Autism - Brain Health and Related Testing

Introduction to Autism Related Blood Testing

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What are Tests Related to Autism and Brain Health?

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Why Perform Brain Health Related Blood Testing?

MyLabsForLife.com offers the opportunity to identify red flags that may compromise brain function and overall health. Lab panels have been strategically constructed in order to evaluate nutritional, biochemical, or physiological imbalance and to determine optimal support. The health professionals at MyLabsForLife.com keep up to date with the latest research and the evidence speaks for itself. MyLabsForLife.com offers on line lab testing as well as understandable and informative functional lab descriptions in order to foster a proactive and preventative approach to health and wellness. Learning to identify “red flags” that may compromise brian health and wellness may offer opportunities to make lifestyle changes and nutritional support that help to maintain optimal wellness.

Comprehensive List of Tests that Support Brain Health and Wellness

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  • Ammonia (Blood)

    This blood test is also known as Blood Ammonia; Blood. Ammonia is a by-product of normal protein metabolism and is also created by bacteria such as H.Pylori (Research estimates half of the worlds population is infected with H.Pylori) in the stomach, as well as other bacteria in the intestines. High levels of blood ammonia can harm vital organs, most notably the brain. Ammonia is a waste product that is usually transported to the liver where ammonia is converted to urea through a sequence of reactions known as the urea cycle. One of these processes is the detoxification of ammonia in the blood. When the liver is damaged, the detoxification process is disrupted and ammonia levels can elevate to toxic levels. Elevated levels of ammonia have been found in those who suffer with urinary tract infections and in liver disorders. Because ammonia is one of the most common endogenous (made naturally in the body) neurotoxic compounds, it has been considered to be one of the toxic factors that may contribute to the symptoms and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Besides neurotoxic effects, elevated ammonia levels may cause confusion, drowsiness, tremors and may induce vomiting.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    It is best to be fasting for approximately 9-12 hours prior to lab collection (without food or liquids except water).

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    5509
    Cost: 
    $42.00
  • Array 10 - Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen (Cyrex Laboratory)

    The Array 10 Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen 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:
    • This is a Serum (blood) test.
    • Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions will be mailed with a Test Requisition and specimen collection kit upon receipt of payment by MyLabsforLife.
    • Fasting not required, but please abstain from consuming overly fatty foods prior to blood draw to avoid sample rejection.
    • 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.
    • Please note: Cyrex Laboratories cannot accept samples from NY.

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

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results:
    • This is a Serum (blood) test. 
    • Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions will be mailed with a Test Requisition and specimen collection kit upon receipt of payment by MyLabsforLife.
    • Fasting not required, but please abstain from consuming overly fatty foods prior to blood draw to avoid sample rejection.
    • 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. 
    Results:
    • Samples will be processed within 14 business days receipt at the laboratory.
    • A copy of your test results will be emailed directly to you via secure email from MyLabsForLife.

    Please note that Cyrex cannot accept samples from NY.

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

    Locate Contracted Draw Centers and Generate Blood Draw Authorization Form (NOT AVAILABLE IN NY)

    • 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. 
    • Select a date (Monday through Friday) from the calendar provided. 
    • Select the red “Schedule” button next to the draw center of your choice.
    • 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.” 
    • 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.
    • 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:
    • Blood Draw Authorization form
    • Test Requisition provided by MyLabsforLife
    • Specimen collection kit provided by MyLabsforLife.
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Be sure to have all required items at the time of the appointment.
    Required items for Home Health Services are:
    • Test Requisition form (provided by MyLabsforLife)
    • Specimen Collection Kit (provided by MyLabsforLIfe)
    • 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.

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

    Test code: 
    Array 10 - Multiple Food Immune Reactivity Screen
    Cost: 
    $665.00
  • Array 3 - Wheat Gluten Autoimmunity Reactivity Profile (Cyrex Laboratory)

    Array 3 – Wheat Gluten Autoimmunity Reactivity Profile (Cyrex Laboratory)
    Wheat Gluten Autoimmunity Reactivity Profile is the most sensitive test available for gluten reactivity. Measuring immune response to an array of wheat antigens increases the sensitivity and specificity, and will provide greater confidence in formulation of a diagnosis that allows for better patient compliance with a gluten-free diet.

    What Doctors Are Saying About Array 3
    The Cyrex Array 3 offers the most comprehensive analysis available for determining gluten sensitivity. This array has proven incredibly valuable in my practice by providing in-depth information about an issue that has wide clinical implications." —David Perlmutter, MD, FACN.

