Our bodies are home to trillions of bugs! However, when does the scale tip from being in balance and living in communion with each other to being considered a pathology or a problem? This is obviously a complicated question and one that is intertwined with each patient’s perspective of health, lifestyle and active symptoms. Below are a list of specialty tests that are frequently ordered by Sound Clinic practitioners when they are suspicious that the underlying cause of persistent symptoms may be related to underlying infections and/or biotoxins.
DNA ConneXions: This Lyme Disease Test Panel tests for four different genes that are found in Borrelia burgdorferi, the most common cause of Lyme disease in the United States. It also tests for ten common Lyme disease vector born co-infectors and other organisms including Borrelia recurrentis, Borrelia miyamotoi, Babesia microti, Babesia divergens, Babesia duncani, Bartonella bacilliformis, Ehrlichia chaffensis, Bartonella henselae, Bartonella quintana, and Anaplasma phagocytophilum. Cost: $600
Great Plains Mycotoxin Test: Mycotoxins (toxins from mold) 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. Learn More. Cost: $299
Great Plains Organic Acid Test (OAT): The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patient’s overall health with 76 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. Learn More. Cost: $309
MARCoNS Testing: This is a nasal swab to test for multiple antibiotic resistant coagulase negative staphylococcus (MARCoNS). Additionally, there is a fungal culture performed. It is a great test for those patients that have chronic sinusitis and/or Cost: $195
Doctor’s Data Heavy Metal Testings: Elements are the basic building blocks of all chemical compounds, and human exposure to them occurs both from natural and anthropogenic sources. Many elements are considered nutrients and are essential for the proper functioning of the body. These are generally divided between macrominerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, sodium and zinc, and trace minerals including selenium, iodine, boron and molybdenum.
Conversely, there are a number of elements that are toxic to the human body, interfere with its functioning and undermine health—such as mercury, lead, cadmium, aluminum, and arsenic. These toxic metals have no known physiological functions. They can be toxic to organ systems and may disrupt the balance of essential nutrients. Toxic metals and essential element status can be assessed in urine, blood, feces and hair.
Heavy Metal Urine Testing $149
Heavy Metal Hair Testing $149
Heavy Metal Blood Testing $286
Stool Toxic Metals $205.00
Hakala Research – Iodine, Fluoride, Chloride and Bromide Urine Testing: This test can be used to assess levels of iodine and other halogens. This can be helpful when attempting to expand thyroid assessment and function. Cost: $155