Direct access labs?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created August 20, 2012 at 2:23 PM

I think direct access testing (DAT) is something that is going to keep getting bigger over time. Clearly lab testing is one tool to help us to monitor the effectiveness of our nutritional and other adaptations, and there can be good reasons to bypass the usual gatekeeper.

What's out there now in terms of lab testing without gatekeepers, especially in online ordering? Any experiences? Opinions?

I know of Directlabs.com which seems pretty good. What else?

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on August 20, 2012
at 07:28 PM

I've used a number of them (whoever is cheapest for a given test... they all use Labcorps so it doesn't matter) and I think it's terrific. The only issue is that you need to read the results. Reference values don't always means "normal" or "good." Sometimes they means the "statistical average of a population's results," not what would be best. One example is blood glucose. The reference value is higher than what would be best for you.

I've used Direct Labs, Life Extension, and others. If you belong to a health maintenance org or have a hard time getting the tests you want done this is a GREAT way to get tests done. And it's much cheaper than you'd pay full price at your doctor's office. But you have to be willing to do some research and reading, usually.

Just so you know, I'm not a medical professional. But I'm a reader and I've learned how to figure things out.

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