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Must-Have Essential Labs


Not feeling well and want a basic place to start? Looking for a low cost screening option?


Our Must-Have Essential Labs Panel gives you the perfect snapshot of your health.

Tested biomarkers include:

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
Complete Blood Count
Hemoglobin A1c
Thyroid Stimulating Hormone
Fasting Lipid Panel

Brain Optimization


Homocysteine • High-sensitivity CRP • Vitamin B12 • Serum Folate (Vitamin B9) • Vitamin D • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel • Hemoglobin A1c • Fasting Glucose and Insulin • Copper and Ceruloplasmin • Mercury • Lead • Zinc • Total Iron and Iron Binding Capacity

Approximately 15–20% of people aged 65 and older have mild cognitive impairment. In some cases, this can develop into dementia, which has a devastating impact not only on the person affected but also their loved ones.

Chronic inflammation is believed to be the root cause of many diseases that happen later in life, and some studies have shown that inflammation in midlife may also contribute to the development of dementia.


C-reactive protein (CRP) is a substance your liver makes in response to inflammation, and it’s one of the key inflammatory markers we test to see if your body is inflamed.


Homocysteine is another major inflammatory marker that’s associated with heart disease and stroke, as well as dementia.

While it’s still not entirely clear what role homocysteine plays in the development of dementia, one study found people with high homocysteine levels had nearly double the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease – the most common form of dementia.


We all know that a nutritious diet is important for good health, and this is especially true when it comes to your brain health.

But even if you have an extremely ‘clean’ or healthy diet, chances are there may be some essential nutrients you’re missing – especially as you age.


That’s because as we get older, our bodies are less able to make and absorb these key nutrients.

Studies have shown that older people who don’t get enough vitamin D have a much higher risk of developing dementia.

Deficiencies in Vitamin B12 and folate can contribute to high homocysteine levels, so increasing these essential nutrients in your diet or via supplements may help reduce this harmful type of inflammation.

There’s growing evidence that having type 2 diabetes may increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

One of the best ways to check if you’re at risk of developing type 2 diabetes – and therefore at greater risk of developing dementia – is to check for insulin resistance – a problem that’s estimated to affect about one in three Americans.

The American Diabetes Association estimates that up to half of those with insulin resistance will develop type 2 diabetes if they don’t make lifestyle changes.

A hemoglobin A1c test can also be a good way to check if you have, or are at risk of having, a prediabetic or diabetic condition.

There are a number of metals naturally found in our bodies that are essential for our brains and bodies to function correctly, including zinc, copper and iron.

However, excess levels of these metals can be dangerous for our health, and there is some evidence that overexposure to copper through supplements, drinking water and foods may contribute to the development of Alzheimer’s.

Mercury poisoning is a serious condition that can have significant neurological effects. If you eat a lot of fish or have old dental work, it’s worthwhile getting your mercury levels tested.

Lead is another heavy metal to watch out for. Exposure to lead – typically through old paint and corroded lead pipes – can cause serious health problems, including symptoms of dementia.

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GPL Tox – Non-Metal Chemical Profile


Every day, we are exposed to hundreds of toxic chemicals through products like pharmaceuticals, pesticides, packaged foods, household products, and environmental pollution.  As we have become more exposed to chemical-laden products and to toxic chemicals in food, air, and water, we have been confronted with an accelerating rate of chronic illnesses like cancer, heart disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, chemical sensitivity, autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, autoimmune disorders, Parkinson’s disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Because exposure to environmental pollutants has been linked to many chronic diseases, The Great Plains Laboratory has created GPL-TOX, a toxic non-metal chemical profile that screens for the presence of 172 different toxic chemicals including organophosphate pesticides, phthalates, benzene, xylene, vinyl chloride, pyrethroid insecticides, acrylamide, perchlorate, diphenyl phosphate, ethylene oxide, acrylonitrile, and more.  This profile also includes Tiglylglycine (TG), a marker for mitochondrial disorders resulting from mutations of mitochondrial DNA.  These mutations can be caused by exposure to toxic chemicals, infections, inflammation, and nutritional deficiencies.

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The Parkinson's Foundation

The Parkinson’s Foundation makes life better for people with Parkinson’s disease (PD) by improving care and advancing research toward a cure. In everything we do, we build on the energy, experience and passion of our global Parkinson’s community.

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The Michael J. Fox Foundation is dedicated to finding a cure for Parkinson's disease through an aggressively funded research agenda and to ensuring the development of improved therapies for those living with Parkinson's today.

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