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Bloodspot Amino Acid Testing: Uncover & Optimize


How Amino Acids Work:

Essential for bodily functions, amino acids are broken down by enzymes with vitamin and mineral assistance. Genetic irregularities can lead to abnormal levels, signalling potential dysfunction.


What is Amino Acid Testing?

Identifies deficiencies in enzymes, cofactors, or genetic irregularities affecting amino acid production, revealing imbalances hindering energy and function.


What to Expect:

Results guide personalised treatment, indicating the need for specific nutrients, minerals, amino acid supplements, and metabolism support to address chronic diseases and enhance overall health.


When to Consider Testing:

Ideal for fatigue, mood issues, sleep disturbances, attention difficulties, disorders like ADD, depression, anxiety, Tourette syndrome, TIC disorder, OCD, seizures, and those seeking insights into weight management, protein intake, digestion, or nutrient absorption.


Uncover and optimize with Bloodspot Amino Acid Testing.

Bloodspot Amino Acids and Urine Organic Acids: Comprehensive Nutritional Screening


Our Bloodspot Amino Acid and Urine Organic Acid tests offer a thorough nutritional screen. The Bloodspot Amino Acid Assay, conducted through a simple finger stick, measures essential and key nonessential amino acids. Fasting amino acid levels provide insight into the homeostatic balance crucial for optimal health.


This non-invasive alternative to traditional blood draws offers convenience and simplicity. While the Bloodspot test covers a wide range of amino acids, our partnership with Pathcare includes a form to address additional vitamins and minerals, ensuring a comprehensive nutritional assessment. Take the first step towards understanding and optimizing your nutritional balance from the comfort of your home.


Mycotox Urine Profile: Uncover and Address Mold Exposure


Advantages of the MycoTOX Profile:

– Screens for eleven mycotoxins from 40 mold species in one urine sample.

– Utilizes advanced mass spectrometry for high sensitivity, detecting lower toxin levels.

– Ideal for follow-up testing post-detoxification therapies.

– Complements the Organic Acids Test, GPL-TOX, and Glyphosate Test for comprehensive toxin assessment.


Patients Who Benefit:

Ideal for those with mold exposure-related symptoms or diseases, including:

– Alzheimer’s, Anxiety/Depression

– Asthma, Autism

– Chronic Fatigue, Cognitive Impairments

– Inflammatory Bowel Disease, Intestinal Permeability

– Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s Disease, and more.


Why Test for Mycotoxins:

– Mycotoxins, produced by molds, can cause acute and chronic health issues.

– Common exposure routes: inhalation, dermal contact, ingestion.

– Mycotoxins found in water-damaged buildings, contaminated foods, and more.


Mycotox Markers:

– Aflatoxin M1 (AFM1)

– Ochratoxin A (OTA)

– Sterigmatocystin (STG)

– Roridin E

– Verrucarin A

– Enniatin B

– Zearalenone (ZEA)

– Gliotoxin, Mycophenolic Acid, Dihydrocitrinone, Chaetoglobosin A (marked with *)


Genera of Mold Tested:

– Aspergillus

– Penicillium

– Stachybotrys

– Fusarium


Recommendations for Treatment:

– Reduce mold exposure in the environment (food, skin, inhalation).

– Control humidity levels, repair leaks, and address water-damaged areas.

– Fluid support, Oltipraz, and a diet rich in specific vegetables may aid detoxification.

– Supplementation with various nutrients can help mitigate oxidative effects.


Specimen Requirements:

Urine: Collect 10 mL of the first morning urine before food or drink for accurate results. Fasting for 12 hours may enhance mycotoxin excretion from adipose tissue. (Not recommended if combined with other urine tests.)

GI Map with Zonulin: Precision Gut Testing for Reflux, Heartburn, and Unresolved Gut Issues



The GI Map with Zonulin offers comprehensive gut testing, particularly beneficial for individuals struggling with reflux, heartburn, and persistent gut issues with no improvement despite previous interventions, including scopes.


Quantification with qPCR Technology:

Unlike other stool tests, the GI-MAP utilizes quantitative polymerase chain reaction (qPCR) technology, providing practitioners with accurate, quantitative results. This method surpasses standard PCR, culture, microscopy, and DNA sequencing in detecting and quantifying clinically-relevant organisms. Quantifying the DNA helps assess the clinical significance of pathogenic organisms and dysbiosis patterns.


