Lab Testing 2017-11-22T09:45:52+00:00

 Lab Testing

Tracey only offers lab tests that she has researched extensively and tried on herself, family and willing friends (she has great family and friends). Lab tests are costly, but are so informative. We learn so much by looking under the surface!

The Great Plains Laboratory, Inc. (GPL) is a research-based clinical laboratory offering testing for nutritional factors in chronic illnesses such as autism, AD(H)D, fibromyalgia, and gastrointestinal and neuropsychiatric disorders. We provide a variety of metabolic tests including those for immune deficiency, amino acids, essential fatty acids, glutathione levels, inflammation, metal toxicity, toxic chemicals, genetic SNPs, and food allergies.

Tracey has attended the three-day Master Practitioner’s Workshop with The Great Plains Laboratory. She is skilled at interpreting many of the phenomenal tests offered by this Kansas-based company.

As an example, the Organic Acids Test (OAT) Nutritional & Metabolic Profile is a simple urine test which is collected and sent off for analysis. Tracey has found this test to coordinate well with nutrigenomics assessments and offer great benefit to uncovering the root cause of health problems or optimizing general health.

Link to Organic Acid Test Brochure is HERE.

GPL is the only lab in the U.S. currently offering a urine test to assess your level of glyphosate exposure. Glyphosate is an herbicide and is the primary chemical in Roundup ™.

GPL offers testing for many common toxic chemical exposures thru their GPL-TOX: Toxic Non-Metal Chemical Profile.  GPL-TOX screens for 172 different environmental pollutants using 18 different metabolites, all from a single urine sample.

The new GPL-MycoTOX screens for seven different mycotoxins, from four species of mold, in one urine sample. Diseases and symptoms linked to mycotoxin exposure include fever, pneumonia-like symptoms, heart disease, rheumatic disease, asthma, sinusitis, cancer, memory loss, vision loss, chronic fatigue, skin rashes, depression, ADHD, anxiety, and liver damage. With our new GPL-MycoTOX Profile, we can identify mycotoxin exposures and make recommendations for detoxification treatments that have been effective. Link to GPL-MycoTOX Brochure is HERE.

Links to sample test reports:

Comprehensive Stool Analysis sample report

Glyphosate Profile sample report

Organic Acids Test sample report

GPL-MycoTOX sample report

DUTCH hormone testing

DUTCH stands for Dried Urine Test for Comprehensive Hormones. Is this a test you might be interested in? Do you suffer from these symptoms?

  • Fatigue
  • Low sex drive
  • Weight gain
  • Anxiety
  • Mood swings
  • Thinning hair
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Hot flashes
  • Night sweats
  • Memory loss
  • Irregular periods
  • Breast tenderness
  • Acne
  • Insomnia

All these symptoms could be a result of hormone deficiencies and imbalances which could affect both men and women as we age! Testing can help you discover the root cause of your imbalances and get you back on your way to optimal health! You have the option of testing cortisol, sex hormones, or both.

Please see the document links below for more information on this easy to complete at home urine test.

Two test options and prices:

  1. Complete Sex Hormone Metabolites, Adrenal Function and Melatonin: $350
  2. Sex Hormone Metabolites: $250

Tracey will directly mail you this test kit. You will watch an instructional video on how to collect the urine samples on test strips, let them dry and then mail the strips back to the lab company for processing.

You can see a sample of the DUTCH test report HERE.

Links to additional information about the DUTCH test.

The Basics of Hormone Testing

Building a better lab test

Wheat Zoomer

The most comprehensive, sensitive and specific test on the market to determine the spectrum of wheat and gluten related disorders. Vibrant’s Wheat Zoomer is a health analytics tool built to assist in the detection of wheat and gluten related disorders. It aids in the specific recognition of antibodies to wheat peptides-including gluten and non-gluten components along with intestinal permeability. The Wheat Zoomer allows detection of protein antibodies associated with wheat and gluten sensitivities for information to reduce, monitor and manage the inflammatory effects of those sensitivities.

You can see a sample of the Wheat Zoomer test report HERE. 

Neural Zoomer

Neural Zoomer is an array of neurological proteins which offers very specific antibody-to-antigen recognition. Neural Zoomer is designed to assess an individual’s reactivity to neurological antigens.

The Neural Zoomer has optional additional genetic testing for the ApoE genotype, which has been shown to influence risk of certain neurological conditions. There are three different versions (alleles) of the ApoE gene; 2, 3, and 4. You inherit one copy from each of your parents, therefore can have any combination of two of those alleles.

You can see a sample of the Neural Zoomer test report HERE. 

