My brother asked me what tests I recommend and that got me thinking that I’m starting to feel confident about a few recommendations. In addition to my own saga I’ve been trying to help my wife and youngest daughter with their health issues and through this process, I’ve seen a lot. So here’s my list.
If you can afford them, or your insurance is covering them, I like these tests because the issues they may reveal effect very significant populations if not everyone alive, in order:
- A vitamin D test, specifically for 25(OH)D – usually covered by insurance 4x a year – read vitamin D and sunlight deprivation for importance
- A Lyme disease test.
- A hair tissue mineral analysis (htma) and have it reviewed by an expert or use Dr. Wilson’s book
- An ALCAT food sensitivity test. This looks at how one’s immune cells respond to a vast array of foods or other substances under conditions designed to mimic what happens in real life. Immune cells, when activated, produce both free radicals and inflammatory substances that can cause tissue damage and premature aging.
- A stool test from Genova which includes parasitology.
- Genova’s NutrEval which analyzes nutritional deficiencies.
- Some standard bloodwork (see below).
- Your genetics from 23andme and then use livewello for analysis.
I’m going to show you the ALCAT and NutrEval test results that came back for my daughter because they are pretty remarkable (later we discovered she has Lyme Disease.
But first let’s look at standard blood testing.
If you have no idea at all what’s wrong and haven’t done any testing in the past, you couldn’t go wrong by getting all of these tests (the numbers are lab corp ids) assuming your insurance company is paying the bill (as mine does). If you think given the number of possible tests that the idea of listing these is foolish, you might be right. On the other hand, I’m trying to list tests that I think may be overlooked by most practitioners – the ones that aren’t necessarily obvious:
thyroid – read Hashimoto’s thyroiditis
TSH And free T4 – 224576
Free T3 – 010389
Reverse T3 – 070104
TPO antibodies – 006676
CMP – 322000
CBC With differential – 005009
Hepatic function panel – 322755
vitamin D, copper & iron – read Morley Robbins
25 (OH)D (calcidiol) – 081950
1,25 (OH)2 D3 (calcitriol) – 790540
mag rbc – 001537
plasma zinc – 001800
serum copper – 001560
serum ceruloplasm – 001560
ferretin – 004598
iron & TIBC – 001321
sugar control etc
a1c – 001453
RBC Mn – 790540
Now let’s look at my daughter’s NutrEval – this gave me the confidence to give her significantly more methylation support and allowed me to add a few other supplements based on some key deficiencies. And, it motivates me to do further testing to explore her high copper result. It also makes me wonder if I had done a NutrEval myself at age 13, perhaps mine would’ve looked somewhat similar. A picture of someone on a teeter totter. Healthy enough for now but…
Click the thumbnails to read:
Here’s her ALCAT:
Here’s how this test helped us. She was having lots of digestive problems so we tried various elimination diets which was an enormous amount of work in very difficult for everyone involved. She was eating maybe seven foods only and we knew she needed more variety. The ALCAT results corresponded very nicely with some foods that she knew created a big problem for her. But there were a couple foods on her list of seven in the moderate reaction category. These are food she was eating in great quantity. So this test helped her avoid overeating foods that were triggering her immune response and it allowed us to add a much greater variety of safe foods. This hasn’t solved her health problems any means but it’s a step forward. And that’s how you win a war, one battle at a time. You need small wins.