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 Posted 4/28/2012 4:02:57 PM
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And if LEF does, how much do these tests costs ? This is Oscar and I am trying to find answers for people living on very limited budgets. Perhaps we can work together and help each other. I will probably be asking more questions about these blood tests because it is a big issue for many of the people I am in contact with. Is there a telephone number they should call for example.   ...Oscar

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Hello Oscar,
  The first blood tests for me, and the second too, were done in a hospital, I don't know their costs. The last time, I went to a local M.D. (family doctor) and he admitted to knowing nothing about how to deal with Hep C, but, assured me that I could get testing done through his office any time I wanted. This is a doctor in a very small town in North East Texas. Population about 2,000. Anyway, after he had his nurse draw my blood, I struck up a conversation about cost. He knows I'm a poor country boy, and what he told me was this:....oh, yeah, first, I need to inform you that this blood test was for my viral load. nothing else. OK, he told me that it was about a $500.00 test, and, by regulation, he couldn't give anyone a cut. He went on and on about it, and I assured him that we'd just have to deal with it. BUT, when I finally paid for the test, it cost me $297.00 if I remember correctly. So, for legal matters, he told me that I would NOT get a break, but, in his generosity, he gave me a great break. At least that is what I think. Now, if people start saying it's just a low cost test, lower than $297.00, then, my bubble will explode, and my faith in my doctor will diminish. Anyway, that is my story. ALSO, I have been taking the BHT, twice a day for about a week now. After about 2 months pass, I will get another viral load test. I will inform this post immediately. I have high hopes and faith in this BHT working!!! OK, that's all ! !]
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The following tests are included in the standard Chemistry Panel & Complete Blood Count (CBC) that costs $26 during the sale, so pretty much a full liver panel is included as part of it.

Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)
Albumin
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP)
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
Bilirubin
Lactic acid dehydrogenase (LDH)
Total Protein

Some others which are sometimes tested which are not included are:

Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT)
Prothrombin time (PT)
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The following tests are included in the standard Chemistry Panel & Complete Blood Count (CBC) that costs $26 during the sale, so pretty much a full liver panel is included as part of it.

Alanine aminotransferase (ALT)
Albumin
Alkaline phosphatase (ALP)
Aspartate aminotransferase (AST)
Bilirubin
Lactic acid dehydrogenase (LDH)
Total Protein

Some others which are sometimes tested which are not included are:

Gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT)
Prothrombin time (PT)


Thank you for your reply calc. Those are surely affordable prices for even people on limited budgets and I will be providing this information for the people concerned. LEF is a great resource for so many things.   ...Oscar
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I left a reply last night, I guess I did something wrong, can't find it today. Anyway, to cut it short, my local M.D. family doctor said he couldn't treat Hep C, wasn't knowledgeable about it, but, would gladly have any tests performed that I need. So, I went for my first viral load test, and he spent about four minutes explaining how he could not give me a cut in price, because it wasn't allowed. However, when I paid at the desk, they charged me $297.00, but, he told me it was a $500.00 test. So, he couldn't tell me I was getting a break, but, he just did it. I'd like to know how much other people have had to pay for a viral load test. 

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You didn't do anything wrong.  Because you are a new member, your posts require approval and there is limited moderator coverage over the weekend.

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Yeh, I remembered that after I'd already posted that post. sorry.
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Hello Oscar,
  The first blood tests for me, and the second too, were done in a hospital, I don't know their costs. The last time, I went to a local M.D. (family doctor) and he admitted to knowing nothing about how to deal with Hep C, but, assured me that I could get testing done through his office any time I wanted. This is a doctor in a very small town in North East Texas. Population about 2,000. Anyway, after he had his nurse draw my blood, I struck up a conversation about cost. He knows I'm a poor country boy, and what he told me was this:....oh, yeah, first, I need to inform you that this blood test was for my viral load. nothing else. OK, he told me that it was about a $500.00 test, and, by regulation, he couldn't give anyone a cut. He went on and on about it, and I assured him that we'd just have to deal with it. BUT, when I finally paid for the test, it cost me $297.00 if I remember correctly. So, for legal matters, he told me that I would NOT get a break, but, in his generosity, he gave me a great break. At least that is what I think. Now, if people start saying it's just a low cost test, lower than $297.00, then, my bubble will explode, and my faith in my doctor will diminish. Anyway, that is my story. ALSO, I have been taking the BHT, twice a day for about a week now. After about 2 months pass, I will get another viral load test. I will inform this post immediately. I have high hopes and faith in this BHT working!!! OK, that's all ! !]
BE Coool !!!


Dear ImReady, I want you to know I have been following your postings with a great deal of interest. That passing a kidney stone after 50 minutes of dosing of BHT blew me away. Like you said: It may very well be a coincident. But that is one heck of a coincident.
   Also, I spent the best 5 years of my life living in Austin Texas back in the 1970s. Well, I was a young guy back then but Austin Texas was the place for me. Many of the apartment complexes had clothing optional swimming pools and there were the different nude beaches in the area. You combine that with THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS at Austin and it`s many young females, well you can use your imagination. It was very good place for a young man to live. The good old days for me. Distant, but fond memories. Enough of all that.
   I do follow your postings. I am reluctant to always respond because I feel your postings have more value, impact, when they stand alone without me giving my feedback. Your fan, follower,   ...Oscar

POST SCRIPT: I wish to ask you: Did you pass that kidney stone 50 minutes after taking your FIRST dose of BHT ? I am fascinated about this. 50 minutes would allow enough time for some metabolites of BHT to arrive in your kidneys. Of course this is all pure speculation. I do find it very interesting.
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To Oscar, yes standard tests, including liver function tests can be ordered from Life Extension.  See http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Blood-Tests/Blood-Tests.htm for a list.  For FAQ, see http://www.lef.org/Vitamins-Supplements/Blood-Tests/FAQ.htm

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Yes, Oscar, it was 50 minutes from taking the BHT to passing the stone. Interesting. First time I've ever known I passed one, I caught it in the commode. Still have it. The last time I had stones, it was  a hospital that took care of me, and they blasted the stones with the machine. I never knew if I passed any after the blasting. It seems that there were, at one time, some slush, like stones crushed. But, I'm not sure.  This is when the doctor found my enlarged kidney. They sent me to another doctor who told me I'd had Hep C for 20 years, and if I didn't get the interferon in my, I'd need a liver transplant in 3 years. There actually was one time even before, maybe 4 years earlier, that I went to the hospital for stones, and they just drained my kidneys, sent me home. I was ok for several years. BUt, this last time, I felt like it was stones messing with me again, and I just prayed that it wasn't, but, it was after all. But, passing it was a blessing. Instant relief. I intend to do a gall baldder cleanse soon too. I hope that will help me some. I'm not really feeling any pain from the Hep c, occasional pain in my liver area, but, i'm not sure if it is liver or not.  All my life, I've been a HEAVY coke drinker, and my SWEET tea was always SWEET !! syrupy. and, tea, and coke are all I've drank for the last 20 years. I always joked that I'm allergic to water. Man, I should have been desiring water all those years. OK, that's all. thanks for watching, I'll keep all informed as I am informed.
Blessings to All !!

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