Testing

The following tests I will recommend that have posts attached to them, so you can read why they’re useful to check.  Scroll down to the end of the page to get the blood test.

Genetics

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Tests With Posts

Transforming Growth Factor Beta1 (TGFb1)

Complement C4a 

MMP-9

TNF-a

IL-6

VIP

Th1 vs Th2

Leptin

MSH

Estradiol 

Testosterone

ACTH

Prolactin

Cortisol

Progesterone

Calcitriol: Active Vitamin D

IGF-1

DHEA

DHT

Pregnenolone

T4 and T3

Vasopressin

Aldosterone

Insulin

Zinc

Kryptopyrroles

Oxidative Stress

Parathyroid hormone

Adiponectin

Vitamin B12

Growth Hormone (coming soon)- Like IGF-1, you want this to be in balance.  A deficiency causes a lack of vitality and being overweight, but too much increases cancer risk.  You can easily increase this hormone.

SHBG (coming soon)– This binds to testosterone and estrogen and if this is high and these hormones are low, that could indicate a significant cause of health issues,

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Most Important Set of Tests (without Posts)

Use this conversion tool for tests in different units.

The basic blood tests are essential if you want to fully understand your issues.  I listed out specifically which tests I look closely at that your doctor might not pay attention to…For the price, you need to get these….Every one of these tests are important.  Some examples: The CBC will give me a snapshot of your immune system and help me understand what’s happening.  For example, a high WBC count will tell me an infection is occurring, while a low WBC will indicate immunodeficiency and lectin sensitivity.  Your RBC and similar tests will give me measures of hypoxia.   CO2 levels will allow me to see how well you dissociate oxygen from hemoglobin – another measure of hypoxia….Ferritin will indicate an iron deficiency, which can be a cause of fatigue and an inability to combat infections.  Uric acid can tell me what a crucial antioxidant in your body is like – and we can quickly correct it…High Bilirubin levels can also be enlightening…BUN/creatine and urinalysis can tell me if you’re hydrated enough.

Basic blood tests or Basic Blood Tests (missing D3)-CBC/Differential – (WBC, RBC, Hgb, Hct, neutrophils, lymphocytes, monocytes, etc..), Glucose, vitamin D, uric acid (See my article on uric acid), bilirubin, cholesterol, ferritin, iron, thyroid, kidneys, liver, Calcium, magnesium, HbA1C, CRP, CO2, BUN, Creatinine, Basic Thyroid Panel (total T4, TSH, T3 uptake), Alkaline Phosphatase, Urinalysis, Sodium, Potassium and others!

Heart Rate Variability Monitor – Checks heart rate, HRV and you can also check your recovery heart rate.   These three measures are some of the most important measures for all cause mortality.  They can indicate a lot about someone’s health status and what they’re going through.  I use this monitor with the EliteHRV app.

Autoimmune Screening Panel – RA, ANA, tTG, TGA, TPO…You can check just thyroid antibodies (TPO, TGA)….If you have high levels of any of these, then you will need to go on a stricter lectin avoidance diet until these markers normalize…

CRP-hs

Homocysteine – can indicate methylation status…

Comprehensive Stool Analysis -This is a screening of a variety of infections….If you detect any, then you can do a protocol to rid yourself of it….which will help reduce your infection burden……Other tests that also check for gut infections, but aren’t necessary include: Comprehensive Stool Test, or Comprehensive Stool TestIntestinal Parasites, Microbiology Stool TestMetamatrix DNA stool test (tests bacteria, yeasts, fungi, parasites, campylobacter, E Coli, C Diff, H Pylori, Calprotectin, Eosinophil Protein X, SCFA.  See sample report.)

Mycoplasma Pneumoniae – The similarity between the compositions of M. pneumoniae and human cell membranes can also result in autoimmune responses in several organs and tissues (R).

H Pylori Breath Test-both breath and stool tests are useful…(R)  H Pylori can be a cause of inflammation, oxidative stress and contribute to food sensitivities.  You can get rid of H pylori with various supplements.

Second Most Important Set of Tests

These tests are important, but not as important as the first set.  If people have the money I recommend they also do these tests.  Each of these tests produce results that can result in better understanding of a person’s issues.

Originally, these tests were in the most important section, but there were too many tests that I decided to split them up.

  • Total IgE, IgG, IgM, IgA – if you have low levels, it will indicate an inability to fight infections.  You can fix this by taking High IG colostrum and astragalus… If you have high levels of these antibodies in general, then developing food sensitivities will likely occur in the the future.  Useful test for some to see immune status and if you’re dealing with infection.
  • HLA Genes for mold – use with HLA calculator,
  • Organic Acid Test by Metametrix – can give you a decent amount of info...
  • CopperRBC folate, – these are nutrients that are important and can easily be fixed if too low….In a group of depressed people, those with higher levels of magnesium had more intense depression – ironically. Both blood and erythrocyte magnesium levels are shown to be associated with the intensity of the depression. (R) This doesn’t mean it’s causal, but it’s interesting.  Magnesium lowers cortisol levels (R), and if you have high levels you want to check what your magnesium status is.
  • Histamine – For people with suspected histamine issues and can also tell you if you’re an over or under methylator.  This will hep guide if you should take methylation supplements.  High histamine suggests being an under methylator.  Undermethylators have lower levels of serotonin, dopamine, norepinephrine….Under methylators are prone to Depression, OCD, Autism…Over Methylators are prone to anxiety, panic, sleeplessness, bipolar, schizophrenia….
  • Pred:  hs-CRP, IL-6, IL-8, TNF-a, PAI-1, Glucose, Adiponectin, Insulin, Proinsulin, HOMA-IR, Hemoglobin A1c, C-Peptide, Leptin
  • Hepatitis Panel – A, B and C
  • Methylation Pathway Test – Says how well your methylation systems are functioning and also shows oxidized and reduced glutathione.
  • Osmolality – a measure of hydration.  Normal human reference range  is 285-295. Osmolality of blood increases with dehydration and decreases with overhydration.  Increased osmolarity frequently occurs following illness due to chronic neurotoxic diseases such as Lyme disease (R).  It can also occur if you have too much sodium or glucose in your blood.  High levels of osmolality increases oxidative stress in cells.  When your blood has too little water and too much solutes, water from your cells goes out to compensate and excrete water.  Too little water will damage proteins and DNA in cells (R).

Third Most Important Set of Tests

These are all useful, but given that there are many test that are more important and we don’t have unlimited money, I generally will recommend these last.

Fourth Most Important Set of Tests (Generally not important)

I generally don’t ever get these tests, but they can be useful in some ways…

Canada Tests

Europe Tests