3. The best labs are
a/ Dr. Kevin Cahill in NYC requires a personal visit, cost is $500. He uses a 'hot sample' to diagnose.
Advantage: Well respected and thoughtful, accurate diagnostics (one of the top parasitologists), writes prescriptions, cost is reasonable.
Disadvantage: Travel and from what I have heard does not believe Blastocystis is pathogenic.
b/ Dr. Simon Yu is located in St. Louis and recognizes and treats parasites
using drug and alternative therapies. I have only heard secondary reports about him. I do not know if he has his own lab.
c/ Dr. Shirley Scott M.D. is located in New Mexico and is very good according to the reports I have received. I believe she does both the testing and the treatment. From what I hear she uses aggressive drug treatments. Phone number is (505) 986-9960
d/ Dr. Martin Wolfe (Washington D.C.) is now retired from what I have heard. However referrals go to Dr. Princy N. Kumar at 202-444-0086.
e/ ParaWellness Lab in Aurora Colorado. The sample is sent in the mail, cost is $300. They offer suggestions for treatment which mainly include essential oil types of products.
Advantage: Convenient, reasonable cost, accurate diagnostics, compassionate, can order test without a doctor's order.
Disadvantage: Results may take up to 4 weeks, if you want prescriptive agents they probably will not prescribe.
f/ Dr. Stensvold is a leading parasite
researcher and offers testing through Staten Serum Institut . From what I have heard, they can offer testing by 2 different methods - traditional microscopic testing and PCR.
Advantage: Dr. Stensvold is one of the best and can use traditional microscope testing which with most providers is useless however with him would provide a different outcome. Also has PCR detection available which is very sensitive (can find a needle in a haystack). Dr. Stensvold is a leading researcher of protozoa parasites
and passionate about his work and also a compassionate man. Microscopic testing can also find other pathogens such as yeast, rogue bacteria etc. which should be considered as possibilities.
Disadvantage: His lab is located in Europe and shipping may cost a bit more. Traditional microcopic testing is less than $400 for many pathogens while PCR is more expensive. May not be able to detect the commenseal parasites
that can be a pathogenic subtype. Requires a doctors order.
g/ Dr. Glen Wilcox (New Mexico) - LINK
I have not spoken to their office but was told that you can call them for a parasite
testing kit which the cost is $369 as of this writing. From what I understand he uses a lab outside of the United States who reportedly is good, finding parasites that other labs failed at. Dr. Wilcox does not prescribe drugs, only herbs. If you have used this lab please let us know the outcomes.
Advantage: Test from home, apparently lab is good.
Disadvantage: Treats with herbs only, no prescriptions. Treating doctors may not accept these findings since they are not a 'normal' lab.
Here is what Dr. Wilcox says on the website
Since 1988, Dr. Wilcox has worked and studied with Hammed A. Ibraheem, M.D., Ph.D., the internationally respected parasitologist and founder of the Eko University of Medicine and Health Sciences in Nigeria . Stool, urine, sputum, blood and other specimens are sent to the Medical School for analysis. For more information contact Dave at 505-771-4998 or email email@example.com.
h/ Parasitic Disease Consultants offers Elisa testing for many parasites. The website says he was the former director of the CDC division of Parasitic Disease. Elisa testing differs from stool testing in which they look for antigens in the samples. He tests for about 25 parasites and most tests cost $75. I do not know anyone who has used this lab. It appears that a doctor's order is necessary to access the tests.
i/ DRG Labs is now offering a PCR based test (Feb 2015) - I do not have any further information.
j/ Other lab services may be helpful in identifying some parasites but in many cases they produce false negatives.
Advantage: Convenient, cheaper than the above alternatives. Doctors think these labs are better than the above choices which they have unfounded disdain for. The ordering doctor would prescribe meds if found at their labs. However most doctors do not order adequate treatments due to ignorance.
Disadvantage: Questionable results, may require retesting with other labs. Requires a doctor's order.