TOXIC MOLD SYNDROME DIAGNOSIS

SUMMARY OF TOXIC MOLD SYNDROME DIAGNOSTIC TESTS

BIOTOXIN MOLD ILLNESS PANEL (BLOOD TEST)

318.75

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HLA DR MOLD GENETIC TESTING (BLOOD TEST)

261.00

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URINE MYCOTOXIN TESTING

699.00

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REALTIME LABS

ALLERGEN PROFILE MOLD BLOOD TEST

108.00

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MY THOUGHTS ON TOXIC MOLD SYNDROME DIAGNOSIS THROUGH TESTING

For toxic mold syndrome diagnosis, many have found it is very hard to find a doctor that is familiar with this syndrome to order the diagnostic testing.

Many times, in the past, I have just made a toxic mold syndrome diagnosis based on a patient's symptoms and demonstration of toxic mold in the patient's environment. And I still do this clinical diagnosis quite a bit, mostly due to the costliness of diagnostic testing. But, I now feel that diagnostic testing is worth the extra cost. I think the tests are accurate enough to be used with confidence.

But, testing does have other advantages as well, one being a sense of closure. Also, testing gives you confidence that this is really what you are dealing with and psychologically this can be a huge help for the patient as well as family members struggling to believe that their loved one is not crazy.

Another benefit to testing to get a toxic mold syndrome diagnosis is getting a baseline level for the testing so you can see how you are progressing with the detox.

The Biotoxin Mold Illness Panel  offered by Life Extension Foundation is able to be ordered by a patient through physicians at Life Extension Foundation. This is similar to a lot of the direct labs out there that use a physician on staff at their lab to order the test. This allows patients to order their own testing if they cannot find a doctor to order these test for them.

The Biotoxin Mold Illness Panel is discounted off the retail price which is what you would be charged if your insurance did not cover it. This is great for people without insurance.

For those with insurance you might want to consider getting your doctor to order the tests, but you do run the risk of the higher cost if your insurance does not cover it.


BIOTOXIN MOLD ILLNESS PANEL (BLOOD TEST)

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 OFFERED BY LIFE EXTENSION FOUNDATION
You do not need your doctor to order this

After purchasing, you will get a requisition for blood testing to be drawn at your local lab.
The test includes:
Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP9)
Tranasforming Growth Factor Beta 1 (TGFB1)
Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone
Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH)
Osmolality
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FACTS ABOUT THE BIOTOXIN MOLD ILLNESS PANEL

Once you have determined you have:

1. Many of the symptoms of toxic mold syndrome

2. And you have done air quality testing on your home and office and they show high levels of toxic mold spores

3. Then you should get a toxic mold syndrome diagnosis from your doctor or healthcare worker.

Blood and/or urine testing is thus, the third step in the diagnosis of toxic black mold syndrome.

One way of determining if exposure to toxic mold is likely, involves testing of certain blood parameters. These blood parameters indicate exposure to a biotoxin if positive.

The Biotoxin Mold Illness Panel is designed to look at these blood parameters which test the chronic inflammatory response set in motion when a person is exposed to toxic mold.

Biotoxic illness refers to the cause of a person’s illness. All biotoxic illnesses have one common denominator…toxins produced by living things.  The tests contained in this panel look at the complex cascade of events throughout multiple inflammatory pathways produced by biotoxic mold exposure

Also, these blood parameters can be used to monitor progress in detoxification of mold toxins.



HLA DR MOLD GENETIC TESTING (BLOOD TEST)

This test is part of Toxic Mold Syndrome Diagnosis as it determines if you have the genetic predisposition to be very sensitive to mold and its toxins.

This blood test also offered by Life Extension without your doctors orders determines if you have a genetic type that has been discovered to be more sensitive to mold and biotoxins. This is a one time test that never needs to be tested again as your genetics do not change. You will need a mold doctor that knows how to interperet this test. 
REG PRICE  $465.33

YOUR DISCOUNTED COST $261.00

HLA DR Mold Genetic Testing

HLA DR Mold Genetic Testing

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ALLERGEN PROFILE MOLD BLOOD TEST

This  blood test offered by Life Extension will help determine if you have allergies to mold as well as mold toxicity. It does not check for the presence of mold in your body.

