Sending samples from USA
- How can I access MELISA testing in the US?
Coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently disrupting FedEx services. Blood should NOT currently be sent from US/Canada to Europe. We will update this page as soon as we have more information.
Under normal circumstances MELISA testing is provided by our specialist laboratory in Germany. It's possible to send blood from all mainland US 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 $2, FedEx Pak, Blood: non-infectious human blood). FedEx are the only recommended courier.
When you are ready to be tested, please order a test kit HERE
- How much does MELISA cost and when will I receive my results?
To see which metals we test as well as the price, please see our test requisition form.
Results are ready within 10-14 days. We will send you PayPal invoice as soon as your results are ready. You can pay securely in US$ by credit or debit card. Results cannot be released until payment is received.
- How can I order a kit?
We charge a $30 upfront fee per kit. This fee will be removed from your final invoice. 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 by FedEx International Priority
- 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
- What is metal allergy?
Many everyday metals can cause a Type IV allergic reaction in genetically predisposed individuals. This 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 allergy is allergic contact dermatitis. In addition to local symptoms, chronic exposure to metals may cause a wide range of systemic symptoms. Metal allergy has been implicated in the etiology of chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS), multiple sclerosis (MS), fibromyalgia and multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS). Additionally metal allergic clients report symptoms such as joint and muscle pain, extreme fatigue, depression and "brain-fog".
- Which metals cause allergy?
- Where can sensitizing 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.