- How can I access MELISA testing in the US and Canada?
MELISA testing is provided by our specialist laboratory in Germany. It's possible to send blood from all mainland US and Canada to arrive within 48 hours at Invitalab, Neuss. You can check costs here from your zip code (Germany: Neuss 41460, package weight 1.8 lb, custom value $2, FedEx Pak, Blood: non-infectious human blood). FedEx are the only recommended courier.
When you are ready to be tested, please order a test kit HERE
- How much does MELISA cost and when will I receive my results?
To see prices and which metals can be tested, please see below
MELISA Metals Requisition US $
Results are ready within 10-14 days. We will send you a PayPal invoice as soon as your results are ready. You can pay securely in US$ or CAD$ by credit or debit card. Results cannot be released until payment is received.
North American insurance companies do not cover the test cost
- How can I order a kit?
We charge a $30 (CAD $40) fee per kit. The kits contains 9ml test tubes, packaging compliant for air-freight and forms for customs clearance. Test kits can be ordered here.
- What else should I be aware of before sending a sample?
Before getting tested, there are a few things you need to be aware of:
- You will need to know which metals you want to test – we can help you with this if you are unsure. The test requisition form gives more details
- Be aware that sending blood samples across international borders can be complex: we will send you documents that will need to be completed, and shipping generally costs around $100 (cheaper if you open a FedEx account) by FedEx International Priority to arrive by 12:00
- A FedEx pickup should be organized at least a day before blood is drawn. The blood should be sent Monday-Wednesday. Please check additional holidays HERE
- You should not be taking steroids or other immune suppressant medication. If results are not possible to evaluate due to suppressed positive control (low response to pokeweed) you may be charged $100 to cover costs of materials. Read more HERE about medication
- North American insurance companies do not cover the test cost
- You will need a health practitioner to act as a referrer so that a treatment plan can be put in place
- How much blood is needed for the MELISA test?
A MELISA laboratory needs 20-40 ml of blood depending on the number of metals to be tested. The blood has to be drawn into special tubes containing sodium citrate (an anti-coagulant). Blood should be kept at room temperature and NOT centrifuged
1-3 metals use 2 tubes
4-6 metals use 4 tubes
7-10 metals use 5 tubes
11-15 metals use 6 tubes
16-20 metals use 7 tubes
- Where can I get my blood drawn once I have a MELISA kit?
Your physician should be able to draw blood in the 9ml tubes provided in the kit.
If this is not possible you can try the following mobile phlebotomy companies for blood draw:
TravaLab MELISA appears on the dropdown menu
My Onsite Healthcare
AnyLAbTestNow may also be able to help with drawing blood only. Please contact your local provider to check as some location will only draw blood for test that they provide.
Quest and LabCorp do not draw blood for specialist testing like MELISA
- What is metal hypersensitivity?
Many everyday metals can cause a type IV delayed type hypersensitivity reaction in genetically predisposed individuals. This type of "allergy" is mediated by T-lymphocytes (white blood cells) that have had prior contact with a given allergen (memory lymphocytes). When they are exposed to the sensitizing allergen, these memory lymphocytes respond by enlarging (lymphoblast transformation) and dividing (proliferation). The newly formed cells (effector cells), together with their secreted cytokines, mediate the resulting allergic reaction. See How does the MELISA test work?
- Which symptoms may indicate metal allergy?
The classic symptom of metal hypersensitivity is allergic contact dermatitis. In addition to local symptoms, chronic exposure to metals may cause a wide range of systemic symptoms in susceptible people. Metal hypersensitivity has been implicated in the aetiology of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), multiple sclerosis (MS), fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Additionally metal hypersensitive clients report symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, extreme fatigue, depression and "brain-fog".
- Which metals cause allergy?
- Where can metals be found?
Dental restorations - fillings, crowns, implants and braces
Orthopaedic devices - knee and hip replacements, pins and plates
Cardio and Vascular - embolization coils, stents, septal occluders, implanted defibrillators and pacemakers
Environmental - jewellery, cell phones, coins, certain foods and medications etc.
See HERE for more information.