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results:
    • This is a Serum (blood) test. 
    • Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions will be mailed with a Test Requisition and specimen collection kit upon receipt of payment by MyLabsforLife.
    • Fasting not required, but please abstain from consuming overly fatty foods prior to blood draw to avoid sample rejection.
    • 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. 
    Results:
    • Samples will be processed within 14 business days receipt at the laboratory.
    • A copy of your test results will be emailed directly to you via secure email from MyLabsForLife.
    Please note: Cyrex Laboratories cannot accept samples from NY.

    Cyrex Test Instructions:
    • This is a Serum (blood) test.
    • Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions will be mailed with a Test Requisition and specimen collection kit upon receipt of payment by MyLabsforLife.
    • Fasting not required, but please abstain from consuming overly fatty foods prior to blood draw to avoid sample rejection.
    • 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.
    • Please note: Cyrex Laboratories cannot accept samples from NY.
    Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions: 
    • Specimen collection services may be available to you at no additional charge through the Cyrex Laboratories network of contracted draw centers.
    • This service is not available to minors under the age of 16 and is not guaranteed in all geographical areas.
    • Visit www.Cyrexlabs.com and click on the blue “Schedule Blood Draw” link on the right hand side of the screen under “Patients.”
    • Enter your Requisition ID and Confirmation Code, located at the top right hand side of the Cyrex Test Requisition Form.
    • Click on the red “Payment and Scheduling” button. 
    Locate Contracted Draw Centers and Generate Blood Draw Authorization Form 
    (NOT AVAILABLE IN NY)
    • 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. 
    • Select a date (Monday through Friday) from the calendar provided. 
    • Select the red “Schedule” button next to the draw center of your choice.
    • 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.” 
    • 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.
    • 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:
    • Blood Draw Authorization form
    • Test Requisition provided by MyLabsforLife
    • Specimen collection kit provided by MyLabsforLife.
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Be sure to have all required items at the time of the appointment.
    Required items for Home Health Services are:
    • Test Requisition form (provided by MyLabsforLife)
    • Specimen Collection Kit (provided by MyLabsforLIfe)
    • 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.

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

    Test code: 
    Array 3 - Cyrex Laboratory
    Cost: 
    $425.00
  • Array 4: Gluten-Associated Sensitivity / Cross-Reactive Foods (Cyerx Laboratory)

    Cyrex Array 4: Gluten-Associated Sensitivity and Cross-Reactive Foods (Cyerx Laboratory)

    The Array 4 is recommended for those have Non-Celiac Gluten Sensitivity or Celiac disease who are  
    experiencing limited improvements while avoiding gluten in their diet. This test may also be helpful for those who are experiencing gut dysbiosis that is resistant to interventions. 

    Many times, gluten-free foods, which are supposed to be safe, can be offensive to some individuals. This can be due to sensitivity or a phenomenon called Cross-Reactivity. Cross-reactivity is an immune reaction between an antibody and an antigen (casein), in which the antibody was generated against a different, but similar, antigen (gliadin). The classical definition of molecular mimicry, or antigenic similarity, predicts that auto reactive Th-1 lymphocytes are activated by epitopes derived from dietary proteins or microbial infections. After resolution of the infection or elimination of dietary protein, the activated auto reactive T-cells and food-specific antibodies turn against self-tissue, causing autoimmune disease.

    People with Gluten Sensitivity and Celiac disease are sensitized to a broad range of dietary proteins due to enzyme dysfunction, villi damage, or other disorders. A common problem is the digestion of dairy products; the casein protein, in particular. Consuming these food products may cause persistent symptoms similar to the discomfort experienced when gluten was being regularly consumed. 

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results:
    • This is a Serum (blood) test. 
    • Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions will be mailed with a Test Requisition and specimen collection kit upon receipt of payment by MyLabsforLife.
    • Fasting not required, but please abstain from consuming overly fatty foods prior to blood draw to avoid sample rejection.
    • 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. 
    Results:
    • Samples will be processed within 14 business days receipt at the laboratory.
    • A copy of your test results will be emailed to you directly via secure email from MyLabsForLife.
    Please note: Cyrex Laboratories cannot accept samples from NY.

