Lab tests guide treatment decisions, but with thousands of types of blood tests from which to choose, it’s up to the doctor to order the precise lab test needed to discover the cause of your health problem. Dr. Lynne R. Mielke and Sandi Kreizenbeck, DNP, at Optimal Health Spectrums in Pleasanton, California, use their extensive experience and integrative approach to offer diverse lab tests that aren’t routinely available from most physicians. Their fully-staffed, on-site lab provides convenience and comfort for everything from routine blood work to IV therapies.

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Why is lab testing so vital?

Lab tests allow for personalized treatment by uncovering the health of each person’s body. Although standard blood tests may provide enough information, the quality of your treatment often depends on more specific testing.

We offer the advantage of an integrative approach that searches for the reason behind your symptoms using tests that aren’t always ordered by other physicians. Testing for an underactive thyroid is just one example.

When our team orders a full thyroid workup, it includes checking for blood levels of Free T3. This is the most important indicator of hypothyroidism, yet it’s seldom included when most doctors order a thyroid lab test.

Ordering the right lab tests is critical to getting an accurate diagnosis and knowing what underlying health conditions to treat. At Optimal Health Spectrums, we order a more comprehensive workup than most patients are used to, and many have commented on how they appreciate such a thorough evaluation.

What can you expect at the lab?

At Optimal Health Spectrums, we have a fully staffed lab that’s conveniently located on site, but in a separate suite for privacy. The lab includes comfortable phlebotomy treatment chairs, an exam room, and a side room with an adjustable bed.

The side room is used by patients who prefer to recline during treatment. It’s also a calming place where parents can relax with their children, and help them feel comfortable during procedures.

The lab is set up to draw blood for diverse types of tests, from standard blood counts, cholesterol, and blood glucose, to highly specialized tests such as:

  • Food Intolerance testing: By performing a blood test to identify IgG reactive foods — a test that many doctors don’t order — you’ll know which foods are causing you to have chronic symptoms
  • Lyme/Coinfection/Viral/Bacterial/Parasite testing: Tested at a specialty labs that provide more accurate and comprehensive results than general routine labs
  • Micronutrient Levels testing: Tests your blood for the levels of multiple different nutrients that are critical for optimal health and help us decide on proper supplement regimens
  • Immune/Autoimmune testing: To monitor the strength of your immune system and monitor for autoimmune conditions, including Hashimoto’s, other autoimmune disorders, brain autoimmunity (PANDAS/PANS), and much more
  • Genetic testing: Used to customize and guide treatment protocols and predict and mitigate health risks in the future
  • Comprehensive Hormone testing: Blood tests for male and female hormones are a good first step to make sure that all hormones are in their optimal ranges. Follow-up testing can be done through blood, urine, and sometimes saliva.
  • Long COVID testing: Tests for the inflammatory cytokines involved in Long Covid symptoms, and depending on the results, we can recommend a treatment protocol to improve health and resolve those symptoms

Additional important tests that are done via test kits that are performed at home:

  • Urine toxic metals testing: After a chelating agent is given, this detects metal toxins that are stored in the body
  • Urine Porphyrin testing: A non-invasive way to screen for potential lead and mercury toxicity
  • Urinalysis and Advanced Urinary Tract Infection testing: Helping to quantify urinary tract health andidentify causes of chronic UTI’s
  • Urine Mycotoxin testing: Checks for the presence of mold toxins in the body, indicating exposure to toxic molds
  • 24-hour Urine Hormone testing: Used to accurately monitor hormone levels in patients on hormone regimens
  • Gastrointestinal Stool testing: Monitors optimal gut function, detects bacterial and yeast imbalances, digestive problems, gut inflammation, SIBO, parasites, and more – which allows us to figure out and fix many gut problems
  • Urine Organic Acid testing: Helps to identify biochemical imbalances and nutrient deficiencies in the human body
  • Mito Swab testing: Can help detect mitochondrial disorders (common in autism) with a simple cheek swab
  • And more…..

*Individual Results May Vary