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Being ill because of toxic mold exposure can lead to losing your job, friends, family, and even your home and possessions!!

If you continue to stay ill and doctors cannot diagnose or misdiagnose you your physical condition can continue to get worse!! 

Many medical doctors will tell you that Mold Sickness is not real, or that mold cannot make you sick, this couldn't be farther than the truth....but it is not their fault.  They were never trained on Mold Sickness.  About 5% of medical professionals are even aware of what Black Mold Toxicity is or even know how to test for it. Make sure you are dealing with a doctor who understands Biotoxins and Mycotoxins.

It is important to get the right tests the first time so that you can understand what you have been exposed to. As with all mold, bacteria or infections if they are left untreated or misdiagnosed a person’s condition will worsen.

Disclaimer Labs perform testing for forensic, research, and educational purposes only. No tests are meant for the diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition or disease. Labs do not give / offer medical advice, or medical diagnosis for any medical condition(s) and/or symptom(s). Laboratory results may be used solely at the client’s discretion. Use of these laboratory results by a physician are solely at the discretion of that physician. All clients are directed to consult directly with their attending physician(s) for any and all medical diagnosis and treatment(s) for any and all medical symptom(s) and / or issue(s).  The testing and lab recommendations listed herein are strictly for "information purposes" only and were not meant to diagnose or treat any disease.  Please seek the advice of your qualified medical professional.

Labs Directly Related to Mold Toxicity

  1. Mycotoxin Urine Panel (detection of 4 mycotoxin strains)
    • Description: 
      Mycotoxin Tests are performed for Tricothecenes, Ochratoxins and Aflatoxins.  Anyone in contact with mold exposure or with prolonged symptoms of exposure should be tested for mycotoxins.  This test helps people link the exposure of toxic compounds in their environments, i.e. mold, mycotoxins to the direct causation of disease within the human body.
    • Normal Range:
      (Ranges do not apply to this test.  Labs will show either 0ppm/0ppb negative or positive but show the concentration that was detected in the urine.  Please see our (Understanding the RealTimeLab urine test to learn more about understanding the outcomes of this test).  Any number higher than 0 is a positive detection of exposure to toxic mold species. 
    • Test Cost:
      $695
    • Retesting Discount:
      $199
    • Insurance Coverage:
      Not directly covered by insurance.  Insurance coverage may be available when submitted on your own to your own individual coverage provider.  Assistance from RealTimeLabs is available on how to privately submit your claim to your insurance company.  Medicare covers the costs of this test. 
    • Doctors Ordered Required: 
      Yes, if you are attempting to submit your claim to your insurance
      No, if you are paying cash/credit through the website with no insurance claim
    • Where to get the test:
      www.RealTimeLab.com 
  2. Mycotoxin Urine Panel (detection of mycotoxin strains)
    • Description
    • Normal Range
    • Test Cost
    • Retesting Discount
    • Insurance Coverage
    • Where to get the test

Labs Related to Thyroid Dysfunction (That can be directly caused by exposure to toxic molds)

https://thetruthaboutcancer.com/iodine-deficiency-symptoms/?gl=5aa18045210d2a1808f85229

http://www.optimox.com/iodine-study-21

Labs Related to the effects of toxins on the eyes (not specifically caused by toxic molds but mold CAN be a cause of some eye dysfunction)

  1. VCT Test
    • Description: 
      NOTE:  "This test is *not* diagnostic for any specific condition (including either toxic mold or neurotoxin exposure), but it may suggest the existance of a health and life-affecting subclinical process. If your results are positive, you may have any of a number of different conditions and you should see your doctor or health care provider as it could be an idicator that you may have one of the following:
      • nutritional deficiencies
      • alcohol, drug/medication use
      • Exposure to endogenous or exogenous neurotoxins
        • Volatile organic compounds (VOCs)
        • venom from animal or insect stings or bites
        • toxic molds
        • cyanobacteria
        • dinoflagellates (particularly Pfiesteria and Ciguatera)
        • Parasites
        • Lyme disease and its common co-infections
    • Normal Range:
       
    • Test Cost:
       
    • Retesting Discount:
      None
    • Insurance Coverage:
      Not directly covered by insurance. 
    • Doctors Ordered Required: 
      No
    • Where to get the test:
      www.VCStest.com
Test Explanation Normal Range Test Cost Retest Discount Insurance Coverage Where to get the test?
Field Control Therapy
FCT
Field Control Therapy® (FCT)

This is a unique, deep, complex and effective system of medicine. FCT is scientific medicine that offers real health solutions.