    Cyrex Test Instructions:
    • This is a Serum (blood) test.
    • Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions will be mailed with a Test Requisition and specimen collection kit upon receipt of payment by MyLabsforLife.
    • Fasting not required, but please abstain from consuming overly fatty foods prior to blood draw to avoid sample rejection.
    • 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.
    • Please note: Cyrex Laboratories cannot accept samples from NY.
    Cyrex Laboratories Blood Draw Instructions: 
    • Specimen collection services may be available to you at no additional charge through the Cyrex Laboratories network of contracted draw centers.
    • This service is not available to minors under the age of 16 and is not guaranteed in all geographical areas.
    • Visit www.Cyrexlabs.com and click on the blue “Schedule Blood Draw” link on the right-hand side of the screen under “Patients.”
    • Enter your Requisition ID and Confirmation Code, located at the top right hand side of the Cyrex Test Requisition Form.
    • Click on the red “Payment and Scheduling” button. 
    Locate Contracted Draw Centers and Generate Blood Draw Authorization Form 
    (NOT AVAILABLE IN NY)
    • 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. 
    • Select a date (Monday through Friday) from the calendar provided. 
    • Select the red “Schedule” button next to the draw center of your choice.
    • 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.” 
    • 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.
    • 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:
    • Blood Draw Authorization form
    • Test Requisition provided by MyLabsforLife
    • Specimen collection kit provided by MyLabsforLife.
    • 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)
    • 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.
    • 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
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Be sure to have all required items at the time of the appointment.
    Required items for Home Health Services are:
    • Test Requisition form (provided by MyLabsforLife)
    • Specimen Collection Kit (provided by MyLabsforLIfe)
    • 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.

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

    Test code: 
    Array 4: Associated Sensitivity
    Cost: 
    $325.00
  • Basic Food Sensitivity and Allergy (IgG) Panel

    Certain proteins in foods may cause an immune response, commonly known as an allergy or intolerance. An immune response may occur right away or have a more insidious onset before damage of the exposure becomes evident. Allergic responses cause elevation inflammatory markers we can measure. Through different pathways, these immune responses cause an increase in inflammation in the part of the body that is affected. Immune responses may manifest as chronic fatigue, headaches, joint pain, gut problems such as irritable bowel, celiac, thyroid dysfunction, depression and mood disorders. Allergic responses also instigate an imbalance in blood sugar and insulin levels. As we know, a chronic elevation in blood sugar is a dangerous threat to brain health. If someone with immune responses to certain foods is continually exposed to these food proteins, these food proteins become a toxin and a vicious cycle of inflammatory destruction becomes self-generating. Over time, sugar cravings continue to increase and so does the multitude of dysfunction initiated by the inflammatory process. When it comes to promoting brain health, this information maybe very helpful indeed.

    This test is used to detect allergen specific IgG antibodies to 8 common foods known to instigate an immune response: Wheat, Gluten, Milk (Cow), Eggs (Whole), Soy, Almond, Peanut and Corn.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.

    Test code: 
    Basic Food Sensitivity and Allergy (IgG) Panel
    Cost: 
    $140.00
  • Candida Antigen / Antibody Profie

    This blood test is used to detect antigens and antibodies (IgG, IgM, IgA) to Candida Albicans.

    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 albicans puts out approximately 79 toxic by-products, all of which weaken the immune system. One of the major toxins produced from Candida albicans is acetaldehyde (neurotoxin), which is transformed by the liver to ethanol (alcohol), causing a feeling of intoxication and brain fog. Over time, the taxed immune system continues to weaken from the presence of yeast overgrowth and its toxic by-products, more symptoms of infection occur, and the potential to receive more antibiotics contributes to a vicious cycle that threatens health and well-being. If the yeast overgrowth is not identified and arrested, it has the potential to transform into an even more threatening pathogen whose roots burrow into the intestinal lining creating what is known as Leaky Gut Syndrome, where the yeast/fungus enter the blood stream. The overuse of antibiotics in the United States has contributed to the increase of Candida overgrowth seen in the population. Other contributors to Candida overgrowth are steroids, birth control pills, chronic stress, and a diet of refined and processed foods. Candida causes infections such as thrush, and is frequently an issue for people who have difficulty controlling their blood sugar (diabetes) and may be life threatening to those who have weakened immune systems. Symptoms of Candida overgrowth may include irritable bowel symptoms, low energy, mood swings and or foggy thinking. If left undetected and unmanaged, yeast overgrowth will result is chronic progressive disease.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.


    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    30440
    Cost: 
    $199.00
  • Ceruloplasmin

    This blood test measures Ceruloplasmin levels. Copper is an essential mineral that is absorbed through the intestine and transported to the liver where it may be stored, used in iron metabolism or used to synthesize needed enzymes. About 95% of the copper in the blood is bound to ceruloplasmin. Elevated ceruloplasmin levels have been associated with inflammatory processes such as Alzheimer's disease, rheumatoid arthritis, angina, severe infection and schizophrenia. Certain medications such as oral contraceptives may cause an elevation in ceruloplasmin.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.


