Specialty Labwork Services

An abundance of information on the state of your body’s internal health can be gained from a single serum blood draw.

Beside being a Doctor of Acupucnture and Chinese Medicine, Dr. Chris Phillipi is also a certified Phlebotomist. Thus, blood work can be done quickly from the comfort of our clinic.

Read below for details on all of the Comprehensive Panels we are able to run, and what they can tell you about your health.

We offer the following Comprehensive Panels:

💮 IgG Food MAP Allergy Test with Candida + Yeast ***
💮 IgE Inhalant Allergy Test⁠
💮 Advanced Cholesterol Profile
💮 Copper + Zinc Profile⁠
💮 Vitamin D Test⁠
💮 DPP-IV Test
💮 Homocysteine Test⁠
💮 Iron + Total Iron-Binding Capacity⁠
💮 Mold IgE Allergy Test
💮 Streptococcus Antibodies Profile⁠
💮 SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Test⁠

***The IgG Food MAP with Candida + Yeast is the most recommended, as well as the most popular, test among our patients. It assesses 190 foods from a wide range of Western, Asian, and Mediterranean diets. Read more info below.

What can these Comprehensive Panels tell me?

IgG Food MAP Allergy Test with Candida + Yeast
Our most recommended and most popular test! It assesses 190 foods from a wide range of Western, Asian, and Mediterranean diets. Immunoglobulin G (IgG) food testing is a useful guide to help structure elimination diets for patients with MANY chronic conditions. Individuals with neurological, gastrointestinal, movement, and behavioral disorders often suffer from IgG food sensitivities. Symptoms can occur hours or even days after eating the offending food, thus making it difficult to pinpoint the inflammatory parts of your diet alone.⁠⠀

IgE Inhalant Allergy Test⁠
Type one, or “classic”, allergy causes redness, swelling, and heat in the body as a result of the elevated blood levels of Immunoglobulin E (IgE). Contrary to popular belief, the symptoms produced by IgE can be subtle and similar to those seen in other conditions. This potential confusion makes diagnostic testing very important in recognizing the offending source. The Advanced IgE Test broadens the scope of tested foods and/or inhalants, including Amoxicillin and Candida.

Advanced Cholesterol Profile
The concept of “good” and “bad” cholesterol depends highly on the circumstances of the individual person. Although very high blood serum cholesterol values are associated with heart disease, low values are associated with increased violent behavior, suicide, depression, anxiety, bipolar disease, Parkinson’s disease, and increased mortality from cancer. Low cholesterol values are also associated with manganese deficiency, celiac disease, hyperthyroidism, liver disease, malabsorption, and malnutrition. The Advanced Cholesterol Profile will detect if a cholesterol deficiency is present or if levels are elevated. This profile also determines risk factors for vascular disease and/or neurological disease.

Copper + Zinc Profile⁠
The Copper + Zinc Profile is an excellent way to determine immune status and the nutritional intake and/or absorption of zinc and copper. Zinc is necessary for the proper functioning of the immune system. This essential trace element is required for the activity of over 300 enzymes and is involved in most major metabolic pathways. The immune system depends on zinc in almost every aspect. Zinc has an inverse relationship with copper in the body. This means that as zinc goes down, copper goes up and vice versa. Adequate copper levels are essential for the growth of new blood vessels, wound healing, and recovering from heart attacks and strokes. When levels are only slightly above normal physiological amounts, copper can be toxic. Any mild abnormality or impairment of liver function can lead to copper excess.

Vitamin D Test⁠
The Vitamin D Test quantitates 25-hydroxyvitamin D2 and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 metabolites. The metabolite 25-hydroxyvitamin D is the major circulating form of Vitamin D in the body and the best indicator of a patient’s true vitamin status. The major biologic function of Vitamin D is to maintain the normal blood levels of calcium and phosphorus involved in bone mineralization. Vitamin D also influences expression of more than 2,000 genes. The immune-modulating effects of Vitamin D are profound, as evidenced by the many conditions that are associated with Vitamin D deficiency.

Vitamin D deficiency has been linked to increased risk for many common and serious diseases, including some common cancers, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and osteoporosis. Deficiency is also prevalent in infants who are solely breastfed and who do not receive Vitamin D supplementation. Adults of all ages who have darker skin (increased skin melanin) or who always wear sun protection or limit their outdoor activities, such as homebound elderly persons, are also prone to Vitamin D deficits.

Studies suggest that exposure to sunlight enhances the production of Vitamin D in the skin and prevents many chronic diseases. Vitamin D can also come from supplementation and diet, but there are very few foods (fatty fish, fish liver oil, and eggs) that naturally contain it. The Vitamin D Test can help to determine if sun exposure is adequate, if dietary Vitamin D is sufficient, and to assess the likelihood of malabsorption or liver disease.

