Here is a list of recommended blood tests and what they can show about your condition:
The tests below are recommended, not required. At your first appointment, you will receive a computerized scan which helps us to determine which infections may be putting the most stress on your system. The tests below help to provide additional information to help make an accurate diagnosis. These are recommended by Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker who has worked extensively with patients exposed to Lyme disease and mold toxins.
1. HLA-DR/DQ (Human Leukocyte Antigen) genes help to determine different kinds of biotoxins from mold, Lyme disease, staph, and toxic algae that you may have difficulty eliminating.
2. C4a is an inflammatory marker which is an indicator of exposure to mold toxins. This helps to determine if mold toxicity may be a contributing factor in your symptoms.
3. TGF-beta 1 (Transforming Growth Factor beta 1) is a protein that is found throughout the body and plays a role in development before birth, the formation of blood vessels, the regulation of muscle tissue and body fat development, wound healing, and immune system function (especially regulatory T-cells).
4. MSH (Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone) Alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH) has multiple anti-inflammatory and neuro-hormonal regulatory functions, exerting regulatory control on peripheral cytokine release, as well as on both anterior and posterior pituitary function.
5. VIP (Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide) is a neuroregulatory hormone with receptors in the hypothalamus. This hormone/cytokine regulates peripheral cytokine responses, pulmonary artery pressures, and inflammatory responses throughout the body.
6. MMP-9 is an enzyme that is an important marker for inflammation.
7. Leptin turns on how tightly the body holds onto fatty acids. High levels of leptin are caused by multiple inflammatory responses and can result in significant weight gain.
8. ADH/Osmolality Antidiuretic hormone (ADH), or vasopressin, is a substance produced naturally by the hypothalamus and released by the pituitary gland. The hormone controls the amount of water your body removes.
9. ACTH/Cortisol is a hormone released from the anterior pituitary gland in the brain. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex, which is the outer part of the adrenal gland.
10. ACLA IgA/IgG/IgM Anticardiolipins (ACLA) are autoantibodies are antibodies that are directed against one’s self. They interfere with the normal function of blood vessels and react with proteins in the blood that are bound to phospholipids.
11. AGA IgA/IgG (Antigliadin) antibodies are produced in response to gliadin, a small protein that is part of gluten, biologically active of wheat, barley and rye. AGA has been found to be elevate in over 58% of children diagnosed with a biotoxin illness.
12. VEGF (Vascular endothelial growth factor) is a substance made by cells that stimulates new blood vessel formation and increases blood flow in the capillary beds.
Dr. Dietrich Klinghardt, who has treated thousand of Lyme disease patients, also recommends the following tests below:
13. C3A is an inflammatory marker which is elevated in acute Lyme patients in one study in the Scandinavian Journal of Immunology.
14. Lyme disease Western Blot from Igenex IN Palo Alto, CA (usually not covered by insurance)
15. CD-57 which is suppressed by Lyme disease bacteria
Co-infections which are also transmitted by ticks include:
16. Babesia (multiple species)from IgeneX
17. Bartonella from Fry Labs in Arizona (over a dozen species that infect humans according to Dr. Breitschwerdt / Galaxy Labs in North Carolina)
18. Mycoplasma (fermentans is present in many chronic Lyme disease patients)
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