Angie uses Functional Lab Testing to help identify the root causes of your conditions, which include underlying infections and bacterial overgrowth, metabolic disturbances and nutrient deficiencies. Angie adds only a small fee for interpretation and protocol development and does not significantly mark up the pricing of the tests. Angie’s only goal with Functional Lab Testing is the obtain the information needed to help you resolve your issues.
All tests kits are sent via mail, collected at home and mailed back to the lab. All completed tests should be sent back Monday-Wednesday to ensure that your sample arrives before the weekend.
The following are Angie’s most standard tests, although the need may arise for other tests that Angie has access to, or that Angie may request from your doctor.
BioHealth 401H, or GI Pathogen Screen from BioHealth Labs. This 3-day stool collection checks for bacterial overgrowth of any kind and lets us know what bugs are overgrown, including but not limited to, Citrobacter, Enterobacter, Enterococcus, Escherichia, Klebsiella, Proteus, and Pseudomonas. It looks specifically for antigens to H. pylori, Giardia lamblia and Cryptosporidium parvum. H. pylori is a common cause of heart burn, gastritis and ulcers, as well as autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, and can be a factor in Irritable Bowel Syndrome, as it compromises proper digestion of food and leads to bacterial overgrowth in the gut. The test also checks for parasites and their eggs via a 3-day collection.This test tends to be Angie’s first recommendation and is included in your 6 month program. Sometimes this test may need to be repeated.
BioHealth SIBO Breath Test. This test is used to confirm a diagnosis of Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth, or SIBO, which is found in up to 84% of IBS sufferers. The test measures respiratory gases (hydrogen and methane) produced by bacteria in your small intestine after you drink a solution of lactulose. A prep diet is followed for 24 hours prior to testing (48 hours for those with constipation). The test takes place over 3 hours, with you breathing into a collection bag every 20 minutes. Which gas levels are elevated and their levels determine what bacteria are overgrown and how to best treat them. Treatment options range from specific antibiotics, to diet+herbs, to a 14 day liquid elemental formula diet (the most effective, but the most difficult to complete). Re-testing is imperative, and eradication can require multiple rounds of treatment and re-testing. Once SIBO eradication has been achieved, a diet low in fermentable carbohydrates is followed for 3 months, followed by methodical reintroduction of eliminated foods.
Organic Acids Test (OAT) by The Great Plains Laboratory (GPL). This simple urine test offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of your overall health with over 70 markers. It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and Clostridia bacterium. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms, which are not well-identified through other measures, can cause or worsen behavior disorders, mood dysregulation, Autism Spectrum Disorder, neurocognitive decline, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. The test also includes markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels,energy production, methylation, antioxidant status & detoxification. GPL’s is the only OAT to include markers for oxalates, which are highly correlated with many chronic illnesses, including but not limited to kidney stones, chronic constipation, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and heart disease.
Price with a PPO Insurance Plan: $169 + $25 to Angie for interpretation and protocol development