Test Preparation For Optimal Results:
Fasting not required.
Disclaimer: Your health care provider should evaluate a deviation from normal ranges.
This blood test is used to measure Arsenic levels. Arsenic is a common cause of acute poisoning through heavy metals. Arsenic enters the environment through the smelting of copper, zinc and lead and is released through the manufacturing of certain chemicals. Pesticides that contain arsenic, when manufactured, release arsine gas. Arsenic has been found in water supplies around the world, which has the potential to leach into seafood. Arsenic is found in rat poisoning, fungicides and products used to protect wood. Arsenic toxicity affects the blood, kidneys, skin, digestive tract and central nervous system.
A Hemoglobin A1c is a blood test that measures the average amount of glucose that has chemically attached to red blood cells over the past 6-8 weeks. Think of it this way. Sugar is sticky. When sugar sticks to certain proteins inside the hemoglobin, it naturally hangs around for a longer period of time because it is harder to get it off the hemoglobin.
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.
The philosophy of functional medicine is focused on supporting the body’s individual and unique state of health and well-being. Hormones are the language of our body. This specific language follows a feedback system that travels fluently and continuously throughout every cell in our body to maintain overall health. This panel includes these (blood) tests: PROGESTERONE, TESTOSTERONE, DHEA SULFATE, ESTRADIOL (ULTRASENSITIVE), Sex Hormone Binding Globulin (SHBG) & Cortisol, A.M.