Heavy metals toxicity caused by increasing levels of pollution and use of chemicals in industry is a growing threat to our health and development of our children. High levels of toxic metals deposited in body tissues and subsequently in the brain, may cause significant developmental and neurological damage.
This blood test measures Methylmalonic Acid (MMA) levels. Methylmalonic acid is produced when certain amino acids break down in the body. Methylmalonic Acid is used to help detect early and/or mild vitamin B12 deficiency, especially at the tissue level.
Using a random sample, this test looks for albumin in urine, an early indicator of kidney failure. Albumin is a protein that is produced in the liver and is present in high concentrations in the blood. When the kidneys are functioning properly, no albumin will leak through the kidneys so there will be no detectable albumin in the urine. If the kidneys are damaged, small amounts of albumin leak into the urine, a condition known as microalbuminuria.
The Microbial Organic Acids Test (MOAT) is included in the Organic Acids Test (OAT) and indicates the metabolites produced by yeast and bacteria. Elevated test values are related to yeast or bacterial dysbiosis.
The MOAT is ideal for follow-up to the OAT and may be recommended by practitioners looking for a specific abnormality, to monitor certain microbial balances, or to assess treatment efficacy. We strongly recommend the full OAT as the initial screening test.
Mycotoxins are some of the most prevalent toxins in the environment. Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by fungi like mold, which can infest buildings, vehicles, and foodstuffs. A majority of mycotoxin exposures are through food ingestion or airborne exposure. This test MycoTOX screens for eleven different mycotoxins, from four species of mold, in one urine sample. It is the most comprehensive and competitively priced mycotoxin test available. Great Plains Lab uses the power of advanced mass spectrometry (MS/MS), which is necessary to detect lower levels of these fungal toxins.
NutrEval Plasma® test is an advanced nutritional analysis designed to reveal nutritional imbalances or inadequacies. NutrEval Plasma evaluates the functional need for antioxidants, B-vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive support, and other select nutrients. This nutritional analysis offers insight into nutrient status and enhances the ability to provide targeted treatment for the particular needs on an individual basis, often augmenting and speeding recovery of complex chronic conditions.
NutrEval Plasma is a nutritional analysis that allows assessment of nutritional inadequacies or imbalances that may be playing a causative role in complex chronic conditions.
The NutrEval Plasma report provides for easy interpretation and enhanced clinical utility and includes a Suggested Supplement Schedule that offers personalized recommendations based on test results. The report also includes an Interpretation-At-A-Glance page which depicts facts on nutrient function, causes and complications of their deficiencies, and dietary sources.
OMEGA-3 INDEX COMPLETE TEST
Many studies have shown that people with higher (vs. lower) omega-3 index levels are at decreased risk for a variety of diseases. These include heart disease, stroke, dementia, and depression to name a few. These people even live longer than those with lower levels. Raising your omega-3 index and keeping it up should help reduce your risk these conditions. Omega-3 fatty acids are found primarily in fish, especially “oily” fish such as those near the top in the accompanying table. The two most important omega-3 fatty acids are EPA and DHA. It should be noted that omega-3 fatty acids from flaxseed oil (alpha-linolenic acid, or ALA) will have little to no effect on your Omega-3 Index. Therefore, ALA is not an effective substitute for EPA and DHA. To make sure your Omega-3 Index remains in the target range you should re-check it every six months.
The Organic Acids Test (OAT) provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria. Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids. The cause of these high levels could include: oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, and genetic factors.
This blood test measures Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) levels. Parathyroid Hormone (PTH) is secreted by the parathyroid glands in response to a decrease in serum calcium levels by increasing the reabsorption of calcium by the kidneys and lowering the absorption of phosphorus.
Porphyrins are generated as the body builds hemoglobin, the compound that carries oxygen in blood cells. Porphyrin (from the Greek word for purple) is made up of four ring compounds joined together, a structure conducive to holding a metal ion in its center, iron in the heme porphyrin of hemoglobin and magnesium in chlorophyll. Small amounts of several porphyrins appear in urine normally. The relative amounts of each porphyrin are altered by certain hereditary diseases and by environmental or nutritional influences. The classic cases of hereditary porphyria displayed highly colored urine and skin eruptions and neurological symptoms of mania and “madness.”
This blood test measures Pregnenalone levels. Pregnenalone is produced by the adrenal glands and is known as the mother hormone because other steroids including testosterone and estrogen are derivatives of Pregnenalone. For this reason, optimal blood levels of pregnenolone are critical for a healthy hormone balance.