How To Order Lab Tests

Special Notes

  1. To order Blood Work and Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis (HTMA) for an RCP Consult, we have compiled the following list of laboratories. If your region is not listed below, it is because we have not found a lab in your area. Please seek out a lab that can fulfill the test requirements above. (And when you find one, please contact Customer Service so that we can add that information to this list.)
  2. We understand that ordering these tests may at times be a little confusing and even a bit frustrating… Each lab in each region has different prices, different procedures, different rules, etc. But hang in there — these labs will be incredibly useful for you to understand your baseline, and to track improvement over time.


Different labs in different regions of the world may have a different names for any (or all) of these tests.  Please work with the lab and/or your physician if you need to translate this into your locale.  Ultimately we want to look at the following blood markers:

  • “Iron studies”, including:
    • Serum Iron
    • Total Iron-binding Capacity (TIBC) and/or Saturation
    • Serum Transferrin
    • Serum Ferritin
  • Serum Copper
  • Serum Ceruloplasmin
  • Red Blood Cell (RBC) Magnesium
  • Plasma Zinc
  • Hemoglobin (or Haemaglobin)
  • If possible, Vitamin A (Retinol), and Vitamin D (storage form: 25-OH)


Many people are able to work with their healthcare professional to order some (or all) of these tests, and have some (or all) of the costs covered by their health insurance. Some are not… Your mileage will vary based on what State you are in, your health insurance, and your healthcare practitioner.

  • Blood
    • Request A Test – This option is a bit more expensive that Ulta Labs, but it is available in a wider range of States, and also includes Vitamin A & D.
    • Ulta Labs – This option is less expensive than Request A Test, but it is not available in all States.
  • HTMA


Unfortunately, many Canadians report challenges with requesting tests from their physicians. And depending on where you live, you are more restricted with what you can request yourself. Options to investigate via your health care provider (or possibly DIY) could include:

Australia (Queensland only)

Australia (All others)

New Zealand

  • Blood
    • PathLab MAY be able to offer the ‘Full Monty’ tests via patient requested labs. Please contact them directly to discuss.
    • It may be difficult to get serum ceruloplasmin and serum copper in some situations. It is worth asking your Doctor if they can do them, but being aware that they MAY not have used the measure/s before and may not know the right codes or that they can be ordered.
  • HTMA

United Kingdom

  • Blood
    • TBA (Please get in touch with a RCP Consultant to gain assistance here – no direct options currently exist)
  • HTMA
    • TBA


  • Blood
    • Innovative Diagnostics MAY do blood tests without a Doctors referral.
      They have three branches around Singapore. All blood tests EXCEPT RBC Magnesium are available.
    • Doctors may order the bloods through other laboratories too, but RBC Magnesium is unlikely to be an option.
  • HTMA

Understanding What These Tests Mean...

Once you have ordered your lab work and received your test results, please read What Are The “Ideal” Lab Test Results?