Lab Testing

Based on an initial consultation with Marjie, it will be determined if any specialty lab tests will be necessary, and what kind. Also, if there are any routine tests that can be ordered through your doctor, Marjie will discuss those options with you at the time of your appointment. Normally specialty lab tests are not covered under insurance, but again, Marjie would be happy to discuss this with you. Please note that the results of specialty lab tests offered through Circle of Life Nutrition, LLC will not be given without a follow up appointment with Marjie. She does not offer testing services without an appointment.

Below are descriptions of specialty laboratory testing that Marjie routinely recommends:

Urine Organic Acids test - Great Plains Laboratory
 (also known as OATS test)
(urine specimen)

The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patientís overall health with over 70 markers. It 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 in their urine. The cause of these high levels could include oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, acquired infections, as well as genetic factors.

Our Organic Acids Test also includes markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, and is the only OAT to include markers for oxalates, which are highly correlated with many chronic illnesses.

If abnormalities are detected using the OAT, treatments can include supplements, such as vitamins and antioxidants, or dietary modification. Upon treatment, patients and practitioners have reported significant improvement such as decreased fatigue, regular bowel function, increased energy and alertness, increased concentration, improved verbal skills, less hyperactivity, and decreased abdominal pain. The OAT is strongly recommended as the initial screening test.

Comprehensive Stool Analysis - Great Plains Laboratory
(stool sample)

Many chronic disorders come from digestive problems and inadequate nutrient absorption. Even with a very complete and balanced diet, nutrients have to be properly digested to transport vitamins to different parts of the body. Proper gastrointestinal functioning also ensures elimination of toxic molecules, microbes, and undigested food particles. This helps prevent infections, toxic reactions, allergies, and other health problems. Individuals with a compromised immune system are more susceptible to opportunistic pathogens in the gut which create an imbalance and inflammation. The stool test cultures beneficial bacteria, imbalanced bacteria, dysbiotic bacteria, and yeast to determine the exact species so that correct treatment can be administered. The test will also measure digestive enzymes inflammation, microbial resistance, short chain fatty acids, Secretory IgA and more.

96 Food Allergy IgG- Alletess
(finger poke)

Why Consider Food Allergy Testing?

Food Allergies can have a dramatic impact on your health. Common food allergies such as that of peanuts, milk or chicken can be more easily identified because the bodyís reactions to these allergens are immediate. However, some food allergies or intolerances donít produce symptoms until 2-3 days after they are eaten. Another factor that may complicate a delayed food allergy is the number of foods that may have been eaten may contain 10 or more ingredients. Food allergy testing is crucial at this point, because individuals, parents and health care professionals may have a hard time identifying the culprits.

The rate that our bodies react to allergens can be grouped into two categories: Immediate and Delayed. In an Immediate reaction, the body produces IgE (Immunoglobulin E) which instantly reacts thus making them easier to identify. These serious reactions can be life-threatening and require the expertise and treatment skills of a medical doctor to develop the best plan to avoid and respond to a IgE reaction. You can find valuable information about this type of food allergies at My MedLabís. The IgE response is NOT the reaction being evaluated here with our food allergy test.

When the reaction is observed more than 72 hours after eating a specific food, a Delayed food allergy or intolerance is at play. The time that it takes for the intolerance to show symptoms makes it hard to identify which food is causing the reaction. One of the best way to identify these delayed food allergens is with a blood test that identifies your personal sensitivity to a list of the most common ones.

In a delayed reaction, the body produces the antibody IgG. Aside from being the most abundant antibody, IgG also produces the most common reactions to food allergies. These unidentified food allergies can compromise your immune system, disrupt normal digestion, and are also linked to a number of chronic diseases such as ADD/ADHD, Rheumatoid Arthritis and Autism.

The IgG 96 Food Allergy Panel - is a simple way to identify which food allergies may be affecting your health. MyMedLabís food allergy online test makes it even easier by allowing you to collect your sample in the privacy of your own home. There is no lab visit required to access the latest technology in our Blood Spot Test. A few drops of blood from a finger stick is all that is needed to stop guessing and start testing. The results of your food allergy home test will let you know which food you are most reactive to by ranking each food as low, medium and high. Itís a simple way to create this chapter in the Science of YOU.

Laboratory Testing Policy

Any laboratory results that are ordered through Circle of Life Nutrition, LLC will not be released prior to a follow up appointment. Should a client choose to have laboratory results that were ordered through Circle of Life Nutrition, LLC forwarded to another practitioner prior to that follow up appointment then there will be a $60 transfer fee.

Laboratory testing prices are subject to change without notice.

Payment is due at the time of service. The client is responsible for all fees incurred. Each appointment is a separate occurrence and has an associated fee.

Circle of Life Nutrition, LLC accepts cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard, and Discover.

"There is compelling evidence that we live in an era of toxicity and that existing environmental regulations have fallen short in adequately protecting human health.  As a result, we are the first generation of humankind to be affronted by exposure to many unsafe toxicants that potentially bioaccumulate in tissues of unsuspecting people.   The air we breathe, the products we consume, and the milieu in which we exist are having an adverse impact on the lives of many individuals."

- Stephen J. Genuis, MD
Journal of Perinatal Medicine, 2006

Listen to Marjie speak at Hawthorn University about Basic Laboratory Tests: CBC, Chemistry Panel, and CRP from a Nutritional Perspective.  Download MP3 file here