Quicksilver Scientific

Mercury Tri-Test

The Quicksilver Scientific Mercury Tri-Test is the only clinical test that utilizes mercury speciation analysis, a patented advanced technology that separates methyl mercury (MeHg) from inorganic mercury (HgII) and measures each directly. Quicksilver Scientific’s instruments are sensitive enough to measure ambient mercury levels in the body WITHOUT THE NEED FOR CHALLENGE TESTING. This laboratory test provides unprecedented information for the healthcare practitioner, allowing them to assess the patient’s exposure sources, body burden and ability to excrete each form of mercury. This detailed information helps build an informed picture and allows the clinician to plan a rational approach to successful detoxification strategy for the patient.

Micronutrient Test

This is a serum assessment of how well the body utilizes 33 vitamins, minerals, amino/fatty acids, antioxidants, and metabolites. This blood test works very well with a Nutrigenomics Evaluation to determine best how to supplement to support SNPs. This test also helps determine nutrient deficiencies that can occur due to poor intake, problems with the gut that lead to poor digestion or from increased needs due to injury, trauma or disease. Tracey recommends most clients have this test done because it reports the level of nutrients inside the cell were we need them to do their work!

Note: some clients are able to use insurance to decrease the out of pocket cost of this test.

Micronutrient test cost: $190-290

The SpectraCell lab offers many affordable add-on tests such as: *Thyroid panel *Advanced Lipoprotein *Particle Profile™ Plus *Metabolic Risk Assessment * OmegaCheck which measures the ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 fatty acids *Hormone health *Genotyping for MTHFR, APOE and Factor V Leiden and Prothrombin *Add-ons; CBC and Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

Tracey will have this test kit drop-shipped to your home. You will take the test kit to a recommended nearby lab or have a phlebotomist come to your home or work.

You can see a sample of the SpectraCell Micronutrient patient report HERE. 

Adrenal Stress Profile 201

Description: This profile is used to evaluate the adrenal glands and hormone balance. Tracey can guide you in supporting the adrenals with nutritional protocols and lifestyle modifications based on test results. Using saliva, and four samples collected over a day this test will measure cortisol rhythm and averaged DHEA-S.

Stress profile cost: $225.00

Tracey will have this test kit drop-shipped to your home. In the comfort of your home you will collect four small vials of saliva, freeze them and ship them to the lab company.

You can see a sample of the BioHealth Adrenal Stress Profile – 201 report HERE.

SIBO (Small Intestine Bacteria Overgrowth) 

Description: This test kit is delivered to your home. It requires a specialized diet prep period prior to administering the test. Tracey will provide you with this diet prep protocol. The test helps determine if your gastrointestinal symptoms are attributable to an overgrowth of bacteria that normally reside in your colon. Sometimes these bacteria move up into your small intestine where they should not be and cause gastrointestinal problems such as constipation, gas, diarrhea or a mix of all these.  This is a breath test. You will breath into a special breath collection bag with tubes and mail the tubes back to the lab for analysis. Once your results are in Tracey will meet with you to discuss the results and provide with recommendations.

BioHealth SIBO test kit cost: $249.00

You can see a sample of the BioHealth SIBO test report HERE.

NOTE: This test requires that you drink a lactulose solution as part of the test. For people who are lactose intolerant, the lactulose sometimes (but not always) will cause GI discomfort like gas, bloating, etc. I advise against doing the test if you have a true lactose allergy, but if you’re willing to put up with discomfort, it is possible to do the test with lactose intolerance. You might try taking some digestive enzymes with lactase in them after the test is complete if you are sensitive to lactase. Please let Tracey know if you have concerns about the lactulose. 

Tracey will occasionally recommend specific lab tests that you can order through her practitioner page at Direct Labs. She will guide you to this site for tests she thinks are important to your health. Her page lists labs she commonly recommends to make it easier for you to order. These are important functional labs that your insurance company may not cover. Examples are stool tests, organic acids test, a breath test for small intestine bacteria overgrowth, red blood cell heavy metals test and serum ferritin to name a few. Prices vary depending on the specific test.

To go to my Direct Labs page click HERE.

This kit is used for a Nutrigenomics Evaluation. Order your test kit from Ancestry.com. The kit will be delivered to your home. You will collect and submit a saliva sample via mail.

This kit is used for a Nutrigenomics Evaluation. Order your test kit from 23andMe. The kit will be delivered to your home. You will collect and submit a saliva sample via mail.

Kit price: $99 for the Ancestry Service kit (you do not need to order the more expensive Health + Ancestry Service kit).

Note: 23andMe often offers a discount on orders of multiple kits.