Dr. Nick Harris, the leader in Lyme disease and tick-borne disease testing, along with seven other people formed the company iGeneX in 1991. After countless of interviews with patients who could not get proper diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Harris made it his personal mission to change the statistics of misdiagnosed and mistreated illnesses in patients who, by all practical means, had evidence and symptoms of Lyme disease but tested negative for the illnesses.
Realizing the critical need for more accurate and sensitive tests, Dr. Harris went to work and introduced cutting edge lab testing to the scientific community with new diagnostic tools that have catapulted the ability of physicians to accurately diagnose these life changing illnesses. Throughout his studies he also realized that many physicians weren’t adequately trained in the diagnosis and treatment of Lyme disease. It was then he became instrumental in forming the “International Lyme and Associated Diseases Society” (ILADS). This new organization is currently the forefront of training physicians to recognize and treat these tick-borne diseases.
Dr. Jyotsna Shah joined IGeneX in 1997 as the Director of Research and Development and shortly after realized that the testing criteria for Lyme disease was too restrictive and not nearly thorough enough. Over time, Dr.Shah’s research validated that the CDC criteria wasn’t adequate enough to properly diagnose and treat patients with Lyme disease. After years of evidence and validation studies, she and her team devised their own in-house testing criteria. They found that by using a wider spectrum of both relevant proteins found throughout all the stages of infection and more strains of the organism that are found in a wider distribution in the world, more true positives have been found without sacrificing specificity.
Ticks are considered to be ectoparasites and belong to the arachnid class. They feed on the blood of mice, mammals, birds and sometimes reptiles and amphibians. Usually you can find them in grassy, shady and damp wooded areas. Once a tick bites a host it inserts its hypostome, a central piercing element with hooks into the skin to feed. Some of the tick-borne diseases are BABESIOSIS, EHRLICHIOSIS, BARTONELLOSIS, RELAPSING FEVER, LYME DISEASE AND RICKETTSIOSIS. With over 329,000 cases reported every year, thousands go misdiagnosed and untreated and suffer unnecessarily. IGeneX has been the number one testing delivering the most comprehensive results yet.
Features regarding the IGeneX Test:
- More relevant strains of Borrelia species and other associated tick-borne pathogens are tested than at other labs.
- Other related Borrelia species like Borrelia miyanotoi that has Lyme-like symptoms, are detected.
- Experts in Lyme and associated tick-borne related diseases are continually working in research and development with a passionate commitment to developing new and improved diagnostic tests.
- Constantly using hands on testing and development based on years of evidence and validation studies.
Where the CDC recommends tests for Western Blot or ImmunoBlot, most labs test for the burgdorferi B31 only. Therefore, antibodies to most species of B. burgdorferi sensu lato cannot be detected. The IGeneX Lyme ImmunoBlot Test is made from recombinant proteins of several species of Borrelia burgdorferi and will detect antibodies to following B. burgdoferi sensu lato species:
- burgdorferi B31
- burgdorferi 297
Most labs in the US and Europe only offer the B. miyanotoi GlpQ protein serological assay . IGeneX includes more recombinant antigens from several species of the TBRF Borrelia on the ImmunoBlot thereby improving sensitivity. 50 percent of patients are missed if only the B. miyanotoi GlpQ is used.
Contact us for more information about IGeneX Testing
Here at Renewed Vitality, when it is indicated, we use IGeneX Testing and this is something you can discuss with your practitioner at your appointment. If such testing shows that you have Lyme Disease, you will be referred to a specialist in the treatment of Lyme. At Renewed Vitality we do not specialize in this treatment, but if the symptoms and indicators are there, we can and do test for it.