Dipeptidyl Peptidase IV or DPP-IV is a critical enzyme that regulates a wide variety of physiological processes including eating, digestion, immune function, pain perception, growth, infection, and many others. This enzyme which is present in all organs and the blood starts or stops these processes by removing a two amino acid peptide from a variety of peptides and proteins from the free amino end of these molecules.

Modern pharmeceuticals developed to control adult onset diabetes are DPP-IV inhibitors. These DPP-IV inhibitors used to treat diabetes also cause the persistence of pain mediators usually deactivated by DPP-IV such as substance P. Stopping these drugs terminates pain and re-institution of the drug causes pain to return. Since substance P is a major factor in increasing anxiety, it is reasonable that these drugs may also lead to increased anxiety.

Since DPP-IV inhibitors can cause pronounced side effects, it is logical that foods that are converted to DPP-IV inhibitors, through enzematic digestion, may have pronounced effects on human functioning. The food proteins that have the highest amounts of these DPP-IV inhibitors are cow’s milk and wheat.

Homocysteine Test⁠
Excess Homocysteine: A Key Factor In Cardiovascular Disease, Psychiatric Disorders, Cancer, Hip Fractures, And Alzheimer’s Disease. Factors that increase homocysteine include severe or mild genetic deficiencies of enzymes in the transulfuration methylation cycle such as MTHFR, CBS, BHMT and others, a diet high in methionine, or deficiencies of folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, or betaine. Other factors that elevate homocysteine include megadoses of niacin, nitrous oxide anesthesia, and excessive copper.

Iron + Total Iron-Binding Capacity⁠
Although low iron can lead to anemia, excess iron is equally important as a factor that can affect virtually every aspect of health. The most common cause of excess iron is a genetic disorder called hemochromatosis, which can affect people at any age. It has been diagnosed in newborns up to the very elderly. Pregnant women with hemochromatosis may lose developing children who may have inherited the disease. The disease is most frequently diagnosed in males over 50 since the iron deposition in the tissues accumulates slowly, but may occur in much younger men who take iron supplements or who eat large amounts of red meat.

Hemochromatosis causes the absorption of iron to be increased. With an incidence of 1 in 200 live births, hemochromatosis affects 1.5 million people in the United States. Approximately, 10-12.5% of the population are carriers for the most common mutations.

Mold IgE Allergy Test
Mold allergy is an abnormal immune reaction to mold spores or mold cell components. People can be exposed to mold spores or byproducts at work, home or outdoors. Certain occupations have potential for high mold exposure: crop and dairy farming, greenhouse plant husbandry, logging, carpentry, millwork, furniture repair and commercial baking. A high exposure in the home can occur in damp areas such as bathrooms, kitchens and basements.

Immune reactions to mold can be identified by the level of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies to specific mold species. The most common molds known to cause allergic conditions include Alternaria, Aspergillus, Cladosporium and Penicillium. The Mold IgE Allergy panel includes 13 mold allergens, with markers known to be involved in mold-related illnesses.

Streptococcus Antibodies Profile⁠
This profile screens for the two most common antibodies against streptococcus, DNase antibodies in serum (ADB); antistreptolysin O titer (ASO). These antibodies may cross-react with brain tissue causing abnormal behaviors. Both of these tests are performed to identify a previous infection of group A beta-hemolytic Streptococcus. These infections cause rheumatic fever or a kidney disease called glomerulonephritis, poststreptococcal versions of these diseases, as well as scarlet fever.

Recently, high titers of these antibodies have been associated with PANDAS (Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections) and with autism, Tourette syndrome, tic disorder, Parkinson’s disease, and OCD.

SARS-CoV-2 Antibody Test⁠
The Novel Coronavirus is a single-strand RNA coronavirus that first appeared in 2019, also known as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2, or SARS-CoV-2. The disease caused by this virus is called COVID-19 which stands for Corona Virus Disease first detected in 2019. This virus has caused a global pandemic, leading to hundreds of thousands to become infected around the world and causing thousands of deaths.  Common symptoms include fever, fatigue, a dry cough, and shortness of breath.  Some who are infected have relatively minimal symptoms, while others, particularly those most vulnerable (the elderly and those with pre-existing medical conditions) can become severely ill, often with pneumonia-like symptoms, sometimes with the infection leading to sepsis and death.  Cases in the United States are on the rise and effective and accurate testing is vital to helping slow the spread of the virus.