Testing Services

Miami Beach Comprehensive Center offers a variety of testing services. After experiencing problems with our own health and finding little help from conventional medicine, we began a journey to dive deeper into other causes for our health problems. From our own health issues, we learned to think outside of the box of conventional medicine. All of the laboratory companies that we work with have been CLIA-certified by the FDA.

Nutritional Evaluation

Genova’s NutrEval test is an advanced nutritional analysis designed to reveal nutritional imbalances or inadequacies. The NutrEval test evaluates the functional need for antioxidants, B-vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids, amino acids, digestive support, and other select nutrients. This nutritional analysis offers insight into nutrient status and allows clinicians to provide targeted treatment for the particular needs of each patient, often augmenting and speeding recovery of complex chronic conditions.

Patients who are experiencing the following symptoms might benefit greatly from this testing:
  • Mood disorder: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder,
  • Schizophrenia
  • Chronic fatigue and exhaustion
  • Digestive Complaints: Bloating, Nausea, Gastritis/Heart burn, Gas,
  • Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS, IBD, Celiac disease, Pernicious Anemia
  • Chronic Pain/Inflammatory Conditions: Joint pain, arthritis, migraines
  • Cardiovascular Risk
  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • General Health and Sports and Athletic Optimization
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Autoimmune disease

Toxicity Testing

MycoTOX Profile or Mold Toxin Testing from Great Plains Laboratory

Mycotoxins are some of the most prevalent toxins in the environment, especially in South Florida! Mycotoxins are metabolites produced by fungi like mold, which can infest buildings, vehicles, and foodstuffs. Even after the mold is dead, mold toxins can linger, wreaking havoc on your health! A majority of mycotoxin exposures are through food ingestion or airborne exposure. Fungi are able to grow on almost any surface, especially if the environment is warm and wet. Inner wall materials of buildings, wall paper, fiber glass insulation, ceiling tiles, and gypsum support are all good surfaces for fungi to colonize. These fungi then release mycotoxins into the environment causing symptoms of many different chronic diseases, including Chronic Inflammation Response Syndrome (CIRS). With the Great Plains Lab’s MycoTOX Profile, we can identify mycotoxin exposures and make recommendations for detoxification treatments. The MycoTOX screens for eleven different mycotoxins, from 40 species of mold, in one urine sample.

Patients experiencing the following symptoms may benefit from Mycotoxin Testing:
  • Fever
  • Unexplained weight gain
  • Pneumonia-like symptoms
  • Chronic exhaustion/fatigue
  • Heart disease
  • Rheumatic disease
  • Asthma
  • Sinusitis
  • Cancer
  • Memory loss, cognitive impairment or “brain fog”
  • Vision loss
  • Skin rashes, Psoriasis, Eczema
  • Mood Disorders: ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Bipolar Disorder,
  • Irritability
  • Liver damage
This test looks for the following mold toxins:
  • Aflatoxin M1 (AFM1)
  • Ochratoxin A (OTA)
  • Sterigomatocystin (STG)
  • Roridin E
  • Verrucarin A
  • Enniatin B
  • Zearalenone (Zea)
  • Gliotoxin
  • Mycophenolic acid
  • Dihydrocitrinone
  • Chaetoglobosin A

Heavy Metal Testing

Heavy metals toxicity caused by increasing levels of pollution and use of chemicals in industry is a growing threat to our health and development of our children. High levels of toxic metals deposited in body tissues and subsequently in the brain, may cause significant developmental and neurological damage.

Genova’s Comprehensive Urine Elements Profile

The Comprehensive Urine Elements Profile is a toxic exposure test which measures urinary excretion of 15 nutrient elements and 20 toxic metals. These include classic toxins such as lead, mercury, and arsenic, as well as newer technology toxins such as niobium. This is an ideal toxic exposure test for patients suspected of toxic metal exposure as well as potential nutrient mineral wasting.

Great Plains Lab’s Heavy Metal Blood Test

Analysis of red blood cells provides a diagnostic tool for assessing the status of elements that have important functions inside cells or on blood cell membranes. Blood cell element levels are useful for assessing cardiac influences, anti-inflammatory processes, anemia, immunological function, glucose tolerance and other disorders that are associated specifically with zinc deficiency.

