Taking a deeper look...tests!
Updated: Mar 15, 2018
So many of you have been asking me about the lab tests your doctor should be ordering. I will say that most conventional doctors simply do not know which ones they need to order, mainly because they are not trained to find the root causes.
Some of these tests will be covered by insurance & some will not. If you're like me without insurance, you may be able to negotiate with the labs directly or with the ordering medical professional.
As usual, I urge you to find a functional medical professional in your area that will be well versed in these kinds of tests and able to read the results accurately. IFM
If you've already completed the other testing I have recommended (food sensitivity & spectracell) I encourage you to dig deeper. Most of what is being tested in normal serum (blood) tests are not getting down to the cellular level.
DUTCH (dried urine test for comprehensive hormones)
Tests for adrenal stress, sex hormones and metabolites, melatonin and DNA oxidative stress test.
Why DUTCH is the best hormone testing method on the market: https://dutchtest.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/DUTCH-White-Paper-1.pdf
Cost $325 (no insurance billing unless you go directly to your insurance company an ask and you can call the lab directly and they can assist you in submitting for reimbursement.) CS # 503-687-2050
GI-MAP (functional stool testing)
Further insight into gut flora identifying commensal bacteria
Identification of parasites, pathogenic bacteria, yeast
Intestinal biomarkers indicating levels of digestive and absorptive function, as well as potential issues with gut inflammation and immunology and intestinal hyper permeability.
Cost $179 deposit w/ insurance PPO no HMO, $359 direct cash pay, no cost with Medicare, HMO must pay direct cash pay.
Comprehensive urinary organic nutritional test profile providing information on:
Functional vitamin and mineral status
Amino acid insufficiencies like carnitine and NAC
Oxidative damage and antioxidant need
Phase 1 & Phase 2 detoxification capacity
Functional B-complex vitamin need
Mitochondrial energy production
Lipoic acid and CoQ10 status
Markers for bacterial and test overgrowth
Cost $175 insurance deposit and the lab (Genova) will bill your insurance. Cash price $355.
Array 14 Mucosal Immune Reactivity Screen (Saliva)
Evaluate mechanisms of compromised immune tolerance.
Cost $339 (cash only no insurance billing)
Guys, I KNOW, "I can't afford these" "the pricing is outrageous"....etc. Yea, trust me! I know! You really have to start looking at it as an investment in yourself! If you continue going about your day to day as normal and throwing bandaids on your issues, you will eventually have to come out of pocket WAAAAAAAAY more than this. As I said before, its taken me a really long time to accept & be willing to make investments in my health. I have high hopes for our health care system & our medical care for the future.
I will be posting my personal results here once I have the time ;o)
I hope this info will help you all.
Brianna, Holistic Healing Fit Club