This panel contains the following tests and was designed specifically for people who are working with a Shoemaker Certified doctor or a medical practitioner who has special training or experience in mold illness. To find such a doctor please use the following website:
- Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 (MMP9)
- Transforming Growth Factor beta 1 (TGF-β1)
- Melanocyte-Stimulating Hormone (MSH)
- Antidiuretic Hormone (ADH)
Biotoxin illness refers to the cause of a person's illness. All biotoxin illnesses have one common denominator - toxins being produced by living things. Symptoms of biotoxin illness can be similar to that of fibromyalgia, chronic sinus infections, or chronic fatigue syndrome. These include: allergies, headaches, coughing, GI problems, body aches, burning or watery eyes, fever, anxiety, mood swings, and more.
Mold is a key element of indoor air contamination that few people understand; yet, is one of the most common causes of biotoxin illness. What many people also don't realize is that mold can make you extremely sick, or even kill you. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), all molds have the potential to cause ill health.1 The tests contained in this panel look at the complex cascade of events throughout multiple inflammatory pathways produced by biotoxin mold exposure.2
Fasting is not required. Take all medications as prescribed.
This panel was designed with the cooperation of Dr. Shoemaker. All tests in this panel are performed by LabCorp. The tests that Dr. Shoemaker recommends be obtained through QUEST (VEGF, VIP, C3a and C4a) are not part of this panel. This blood test panel cannot be done in a kit. You must be able to go to a LabCorp Service Center. Additionally, this panel requires that you call ahead to the LabCorp location you are having your blood drawn several weeks before you plan to go because the marker MSH requires a Trasylol Kit (LabCorp supply #33328) which is not routinely kept as inventory in a patient service center.
Results take 7-10 business days from when the specimen is received.
http://www.epa.gov/mold/moldguide.html Accessed March 2015
http://www.survivingmold.com/diagnosis/lab-tests Accessed March 2015