It uniquely integrates three sciences:

1. The Paradigm of LIVING SYSTEMS: Perspective, Priority, Essence, The Nature of Reality...
2. The Power of INFORMATION FIELDS: Physics, Bioresonance Testing, Information Medicine...
3. The Precision of DISEASE CAUSATION: Digital Forensics, Key Toxins, EMFs, Infections, Lifestyle...

FCT identifies key toxins underlying illness and treats with ‘causative homeopathy’ to restore healthy cellular functioning.  This means it finds the "CAUSE" of your illness, also finds "WHERE" it is located in the body and last but not least it goes "DIRECTLY" to the source of the cause and "GENTLY" removes it from the body, "NATURALLY" (without drugs)


FCT is a synthesis of knowledge incorporating physics, quantum physics, energy related modern biology/biophysics, toxicology, immunology, immuno-toxicology, endocrinology and laws governing complex living systems. 
(Not all FCT practitioners are skilled to handle toxic mold) Approximately $500 per month for 6 months   None http://www.healthcarethatreallyworks.com
ALL testing below this line is NOT accurate testing that actually proves that you have toxic mold in your body. 
The testing below is based on Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker M.D.'s studies. 

All people should know that Dr. Shoemaker takes a Western (Pharmaceutical) approach to everything and his tests are only "indicators" not "positive dignosis" testing.  All should also know that Dr. Shoemaker quit his medical practice before finishing all of his research.  Therefore, I never used his treatment protocols. 

In my 5 years of being in the mold communities I have not met anyone who is fully recovered using Dr. Shoemakers protocol.  :(  unfortunately
The testing listed below was taken "WORD FOR WORD" and is suggested by "Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, MD and pioneer of mold illness and chronic inflammatory response syndrome. This information is proprietary to the work of "Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, MD" and is NOT to be confused as originating with Surviving Toxic Mold.  Please refer to Dr. Shoemaker's website at:  http://www.survivingmold.com for more information and testing using the "Shoemaker Protocol"
Test Explanation Normal Range Test Cost Retest Discount Insurance Coverage Where to get the test?            

VIP - Vasoactive Intestinal Polypeptide

Vasoactive intestinal polypeptide (VIP) is a neuroregulatory hormone with receptors in the hypothalamus.  This hormone/cytokine regulates peripheral cytokine responses, pulmonary artery pressures, and inflammatory responses throughout the body.

Low VIP levels are present in mold illness patients.  This leads to unusual shortness of breath, especially in exercise.  To date, every multiple chemical sensitivity patient Shoemaker has seen (over 500) have had low VIP.  VIP plays a role similar to MSH in regulating inflammatory responses.

With respect to the digestive system, VIP seems to induce smooth muscle relaxation (lower esophageal sphincter, stomach, gallbladder), stimulate secretion of water into pancreatic juice and bile, and cause inhibition of gastric acid secretion and absorption from the intestinal lumen, which can lead to chronic, watery diarrhea.

VIP replacement, when used according to a strictly administered protocol, has proven to be fabulously effective in returning chronically fatigued patients back to a normal life.  Do not use VIP if you are exposed to mold (with ERMI values greater than 2); if you fail a VCS test; or if you have a MARCoNS present in your nose.

23-63 pg/mL Varies   Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

MSH - Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone

Alpha melanocyte stimulating hormone (MSH) has multiple anti-inflammatory and neurohormonal regulatory functions, exerting regulatory control on peripheral cytokine release, as well as on both anterior and posterior pituitary function.