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

    Test code: 
    326
    Cost: 
    $30.00
  • Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10)

    Coenzyme Q10 is also known as Ubiquinone. This blood test is used to measure blood levels of CoQ10. CoQ10 is critical for the basic functioning in all cells and specifically to cardiac tissue due to the high-energy demands of cardiac cells. CoQ10's primary role is to protect and nurture mitochondria the principal energy source of the cell. CoQ10 molecules play a critical role in supporting the transport of electrons between enzymes that produce energy within cells. Research has shown that CoQ10 is an extremely powerful antioxidant and helps support the nervous system. Medical studies have shown there is a relationship between low levels of CoQ10 and disease processes such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, gum disease, hypertension, cancer and muscular dystrophy. Factors related to CoQ10 deficiency include poor diet, thyroid dysfunction, the aging process and antidepressants. Statins sold in Canada carry a warning label on them stating that CoQ10 depletion may lead to impaired cardiac function in patients with known heart failure.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.


    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    19826
    Cost: 
    $98.00
  • Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x3 (Doctor’s Data)

    The Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x 3 is used to objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/fungus and parasites.

    Test Description:
    Gastrointestinal complaints are among the most common in medical care. This comprehensive profile helps pinpoint the causes of gastrointestinal symptoms and chronic systemic conditions, and measures key markers of digestion, absorption and inflammation. Using growth-based culture, the standard of practice in clinical microbiology, as well as sensitive biochemical assays and microscopy, this thorough profile evaluates the status of beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms including aerobic and anaerobic bacteria, yeast and parasites. Antimicrobial susceptibility testing to prescriptive and natural agents is also performed for appropriate bacterial and fungal species at no additional charge. Parasitology testing can include one-, two- or three-day collection, based on practitioner preference.

    Detailed Information:
    The Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x 3 is an invaluable non-invasive diagnostic assessment that permits practitioners to objectively evaluate the status of beneficial and imbalanced commensal bacteria, pathogenic bacteria, yeast/fungus and parasites. Precise identification of pathogenic species and susceptibility testing greatly facilitates selection of the most appropriate pharmaceutical or natural treatment agents.

    Important information regarding the efficiency of digestion and absorption can be gleaned from the measurement of the fecal levels of elastase (pancreatic exocrine sufficiency), fat, muscle and vegetable fibers, and carbohydrates. Inflammation can significantly increase intestinal permeability and compromise assimilation of nutrients. The extent of inflammation, whether caused by pathogens or inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), can be assessed and monitored by examination of the levels of biomarkers such as lysozyme, lactoferrin, white blood cells and mucus. These markers can be used to differentiate between inflammation associated with potentially life-threatening inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), which requires lifelong treatment, and less severe inflammation that can be associated with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) which is frequently due to the presence of enteroinvasive pathogens. Lactoferrin is only markedly elevated prior to and during the active phases of IBD, but not with IBS. Monitoring fecal lactoferrin levels in patients with IBD can therefore facilitate timely treatment of IBD, and the test can be ordered separately. Since the vast majority of secretory IgA (sIgA) is normally present in the GI tract, where it prevents binding of pathogens and antigens to the mucosal membrane, it is essential to know the status of sIgA in the gut. sIgA is the only bona fide marker of humoral immune status in the GI tract.

    Cornerstones of good health include proper digestion of food, assimilation of nutrients, exclusion of pathogens and timely elimination of waste. To obtain benefits from food that is consumed, nutrients must be appropriately digested and then efficiently absorbed into portal circulation. Microbes, larger-sized particles of fiber, and undigested foodstuffs should remain within the intestinal lumen. Poor digestion and malabsorption of vital nutrients can contribute to degenerative diseases, compromised immune status and nutritional deficiencies. Impairment of the highly specific nutrient uptake processes, or compromised GI barrier function, as in "leaky gut syndrome," can result from a number of causes including:

    • Low gastric acid production
    • Chronic maldigestion
    • Food allergen impact on bowel absorptive surfaces
    • Bacterial overgrowth or imbalances (dysbiosis)
    • Pathogenic bacteria, yeast or parasites and related toxic irritants
    • The use of NSAIDs and antibiotics

    Impairment of intestinal functions can contribute to the development of food allergies, systemic illnesses, autoimmune disease, and toxic overload from substances that are usually kept in the confines of the bowel for elimination. Efficient remediation of GI dysfunctions incorporates a comprehensive guided approach that should include consideration of elimination of pathogens and exposure to irritants, supplementation of hydrochloric acid, pancreatic enzymes and pre- and probiotics, and repair of the mucosal barrier.