Reliability and Reproducibility:

The GI-MAP stands out as the only laboratory in the United States exclusively using qPCR for advanced comprehensive stool testing. This technology, widely employed in clinical and academic research, ensures highly accurate quantification, sensitivity, and specificity. The GI-MAP delivers consistently reproducible results, validated to meet or exceed FDA standards through rigorous quality control.


Personalized Treatment Plans and Informative Retests:

The accuracy of the GI-MAP enables practitioners to craft personalized treatment protocols based on the urgency of infections, current gut optimization, and post-resolution considerations. This quantification capability facilitates insightful retests, allowing practitioners to assess treatment effectiveness. The retest can show improvements in dysbiosis, resolution of parasites, and more.


Who Benefits from the GI-MAP?

Almost every patient can benefit from a GI-MAP gut health assessment, whether aiming for optimal health or struggling with chronic undiagnosed conditions. Conditions that warrant testing include autoimmune diseases, IBS/IBD, digestive complaints, brain fog, skin problems, mood disorders, diabetes, weight issues, and more.


GI-MAP for Infants and Children:

Yes, the GI-MAP is suitable for infants and children, providing valuable insights into conditions related to Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Autism, and various digestive complaints. This comprehensive stool analysis is a versatile tool for assessing and addressing gut health at all ages.


Adrenal Function and Cortisol Test – Uncover Stress Factors



This saliva test assesses adrenal function and cortisol levels for individuals experiencing stress, fatigue, insomnia, and a reduced ability to cope. Symptoms such as nervousness, irritability, salt/sugar cravings, dizziness, headaches, decreased stamina, burnout, chronic diseases, anxiety, and depression can be linked to cortisol imbalances. Cortisol levels follow a specific daily pattern, peaking 30 minutes after waking and gradually decreasing throughout the day. Alterations in this pattern may indicate adrenal gland issues, contributing to stress-related symptoms. DHEA levels, a hormone linked to stress response, can also be evaluated.


Telomere Age Determination – Understand Your Biological Age



TruAge COMPLETE provides insights into age-related questions, offering a comprehensive understanding of your biological age against your chronological age. Answer questions like: How is my body aging with each passing year? What is the length of my telomeres? Beyond my birthday, how old is my body biologically? The collection delves into the impact of lifestyle choices on DNA expression, addressing factors like alcohol consumption, caloric restriction, and exposure to tobacco smoke. Simplify age tracking with the ever-expanding TruAge Complete Collection, targeting mechanisms underlying aging for lasting health improvements. Biological aging, influenced by epigenetics, involves changes at the cellular and molecular levels. Accelerated biological aging is a significant risk factor for chronic diseases. Epigenetics, the link between genes and the environment, influences biological age throughout life based on choices in nutrition, exercise, medications, sleep, stress, and more. Uncover the secrets to slowing down biological aging and optimizing overall health with TruAge COMPLETE.

Food Intolerance Testing – Bloodspot Analysis for Targeted Insights



The IgG Food Map bloodspot test is designed for individuals experiencing symptoms related to food but with negative allergy testing results. This test identifies IgG food sensitivities associated with various conditions such as ADHD, asthma, autoimmune diseases, depression, gastrointestinal issues, skin problems, and weight-related concerns. By pinpointing specific food triggers through a personalized elimination/rotation diet, this test offers a more convenient and effective approach than removing common foods known to cause allergies. The Biometrix Labs IgG Food Map also assesses reactions to candida, providing crucial insights into gut health and potential candida overgrowth, which is linked to digestive symptoms, fatigue, skin infections, and more. Addressing identified food sensitivities is integral to healing the body and alleviating unexplained symptoms.

