibodies that are important to look for when your are measuring your immune system’s response to Candida – IgG, IgA, IgM (Total Immunoglobulins). A CBC offers clues as to how the body’s immune system is functioning and measuring immunoglobulins may also offer clues as to where the immune system is being impacted by Candida.

    Detailed Information:
    Candida normally occurs in the mouth, vagina, or gastrointestinal tract. Candida can become quite problematic if there is an overgrowth of yeast in comparison to healthy gut flora. Antibiotics promote the growth of yeast by destroying both good and bad bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract without deterring the growth of Candida albicans. Without balanced numbers of friendly bacteria such as Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacteria in the gastrointestinal tract, an environment exists that Candida albicans will thrive in. When this occurs, the body's immune system becomes overwhelmed, not only by the overwhelming presence of Candida, but also by the toxic by-products that Candida produces.

    Candida has the ability to suppress the immune system so it is important to test your total IgG,  IgA, IgM (Immunoglobulins) levels along with the Candida antibodies. Low levels of total IgG, IgA, IgM antibodies  could cause a false negative response to the Candida antibodies, meaning you have Candida but since your immune system is lowered, you are unable to produce a response and your blood test comes back negative. Conversely, high levels of these antibodies indicate that an overgrowth of Candida is present somewhere in the body and that your immune system is reacting to it. A CBC may offer that let may indicate if yeast is present. A low white blood cell count (WBC) has been associated with yeast overgrowth as well as a pattern of high neutrophil and low lymphocyte count.

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results:

    1. No fasting is required but please go in well hydrated for your lab draw.  
    2. Your test results should be finished processing in 7-14 business days.
    3. When your results have finished processing, a copy will be sent directly to you.

    Disclaimer:
    Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    Dr. Amy Myers Candida Panel
    Cost: 
    $299.00
  • Dr. Amy Myers Thyroid Panel Plus

    Dr. Amy’s Thyroid Plus Panel includes these tests: TSH Free T4, Free T3, Reverse T3, Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies, Thyroglobulin Antibodies, Ferritin, Vitamin D3 (OH), Selenium – RBC, Zinc – RBC, Magnesium – RBC and a Vitamin A.

    Test Description:
    Dr. Amy strategically constructed this panel in order to review a broader perspective of thyroid function. Thyroid hormone production is not only dependant on a complicated hormone synthesis process, optimal thyroid function is also dependant on a multitude of cofactors, many of those cofactors are evaluated in this panel in concert with specific thyroid function tests.

    Detailed Information:
    Thyroid hormone production is regulated by a feedback loop between the hypothalamus, pituitary gland, and the thyroid gland. Hypothalamic thyrotropin-releasing hormone (TRH) stimulates pituitary thyrotropin (TSH) synthesis and secretion. In turn, TSH stimulates production and release of T4 and T3 from the thyroid gland. When enough T4 is produced, it signals to TRH and TSH that there is enough thyroid hormone in circulation and not to produce more. About 85% of the hormone produced by our thyroid gland is T4, which is an inactive form of the hormone. After T4 is made, a small amount of it is converted into T3, which is the active form of thyroid hormone. To complicate matters, T3 also gets converted into either Free T3 (FT3) or Reverse T3 (RT3). It is the Free T3 that really matters in all of this, since it’s the only hormone that can attach to a receptor and cause your metabolism to rise, keep you warm, keep your bowels moving, mind working, and other hormones in check. The role of Reverse T3 is not well known, however, Dr. Amy has seem it elevated in persons under extreme stress and those who have mercury toxicity.

    And finally, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, an autoimmune disease, is the most common form of hypothyroidism and its numbers are rising annually. Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is an autoimmune disease is one in which your body turns on itself and begins to attack a certain organ or tissue believing its foreign. Dr. Amy routinely screens all of her patients for autoimmune thyroid disease by ordering Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPOAb) and Thyroglobulin Antibodies (TgAb).

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results: 
    1. If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.
    2. To optimize your test results, it is recommended that you fast for 10 -12 hours (water only).  
    3. Refrain from taking supplements (especially those that contain Vitamin A) for at least 72 hours before a Selenium and Vitamin A test.
    4. Your test results should be finished processing in 10 -14 business days.
    5. When your results have finished processing, a copy will be sent directly to you.

    Disclaimer:
    Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.

    Test code: 
    Dr. Amy Myers Thyroid Panel Plus
    Cost: 
    $499.00
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