    Sample Result.

    Test Preparation for Optimal Results:
    See Collection Information

    Test Results:
    8-14 business days one the lab has received the test kit.

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

    Test code: 
    Comprehensive Stool Analysis with Parasitology x3
    Cost: 
    $385.00
  • Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA-s)

    This blood test measures Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) levels. DHEA a natural steroidal hormone made in the adrenal glands, gonads and in the brain. DHEA is a precursor hormone to cortisol, testosterone and estrogen and is the most plentiful steroid hormone in the body. DHEA supports overall growth & development, immune function, memory, cardiovascular support and plays a supportive role in maintaining bone density in post-menopausal women. Levels of DHEA are depleted in both men and women under chronic stress. Levels of DHEA also decline during the aging process. Low levels of DHEA are associated with insomnia, cancer and autoimmune diseases such as diabetes and lupus. Research has shown that DHEA can help raise levels of the powerful neurotrophin brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF). BDNF is a powerful neurotrophin, a specialized protein the supports the development, function and survival of neurons.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    No fasting required.


    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal.
    Test code: 
    402
    Cost: 
    $60.00
  • Estradiol (E2) Sensitive

    This blood test is used to measure Estradiol (E2). Estrogen's role in supporting health and well-being is as significant as it is diverse. Estradiol is the predominant sex hormone present in women and is also found at lower levels in men. Estradiol not only impacts reproductive and sexual functioning, but also affects mood, attention and language skills. Evidence is mounting suggesting that estrogen exposure reduces the risk and slows the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Recent research has documented that estrogen decreases the inflammatory responses associated with dementia and other neurological disorders. The brain protects itself by producing neuroprotective estradiol in response to threatening inflammatory processes that injure brain tissues. Endocrine disruptors such as heavy metals and environmental toxins, processed foods and chronic stress may contribute to an imbalance of the natural production of estrogen. Estradiol is also extremely instrumental in maintaining the integrity of skin, bone, heart and metabolic health. In men, high levels of estradiol are associated with abdominal fat, enlargement of the prostate and cardiovascular risk. For women, when evaluating hormone status, it is important to compare the relationship between estradiol and progesterone. Men should evaluate the relationship between testosterone and estradiol.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. Do not take supplements on the day of the test. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    30289
    Cost: 
    $64.00
  • Estrogens, Total

    This blood test is used to measure total circulating estrogens. The three major naturally occurring estrogens are present in significant quantities in blood. They are estradiol (E2), estrone (E1) and estriol (E3). Because estradiol and estrone fluctuate during a woman’s cycle and menopause, some providers prefer this test when evaluating estrogen levels. Estrogen’s role in supporting health and well-being is as significant as it is diverse. To name a few, estrogen affects emotions moods, attention and language skills. Evidence is mounting suggesting that estrogen exposure reduces the risk and slows the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Recent research has documented that estrogen decreases the inflammatory responses associated with dementia and other neurological disorders. The brain protects itself by producing neuroprotective estradiol in response to threatening inflammatory processes that injure brain tissues. Endocrine disruptors such as heavy metals and environmental toxins, processed foods and chronic stress may contribute to an imbalance of the natural production of estrogen.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. Do not take supplements on the day of the test. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    439
    Cost: 
    $48.00
  • Estrone (E1)

    This blood test measures Estrone (E1). Estrone (E1) is one of the three naturally produced Estrogens. Estrone is the least abundant of the three and is relevant to health and disease because it is considered the strongest acting estrogen. In post-menopausal women, estrone is produced by the adrenal's instead of the ovaries and is the dominant estrogen. Estrone is significant to health and wellness because of its conversion to estrone sulfate, which acts as a reservoir that can be converted to estradiol when needed. Estrogens role in supporting health and well-being is as significant as it is diverse. To name a few, estrogen affects emotions moods, attention and language skills. Evidence is mounting suggesting that estrogen exposure reduces the risk and slows the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease. Recent research has documented that estrogen decreases the inflammatory responses associated with dementia and other neurological disorders. The brain protects itself by producing neuroprotective estradiol in response to threatening inflammatory processes that injure brain tissues. Endocrine disruptors such as heavy metals and environmental toxins, processed foods and chronic stress may contribute to an imbalance of the natural production of estrogen. In post-menopausal women, the balance of all estrogens is crucial to support health and wellness. Abnormally high levels of estrone have been associated with cardiovascular disease, stroke and certain types of cancer.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    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.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal.
    Test code: 
    23244
    Cost: 
    $64.00
  • Ferritin

