Wednesday, June 28, 2017

DIY Medical Labs

Want to know your B12 count?

Curious about your cholesterol?

Heavy metals on your mind? 

Don't want the hassle of going through a doctor?

You can test yourself, right in your own home - no doctor required.


There are a lot of DIY medical labs popping up, probably because people are sick of going through the doctor to get the information that they want/need.  Now, you don't have to beg for a test, you can get it yourself!


https://www.everlywell.comOne such place that can help you test yourself is EveryWell.com.  Through this lab you can, from the comfort of your own home, have your Vitamin D levels checked, test your Thyroid and find out what Heavy Metals are lurking in your body, which is what I was looking for.  There are a few more tests as well, with more to come...



Another lab I have used is WalkInLab.com.  While I haven’t had as seamless of an experience as with Every Well, I mention them because of the large variety of tests that they offer and for their low pricing.  In the end I got what I needed from them, but I found their communication to be poor and their website too “busy.”  To get what I needed required a lot of back and forth with customer service, who was helpful, but Walk-In-Labs would not be my first choice when it comes to DIY labs.

Both companies ship the tests right to you and provide paid shipping materials to get them back as quickly as possible.  Test results are reviewed by a board-certified physician in your state prior to you receiving them.  Both companies will post your results online via your own private account.  Neither company requires a referral from your doctor, although results can be shared with your doctor.  The cost of the labs includes the testing materials, analysis and shipping - no hidden fees.  Lastly, everything is kept confidential.

It is important to do a little research first to determine which type of test is best for what you're looking into.  For instance, I was concerned with mercury after some recent dental work to have my
amalgam fillings removed.  I learned that a fecal test was best for mercury and only Walk-In-Labs offered that test.  But, to my surprise the test results showed that I was very low in mercury and through the roof for arsenic.  While both metals appear on a heavy metal test, research revealed that the best test for arsenic is a urine test, which I was able to get through Every Well.

No matter what you decided, doctor or no, home test or not, our options are expanding when it comes to finding out what's going on in our bodies.


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