Patients with the following symptoms can benefit from these tests:
  • Chronic fatigue and exhaustion
  • Reproductive function, unexplained infertility, hormone dysfunction, erectile dysfunction
  • Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin rashes
  • Cancer risk
  • Neurological development and function
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Respiratory, liver, and immune dysfunction
  • Cognitive and emotional health: Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Depression
  • Degenerative conditions: ALS, Parkinson’s, Memory impairment, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Anemia
  • Glucose intolerance, Diabetes
  • Zinc Deficiency
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Immune deficiency
  • Growth suppression and developmental delay in children

Genova’s Core Toxic Effects Testing

Pervasive chemical compounds have been found to disrupt the immune, nervous, and endocrine systems. As more toxicants are used in products that increase the “convenience factor” of our busy lives, there continues to be increases in infertility, certain cancers, developmental delays, asthma, chemical sensitivities, and hormonal imbalances. Environmental toxicants have been implicated in causing and excerbating many of these conditions.

Patients with the following symptoms can benefit from this test:
  • Chronic fatigue and exhaustion
  • Reproductive function, unexplained infertility, hormone dysfunction, erectile dysfunction
  • Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin rashes
  • Cancer risk
  • Neurological development and function
  • Cardiac Arrhythmias
  • Respiratory, liver, and immune dysfunction
  • Cognitive and emotional health: Bipolar disorder, Anxiety, Depression
    Degenerative conditions: ALS, Parkinson’s, Memory impairment, Dementia, Alzheimer’s, Multiple Sclerosis.
  • Anemia
  • Glucose intolerance, Diabetes
  • Zinc Deficiency
  • Alopecia (hair loss)
  • Immune deficiency
  • Growth suppression and developmental delay in children
This test looks at the following toxins:
  • Volatile Solvents: Benzene, Ethylbenzene, Styrene, Toluene, Xylene, Hexane, 2-Methylpentane, 3-Methylpentane, Iso-octane
  • Chlorinated Pesticides: DDE, DDT, Dieldrin, Heptachlor Epoxide, Hexchorobenzene, Mirex, Oxychlordane, trans-Nonachlor, Endosulfan Sulfate
  • Polychlorinated Biphenyls
  • Organophosphates: Diethylthiophosphate, dimethyldithiophosphate, diethylthiophosphate, diehtyldithiophosphate, atrazine, atrazine mercapturate
  • Bisphenol A (BPA) found in plastics
  • Phthalates and Parabens

Advanced Cardiac Profile Testing

CV Health By Genova is a cardiovascular risk assessment that analyzes blood for lipid markers and independent risk factors leading to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Traditional lipid markers (such as LDL/HDL cholesterol and triglycerides) while informative, do not fully account for individual cardiovascular risk. 50% of individual who have a heart attack have normal cholesterol! CV Health assesses a combination of standard lipid markers and advanced biomarkers that provide much more information on cholesterol metabolism, inflammation, and insulin resistance. With this information, clinicians can develop targeted treatments addressing specific metabolic areas to help minimize risk and support improved cardiovascular health.

Patients who are experiencing the following symptoms might benefit greatly from this testing:
  • Have a family history of heart disease
  • Are experiencing premature cardiovascular disease
  • Have abnormal serum lipids
  • Suffer from obesity and/or diabetes
  • Smokers
  • Are physically inactive
This test includes:
  • Lipid Markers
    • LDL, HDL, Total Cholesterol, Triglycerides
    • LDL-Particle Number and Size
    • HDL-Particle Number and Size
    • Lp(a)
  • Independent Risk Factors
  • High Sensitivity CRP (hs-CRP)
  • Lp-PLA2 (PLAC)
  • Fibrinogen
  • Homocysteine
  • Insulin Resistance Score by Lipid Fractionation, combining:
    • Small LDL-Particle Number
    • LDL Size
    • Large VLDL-Particle Number
    • VLDL Size
    • Large HDL-Particle Number
    • HDL Size

Advanced Hormone Testing

Urine Complete Hormones Test through Genova

In conventional hormone testing, basic parent hormones are usually measured in blood. However, urinary hormone testing with Complete Hormones provides several advantages:

  • Urinary hormone testing provides a more comprehensive look at hormone metabolism, as it looks at the whole hormone cascade.
  • Emerging research reinforces the potential relationship of disease risk with downstream metabolites, especially those of the 4-hydroxylation estrogen pathway, which are not routinely measured in blood or salivary testing. How you are metabolizing estrogen is important in cancer risk.
  • Evaluation of stress-hormone metabolic pathways provides an indicator of balance between anabolic (building up) and catabolic (wear and tear) metabolism
Patients who have the following symptoms may benefit from this test:
  • Hormonal symptoms:
    • Women: hot flashes, PMS, PMDD, perimenopause, vaginal dryness, vaginal atrophy, breast cancer, uterine cancer, endometriosis, history of breast cancer in the family
    • Men: erectile dysfunction, prostate cancer, andropause, decreased testosterone
  • Mood swings
  • Muscular weakness
  • General Fatigue
  • Weight gain or loss
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Sports and athletic optimization

Organic Acid Testing from Great Plain Labs

The Organic Acids Test (OAT) offers a comprehensive metabolic snapshot of a patient’s overall health with over 70 markers.  It provides an accurate evaluation of intestinal yeast and bacteria.  Abnormally high levels of these microorganisms can cause or worsen behavior disorders, hyperactivity, movement disorders, fatigue and immune function. Many people with chronic illnesses and neurological disorders often excrete several abnormal organic acids in their urine. The cause of these high levels could include oral antibiotic use, high sugar diets, immune deficiencies, acquired infections, as well as genetic factors. The Great Plains Lab Organic Acids Test also includes markers for vitamin and mineral levels, oxidative stress, neurotransmitter levels, and is the only OAT to include markers for oxalates, which are highly correlated with many chronic illnesses.

Patient experiencing the following symptoms may benefit from this test:
  • GI disorders: Bloating, Nausea, Gastritis/Heart burn, Gas, Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS, IBD, Celiac disease, Pernicious Anemia
  • Chronic or recurrent yeast infections
  • Chronic fatigue and exhaustions
  • Chronic or recurrent bacterial vaginosis
  • Failure to thrive or mental/developmental delay in children
  • Low blood sugar
  • High blood sugar
  • Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Eczema and skin rashes
  • Anemia
  • Immune deficiency
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Frequent infections
  • Lactic acidosis
  • Hearing, speech or visual impairment
  • Peripheral neuropathy

Advanced DNA Microbiome Testing

Comprehensive Stool Analysis by Genova


This can reveal important clinical information about many common symptoms such as gas, bloating, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and constipation. It allows us to look at infections, inflammation (Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis and Celiac Disease), Digestive insufficiencies, and Bacterial Imbalance.  Using a laboratory technique, called polymerase chain reaction (PCR), this test allows us to look at the DNA of all of the bacteria in the gut.  Then, we can identify infections missed by conventional labs and custom-tailor probiotics based upon an individual’s gut imbalance.  Fecal Lactoferrin and Occult Blood provide insight into potential gut inflammation.  Evidence suggests that both local and systemic health issues may begin as imbalances in Gastrointestinal function. The Comprehensive Stool Analysis test provides immediate, actionable clinical information for patients presenting with GI complaints. It aids clinicians in the identification of root causes of digestive discomfort and supports identification of targeted treatments.

Patient with the following symptoms may benefit from this test:
  • GI Disorder: Bloating, Nausea, Gastritis/Heart burn, Gas, Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac disease, Pernicious Anemia
  • Previous parasitic infections
  • Chronic Pain/Inflammatory Conditions: Joint pain, arthritis, migraines
  • Hormonal imbalance (Yes! Microbiome can affect hormone balance)
  • Chronic fatigue and exhaustion
  • Weight Loss
  • Weight Gain
  • Mood disorder: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder

Food Allergies and Food Sensitivity Testing

Dunwoody Lab’s Complete Dietary Antigen Testing


We offer both IgE (food allergy), IgG (delayed immune response), IgG4 and cd3 testing to foods through Dunwoody Labs.

IgE


The IgE antibody response is the most commonly known food allergy response. This response usually occurs immediately and can create severe symptoms such as swelling, hives, itching, and – in some cases – anaphylaxis. Even though IgE reactions are immediate, the allergic potential of food-based allergens can remain in your system 1-2 days after ingestion, extending the presence of symptoms during this duration. IgE reactions can be permanent or they may improve with the elimination diet and gut treatment. IgE reactions stimulate the release of histamine in the body.