This is an inhalant panel measuring IgE levels for the following molds that are commonly inhaled from the environment and include:

Alternaria tenuis
Aspergillus fumigatus
Aureobasidium pullulans
Candida albicans
Cladosporium herbarum
Epicoccum purpurascens
Fusarium Moniliforme
Helmintosporium spp
Hormodendrum hordei
Mucor racemosus
Penicillium notatum
Phoma betae
Stemphylium solani


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Allergen Profile Mold Blood Test

Allergen Profile Mold Blood Test

This is an inhalant panel measuring IgE. The following allergens are included in the panel: Alternaria tenuis Aspergillus fumigatus Aureobasidium pullulans Candida albicans Cladosporium herbarum Epicoccum purpurascens Fusarium moniliforme Helminthosporium spp. Hormodendrum hordei Mucor racemosus Penicillium notatum Phoma betae Stemphylium




URINE MYCOTOXIN TESTING

 I would recommend testing your urine for mycotoxins by clicking on the link below to Realtime Laboratories that offers the urine mycotoxin testing and have them send you a kit to bring to your doctors so your doctor can fill out the order form.

This test checks for 4 mycotoxins in the urine:

Tricothecenes -which most often is produced by stachybotrys

Aflatoxin - which is most often produced by penicillium/aspergillus group

Ochratoxin - most often produced by pen/asp group

Gliotoxin

More insurances are partially paying for this test including some medicare plans.

According to several sources, I have heard that urine mycotoxin levels do hold up in a court of law.


VISUAL CONTRAST SENSITIVITY TEST

Another diagnostic test used for toxic mold syndrome is called the Visual Contrast Sensitivity test (VCS). This test can be done online for a minimal fee of 8 dollars per test and I highly recommend it. Follow the link below:


THE STAGES OF BIOTOXIN ILLNESS

Stage 1: The Biotoxic Effect

You are exposed to biotoxic mold and your immune system does not respond appropriately to remove the foreign invader. Why you do not respond probably has a genetic cause. Get an HLA DR DQ test to determine if you are genetically susceptible to toxic mold.

Stage 2: Cytokine Effects

Cytokines are cell signaling molecules that aid in communication during immune responses and stimulate the movement of cells toward sites of inflammation. Symptoms in this stage might include– headaches muscle aches, flu-like symptoms, fatigue, unstable temperature and difficulty concentrating. Tests included for stage two include:

Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP9)

Tumor Necrosis Factor alpha (TNFα)

Stage 3: Reduced VEGF

Reduction in VEGF may lead to fatigue, muscle cramps and shortness of breath.

Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor (VEGF)

Stage 4: Immune Effects

This stage triggers autoimmunity and activation of the complement pathway. Complement C4a is an inflammatory marker of great significance. Since these short lived products are re-manufactured rapidly, an initial rise can be seen in the blood within 12 hours of exposure to biotoxins. Levels remain elevated until effective therapy is initiated.

Complement C4a

Stage 5: Low MSH

MSH is a potent anti-inflammatory compound. Reduced MSH is at the heart of the “Biotoxic pathway” with many negative downstream effects. VIP plays a similar role to MSH in regulating inflammatory response. Symptoms may include sleep disturbances, chronic pain, leaky gut syndrome, shortness of breath during exercise, hormone abnormalities and mood swings.

Melanocyte-Stimulating hormone (MSH)

Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide (VIP)

Stage 6: Antibiotic Resistant Staph bacteria

People exposed to biotoxins frequently come down with staph colonization, caused by biofilm-forming microorganisms that live deep in the nose without causing nasal symptoms. This step would require a nasal culture to be performed by your doctor and is not included in the panel.

 Stage 7: Pituitary hormone effects

Symptoms may include frequent thirst, susceptibility to shocks from static electricity, lower production of sex hormones loss of libido, and abnormal cortisol production. This panel looks at the following test for stage 7 effects.

Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH)


STACHYBOTRYS IGA

Stachybotrys IgA is one test for determining exposure to toxic mold however there is a high false negative rate. It is easy to obtain but I have found that in too many cases it come back negative.

I had a patient come back with a positive stachybotrys IgA level. My patient was greatly relieved to have these results as they helped her grasp that mold toxicity was the cause of her symptoms. It also helped her with her relationship, as her condition being caused by toxic mold, now had more credibility in her boyfriend's eyes.

Keep in mind that according to studies, IgA levels are not usually a reliable method of determining toxic mold exposure and they do not hold up in a court of law. So do not be disheartened if your level comes back normal even though you think you were exposed to toxic mold. It could have been another toxic mold besides stachybotrys or it could just be that you are one of the negative responders.


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