There are many useful lab tests developed in the last 20 years. Unfortunately, many medical doctors don’t know about them, or don’t use them.
Most of these tests are not part of routine lab workups done in most clinics. Part of the reason for that is the fact that many of these tests may not be covered by your insurance.
It takes insurance companies and the medical establishment a couple of decades to catch up with the latest research. The same thing occurs in scientific research.
Part of it is due to resistance to new ideas and change ( i.e. turf protection), and part of it relates to research funding, or lack thereof. Sad, but true. Candace Pert gives a good description of this phenomenon in the halls of research, in her excellent book, Molecules of Emotion.
I’m posting information about these lab tests because I think they are valuable in certain circumstances, and you’re not likely to find out about them from your medical doctor.
Most of the medical doctors who use these tests have been trained through the Institute of Functional Medicine, where they have learned a great deal about the real reasons people get sick, and how to use nutrition effectively to improve health.
Many naturopathic physicians and some chiropractic physicians also use these tests with their clients. The tests are based on advanced biochemistry, and are good at identifying imbalances in body chemistry while there is still time to do something about it – naturally.
One of the more popular labs of this type is Genova Diagnostics in North Carolina. Their site offers different ways to search for test that might apply to your situation.
This is the lab I usually use when I want to perform a blood test for food allergies.