    This blood test measures ferritin levels in the blood. 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.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    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.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    457
    Cost: 
    $38.00
  • Glutathione

    This blood test measures Glutathione levels. Glutathione is a tripeptide made of glycine, glutamate and cysteine. Glutathione is the most abundant and important intracellular antioxidant (prevents oxidative damage). Glutathione is extremely important in excreting xenobiotics (not naturally produced in the body) compounds. Low levels of glutathione have been reported in cardiovascular disease, arthritis, cancer, autism and reduced production of the neurotransmitter dopamine, as well as in debilitating neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Low levels of glutathione are also associated with chronic exposure to toxic elements (mercury, lead, arsenic, cadmium, manganese, iron), chemicals, and some drugs.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    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.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    90379
    Cost: 
    $138.00
  • Homocysteine

    This fasting blood test measures Homocysteine. Homocysteine a marker used to measure inflammation. Elevated homocysteine levels are associated with Alzheimer's disease and chronic illness. Research has shown a direct link with elevated homocysteine levels and damage to the hippocampus, the area of the brain that plays a crucial role in memory formation. It is well documented that elevated levels of homocysteine may be related to a deficiency of three necessary B Complex Vitamins B6, Folic Acid & B12. This deficiency inhibits the body's ability to process dietary protein. The typical American diet is filled with nutrient deficient foods. Taking B vitamins may not lower homocysteine levels, however they play a critical role in balancing homocysteine levels.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    It is best to be rested and fasting for approximately 9-12 hours prior to lab collection (without food or liquids except water) in order to establish a baseline value.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    31789
    Cost: 
    $55.00
  • Lipids

    This fasting blood test measures lipid (or blood fats) levels. Contrary to cholesterol's negative reputation, our bodies cannot function without it. Cholesterol is needed to produce Vitamin D, steroid hormones and bile acids. Cholesterol is needed to produce brain cells. Low levels of cholesterol are linked to depression, aggression and global amnesia because nerve conduction and transmission is affected. Cholesterol is needed to support memory function. Cholesterol supports the immune system by working to neutralize toxins that are produced when bacteria invade the blood stream from the gut. Cholesterol helps fight infections. Problems with cholesterol begin when the body is unable to process cholesterol properly and the body's antioxidants are unable to guard the body against the oxidation of cholesterol. When oxidized cholesterol is left unchecked by the body's immune system, disease processes such as atherosclerosis can wreak havoc on our vessel walls.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    It is best to be fasting for approximately 9-12 hours prior to lab collection (without food or liquids except water).

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    7600
    Cost: 
    $32.00
  • Magnesium RBC (Red Blood Cell)

    RBC Magnesium is the most precise blood test measuring intracellular magnesium levels. Magnesium is a critical mineral to overall health and well-being. It is estimated that over one half of all Americans may be deficient in magnesium. Studies have shown that those with cardiovascular disease and diabetes have depleted levels of magnesium and postmenopausal women are severely depleted. Magnesium plays many vital roles in preventing heart disease, controlling blood pressure and maintaining healthy cholesterol levels. Magnesium is needed for over 300 enzymatic reactions in the body, including the intracellular production of energy, and muscle contraction and relaxation. Magnesium deficiency contributes to a wide range of imbalances such as muscle cramps and spasms, tremors, neuromuscular disorders and may cause cardiac arrhythmias that result in sudden cardiac death.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:

    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.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    623
    Cost: 
    $52.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Reverse Triiodothyronine (rT3)

    This blood test measures levels of Reverse T3 (rT3). A Reverse Triiodothyronine (rT3) is a thyroid hormone that disrupts the activity of the active the form of thyroid hormone, triiodothyronine (T3). When thyroid hormone is functioning properly, thyroxine (T4) is converted to the active hormone (T3). When reverse T3 is elevated, metabolic rhythms orchestrated by the active thyroid hormone (T3) act as if they were hit by a stun gun. Elevated levels of reverse T3 is also known as thyroid resistance because it mimics many of the same symptoms seen in those who suffer with low thyroid function (hypothyroidism). Some of those symptoms are fatigue, weight gain, cold hands, dry skin, hair loss, moodiness and a decline in cognitive function. Research has cited multiple factors that can generate an elevation in reverse T3. Some of those causes are: physical stress/trauma, strict dieting, chemical exposure, liver and kidney disease, severe illness, heavy metal toxicity, certain medications such as Propranolol (beta blockers), elevated cortisol, low iron levels, and lack of certain cofactors such as selenium and zinc which are crucial for healthy thyroid function.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    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.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    90963
    Cost: 
    $69.00
  • Thyroid Antibodies: Combined Ab & TPO