Neurotransmitter Testing – Uncover the Chemistry of Mood and Behavior



This urine test analyzes the 10 most important neurotransmitters, making it an essential tool for individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, ADHD, and other mood-related concerns. Suitable for those experiencing diminished energy, insomnia, cognitive challenges, addiction, obsessions, chronic illness, pain, and low libido, the test provides a non-invasive method to assess neurotransmitter levels. Neurotransmitters play a crucial role in communication between nerve cells, impacting mood, energy, and cognitive function. Factors such as diet, lifestyle, age, hormonal imbalance, and environmental exposures can influence neurotransmitter levels. The analysis offers valuable insights into a patient’s ability to synthesize and metabolize neurotransmitters, aiding in the assessment of overall health and functional status. Understanding neurotransmitter levels can guide therapeutic interventions, improving clinical success and patient outcomes. This comprehensive neurotransmitter test is a key component of a holistic health assessment, providing valuable insights supported by scientific literature.


Comprehensive Infection Screening – Uncover Hidden Infections Contributing to Chronic Illness



Patients grappling with chronic illnesses often find themselves caught in a web of chronic inflammation, pain, and fatigue, which could be attributed to concealed infections. Tickborne diseases, prevalent worldwide and transmitted by various ticks, are notorious for causing generic symptoms that overlap with other conditions. Recognizing these symptoms is challenging, making it crucial to screen for tickborne diseases, especially for patients with chronic inflammation and persistent fatigue or pain.


Symptoms Associated with Tickborne Diseases:

– Fever and/or chills

– Headache

– Bell’s palsy

– Neck stiffness

– Fatigue

– Muscle or joint aches/pains

– GI symptoms: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea

– Rash

– Loss of appetite

– Weight loss

– Change in cognitive or psychological status

– Anemia

– Enlarged, tender lymph nodes

– Painful abdomen

– Dizziness or shortness of breath

– Numbness or weakness in limbs




About the Test:

The Vibrant Immunochip, a breakthrough in tickborne disease testing, goes beyond conventional western blot tests. Crafted from recombinant proteins of various Borrelia burgdorferi species, it ensures higher sensitivity and specificity, surpassing CDC two-tier testing criteria. Operating on a silicon micro-array platform, the Vibrant Tickborne Diseases panel excels in specificity and sensitivity, offering unparalleled accuracy.


Patients often present with non-specific symptoms, leading to challenges in pinpointing Lyme disease or related conditions. Vibrant’s comprehensive antibody (indirect) and DNA (direct) test is a valuable tool for detecting Lyme and co-infections, assisting clinicians in accurate diagnosis. The expanded test menu covers a broad spectrum of tickborne diseases and opportunistic infections, setting a new standard in infectious micro-organism testing. The Vibrant platform’s advanced technology ensures early detection, high reproducibility, and automated precision, eliminating inter-sample variability for superior diagnostic insights.

Comprehensive Assessment of Toxic Non-Metal Compounds – Uncover Environmental Toxic Burden



In our modern lives, we face a constant barrage of toxic chemicals from diverse sources such as food, pharmaceuticals, household products, and environmental pollutants. This heightened exposure, attributed to industrialization and chemical-intensive practices, poses a significant health risk, ranging from minor skin irritations to severe, life-threatening conditions. The GPL-TOX Profile emerges as a crucial tool for evaluating exposure to environmental pollutants, providing a comprehensive assessment of 173 toxicants through 18 metabolites, including the pivotal marker Tiglyglycine linked to mitochondrial damage—a common consequence of chronic toxin exposure.


Advanced Detection with Mass Spectrometry:

Employing advanced mass spectrometry (LC/MS), the GPL-TOX Profile excels at identifying lower levels of specific genetic, mitochondrial, and toxic chemical markers that may escape detection by conventional mass spectrometry.


Who Can Benefit from the GPL-TOX Profile:

Exposure to these omnipresent compounds has been linked to a spectrum of diseases and conditions, including but not limited to:

– Autism

– Behavioral Issues

– Cardiovascular Disease

– Certain types of cancer

– Early or delayed puberty

– Endocrine Disruption

– Fatigue

– Immune Suppression

– Infertility

– Kidney Disease

– Mitochondrial Disorder

– Neurological Problems

– Obesity

– Thyroid and Adrenal Dysfunction


*Practical Insights for Practitioners:*

The GPLTOX test report is a valuable resource for practitioners seeking profound insights into their patients’ potential exposure to environmental pollutants. Organized into clinically relevant categories, the report details all metabolites along with their parent compounds, covering:

– Industrial Toxicants

– Organophosphate Insecticide Metabolites

– Herbicides

– Pyrethroid Insecticides

– Markers for Mitochondrial Function