IgG

IgG food reactions are delayed immune responses to foods.  If you are exposed to a food to which you have an IgG reaction, IgG antibodies will linger for several weeks.  After 21 days, half of the IgG is out of the system.  These IgG immune reactions can account for chronic inflammation; they are especially important in IBD (Crohn’s and Ulcerative Colitis).  If an individual has IgG reactions to multiple foods, the inflammation can crescendo to create an exponentially amplified effect.  Also, it can be hard to distinguish which foods are triggering an individual without testing, as you might be have a reaction to foods that you ate a few weeks ago.

IgG4


IgG4, which is a subclass of IgG, is a distinct antibody in the immune system. IgG4 total antibody is important in relation to IgE because this antibody acts as a blocking agent for an IgE reaction. When the IgG4 reaction is greater than the IgE reaction for a particular antigen, IgG4 blocks the IgE antibodies from binding to the receptor sites and releasing histamine, thereby reducing severity of the symptoms associated with the IgE reaction. This is referred to as the blocking potential. You might have true food allergies which will not come up on a test, because the reaction is blocked by IgG4! IgG4 carries its own clinical relevance in high levels and may mediate several conditions and diseases.

C3d


Anytime C3d is present the reaction will be worse. Moderate IgG reactions with complement activation should also be removed.

Patient with the following symptoms may benefit from this test:
  • GI Disorder: Bloating, Nausea, Gastritis/Heart burn, Gas, Constipation, Diarrhea, IBS, IBD, Crohn’s, Ulcerative Colitis, Celiac disease, Pernicious Anemia
  • Allergic reactions
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Joint pain
  • Chronic fatigue and exhaustion
  • Psoriasis, Eczema, Skin rashes
  • Migraines
  • Asthma
  • Allergic Rhinitis, Chronic Sinusitis

Lyme and other Tick-Borne Disease Testing

Igenex


Often, Lyme disease is difficult to diagnose. Conventional testing looks for immune antibodies to Lyme disease.  Conventional testing for Lyme disease is limited, as sometimes patients’ immune systems are too weak to produce an antibody response.  We offer a broad range of serological and molecular tests for Tick-Borne diseases. The serological tests include: ELISA (Enzyme-linked Immunosorbent Assay); IFA (Indirect Immunofluorescent Assay); Western Blots, ImmunoBlots and LDA (Lyme Dot-Blot Assay). The molecular tests include PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction for amplification of pathogen specific DNA) and FISH (Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization).  Recently we added IGXSpot Test (Antigen-specific T-cell Detection Test) to our menu.  This comprehensive testing allows up to diagnose Tick-borne illnesses and to treat the root problem of the infection.

Patient with the following symptoms may benefit from this test:
  • Chronic migratory joint pain
  • Chronic fatigue and exhaustion
  • Autoimmune disease
  • Headaches
  • Multiple Sclerosis

Neurotransmitter Testing

Neurotransmitters are chemical messengers used by the nervous system to relay information from one nerve to another. Optimal neurotransmitter balance is required to maintain proper health. Imbalances can cause the brain and the body to be over- or under-stimulated, producing neurological or psychological symptoms. Genetics, environment, chemicals and nutritional deficiencies are a few factors that can impact neurotransmitter production. Once out of balance, the nervous system begins to compensate – which, in time, can lead to neurological or psychological symptoms. Conventional psychiatry prescribes medication to alter neurotransmitters without testing levels first! We prefer testing the levels and tweaking the biochemical pathways with natural supplements if possible. If this treatment fails, medications can be considered in addition to psychological interventions with a professional therapist

Patient with the following symptoms may benefit from this test:
  • Mood Disorders: Depression, Anxiety, ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Impulsivity
  • Addictions
  • PMS, PMDD

Conventional Labs

We offer a variety of conventional labs. We work with a local laboratory company, Finlay labs to provide accurate and quick results for a variety of issues. We have competitive prices for clients without health insurance, as many Americans do not have health insurance.

We offer the following:
  • Anemia, CBC
  • Basic chemistry panels
  • Cholesterol and triglycerides
  • Vitamin D levels
  • Folic Acid Levels and Vitamin B12 Levels
  • Liver and Kidney functions
  • Diabetes and glucose intolerance testing
  • Basic blood hormone panels
  • Thyroid panels
  • Basic autoimmune screening
  • STD testing

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