    This blood test is a combination test used to evaluate both, Thyroid Autoantibodies (TAA) and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO ab). Thyroid autoantibody (TAA) is a test that helps to determine if an autoimmune process is manifesting in the thyroid system. Autoantibodies to thyroglobulin (thyroid hormone) may lead to the destruction of the thyroid gland. Antibodies are more likely to appear after trauma or inflammation of the thyroid gland. Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies (TPO ab) is an important antibody test related to the thyroid gland because thyroid peroxidase is the enzyme responsible for the production of thyroid hormones. This enzyme plays a central role in the function of the thyroid gland. Thyroid peroxidase assists the chemical reaction that adds iodine to a protein called thyroglobulin, a critical step in generating thyroid hormones. Thyroid hormones play an important role in regulating growth, brain development, and the rate of chemical reactions in the body (metabolism).

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    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.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    7260
    Cost: 
    $68.00
  • Thyroid Basic Panel

    The Thyroid Basic Panel includes a TSH, T4, FT3 and a FT4. This group of individual tests was strategically constructed in order to review a broader perspective of thyroid function. The conventional review of thyroid function is usually based on a thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) level alone. The Thyroid Basic Panel may also be used to monitor the effectiveness of either thyroid replacement therapy or evaluate thyroid suppression therapy. A decrease in the amount of thyroid hormone can cause symptoms similar to depression. Many factors may disrupt the balance of thyroid hormone production, including medications, allergies (wheat & gluten), anemia, poor gastrointestinal function, insulin resistance, bone metabolism, hormone imbalances, nutrient deficiencies such as selenium, iodine, tyrosine, manganese as well as decreased levels of Vitamin A & D. Thyroid function is also affected by stress, environmental toxins such as pesticides and PCB's. Thyroid function is also dependent on adequate levels of Progesterone and Sex Binding Hormone Globulin (SHBG).

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    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.

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

    Something To Consider:
    When evaluating thyroid function, it is important to look for the presence of thyroid autoantibodies. The presence of thyroid autoantibodies may lead to the destruction of the thyroid gland. Autoantibodies are more likely to appear after trauma to, or inflammation of, the thyroid gland. The two most common antibodies are Thyroid Autoantibodies (TAA) and Thyroid Peroxidase Antibodies (TPO ab). There is an established relationship between gluten sensitivity and Thyroid Peroxidase antibodies. Each of these tests may be ordered separately. For more information on  thyroid antibodies, please refer to the Individual Lab section of My Labs For Life.
    Test code: 
    Thyroid Basic Panel
    Cost: 
    $155.00
  • Tissue Transglutaminase (tTG, IgA)

    Before gluten has been removed from the diet, a tissue Transglutaminase Antibody (IgA) test is a highly specific blood test used to help identify gluten-sensitive enteropathies such as Celiac Spru disease. It can also be used to help diagnose other autoimmune conditions such as herpetiformis (a skin condition associated with gluten sensitive enteropathies. 

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    It would be best to have this test performed before gluten has been removed from the diet. 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.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    8821
    Cost: 
    $62.00
  • Vitamin B12 & Folate

    This blood test measures both Vitamin B12 and Folate levels. All of the water-soluble B vitamins work as a team to help promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle tone and cardiovascular function. Adequate levels help to protect from the mental strain caused by depression and anxiety. Vitamin B12 helps spark the production of healthy red blood cells and is needed to support the nervous system. Vitamin B12 helps support the synthesis of the neurotransmitter, serotonin. Conditions associated with decreased levels of Vitamin B12 include anemia, nervous system disorders, memory, muscle strength, hypochlorhydria (low levels of needed stomach acid) and inflammatory bowel diseases. A Vitamin B12 deficiency can cause neuropathy in a treatable dementia, which is most often seen after the age of forty. Folic Acid is the co-enzyme required for purine synthesis and blood production. A deficiency of folic acid can cause symptoms similar to those seen in a deficiency of Vitamin B12, which is why it is recommended both of these B vitamins be checked at the same time. Current research has shown that B vitamins may help reduce levels of homocysteine, an inflammatory marker strongly associated with Alzheimer's disease.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    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.

