Here are a selection of tests you can still order through me if you need to as I can't get them through the other labs and I want you still to be able to access them (cos I'm kind like that!). All other tests can be ordered via the new test pages here. You can find out more information about the tests listed here on those pages too and see below for sample reports, collection instructions etc.
Most you pay me, the £0.00 aren't free (sorry!), it means you pay the lab when you return your samples.
Mycotoxins (Mould/Mold toxins) Test
In recent times, quite a few studies have been suggesting that chronic diseases including lupus, chronic fatigue and fibromyalgia can be triggered or exacerbated by toxins released and inhaled from indoor moulds (molds). I have listed the GPL Mycotoxins test for you and you can see a sample report here. Collection instructions are here.
FDX Ultra Health Report from Functional Diagnostics
Invented by Dr Dicken Weatherby, this gives optimal ranges of nutrients but also a shed-load more interpretation using the lab results as indicators and predictors of problems instead of just giving you a baffling set of numbers.
It includes a very detailed report with a lot of useful - practical - info you can work with if that's what you need. It includes hormones, folate, B12, Vit D, fasting insulin, a PSA count for men, homocysteine and fibrinogen. You can see a sample report here (note the report indexes start at page 7.
Samples returned to the lab by courier, which is included. Blood needs to be centrifuged. Test instructions are here.. I truly wish more people would have this test done! Just make sure you do this one within 30 days or they can charge an admin fee and the full price after 90 days if you cancel!
NB COVID NOTE: you will need to ignore the returns label in the FDX kits for now as samples are taking too long. Samples should be posted the same day as they are taken and sent by Royal Mail Special Delivery guaranteed before 12 noon next day to Functional Diagnostix Ltd, Unit 12 Central Business Ctr, Iron Bridge Close, London, NW10 0UR. Check the collection cut off times with your local post office so you don't miss it!
I am often asked for an overall MOT health check test and I think this is a brilliant one. You can also combine with one of the functional or metabolic tests below for a really wide look.
Genova ONE and ION Profile
In essence, metabolic and functional testing simply means looking at how the body is functioning and metabolising stuff, how the systems are working. The labs look at amino and organic acids and use complicated analysis to work out from their complex relationships which systems of the body might need more support. This is a different way from testing actual cellular levels of nutrients for example. The ION includes both.
The Genova ONE (Optimum Nutrition Evaluation) gives you info on some key functional areas: gut function, cellular energy production, neurotransmitter levels, oxidative stress levels etc as well as specific recommendations for nutrients and antioxidants.
Even better is the ION Profile, which includes functional testing like the ONE in addition to more direct testing of the minerals and fatty acids. If I could choose a standard work-up, the ION Profile would be it, but it costs.
Both give you a supplement recommendation to follow, which has basically done all the work for you!
Dr Carl Pfeiffer discovered the link between pyrrole (or pyrole as some people spell it) levels with mental health disorders. The Kryptopyrroles (Pyroluria) Test is done by Biolab, and is fine to do on children.
Red Blood Cell (RBC) Magnesium
By far the best way to test important mineral, you can do red blood cell with the Elements tests on the Vits & Mins Tests page or separately here if you only want the magnesium done.
Hints & Tips:
Q: Why don't I need to freeze my kryptopyrrole samples when other tests say I do?
A: Here is what Biolab says about it:
"There’s no harm in freezing krypto-pyrrole samples if a patient prefers to do that, but we have looked at this closely and samples left on the lab bench at ambient temperature do not decrease their kryptopyrrole value over a period of 5-10 days. Sensitivity to light and adding ascorbic acid to the sample (covered if patients use our test kits) are more important in terms of kryptopyrrole preservation.
Some people are so concerned about this they even send the samples on dry-ice to us from outside of the UK, but if we leave the samples at ambient temperature and re-test a week later the results are the same. Some other labs measure slightly different compounds (HPL etc) to diagnose pyroluria and it is possible that these compounds are more temperature sensitive.
Freezing doesn’t do any harm, so we welcome frozen samples if the patient/practitioner prefers this option."
Q: My kryptopyrrole results say they are within reference range yet you have said I may still have a problem. Why?
A: Biolab tell me that the average population scores about 0.02-0.03 so I generally think anything much above that, if the symptoms suggest it, may be worth a Zinc & B6 trial to see if it helps symptoms.
Q: The reference range looks different to other tests. Why is that?
A:. I asked Biolab and they said: "We measure the light absorbance after the chemical reaction to produce the “lavender” colour change that is traditionally used to diagnose the presence of kryptopyrroles in the urine (sometime referred to as the “Mauve factor”). The labs that report the results in mass units are calibrating the analysis against a specific standard and therefore just measuring one pyrrole compound (normally hydroxyhaemopyrrolin-2-one).
Our reference interval is clear enough to diagnose a positive result (after adjustment for the urine concentration with the osmolality)."
So, in other words, Biolab's test is more comprehensive and can't be compared to the reference ranges of other tests. There is no conversion from one to another. On the report, you take the second score after it has been 'corrected for osmolality'. I'll tell you in your results email.