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If you want to take control of your health, save money and get answers quickly, know that you can order your own blood laboratory test via the service on the internet.  Discount blood tests are available to consumers nationwide.


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Perhaps you have some symptoms or maybe you just want to test for asymptomatic diseases.  Typcially, you would make an appointment with your doctor, wait in the waiting room, then the examining room, get a perscription for some blood tests and finally going to the patient service center to have your blood drawn.  Next you would wait for the physician’s office to call you with the results, then set up another appointment to discuss them with your doctor.  This process could take days or weeks!

Many people are cutting out the medical middlepersons and ordering their own lab work.  Go to, choose the tests you would like and utilize the secure, HIPPA compliant website and shopping cart.  The process takes less than 5 minutes to order and within a small amount of time you’ll receive the paperwork to take to the lab and have your blood drawn.  Most test results are ready the next day, so you can view your patient-friendly results and schedule a physician’s appointment to discuss them with your doctor; avoiding two appointments, time and money.  Tests prices are much lower since Health One is passing on their volumn discount to their customer.  At this time, insurance is not accepted but since most of the popular tests are only $29-$89, prices are typically lower than what an insured would pay for their co-pay.

Most Popular Tests:

  1. Comprehensive Health Profile – $59 – includes lipid panel, CBC, liver function, kidney function, glucose and more
  2. Men’s Health Value Package – $89 – includes lipids, CBC, liver function, kidney function, glucose, PSA, Urinalysis and more
  3. Women’s Health Value Package – $89 – includes lipids, CBC, liver function, kidney function, glucose, Thyroid panel, Urinalysis and more


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Gluten Sensitivity vs. Celiac

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There’s a lot of media attention regarding gluten free diets.  There has been an increase in the interest in gluten free diets:  new books, new foods, new celebrity promotions.  Is going gluten-free the wave of the future or just a fad?  Is it medically necessary to get better health?

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If an individual has gluten-sensitive enteropathy and sprue, they have celiac disease. Celiac is a chronic disease of the digestive tract that interferes with the digestion and absorption of nutrients from food.  Individuals that have celiac disease cannot tolerate any gluten, the protein commonly found in wheat, rye, barley and oats.  Celiac disease has been diagnosed more frequently, therefore it has gained some recognition in the media.  At the same time, it has been found that some patients that have intestinal symptoms such as diarrhea, weight loss and malnutrition, may find improvement from discontinuing gluten from their diet.  Technically, they are diagnosed as having non-celiac gluten sensitivity.

So, what is the difference and how is it diagnosed?

When people with celiac disease eat foods or use products containing gluten, their immune system responds by damaging or destroying villi—the tiny, fingerlike protrusions lining the small intestine. Villi normally allow nutrients from food to be absorbed through the walls of the small intestine into the bloodstream. Without healthy villi, a person becomes malnourished, no matter how much food one eats.  It’s an immune disorder triggered by gluten in genetically predisposed group of individuals, estimated as many as 1 in 250 Americans have this disease.  It is more common in people of northern European descent.  Females are more prone to celiac than males.

Gluten intolerance is not an immune disorder, but rather the individual has symptoms similar to celiac that benefit from a gluten-free diet.

There is no single test to definitively diagnose or exclude celiac disease in every person, but it is imperative that diagnostic tests for celiac disease be performed while the patient is on a gluten-containing diet. A specific and sensitive blood test helps screen suspected patients for celiac disease. Patients with a positive test, or a negative test but a high clinical suspicion, should have a small bowel biopsy.  A physician friend believes the stool test is the gold standard to help with diagnosis, although many physicians will use blood serum tests to assist with diagnosis.

Treatment is simple for non-celiac gluten sensitivty and celiac:  a lifelong gluten-free diet.  If you are not gluten sensitive or do not have celiac, having a gluten-free diet does not provide a health benefit.