In mold illness, MSH will be too low in over 95% of patients.  This means increased susceptibility to mold illness, ongoing fatigue, pain, hormone abnormalities, mood swings, and much more.  MSH is a hormone, called a regulatory neuropeptide, and it controls many other hormones, inflammation pathways, and basic defenses against invading microbes.  Without MSH, bad things happen; chronic sleep disorders with non-restful sleep develop, and endorphin production is reduced, so chronic pain follows.
35-81 pg/mL     Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

TGF Beta-1 - Transforming Growth Factor Beta-1

TGF Beta-1 is a protein that has important regulatory effects throughout innate immune pathways.  This protein helps control the growth and division (proliferation) of cells, the process by which cells mature to carry out specific functions (differentiation), cell movement (motility), and the self-destruction of cells (apoptosis).  The TGF Beta-1 protein is found throughout the body and plays a role in development before birth, the formation of blood vessels, the regulation of muscle tissue and body fat development, wound healing, and immune system function (especially regulatory T-cells).

TGF Beta-1 can impair T-regulatory cell function, which in turn contributes to the activation of autoimmunity, yet TGF Beta-1 also plays a role in suppressing autoimmunity(!).  TGF Beta-1 has become important in the exploding incidences of childhood asthma, raising the tantalizing issue of remodeling due to biotoxin exposure.  The EPA says that 21% of all new cases of asthma are due to exposure to Water Damaged Buildings.  If an individual develops wheezing after exposure to a water damaged building, look for remodeling to be the cause.  Remodeling means "something" happens that the airway changes to be more reactive and in need of medications to reduce wheezing.  Neurologic, autoimmune and many other systemmic problems also are found with high TGF Beta-1.

 Below <2380 pg/ml     Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

C4a

C4a has become the inflammatory marker of greatest significance looking at innate immune responses in those with exposure to Water Damaged Buildings (WDB).   

The complement system is a group of proteins that move freely through your bloodstream.  The proteins work with your immune system and play a role in the development of inflammation.

Each complement activates inflammatory responses, with spillover of effect from the innate immune response to acquired immune response and hematologic parameters.  

These short-lived products are re-manufactured rapidly, such that an initial rise of plasma levels is seen within 12 hours of exposure to biotoxins, and sustained elevation is seen until definitive therapy is initiated.

0-2830 ng/ml     Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

AGA IgA/IgG

Antigliadin (AGA) antibodies are produced in response to gliadin, a small protein that is part of gluten, biologically active of wheat, barley and rye.  These antibodies were thought at one time to be specific for Celiac Disease.

Within 30 minutes of ingestion of gliadin, for those with antigliadin antibodies, there will be an inflammatory response.  This inflammatory response can provide many symptoms, including some that mimic attention deficit disorder.    We all know that some kids are labeled as having ADHD because of their abnormal behavior seen within 30 minutes of eating a cupcake.  It is not the sugar in the icing, it is the gluten in the cake.  Antigliadin antibodies are found in over 58% of children with biotoxin-associated illness.

 0-19     Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

ACTH/Cortisol

ACTH is a hormone released from the anterior pituitary gland in the brain.  Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal cortex, which is the outer part of the adrenal gland.  The adrenal glands are located on top of both kidneys.

Early in the illness, as MSH begins to fall, high ACTH is associated with few symptoms; a marked increase in symptoms is associated with a fall in ACTH.  Finding simultaneous high cortisol and high ACTH may prompt consideration of screening tumors, but the reality is that the dysregulation usually corrects with therapy.

ACTH - 8-37 pg/mL; Cortisol - a.m. 4.3-22.4 / p.m. 3.1-16.7 ug/dL     Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

VEGF

Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) is a substance made by cells that stimulates new blood vessel formation and increases blood flow in the capillary beds.   VEGF is a polypeptide.  Deficiency of VEGF is quite common and is a serious problem in biotoxin illness patients that must be corrected.  If you don’t have blood flow, cells begin starve and don’t work properly. 31-86 pg/mL     Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

ACLA IgA/IgG/IgM

Anticardiolipins (ACLA) are autoantibodies.  Antibodies are proteins in the blood that the body produces to fight off foreign agents.  Antibodies do this by creating an immunity against unfamiliar microorganisms.  Autoantibodies are antibodies that are directed against one's self.  They interfere with the normal function of blood vessels and react with proteins in the blood that are bound to phospholipid, a type of fat molecule that is a part of the normal cell membrane.