    Disclaimer: A health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    7065
    Cost: 
    $52.00
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

    This blood test measures Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine) levels. All of the water-soluble B vitamins work as a team to help promote healthy nerves, skin, eyes, hair, liver, muscle tone and cardiovascular function. Vitamin B6 is needed to make red blood cells and maintain a healthy immune and nervous system. Vitamin B6 appears to offer significant protection against the development of diabetic nerve disease (neuropathy). Research has shown that individuals with long-standing diabetes, or those developing signs of peripheral nerve abnormalities, may benefit from Vitamin B6 supplementation. Elevated homocysteine levels due to a B6 deficiency may damage arterial walls, which can cause cholesterol to build up and block the vessels. A decreased level of Vitamin B6 impairs immune function by inhibiting the production of interleukin 2 and lymphocyte proliferation. Vitamin B6 deficiency may be related to heart disease, stroke, neurologic conditions, carpal tunnel syndrome, and even PMS.

    Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, have the lab collected early in the morning or shortly after waking. Do not take supplements on the day of the test. For comparison purposes, have subsequent labs collected close to the same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    926
    Cost: 
    $78.00
  • Vitamin D 25-Hydroxy

    This blood test measures Vitamin D 25 (OH) levels. Vitamin D, known as the "sunshine vitamin." Vitamin D is a fat-soluble prohormone that the body can synthesize as Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol) when the skin is exposed to ultraviolet-B (UBV) rays from the sun. Vitamin D is needed for strong bones and teeth, Vitamin D helps your body absorb the amount of calcium and phosphorus it needs. It also has other roles in the body, including modulation of cell growth, neuromuscular and immune function, and reduction of inflammation. Though controversial at times, research demonstrating the importance of Vitamin D3 continues to accumulate, while illuminating the threats that low levels pose to overall health and well-being. There are associations between low Vitamin D levels and peripheral vascular disease, certain cancers, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, juvenile diabetes, Parkinson's, and Alzheimer's disease.In May of 2009, an article published by William B. Grant, PhD of the Sunlight, Nutrition, and Health Research Center (SUNARC) demonstrated that a strong correlation exists between Alzheimer's and Vitamin D deficiency. In 2010, it was reported at the Alzheimer's Association International conference in Hawaii that older men and women with low levels of Vitamin D were approximately four times as likely to suffer from memory deficits. There are two primary ways that people lose teeth - dental caries and periodontal disease. Both conditions are linked to low Vitamin D levels. Low serum Vitamin D levels have been associated with a rise in the incidence of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, depression, dental caries, cancer, osteoporosis, and periodontal disease, all of which are either considered risk factors for dementia and cognitive decline. Low Vitamin D levels also plays a role in hypertension, chronic pain, muscle weakness, muscle wasting, pre-term births as well as birth defects and autoimmune diseases and the list is mounting. In 2008, a number of studies reported that those with higher Vitamin D serum levels had greatly reduced risk of incidence or death from cardiovascular diseases. Research has shown that Vitamin D is neuroprotective and plays a vital role in reducing inflammation and plays an integral role in brain development and function. Vitamin D may also remove toxins from brain tissue. Some researchers are declaring Vitamin D deficiency as "pandemic". Research has shown that 41% of outpatients in the United States between the ages of 49-83 had low circulating Vitamin D levels. In the first year of being institutionalized, almost all elderly people are at risk for becoming Vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D is critical for everyone's optimal health.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    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.

    Disclaimer: Your health-care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    17306
    Cost: 
    $48.00
  • Zinc

    This blood test measures Zinc levels. Zinc is a crucial trace element required for the growth and healthy development of all living organisms. Zinc deficiency can lead to immune system dysfunction and impairments in growth, cognitive dysfunction, poor carbohydrate metabolism and hormonal function. Low dietary zinc is associated with hypogonadism, low Insulin Growth Factor-1, low testosterone and low levels of the thyroid hormone Free T4. It is estimated that nutritional zinc deficiency affects over 2 billion people worldwide, especially those in developing countries. The USDA's 1996 Continuing Survey of Food Intake has documented that over 70% of Americans do not consume the recommended daily allowance for zinc. Zinc is second to iron in body content and is found largely in the intracellular components of tissues in the liver, pancreas, kidney, bone, muscles, eyes, prostate, fingernails and skin. It is a cofactor for more than 300 known enzymes and plays a crucial role in maintaining the healthy function of DNA, RNA and transcription factors. Zinc is necessary to maintain normal serum testosterone. Inadequate zinc levels prevent the pituitary gland from releasing luteinizing and follicle stimulating hormones, which stimulate testosterone production. Zinc deficiency may have an impact on the male prostate gland. Research is ongoing to assess a possible correlation between zinc levels and prostate health. Zinc competes with copper and may contribute to a copper imbalance.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    If possible, it is best to have these labs drawn early in the morning (shortly after waking) and to have subsequent labs drawn for comparison purposes drawn at this same time.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    945
    Cost: 
    $44.00

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