That's actually cheaper than Igenex testing. I wonder why more LLMDs don't go the culture route? Maybe it's less likely to receive a positive result, because you're not guaranteed to have spirochetes in a drop of blood, whereas antibodies are probably ubiquitous in the blood?
FWIW - Our functional medicine MD has used both Igenex and Advanced Labs for many years now.
That is a common argument against this type of testing.
But as I've said before, I really challenge this type of thinking. It has been very common on this board and some other places. But yet, numerous people are seeing it in their blood through dark field microscopy. Granted, there could be a little bit of human error, but there are far too many people claiming this to be ignored. Plus, like I said before, my kids were all positive right away (no extended culture). I was positive with an extended culture (I don't have much for symptoms for lyme). So, if it's so difficult to test in blood like this, then why we were all so easily positive then? All four of us? Hmmmm....
I think it's a better test than what it gets credit for (just my opinion).
(All three of my kids also tested through Igenex, but I retested through Advanced Labs because I needed more confirmation than what Igenex could provide at the time. For me, I didn't want to pay for both so I went straight to Advanced Labs testing for myself. At some point, I'd like to test with DNA Connexions for us too, but I just don't have the money/justification for doing so at this time.)
Kid#1: Extremely sick for several years, very difficult to treat, but doing great now!
Kid#2: Still sick now despite being treated for years but doing better (not well yet).
Kid#3: Generally good but relapsing off/on.
Me: Adv Labs positive 2016 (suspected I passed to my kids)-not as sick as others, mostly battling fatigue and yeast issues (heart/kidney issues resolved)
Treating with herbals now.