Why we use Armin Labs
Armin Schwarzbach set up Armin Labs after realising the Borrelia (Lyme) ELISA and immunoblot tests were insensitive and not standardised. His expertise in infectious disease, in particular Borrelia burgdoferi (Lyme) and co-infections extends over 20 years.
Armin Labs specialises in testing for tick-borne diseases and opportunistic infections. They specialise in Elispot (T-cell tests), IgA, IgM and IgG antibodies (B-cell tests) and NK cell tests (CD3+/CD56+/CD57+) for various bacterial, viral, parasitic, and fungal infections.
Lyme diseases is an infection by Borrelia burgdorferi after a tick or other insect bite. Lyme often presents with co-infections such as Bartonella, Babesia, Erlichia/Anaplasma, Mycoplasma, Yersinia and Rickettsia. The lab also tests for spirochete infections such as Chlamydia (pneumonia and trachomatis), viruses (including Coxsackie-Virus, EBV (lytic, latent, T-cell), CMV, HSV and HHV6), yeasts and mould (different strains of Candida and Aspergillus).
Of particular interest are the number of activated Natural Killer (NK) cells (CD3+/CD/56+/CD57+), which are often suppressed during chronic infections such as Lyme. These are important markers of immune status. This often points to nervous system involvement.
Other tests include Zonulin, TNF-alpha, Interluekins 6 and 2