Immune Tests

HOW TO ORDER LAB TESTS….

You can view details, sample reports, collection instructions and order all tests mentioned via Regenerus (RG), Medichecks (MC), via me (PHC) and Cyrex (Cyrex).

Use the search facility at each lab to find the test I’ve mentioned. Please direct all questions on doing tests, shipping, payment, getting results, interpretation etc to the labs. For Cyrex and PHC tests, you can contact me after reading the FAQ and tips on each page if you’re still stuck. You should get your results within 3 weeks (working days) direct from the labs (or me for PHC/Cyrex). Medichecks includes phlebotomy, Regenerus has a list of phlebotomy clinics where you can get blood samples taken.

For interpretation, please see the videos I am gradually adding to each page, or the You Tube channel here. There are also factsheets available here as I write them.

Unsure if you need an Immune Status Test?

Well, if you are getting recurrent infections, battling something like Lyme disease or something like that, it can be useful to know what your immune system is up to.

It’s a complex medical field so make sure you have someone who can help you interpret the results and advise you how to address any issues.

Testing Summary

This depends how deep you want to look. I would start with a simple GAM IgG, IgA, IgM (RG) and/or Secretory IgA test (RG). To look at your white blood cells etc, choose a blood chemistry test: either the Functional Blood Chemistry Panel (RG) or the Functional Blood Chemistry Panel Advanced (RG). If you need a much deeper look at cytokines, T cells and natural killer cell levels, use the Immune Status Plus (RG). And don’t forget your nutrient status.

Full Bloods

I would say one of the most obvious places to start looking at your immune system is with a full blood chemistry test. Your GP ca do that or you can see my recommendations for those here: Blood Chemistry Tests. They will show you white blood cell counts and more; you’ll get a good look at what your lymphocytes, neutrophils and other white blood cell types are up to. Check too for anaemias, especially if you are finding it difficult to recover after an illness or infection.

Choose either the Functional Blood Chemistry Panel (RG) or the Functional Blood Chemistry Panel Advanced (RG) for a really comprehensive look.

This is a gross generalisation of the white blood cell types, but I’ve found it helpful in practice so I share it in case it helps:

Neutrophils tend to go up if a bacterial infection is present and down with a viral infection.

Lymphocytes go down in most chronic diseases eg. viral, toxicity, fatigue etc.

Monocytes go up in acute problems.

Eosinophils go up in the presence of parasites or with allergy of some kind.

Basophils contain histamine and can be raised by allergy/sensitivity/high blood histamine levels.

Immune Status Tests

You can get really complex tests here, but I would start simple and look for levels of SIgA and IgA first. These are really important antibodies, which the body produces to fight bacteria, viruses, allergens etc. You can do a GAM Test IgG, IgA, IgM (RG), which will show you the totals of the main antibodies.

Roughly:

Immunoglobulin M (IgM) is found mainly in blood and lymph fluid. This is the first antibody the body makes when it fights a new infection so if this is high, you likely have an acute or developing issue.

Immunoglobulin A (IgA) is found in the linings of the respiratory tract and digestive system as well as in saliva, tears and breast milk.

Immunoglobulin G (IgG) is the most common antibody. It’s in blood and other body fluids, and protects against bacterial and viral infections. This usually denotes a chronic issue or something that’s been going on for a long time.

You can read much more about this here. Suffice to say, if the levels are low, your immunity could do with a boost.

Also, check your mucosal SIgA levels – this is what protects the mucosal linings of your body, like the lungs, eyes, vagina, gut and skin. Do the simple Secretory IgA test (RG) for that. Read my factsheet on SIgA here too.

If you want to get much more complex and check cytokine and natural killer cells levels, use the Immune Status (RG) or Immune Status Plus (RG). Check each to see it covers what you need.

Nutrient Levels

Levels of Vitamin A, C and D as well as the mineral zinc are crucial to your immune health. Check the Vitamin and Mineral Tests page. Do not just supplement high doses of Vitamin A or D especially – it is better to see what you need and correct it. Too much is not a good thing of those. Better would be to take a good general multivitamin and mineral so everything is in balance, but it is worth testing because low levels of any of those could be really harming your chances of recovery.

HOW TO ORDER LAB TESTS….

You can view details, sample reports, collection instructions and order all tests mentioned via Regenerus (RG), Medichecks (MC), via me (PHC) and Cyrex (Cyrex).

Use the search facility at each lab to find the test I’ve mentioned. Please direct all questions on doing tests, shipping, payment, getting results, interpretation etc to the labs. For Cyrex and PHC tests, you can contact me after reading the FAQ and tips on each page if you’re still stuck. You should get your results within 3 weeks (working days) direct from the labs (or me for PHC/Cyrex). Medichecks includes phlebotomy, Regenerus has a list of phlebotomy clinics where you can get blood samples taken.

For interpretation, please see the videos I am gradually adding to each page, or the You Tube channel here. There are also factsheets available here as I write them.

Testing Summary

This depends how deep you want to look. I would start with a simple GAM IgG, IgA, IgM (RG) and/or Secretory IgA test (RG). To look at your white blood cells etc, choose a blood chemistry test: either the Functional Blood Chemistry Panel (RG) or the Functional Blood Chemistry Panel Advanced (RG). If you need a much deeper look at cytokines, T cells and natural killer cell levels, use the Immune Status Plus (RG). And don’t forget your nutrient status.