IgA, IgM, and IgG are autoantibodies often identified in collagen vascular diseases such a lupus and scleroderma, and are often called anti-phospholipids.

An increased risk of spontaneous fetal loss in the first trimester of pregnancy is not uncommonly seen in women with the presence of these autoantibodies.  They are found in over 33% of children with biotoxin-associated illnesses.

IgA - 0-12; IgG 0-10; IgM 0-9     Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

ADH/Osmolality

Antidiuretic hormone (ADH), or vasopressin, is a substance produced naturally by the hypothalamus and released by the pituitary gland. The hormone controls the amount of water your body removes.

Osmolality is a test that measures the concentration of all chemical particles found in the fluid part of the blood.

Symptoms associated with dysregulation of ADH include dehydration, frequent urination, with urine showing low specific gravity; excessive thirst and sensitivity to static electrical shocks; as well as edema and rapid weight gain due to fluid retention during initial correction of ADH deficits.

ADH - 1.0-13.3 pg/ml; Osmolality - 280-300 mosmol     Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

MMP-9

Matrix metallopeptidase 9 (MMP-9) is an enzyme that in humans, is encoded by the MMP9 gene.  Proteins of the MMP9 family are involved in the breakdown of extracellular matrix in normal physiological processes, such as embryonic development, reproduction, and tissue remodeling, as well as in disease processes.

It has been implicated in pathogenesis COPD by destruction of lung elastin, in rheumatoid arthritis, astherosclerosis, cardiomyopathy, and abdominal aortic aneurysm.

MMP-9 delivers inflammatory elements of of blood into subintimal spaces, where further delivery into solid organs (brain, lung, muscle, peripheral nerve and joint) is initiated.

85-332 ng/mL     Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

Leptin

Leptin turns on how tightly the body holds onto fatty acids.  When Leptin is high, one holds onto fatty acids and stores them in fat.  This leads to rapid weight gain, and because of the high Leptin, standard approches to weight loss like eating less and exercising more will fail.  The inflammatory responses that causes Leptin levels to rise lead to patients who are chronically tired, in chronic pain, and forever overweight. Male: 0.5-13.8 ng/mL; Female: 1.1-27.5 ng/mL Approximately $45.00

The price represents a Fair Price for a lab test performed when the patient is receiving other services from a physician. This price does not include the physician office visit
  Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you

HLA DR - Your Genes

Human Leukocyte Antigens (HLAs), are found on the surface of nearly every cell in the human body.  They help the immune system tell the difference between body tissue and foreign substances.

The immune response genes are found on chromosome six.  Patients could have two alleles, copies of genes (for each gene, one allele is inherited from a person's father, and the other is inherited from a person's mother), out of approximately 10 possible, as part of their genotype.  Based on Dr. Shoemaker's data, in normal populations compared to international registries of gene frequencies of HLA DR, we know the frequency of mold illness-susceptible patients approximates 24% of the normally distributed population.  Almost a quarter of the normal population is genetically susceptible to chronic mold illness.  Three quarters isn't.

See Chart below Approximately $225.00

The price represents a Fair Price for a lab test performed when the patient is receiving other services from a physician. This price does not include the physician office visit.
Depends on the doctor Usually, yes An MD, DO or Mold Literate Doctor may order this test for you
Table of Biotoxin Illness Susceptible Genes
   DRB1  DQ  DRB3  DRB4  DRB5
 Multisusceptible  4  3    53  
   11/12  3  52B    
   14  5  53B    
 Mold Susceptible  7  2/3    53  
   13  6  52A, B, C    
   17  2  52A    
   18*  4  52A    
           
 Borrelia, post Lyme Syndrome  15  6      51
   16  5      51
 Dinoflagellates  4  7/8    53  
 Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Staph Epidermis (MARCoNS)  11  7  52B    
 No recognized significance  8  3, 4, 6      
 Low-risk Mold  7  9    53  
   12  7  52B    
   9  9    53  
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