Laboratory Testing & Assessment Suggestions

Laboratory Assessment Suggestions

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  1. Laboratory Assessment Suggestions
    1) Thyroid Testing– Make sure ALL Thyroid tests ordered.
    Most docs do not know how to interpret these tests.
    TSH; Total T4; Free T4; Total T3 (T3 Uptake); Free T3 ;

    Reverse T3; & Thyroid antibodies


    2) Other Lab tests to consider:
    Vit D3 level (critical); Hemoglobin A1C;
    Testosterone Free and Total; Sex Hormone Binding Globulin; DHEA-S; Estradiol, Progesterone, FSH / LH; Prolactin 

Dr. Jill Carnahan – 
Your Ultimate Preventative Testing Guide for Optimal Health! 22 Things to Check When You Turn 30

3) Hormone Testing –
Make sure you get ALL your hormones measured and their metabolites – i.e. cortisol’s X 4, Estrogen and Testosterone metabolites;
Some metabolite ratios are predictive of breast and prostate cancer

A) Precision Labs –
Watch Mark Newman interview with Dr. Joe Mercola

B) Genova
Sample report


4) Environmental toxicity Great Plains Labs 
3 parts
A) GPL-TOX – profile of toxicity :
B) OAT (Organic Acid Testing
C) Glyphosate (exposure to GMOs main ingredient in Roundup) 

A) Great Plains Labs GPL-TOX:
& Glyphosate level

Dr W. Shaw PhD  (owner of Great Plains Labs) presentation of the Oly-Tox profile at a environmental med conf.
Take an hour to listen and follow the slides also linked.
Part 1
Part 2
Slides for the entire talk by Dr. Shaw

Dr Cheng Ruan (Houston)
did a superb talk at same Env. Med. conf. showing the correlations
with these toxicities and different organs affected.
Part 1
Part 2
Slides (for entire talk)

Dr. Jockers give a nice review of the individual tests in this profile. He DOES NOT COVER THE Organic Acids test (OAT)
Glyphosate test

Sample report

Gly-Tox profile explanation – Every day, we are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals through products like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution.  As we have become more exposed to chemical-laden products and to toxic chemicals in food, air, and water, we have been confronted with an accelerating rate of chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/AD(H)D, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.
This chemical profile that screens for the presence of 172 different toxic chemicals including organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, benzene, xylene, vinyl chloride, pyrethroid insecticides, acrylamide, perchlorate, diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, and more.  This profile also includes Tiglyglycine (TG), a marker for mitochondrial disorders resulting from mutations of mitochondrial DNA.  These mutations can be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, infections, inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies.

LB – personally this was a surprise with my initial testing in 2016.
I have had success using sauna regularly (30-60 min), Glutathione
(liposomal and topical fantastic) coffee enemas, and
eating even more organically 


B) OAT – Organic Acid Profile

(Detailed explanation and a video by Dr. K. Woeller)
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patient’s overall health with 75 markers.  It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria.  Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine. The cause of these high levels could include oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, acquired infections, as well as genetic factors.

Our Organic Acids Test also includes markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, and is the only OAT to include markers for oxalates, which are highly correlated with many chronic illnesses.

If abnormalities are detected using the OAT, treatments can include supplements, such as vitamins and antioxidants, or dietary modification. Upon treatment, patients and practitioners have reported significant improvement such as decreased fatigue, regular bowel function, increased energy and alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, and decreased abdominal pain. The OAT is strongly recommended as the initial screening test.


4) Heavy Metals testing – Doctor’s Data or Genova

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(I suggest doing a DMSA challenge (chelates metals, increasing chance of finding them à Need Rx for DMSA). I’ve done 5-6 heavy metal tests over last 6 years and the baseline were ALL normal
BUT the chelation values were high and measured my ability to detox so I could follow the numbers as I progressed
You do a baseline urine collection, take certain amount DMSA and repeat a urine collection in 6 hrs.

Great Plains Labs has a hair analysis I’m experimenting with.
Dr. Shaw
says has a similar correlation to doing chelated urine testing.
Here is Dr. W. Shaw’s – talk and slide presentation 

Comprehensive Urine Element Profile (do twice – 6 hrs apart)

Sample report

LB – I personally had toxic levels of mercury, lead and arsenic. I have used DMSA, EDTA suppositories, Cilantro, Chlorella,
mineral supplements, and IV chelation. Metals at toxic levels
(as well as EMF (Electro Magnetic Radiation) will NOT allow other disease states to heal appropriately and efficiently.


5) GI Effects or CSDA – Comprehensive Digestive Stool Analysis 
A) Genova –
Sample report

B) Doctors Data
Sample report


6) Mold

A) Do visual screening ($15 and takes 10 min on computer).

The VCS Test – Visual Contrast Sensitivity – The online VCS Test is a measure of one of the neurologic functions of vision called contrast.  In order to take this test, your corrected visual acuity must be better than 20:50. There must be adequate illumination.   The test is taken with one eye covered and one open at a distance of 18” from the computer screen. It is a ”Pass/Fail,” though how well you do can be used to assess your improvement over time or worsening with re-exposure/repeat illness.
 You need to know that the computer version of the VCS test is a screening test and is not used to diagnose any condition.  If you are concerned about the possibility of a biotoxin associated illness you will need to be examined by a physician experienced in the field.  We recommend your VCS testing results be validated for you by use of a hand held VCS test.

B) Urine mycotoxins – (measures toxic mold exposures in body)
1) Great Plains Labs
(much cheaper and may be more accurate)
     ALSO do O.A.T. test described above
2) Real Time Labs

C) HLA – Immunoglobulin’s
(20% of population is genetically sensitive to mold)

D) TGF-Beta 1; VIP; Anti-Diuretic Hormone; MMP9; VEGF; MSH;


Cardiovascular Health –

A) Genova – CV Health Plus Genomics™ –
Sample test –