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  • 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
  • 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
  • Cortisol - AM

    This blood test is used to evaluate cortisol levels upon waking. Cortisol is a very potent glucocorticoid hormone that is released from the adrenal cortex. We need this hormone in order to have a healthy immune system, to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fat, and to help regulate healthy serum glucose levels. Cortisol levels are tested to see how you are handling stress. Elevated levels of cortisol have a profound effect on an individuals energy levels; disease resistance and general sense of well-being. Chronic stress interferes with healthy levels of cortisol, weight control and more importantly, normal sleep patterns. When cortisol is elevated, the immune system is taxed and one's sense of well-being is compromised. One of the biggest threats of elevated cortisol levels is the disruption of healthy sleep patterns. When stress levels increase and remain elevated over time, the combination of increased cortisol levels and disruptive sleep patterns may be the most threatening combination for increasing the risk of Alzheimer's diseases. According to the American Stress Institute, stress is America's number one health crisis, straining the economy more than $300 billion annually. Normal cortisol levels rise and fall during the day. This is called a diurnal variation. Functional levels of this hormone are the highest between 6-8 A.M. and they drop to their lowest levels around midnight. If someone wakes up groggy and feels unrested, their cortisol levels may be opposite, meaning there is an imbalance between the adrenal glands and the brain and the natural production of all hormones may be affected. As we age, so do levels of cortisol. As cortisol increases, weight increases as well.

    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    Levels should be drawn at 8 A.M. (Shortly upon waking). Biotin should be held for at least 8 hours prior to obtaining this lab.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    4212
    Cost: 
    $38.00
  • Cortisol PM

    This blood test is used to evaluate cortisol levels approximately 6-8 hours after waking. Cortisol is a very potent glucocorticoid hormone that is released from the adrenal cortex. We need this hormone in order to have a healthy immune system, to metabolize carbohydrates, proteins and fat, and to help regulate healthy serum glucose levels. Cortisol levels are tested to see how you are handling stress. Elevated levels of cortisol have a profound effect on an individuals energy levels; disease resistance and general sense of well-being. Chronic stress interferes with healthy levels of cortisol, weight control and more importantly, normal sleep patterns. When cortisol is elevated, the immune system is taxed and one's sense of well-being is compromised. One of the biggest threats of elevated cortisol levels is the disruption of healthy sleep patterns. When stress levels increase and remain elevated over time, the combination of increased cortisol levels and disruptive sleep patterns may be the most threatening combination for increasing the risk of Alzheimer's diseases. According to the American Stress Institute, stress is America's number one health crisis, straining the economy more than $300 billion annually. Normal cortisol levels rise and fall during the day. This is called a diurnal variation. Functional levels of this hormone are the highest between 6-8 A.M. and they drop to their lowest levels around midnight. If someone wakes up groggy and feels unrested, their cortisol levels may be opposite, meaning there is an imbalance between the adrenal glands and the brain and the natural production of all hormones may be affected. As we age, so do levels of cortisol. As cortisol increases, weight increases as well.


    Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
    Levels should be drawn at 8 A.M. & 4 P.M. Biotin should be held for at least 8 hours prior to obtaining this lab.

    Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
    Test code: 
    4213
    Cost: 
    $38.00
  • 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: 
    $380.00
  • 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
  • Progesterone

    This blood test measures Progesterone levels. Progesterone is a steroid hormone that is produced in the ovaries, the adrenal glands, in the placenta during pregnancy and is stored in adipose tissue. Progesterone prepares the uterus to receive and sustain pregnancy Progesterone balances the powerful effects of estrogen. An imbalance in progesterone will have an effect on sleep, respiration, mood, appetite, learning and memory. Progesterone is a neurosteroid, which means it is neuroprotective. Progesterone supports the normal development of neurons in the brain and has a protective effect on damaged brain tissue. It is important to assess thyroid function when evaluating progesterone levels. Thyroid hormones sensitize cells so progesterone can be readily used. If cells are not exposed to enough thyroid hormones, progesterone cannot enter the cells. In men, a progesterone imbalance can cause weight gain, decrease in libido and prostate enlargement.

    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: 
    745
    Cost: 
    $42.00
  • 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
  • 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

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