I'm not going to lie, I'm skeptical of a lot of things LLMD's are doing. I don't know anything about Armin's, but the fact that LLMD's are using it does not quell my concerns about whether it is a legitimate laboratory or whether it is taking advantage of Lyme patients. The fact that OP said other labs did not always validate those results is what concerns me. That means one of the labs is inaccurate and I am leaning towards the one that shows an unrealistic number of positive results.
Some of the labs don’t include all the bands - lowering your chance for a positive result.
And then there’s the lab here in Canada that won’t even do the WB if you don’t test positive on the Elisa or IFA.
FYI - Dr Martz wouldn’t have successfully treated his ALS if he had stopped at the first lab he tested with.
Edit: dr Martz tested negative three times at the Mayo Clinic. Then he sent his blood to a “specialty lab” and tested positive.
* Lyme should be a clinical diagnosis with testing to back it up.I don't think they use western blots for all these coinfections. Just Lyme right? With the Elisa and IFA it's just a "yes" or "no" kind of deal. As for the ALS, I don't know anything about
that story. A lot of diseases are shown to be caused by microorganisms regardless of Lyme and co. So whether he truly identified and treated the right pathogen, or just got better because abx killed whatever he had I don't know. I don't have any proof of Lyme from labcorp or igenex but I'm getting better on a lot of the same treatments.
I'm not saying there's no purpose to specialty labs, we just have to be very careful how much trust we put in them. It doesn't change the treatment all that much as inflammatory diseases should be treated with... dun dun dun... antibiotics. It's just a question of how caught up the patient gets in having to treat all these very specific diseases when we cant be certain the protocols for these labs are even valid. I would still be interested in testing one like Aperiomics since they're picking pathogens out of a pot of 37,000. But when you're going to a Lyme specialty lab it's almost like you're setting yourself up to validate your own beliefs. A lot of LLMD's for example will diagnose you with Lyme even if the Igenex comes back negative. But if the test comes back positive it only reinforces the belief. And if the test is discordant with other tests what do we realistically make of that? You know what I'm saying? Like, in the end don't we just treat based off what works for us and what doesn't anyways? So why give credence to unvalidated unless they generate truly novel and convincing information? I mean, maybe some of these labs are really good... but like... how do you know? After being sick with this stuff for years I'm just as tired with getting the run around from the alternative community as I am from the conventional one. One's got a lack of rigor and the others got a lack of imagination.
Sorry for spewing this. Couldn't sleep last night so I'm up early and chugging coffee and this is what happens to me when I'm stimmed up and got nothing to do